Checklist: Home Birth Supplies

Supplies for You

Light food for labour Acetaminophen (Tylenol or generic brand acetaminophen), 500 mg tablets
Refillable water bottle Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin or generic brand ibuprofen), 200 mg tablets
Pillows, at least two Dimenhydrinate (Gravol or generic brand anti-nauseant), 50 mg tablets
Pail or bowl for vomiting Washcloths
Ice chips, ice cubes or Popsicles Fluid replacement drinks or honey

Ice pack

Hot water bottle or heating pad
Comfortable clothing options Mirror for watching the birth if you wish to
Large pack of extra-large overnight pads (not “dry weave”)  


For Your Baby
Newborn diapers Baby onesie and sleeper
Two baby hats, newborn size Large, clean towels (not your best ones)
Receiving blankets Olive oil for baby’s bottom


General Supplies for Birth & Your Home
Digital thermometer Two large garbage bags for laundry and garbage
One large roll of paper towels Grounded (three-prong) extension cord or power bar
Large, sturdy tray (e.g., cookie sheet) Large, zippered plastic freezer bag for placenta


For Your Bed
Bottom layer: a clean, fitted sheet Pillows lined with plastic bags and pillow slips
Middle layer: any waterproof fabric covering such as a shower curtain or plastic sheet Stain remover for laundry such as hydrogen peroxide or baking soda
Top layer: a clean, fitted sheet Blankets


Other Supplies You May Find Helpful
Camera Notebook
Music and music player Small, bright lamp


Hospital Bag
Extra pillows Snacks
Refillable water bottle Infant car seat
Health card A few newborn diapers
Clothes for baby to come home in Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
Comfortable clothes for you to come home in Large pack of extra-large overnight pads (not “dry weave”)

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