What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag: Go Bag Checklist

What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag: Go Bag Checklist

Your due date is coming up soon, which means it's time to get packing for the trip to the hospital. Use this hospital bag checklist to make sure you have everything you need for the big day.

Ready for your baby’s big arrival? Start packing about two weeks before your due date to make sure you have enough time. Here are some suggestions on what to bring with you.

For you:

  • 2 front-opening nightgowns for breastfeeding
  • A few pairs of comfortable underwear
  • Heavy duty sanitary pads
  • A shawl or bathrobe
  • Slippers or flip-flops
  • A pair of warm socks
  • Breast pads, lanolin cream (for tender nipples), and nursing bras
  • A feeding cover (if you are expecting visitors)
  • Your phone and charger
  • Toiletries and cosmetics
  • Lip balm
  • Comfortable outfit to wear home
  • Body lotion or massage oil
  • Hospital file/notes
  • Birth plan (if you have one)

For your baby:

  • 3 full-body bodysuits that fasten up the front
  • Socks, mittens, and hat
  • Going-home outfit, including a hat and blanket
  • About 20 to 30 diapers made especially for newborns, like Pampers Swaddlers
  • Baby wipes
  • Car seat already installed in car

For your partner:

  • Snacks
  • Phone and charger
  • A change of clothing and toiletries
  • Camera and charger
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this is my first baby and i am so anxious that i keep on thinking that i'm going to forget something. this list is really helpful.

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Amanda 10/8/2015

This is so helpful I am a first time mom. I am glad to know that there this kind of stuff is here to help

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i love this list its very helpful for first time moms-to-be!

Your hospital may provide


Most hospitals supply diapers, wipes, and sanitary napkins so you don't need to pack many. If the hospital has in service photography bring a cute blanket or hat to wrap and dress your infant in. Professional pictures when the baby is less than 24 hours old are priceless keepsakes.

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Nikki 9/14/2015

Very helpful

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