As you near your due date, it is time to put together the bag to bring to your birth. Items can vary depending on if you do a home birth, hospital or a birthing center, so please modify to what your plan is. Also, don’t forget to install the car seat a couple of weeks before birth! You won't be allowed to leave the hospital without the car seat installed properly, and it'll be one less thing to worry about if you go into labor earlier than expected. And the reality is that most likely, where you give birth will be close to your home, so if you forget anything crucial, don't worry about it too much.
Here is a list of items that could be helpful to have on hand during your birth.
For You & Your Partner
Need to have:
Healthy, satisfying snacks like nuts, fresh fruit, coconut water and chocolate - #1 item that delivering moms wished they'd had more of!
A couple of comfortable outfits to change into, including underwear that you won't mind throwing away after
Phone, charger and camera if you are not using your phone for first photos of your baby
Refillable water bottle
Face wipe towelettes and moisturizer
Your necklace from your Mother Blessing, or any additional item(s) that will bring you comfort and strength
Nice to have:
Nightgown, pajamas and/or robe
Eye mask - to block out light so you can sleep during the day
Slippers and/or cozy socks
Nursing bra - if you plan to breastfeed
Breast pump - hospital or birthing center may have one on-site that you can borrow
Rubber sandals - for the shower
Makeup and hair ties/headband
Magazines or a new book - this can make for a great surprise for your partner
Aromatherapy oils or sprays that calm and comfort - we love lavender essential oil and/or rosewater
Blanket and your favorite pillow(s)
Bluetooth speaker - for music during and after birth
Battery operated candles - it’s nice to have some low light, but open flames won't be permitted in the hospital
Champagne - post-birth, because you deserve a toast!
Baby clothes - a few onesies or outfits for the baby including tiny mittens, hat and socks
Baby blanket - the hospital of course provides this, but you may have a special one you want to bring