My Top 25 Delivery Checklist Items

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I came up with my delivery checklist mainly by going through YouTube “What’s in my delivery bag?” videos. I also got some good advice from friends or remembered things I had heard over the years. I was nervous about having to make a dash for the hospital. Being packed made me feel more ready for the delivery. Here are my top 25 delivery items to pack:

  1. Christmas lights! This was one of the best, most memorable things we did, suggested by a friend. We brought a small strand of battery powered white bulb lights we had for camping, but any strand from your Christmas decor collection will do. I don’t like the bright overhead lights, so as soon as all the medical stuff was out of the way for my induction, we turned off the overhead lights, turned on one low light over the newborn station, and were left with the warm glow of Christmas lights. It really helped me relax and feel cozy. Everyone who came into our room commented about how much they loved the lights.
  2. Cute Ski Socks: My ski socks are probably my second favorite thing that I brought. I happened to have a cute pair and wore them during the entire labor and delivery. They made me feel cute and cozy and kept me warm the whole time.
  3. 2 pillows & 2 soft throw blankets: The pillows and blankets we brought from home were nice for feeling cozy until my water broke, then we got them out of the way so we could preserve them for our post-delivery hospital stay.
  4. Breastfeeding Pillow: I have the My Brest Friend Pillow, which I learned about from a YouTuber. Learning how to breastfeed was a real struggle for me and Claire, and the nursing staff didn’t seem know what to do with this pillow during our breastfeeding instruction sessions. Now that I have successfully used it at home, I would definitely bring it back next time in case breastfeeding goes better. In case it doesn’t, see number 5.
  5. My breast pump: I have the Spectra S2, which is more gentle than the Medela brand that is (I assume) typically used in hospitals. I ended up having to use the Medela pump provided by the hospital the first time around. Next time I will bring my own.
  6. Bottle brush: Again, in case breastfeeding isn’t going perfectly, a bottle brush would have been so nice for washing all the pump parts.
  7. Hands-free pumping bra: I didn’t have a hands-free pumping bra with me, but will definitely bring it next time. I HATED sitting there pumping when the time came and having to hold the flanges. At a time when I already felt demoralized for not being able to breastfeed, it would have been nice to be able do anything on my phone, or even just talk with my hands.
  8. Nipple balm: I had an organic nipple balm from Target. It made things feel better than the hospital-provided lanolin did.
  9. Power Strip: The power strip was nice so we could charge our laptops and cell phones in one place and in case there weren’t enough outlets.
  10. My get ready bag: We basically have pared down our toiletries into one bag for me, one bag for Michael. We get ready from our bags that we travel with so when the time comes to travel the bag is already packed and stocked. This is also the wannabe tiny homer in us shining through.
  11. Husband’s get ready bag
  12. Comfy nursing bras & jammies: I didn’t leave the postpartum recovery room. Not once. There was no reason to have anything fancier than jammies, unless it would make me feel better about myself to attempt to be cuter. Which I did put makeup on for, and it at least kept me from crying breastfeeding failure tears for at least a few hours.
  13. Comfy Bathrobe
  14. Comfy going home maternity dress: I wore a comfy dress to go home in, otherwise I would have been wearing jammies.
  15. Swaddle blanket: This might not apply to everyone. I had watched so many videos of people advising to bring an empty diaper bag so you can take home all the swaddle cloths the hospital will give you. Our hospital wouldn’t let us take even one blanket, so we wrapped Claire in my dirty sweater to go home in. She survived, but next time I will bring a blanket for the occasion.
  16. Baby clothes: I way over did it on the baby clothes the first time. Next time, I would bring maybe 2 newborn onesies and maybe a 3 month just in case. The newborn clothes were even enormous on her. I thought we would have all this time for cutesy photo shoots with all her outfits in the hospital. We were so busy with all the hospital staff visits and learning to breastfeed and attempting to sleep for an hour here or there, it wasn’t a very photo shoot kind of vibe.
  17. Baby nail clippers: Nice to have just in case you need them.
  18. Something to wear during delivery that isn’t a hospital gown: I LOVED the photo that was taken of me and Claire immediately after I delivered her. But there is an ugly hospital gown just kind of laying over me for really no good reason. I would rather just have not had anything on – there was basically no point to me wearing clothes. Either bring something to wear or have nothing but a sheet will be my approach next time.
  19. Gift for delivery nurses’ station: We ended up bringing a small gift basket with a few things. It was a “Bucket Full of Sunshine”: a yellow themed bucket with peanut M&M’s, crystal light packets, yellow stuff from Lush…basically just a small tin from a party store with yellow items to go with the sunshine theme.
  20. Gift for postpartum nurses’ station: We didn’t do this the first time, but I would highly recommend it. Perhaps the postpartum time would go slightly more positive with even a small cheerful gesture.
  21. Depends & Always Overnight Pads: I loved wearing Depends and the Always Overnight Pads when I got home. Next time I will probably bring both to the hospital because they were much more comfortable and made me feel more normal than those gigantic hospital pads.
  22. Flip-flops
  23. Husband’s clothes & shoes
  24. Mini Keurig: Michael loves coffee. I love tea. The coffee at the hospital was, well, you know. I ordered hot tea for my room service breakfast, but we had so many hospital staff coming in and out of our room that it didn’t stay hot long enough for me to drink it. Michael is the kind of guy that doesn’t mind carrying a million things in if it makes us more comfortable. So next time we just might bring one of these!
  25. Cooler & snacks
    • Food for your partner: We ended up getting Jimmy John’s subs the night before the delivery and had a half of a sub leftover and a bag of chips. We brought it in the cooler and I finally convinced Michael to eat it around 4 pm. I know he was trying to stick it out because I couldn’t eat, but I was glad we had something for him to eat when the time came.
    • Zevia ginger ale: This was my go-to pregnancy drink for nausea. I had heard some people talk about nausea during delivery. I brought the ginger ale just in case, and because it was the only thing I could have besides water after the induction started. It was nice to have a familiar sip.
    • Coke Zero: husband’s beverage of choice
    • Fruit Mashups: another pregnancy snack of choice
    • granola bars
    • mixed nuts

And lastly, to have at home for after: Preparation H Gel, Epsom salts, a few pads in the freezer.

After it was all said and done, I was glad I got an induction delivery. And one that went so smoothly. Having a thought out list ahead of time made me feel more calm when my scheduled childbirth rolled around. I’m sure I missed some great ideas and would love to hear your delivery recommendations if you would like to share!

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