Comfortable shoes. They may be pacing the corridors!
A change of clothes. Your birth partner might want to take a shower.
Mobile phone and charger.
A digital camera for taking photos or a short film of the birth, and for capturing those early moments with your baby. My husband is taking his GoPro and a head strap! He’s been warned… NO video during labor!
Snacks and drinks for keeping their energy up when they can’t leave your side. Again, my hubby is unique, so he is likely to pack a shaker and a lime squeezer for margaritas. Maybe even a couple of bottles of red wine to help him chill out, which is best for all of us!
FOR YOUR BABY
Onesies, onesies, and more onesies! Newborns will go right through these.
One pair of gloves, and a hat.
One outfit for the trip home.
Baby car seat. Some hospitals won’t let you leave by car without one.