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Last Updated on April 8, 2021 by MaKenna | MamaKenna

The crib is all put together, the clothes are nicely folded in the drawers, and the nursery looks perfect. 

Everything is ready for the baby!

Now it’s time to get hospital ready!  And when I say that I mean, it’s time to pack your hospital bag. 

It can be hard to know what to pack for Mom, Baby, and Dad. 

Especially, if it’s your first time!

But, no worries! 

I’ve created this list of items of everything you need for labor and delivery so that you’ll know exactly what to pack in your hospital bag!

Look below to see what you need for the big day!

(Psstt… you can get your own free printable hospital bag checklist at the bottom of this post!)

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What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag


What to Pack for Mom


Mom Must-Haves


At a Glance

      • Insurance card
      • ID card
      • Birth plan 
      • Hospital forms

Insurance Card


When you get to the hospital, they’ll want to see your insurance card. 

So be sure you have that on your when you come in!


ID Card


Your ID card can simply be your driver’s license.  


Birth Plan


Having a birth plan is a great way to let your birthing team and the nurses at the hospital know what you’d like and not like during labor and delivery.

So once you have your made and done, be sure to pack it right away!

And if you’re not sure how to make a birth plan but want to, this post will show you exactly how to write a birth plan plus ideas of what you could put in yours!


Hospital Forms


The hospital may want you to have some kind of form filled out.  

Some birthing places may let you fill out a form ahead of time so that you don’t have to do that one while you’re in labor.

If you do, be sure to bring those along too!


For Labor (all optional)


At a Glance

        • Aromatherapy
        • A special/motivational symbol of your own
        • Music and speakers 
        • Birthing ball
        • Lip balm
        • A top or sports bra
        • Eyeglasses (if you wear them)




You can bring a diffuser and some oils if you’re interested in doing some aromatherapy!


Because aromatherapy is one method that is used to help women during labor.


Special/Motivational Symbol


Using something that gives you strength or distracts you is something that can be helpful during those labor pains.

For example, you could put a quote or a picture near you where you can see it.

Something that your kids drew, the ultrasound picture, or birthing mantras are some good ideas you can use!




Music can help bring you into the zone and relax you.

Having a playlist already premade for labor is a good idea if you decide you’d like to do this!


Birthing Ball


Birth balls or exercise balls are a tool that is super helpful at reducing labor pains.

Some hospitals do carry these so you may not have to bring your own (unless you would rather use your own personal ball).

So, be sure to ask the hospital ahead of time!


Lip Balm


Your lips may get dry during all that breathing!

Chapstick will help keep them from getting so dried out!




If you plan on going in the water, depending on what you’re comfortable with, you may want some kind of a top to put on.




Doctors may ask you to wear glasses instead of contacts if you get a c-section.

So if you have them, give them or pack an extra pair just in case.


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After Delivery


At a Glance

          • Underwear or disposal undies
          • Heavy-duty pads
          • Change of clothes
          • Socks and slippers
          • Phone and Charger 
          • Nursing items (if planning on breastfeeding)
          • Toiletries 




Firstly, don’t bring those pretty underwear that you love so much cause they’re gonna get MESSY.

For this reason, bring some comfy cotton undies or disposable underwear. 

Generally, hospitals will provide disposal underwear for your stay there, but you can bring some of you’re own if you don’t want to wear your fabric underwear.




Like I said after birth is messy! 

So buy the biggest and most absorbent pads you can find! 

And remember, NO tampons!  You can’t use tampons for at least 6 weeks after giving birth.

Typically hospitals will provide you with pads while you’re there.  But if you prefer a certain kind or brand then you’ll have to bring your own.

And if you’re not sure what ones to get, you can check out this article for the best postpartum pads for heavy bleeding!




Don’t like the nursing gown?

Then go ahead and bring some of your own clothes from home!

Even if you end up wearing the hospital gown the whole time, you’ll need clothes to wear when you get discharged.

Remember, you’re gonna wanna be comfortable.

So bring loose and comfy clothing.

Since your 6-month maternity clothes will probably still fit, you can bring those as well!

Or you can check out this post about the best postpartum clothes you can get on Amazon!




Hospital floors can be cold! 

Take some slip-resistant socks and slippers for when you have to walk around the hospital halls.

Though some hospitals may give you a pair of non-slip socks when you’re there.


Phone and Charger


Seems obvious but can easily be forgotten at a moment’s notice!


Nursing Items


If you’re planning on breastfeeding then you may want to bring along some nursing supplies.

These can include…

  • Breastfeeding bra 
  • Nursing pads (Will help you from leaking on yourself)
  • Nursing pillow – This nursing pillow here is the kind I have at home and I LOVE it!
  • Nipple cream – This organic nipple cream here is what I used with my first!




Assuming you’ll want to get cleaned up and bathe at the hospital, you’ll want to bring things like…

  • Body wash, shampoo, conditioner
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Hairbrush, ponytails, headbands (Don’t use hair clips since they could poke you! Ouch!)
  • Deodorant


Extras (nice but optional)


At a Glance

          • Entertainment
          • Drinks and snacks
          • Pillow and Blankets




Though you’ll probably mostly be tired and won’t want to do much of anything, you may get bored and want something to do.

Some things you can bring are movies, a book, or a deck of cards.


Food and Drinks


Hospitals don’t have the greatest of foods.

But you can always bring a couple of snacks that you love with you there!


Pillows and Blankets


I always prefer using my own pillows and blankets.

And the ones at home are normally comfier!

What to Pack for Baby


Baby Must-Haves

At a Glance

          • Car seat 
          • Take home clothes
          • Hat
          • Socks/booties
          • Baby blankets
          • Burp Rags
          • Diaper Bag


Car Seat


The car is the number 1 thing to bring to the hospital! 

But most importantly, make sure the car seat is set up correctly and has been approved. 




The hospital will have one outfit that they will put on the baby sometime after they’ve done the newborn procedures.

You can leave that on baby or bring a couple of outfits to put in them.

But I would definitely bring at least one for when you leave!




Hospitals are cold.  And newborns can get cold very easily.

Bring a sweet little head to keep their head nice and warm!




Have socks or booties to put on the baby to help keep their feet warm.




Typically the hospital will give you a receiving blanket for the baby.

You can, of course, use that or you can bring a special blanket for them that you have at home.

But if it’s winter I would definitely bring a blanket.

You can lay it on top of them when you bring the car seat to the car.


Burp Rag


The hospital may give you one burp rag while you’re there.

But you can always bring more if you’d like!


Diaper Bag


Now the hospital will have wipes and diapers available for you to use while you’re there.

But if you’d rather use a certain kind then you should probably bring your own.


At a Glance

          • Baby Book
          • Baby soap
          • Pacifier


Baby Book


While you’re there, put down some special times and moments in your baby book! 

When they take your baby’s footprints, ask if they’ll put footprints in the baby book for you too!


Baby Soap


You can choose to have your baby bathed or not when you’re there. 

If there’s a certain soap you want to be used on your baby, bring it! 

But be sure to tell them though when it’s time to bathe your baby.

And remember, newborn babies prefer unscented! 

I use this baby soap here that’s very gentle and all-natural!  It does have a very light scent to it but neither of my babies ever minded it.




Some hospitals have pacifiers for babies there and some don’t.

So if you’re planning on using one for your baby go ahead and bring it along!


Other Posts You Might Like: Newborn Baby Checklist: Everything You’ll Need for When Baby Arrives

What to Pack for Dad/Partner


For Labor

At a Glance

          • Swim-suit
          • A small fan
          • Lotion or oil


Swim Suit


If you’re going to be doing a water birth and want to join her in the pool.


Small Fan


Use a small fan to help cool her off if she’s starting to get too hot.




Now you may be thinking, lotion??

What’s the lotion for??

Well, using lotion or oil to massage her can help her through those hard labor pains.



After Delivery


At a Glance

          • Camera and charger
          • Phone and charger
          • Change of clothes
          • Toiletries 





Take pictures of this special day!

And be sure to bring the charger too!


Phone and Charger


Be sure to have your phone and charger with you!

It can be an easy thing to forget.




If they’re going to be staying at the hospital with you, then they’re gonna want to bring a couple of pairs of clothes.




If they are staying at the hospital with you then I’m sure they’ll want to get cleaned up at some point.  So remember to bring things like…

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste 
  • Deodorant  
  • Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash
  • Hairbrush



Extras (optional but nice to have)

At a Glance

          • Drinks and snacks
          • Entertainment
          • Pillow and blanket


Food and Drinks


Hospitals probably won’t have everything you’re looking for.

They can bring some of their favorite snacks with them too and they’d like!




Bring something fun to do like a game, something to read, or watch.


Pillow and Blanket


If your partner is staying at the hospital with you, they should also bring a pillow and blanket.


When should I pack my hospital bag?


Really, you can get your hospital bag ready whenever you like. 

However, you should make sure your hospital bag is completely packed no later than 35 weeks!

After it’s packed, put your bag in the car so it’s ready to go. 

You don’t want to accidentally forget it if you’re in a rush and you may not be home when you go into labor. 

So, to be safe, keep it in your car!

How can I make sure I don’t forget anything?


We all wanna be prepared and not forget anything, and using a checklist is the perfect way to keep track!

Below, there’s a free printable hospital bag checklist that you can download and use! 

It’s has a checklist for Moms, Dads, and Baby!


Free Printable Hospital Bag Checklist

what to pack in your hospital bag with a free checklist





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