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Your Complete Hospital Bag Checklist For Birth

by | November 13, 2018

If you are feeling like you’ve been pregnant for what feels like eighteen months by now, it’s probably time to start thinking about packing a bag (or three) for your hospital stay. Here is a handy-dandy hospital bag checklist to help you pack.

Here are the necessities and some comforts for the hospital or birthing center. This list is a good starting point, but every hospital and birth center does things differently, so ask ahead of time what they will supply and what you need to bring from home.

For Your Hospital Bag Checklist


Slippers and socks
Robe and nightgowns or pyjamas that can unbutton for breastfeeding
Nursing bras
Old underwear (huge granny panties will do the job nicely)

Contact list for sharing your big news
Loose, comfy clothes to wear home
Toiletries, including hair elastics
If you plan to use the shower or birthing tub, a loose bra or top for you, swimwear for your partner
Lip balm, moisturizer
Your birth plan and any paperwork you’ve been asked to complete by the hospital and/or for insurance

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Nursing pads, nipple cream, maxi pads
Camera/video camera, phone, and chargers
Flip-flops for the shower
Nursing pillow
Snacks and drinks
Change for vending machines, or in case you can’t use your cellphone
Music, books or magazines, games, playing cards
Notebook and pen
Watch or smartphone with an app to time contractions

Glasses or contacts

Comfortable going-home clothes in six-month maternity sizes, and flat shoes (or just wear the clothes you came in—sorry, but they’ll probably still fit)

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For Your Baby Bag

A going-home outfit
Approved infant car seat with the base properly installed in your vehicle
A few sleepers and onesies, socks and a hat

Soft blanket and several receiving blankets
Package of newborn/size small diapers
Package of unscented baby wipes

For your partner (Disclaimer, your partner can pack their own damn bag, just show them this list. Facepalm!!)

Cell phone and charger
A change of clothes
Toiletries: toothbrush, deodorant, face wash, shampoo, conditioner, contact lens case and solution
Snacks (you don’t want your partner eating all of yours!)
Entertainment, whether it’s something to read, listen to or watch
Camera or video camera with batteries, charger and an extra memory card
Any daily prescription medication

When you’ve gone through the hospital bag checklist and are satisfied you’ve packed what you’ll need, keep your hospital bag in your car or by the front door if you plan on taking a cab to the hospital—and get ready for baby’s arrival!

Did you have something else on your hospital bag check list? let us know in the comments. 

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Julie Nealon

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