What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag – Ultimate Checklist

What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag – Ultimate Checklist

Are you ready for your baby’s birth? He might make an early arrival, so it’s worth having your baby hospital bag packed during the third trimester – at about week 36 - just in case.

This checklist will help you pack your pregnancy hospital bag so you’ll be sure to have everything you need for yourself, your new baby, and your partner. If you have a minute, check what your hospital has on hand or provides so you won't need to take those items. Then, once your maternity bag is packed, keep it handy, either in the car or in your hallway, so you'll be ready to go at a moment's notice.

Hospital Bag for Mom

  • Hospital file and notes
  • Birth plan (if you have one)
  • Bathrobe – this is useful if you’re pacing around during labor, or for afterward, if you spend some time in the hospital
  • Warm socks – many moms pop on some warm socks if their feet get cold during labor
  • Slippers or flip-flops
  • Lip balm – your lips can get chapped during labor
  • Body lotion or massage oil if you’d like to be massaged during labor
  • A pillow you’re comfortable with – your hospital might not have the type of pillow that will help you be as comfortable as possible
  • Snacks and drinks – speak to your birthing team about what you should eat during a long labor and whether hydrating, isotonic drinks are right for you
  • Anything to help you pass the time like a book, magazines, a tablet, or your phone for music
  • Eye mask and earplugs to help you get rest in a busy and bright maternity ward
  • Nightgowns – front-opening if you plan to breastfeed
  • Plenty of heavy-duty maternity pads
  • A few pairs of comfortable underwear that you won’t mind getting messy, and that are large enough for those maternity pads
  • If you plan to breastfeed, pack nursing bras, breast pads, lanolin cream (for tender nipples), and a feeding cover (if you are expecting visitors)
  • Toiletries including towels, hairbrush, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, face wash, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, hairdryer, hair clips, and hair ties
  • Cosmetics and moisturizers
  • Glasses and contact lenses (if you need them)
  • Your phone and charger
  • Comfortable outfit to wear home

Hospital Bag for Baby

  • Bodysuits that fasten up the front
  • Socks, booties, mittens, and a hat
  • A blanket to keep your baby warm on the way home
  • About 20 to 30 diapers made especially for newborns, like Pampers Swaddlers. Your newborn might get through 10-12 diapers each day, so start stocking up
  • Sensitive baby wipes
  • Muslin squares that you can drape on your shoulder or place underneath the baby to prevent dribbles from getting on your clothes
  • Going-home outfit (including a jacket or snow suit in the winter months)
  • Car seat already installed in your car

Hospital Bag Essentials for Your Partner

  • Snacks and water
  • Phone, camera, and charger
  • A change of clothes
  • Toiletries and towel
  • Spare glasses or spare contact lenses, as it might be a long day
  • A small pillow – believe it or not, dads might also need a rest while assisting during a long labor
  • Something to read or do for when the going gets a little boring
  • Your partner’s bag should be packed separately

With this hospital bag list, you’ll have your maternity bag well stocked. Read up on the signs of labor, so that when you know it’s time to head to the hospital, all you have to do is grab the bag and be on your way. Good luck!

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