Baby Center recommends bringing enough supplies for a two- to three-day stay at the hospital when delivering a baby. Supplies for both the baby and the mother are necessary.
For the mother, Baby Center recommends bringing documents such as insurance cards and a written birth plan for the delivery. Mothers need clothing to wear while in the hospital, including slippers and a bath robe to wear after the delivery as well as clothing for the ride home. Generally, new mothers need comfortable clothing that is slightly smaller than pregnancy size for the first few days after giving birth. Personal supplies such as feminine hygiene products, eyeglasses, extra socks and grooming products are additions that may increase comfort during the hospital stay.
Some hospitals may provide limited supplies for a newborn. Expectant parents should the hospital to determine whether diapers and other basics are provided during the hospital stay. New babies need to have a car seat that is approved by hospital staff before being released from the hospital. Car seats can be installed at a local fire department to ensure they are properly anchored.
Clothing for the ride home, swaddling blankets, pacifiers, bottles and formula or breast feeding supplies are needed to care for a new baby. Baby Center also recommends bringing clothes and supplies for the mother's partner or spouse along with a camcorder or digital camera to capture the birth and days after.