Checklist: Home Birth Supplies

Home Birth Supplies Checklist

Supplies for You

  • Light food for labour
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Pillows, at least two
  • Pail or bowl for vomiting
  • Ice chips, ice cubes or Popsicles
  • Ice pack
  • Comfortable clothing options
  • Large pack of extra-large overnight pads (not “dry weave”) 
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol or generic brand acetaminophen), 500 mg tablets
  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin or generic brand ibuprofen), 200 mg tablets
  • Dimenhydrinate (Gravol or generic brand anti-nauseant), 50 mg tablets
  • Washcloths
  • Fluid replacement drinks or honey
  • Hot water bottle or heating pad
  • Mirror for watching the birth if you wish to

For Your Baby

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

General Supplies for Birth & Your Home

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

For Your Bed

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

Other Supplies You May Find Helpful

  • Camera
  • Music and music player
  • Notebook
  • Small, bright lamp

Hospital Bag

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


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