Originally Posted by Italiamom
I would say that what's on your list would probably also depend on whether you're going to a freestanding birth center, or a hospital birth center. .... A hospital will have PLENTY of receiving blankets and hats.
The hospital I had DS at was great, they supplied EVERYTHING for the baby -- each little bassinet cart thing had disposable diapers, wipes (they used cut up J-cloths with warm water), diaper cream, baby wash, a stack of soft flannel blankets which they used as towels as well, and a stack of sleepers. They sent each mama home with the hat the auxiliary ladies knit in white, pink or blue, and whatever diapers & diaper cream were leftover from the cart. The collection of sleepers took up a whole wall in the nurses' office -- 8' wide, stacked to the ceiling with bins sorted by gender, size etc. The only outfit you had to bring for baby was the 'going home' clothes.
New baby -- we've moved, the hospital is in the same region, but it turns out the one we had DS at is the only one not linked into the regional health system.
Now, it's BYO everything! Diapers, wipes, clothes for every day baby is there, blankets, hats, diaper cream, baby wash etc. etc. etc. The hospital supplies nothing for newborns. It's fine with me, as I expect to only be there for a few hours after the baby is born, but I can imagine how stressful it would be to be a first time mama, there for the 'standard' 72 hours, and not really have the things on hand that you want/need, since it's so hard to know how much of anything a baby will go through!
Because we're going to the hospital w/ the Midwives, and do not expect to be there long, I have 3 bags ... one for the best case out in 4hours after birth, with the labour stuff & essential immediate after stuff (going home clothes for me & baby, one blanket, a few dipes etc.). Then I have a 'up to 72 hour admission' bag for me, and one for baby. Those have my shower stuff, more clothes for each of us, more diapers etc. I'll toss them in the car, but not take them in the hospital unless they are needed. In the event that we are admitted for any reason, then DH will not have to run home & try to pack stuff in chaos. If we don't need them, I'll be able to leave them on the mainfloor of the house when we get home & have quick access to dipes & clothes for a couple days if I don't feel like tackling the stairs that often to get to the bedrooms/closets & our full wardrobes!