What to Pack for your Baptist Little Rock Hospital Birth - Updated + Free Checklist!

Updated: Jun 26, 2020

Birth Luggage Arrives

Updated June 26, 2020

There are plenty of lists of what to pack for when it's GO TIME. I've looked at a fair few myself! That said, what I've packed has certainly changed through the years and births. With my first son 9 years ago I packed just about everything. A huge rolling suitcase full of things we mostly didn't use. With my second son we packed a lot of labor comforts (ipod/dock/custom labor mix) but had relaxed so much we didn't even have a pretty receiving blanket for photos when the photographer came! By my third I still brought labor things (including birth affirmations, snacks and Sheila Kitzinger's Birth Rediscovered, which I laughed and read out-loud while at 8cm, much to my nurse's bemusement!) but I had probably found a good middle ground between packing the baby's whole nursery and not having anything but a hospital onesie and sheet for my little guy. And...you could use Baptist's new blog post on the subject, but mine has cuter pictures and a printable, so there :D So without further ado, here is a list of good things to have (and a nifty printable checklist if you need the physical satisfaction of checking things off!).

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For Mom:

  • Chux (for the car seat)

  • Sanitary pads/depends

  • Witch Hazel Wipes/spray/foam

  • Labor gown (I made my own!), or skirt, Pjs, Robe

  • Blanket/Pillow (try to choose a colorful pillowcase so it doesn't get confused with the hospital pancake pillows)

  • Going home outfit (COMFY please!)

  • Socks

  • Flip flops for hallway walking

  • Bras (nursing/comfy). A pumping bra isn't a bad idea in case you'd like to try pumping to stimulate contractions. If you don't have one, your nurse may be awesome enough to create one for you out of mesh undies :D See photos below ;)

  • Undies (the bigger the better for holding in those mondo pads! Unless you like the hospital undies, which is fine too. I loved them and took them home for washing and re-wearing, ha!)

  • Nursing pads/Lanolin (I didn't need these in the hospital but some moms do!)

  • Gum/snacks for labor

  • Reading material

  • Birth Plan/affirmations

  • Musical device (iphone dock? Echo so you can yell at Alexa when you don't fancy the song? Whatevs!)

  • Toiletries (for you and your partner):

  • Toothbrush

  • Toothpaste

  • Chapstick

  • Shampoo

  • Conditioner

  • Hairbrush

  • Hair ties

  • Makeup if you want it!

  • Deodorant

  • Essential oils/herbal remedies such as AfterEase

For your partner:

  • Change of clothes

  • Mask

  • Ipad/device for video chat. Since visitors are so limited you may want t