Are you ready for the big day? You will be once you gather up all the items on our ultimate hospital bag checklist!

We’ve got the complete packing list you need that’ll take you from labor, to postpartum, to the moment you take your new baby home.

And when it comes to prepping, keep in mind your baby might arrive earlier than expected.

So it’s a good idea to review your hospital bag checklist sooner, rather than later, and to have your bag organized and packed around month eight of your pregnancy, just in case.

This checklist will help you prepare everything you’ll need for yourself and your new baby.

Pro-tip, you might want to pack TWO separate bags, one for the items you’ll need during labor, and another one for items you won’t need until after delivery. (This makes finding stuff during the craziness of labor that much easier.)

Once all bags are packed, keep them handy, either in the car or near the door, so you’ll be ready to go at a moment’s notice.

You can even print out the hospital bag checklist below and cross off items as you’re packing to be sure you’ve got everything you need ahead of time.

So without further ado, we present…


The Ultimate Hospital Bag Checklist


For Labor:

1. Your Paperwork: Insurance info, photo ID, hospital forms (even if you’ve already registered, some hospitals will need it again…so be prepared)

2. Your Birth Plan: If you have one, and we strongly suggest you do.

3. Non-Skid Socks: We suggest 2-3 pairs of warm non-slip socks because you might want to walk the halls before labor. Just know these socks will likely get destroyed, so don’t expect to take home.

4. Robe and/or Nightgown: Let’s face it, hospitals gowns suck. Bringing your own nightgown and robe will make you more comfortable, particularly if you need to walk around. Choose a loose, comfortable gown you don’t mind sacrificing to the cause.  

5. Eyeglasses: If you need them to see (you probably don’w want contacts during labor).

6. Relaxation Tools – Whatever you think will make you more comfortable. Items to consider: your own pillow, music or movies, a massage knob, aromatherapy oils, etc.

7. Video Camera: If you’re filming be sure to pack a video camera (with extra batteries, charger, and memory card).

8. Cell Phone: Be sure to include a charger and all the family phone numbers your partner will need to call programmed in.

9. Toiletries: Pack a toiletry bag with deodorant, toothbrushes, etc. for both you and your partner.

10. Cash and Change: For vending machines, in case you or your partner get hungry.

11. Sugar-Free Hard Candy or Lozenges: To keep your mouth moist during labor (sugar will make you thirsty). Try these stevia-sweetened candies instead.

12. Ponytail Holders: If you have long hair, you’ll want ponytail holders to keep it out of your face.

13. Pen and Paper: Your partner may need to write something down or fill out forms.

14. Lip Balm: It’s really dry in a hospital, not sure why… but be prepared with some good lip balm.


For After Baby Is Born:

1. Nightgown #2: If you plan to wear one after delivery, pack a second nursing nightgown that will be clean and comfy.

2. Snacks: You’re going to get hungry, and so will your partner.

3. Homecoming Outfit (for you) – Think loose and comfortable, nothing that will bind or rub.

4. Homecoming Outfit (for baby)- Think cute, cuddly and warm newborn outfit.

5. Maternity Underwear: You can wear the mesh ones the hospital gives you… but most mamas prefer to bring their own maternity underwear. Roomy cotton undies are a solid choice.

6. Nursing Bra and Pads: Whether you breastfeed or not – you’ll appreciate the extra support and leak protection of a nursing bra and pads, trust us.

7. Nursing Pillow: Breastfeeding can be tough at first. It’s especially hard on your back, which is why we recommend bringing a nursing pillow to help you maintain proper alignment and stay more comfortable.

8. Gifts For Older Siblings: Some parents like to bring gifts or other small items to give to their older children (either from them, or from the baby) when they come to visit. It helps make your other children feel like they’re not forgotten and that they’re part of this special day.

9. Extra Bags: The hospital is going to send you home with a lot of swag, plus you may get gifts from friends and family, so you’re going to want a cool bag to carry it all in.


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To Bring Baby Home:

1. Approved Car Seat: Be sure your newborn car seat is rear-facing and properly installed.  Also be sure you know how to buckle your baby in correctly before you leave the hospital.

2. Baby Blankets – You want a nice blanket to keep baby warm in transit.

3. Cold Weather Baby Gear – (If appropriate). You may need to bring a hat, snow suit, etc.. Babies are very susceptible to cold, so be prepared if you live in a cold climate.


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