We posed this question to our Smocked Auctions mamas recently when we were trying to help our friend get ready for the birth of her first baby. The responses were so great, we just had to make them available to all of you. Now, not all of these items are must-haves, so don't go packing 4 suitcases of stuff for the hospital, but we're including everything so you can choose what you think will work best for you. Please note that many hospitals will provide some of these items (and even let you stock up a little for home!), so it might be worth checking before you pack your bag.

Here's a chart of the most popular answers. The entire list is below by category.






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  • Chapstick
  • Camera and video camera
  • Chargers or batteries for cameras, cell phones, etc.
  • Snacks or a roll of quarters to buy snacks
  • Hairbrush, clips, rubber bands or headbands
  • Cute socks or slippers
  • iPod/tablet/iPad/laptop
  • Make-up
  • Books, magazines, Bible
  • Hard candy or gum
  • Pen and paper, folder for paperwork
  • Chocolate
  • Giant water cup or water bottle
  • Focal point item (maybe ultrasound picture)
  • ID & insurance card
  • Favorite movies
  • Delivery gown
  • Cards or board games
  • Exercise ball

  • Comfy sweatpants or shorts
  • Change of clothes, maternity clothes, or comfy pjs
  • Nursing pjs, tank tops, robe
  • Comfy underwear or spandex
  • Ointment/gel pads (if nursing)
  • Nursing bra or sports bra (if not nursing)
  • Flip flops for shower
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deoderant, etc.)
  • Pads or Depends
  • Clothes and toiletries for dad
  • Lotion
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Cottonelle wipes or toilet paper
  • Makeup wipes
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Razor
  • Personal fan
  • Small lamp
  • Ice packs/heating pads
  • Cute shirts
  • Hair dryer
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Table mirror
  • Medicine for heartburn

  • Clippers, file, mittens for baby nails
  • Clothes and going home outfit for baby
  • Socks
  • Journal or Baby Book for handprints and footprints
  • Receiving/baby blankets and burp cloths
  • Newborn pacifier
  • Hat or headband for baby
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Bottles
  • Baby lotion
  • Bibs

  • Pillows and blankets from home (for mom and dad)
  • Car seat in car
  • Bottle of bubbly or something else special to celebrate
  • Gift basket or candy for nurses
  • Nursing cover
  • Boppy or other nursing pillow
  • Thank you cards
  • Ear plugs
  • Announcement door hanger
  • Extra bag to carry gifts home
  • Baby pictures of mom and dad
  • Scissors
  • Sound machine






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