What to pack in the hospital bag:
You will likely be in the hospital for 2-4 days total for a vaginal birth and 3-6 days total for a cesarean birth. So while you don't need to move in like you're on an extended vacation, you will want to plan for having the things that will make you feel as close to home as easily feasible during your stay.
For clothes, dress in light layers since the rooms may become unexpectedly warm or cold. Add environmental temperature fluctuations to the hormones of birth and postpartum, and you will definitely want options for remaining comfortable! Keep in mind that the clothes you and your partner wear during birth may get messy. Most birth fluids will wash out, but consider purchasing cute, inexpensive robes that you won't mind throwing out if they get stained or ruined.
The hospital should have things like birth balls, peanut balls, towels and washcloths, pillows, sheets, and diapers and wipes for the baby, but it's a good idea to check with them just in case. If you have a strong preference about any of these items, double check with the hospital or bring your own.
No, you don't need a crock pot, board games, or a diffuser. In order to help you avoid unnecessary packing and hauling, we have compiled a Free Printable Checklist of things that are, in our experience, truly helpful and handy in the birth room. Feel free to add your own special items from home that will help you to create your ideal environment!
To grab your very own copy of our downloadable checklist, click here.