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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/Partner.  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 bring to the hospital when you’re in labor!

So you may be wondering,

When should I pack my hospital bag?

Really, you can get your hospital bag ready whenever you like.  However, make sure your hospital bag is packed no later than 35 weeks!

After that, 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!

At the bottom, there’s a free printable PDF Labor and Delivery Checklist that you can download and use! 

It’s a simple hospital bag checklist for Moms, Dads/Partners, and Babies!

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Labor and Delivery Checklist

 

What to Pack for Mom

 

Mom Must-Haves

      • Insurance card
      • ID card
      • Birth plan (if you have one)
      • Hospital forms

For Labor

        • Aromatherapy- You can bring a diffuser and some oils if you’re interested in doing some aromatherapy!
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        • A special/motivational symbol of your own- For example, a quote or a picture would work. Maybe something that your kids drew or the ultrasound picture!
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        • Music and speakers 
        • Birthing ball- Some hospitals do carry these. So, be sure to ask ahead of time!
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        • Lip balm- Your lips may get dry during all that breathing!
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        • A top or sports bra- To wear if you’re planning on doing a water birth.
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        • Eyeglasses (if you wear them)Doctors may ask you to wear glasses instead of contacts if you get a c-section.
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After Delivery

          • Underwear or disposal undies- 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 disposal 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.
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          • Heavy-duty pads- Like I said after birth is messy!  So buy the biggest and most absorbent pads you can find!  Like these extra heavy pads here.  And remember, NO tampons!  You can’t use tampons for at least 6 weeks after giving birth.
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          • Change of clothes- 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!
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          • Socks and slippers- Hospital floors can be cold!  Take some slip-resistant socks and slippers for when you have to walk around the hospital halls.
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          • Phone and Charger- Seems obvious but can easily be forgotten at a moments notice. 
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          • Nursing items (if planning on breastfeeding)
              • 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 and I loved it!
          • Toiletries 
              • Body wash, shampoo, conditioner
              • Toothpaste and toothbrush
              • Hairbrush, ponytails, headbands (Don’t use hair clips since they could poke you! Ouch!)
              • Deodorant

Optional

          • Entertainment- Movies, books, games, etc.
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          • Drinks and snacks
          • Pillow and Blankets- Make yourself comfortable thereby bringing a comfy pillow and a nice warm blanket!
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What to Pack for Baby

 

Baby Must-Haves

          • Car seat- Most importantly, make sure the car seat is set up correctly and has been approved.  
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          • Take home clothes
          • Hat
          • Socks/booties
          • Baby blankets
          • Burp Rags
          • Diaper Bag
              • Newborn diapers
              • Baby wipes
              • Diaper power
              • Diaper cream – This diaper cream here is what I use!  

Optional

          • Baby Book- While you’re there, put down some special times and moments in your baby book!  When they take your babies footprints, ask if they’ll put footprints in the baby book for you too!
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          • Baby soap- You can choose to have your baby bathed when you’re there.  If there’s a certain soap you want to be used on your baby, bring it!  Be sure to tell them though when it’s time to bath 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 scent to it but it’s pretty light and my baby never minded it.
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          • Pacifier

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What to Pack for Dad/Partner

 

For Labor

          • Swim-suit- If you’re going to be doing a water birth and want to join.
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          • A small fan- To help cool her off if she’s starting to get too hot
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          • Lotion or oil- Massage her to help her through labor
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After Delivery

          • Camera and charger- Take pictures of this special day!
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          • Phone and charger
          • Change of clothes- If they’re going to be staying at the hospital with you, of course.
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          • Toiletries 
              • Toothbrush and toothpaste 
              • Deodorant  
              • Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash
              • Hairbrush

Optional

          • Drinks and snacks
          • Entertainment- Movies, books, games, etc.
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          • Pillow and blankets- If your partner is staying at the hospital with you, they should also bring some.
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printable pdf labor and delivery checklist for mom, baby, and dad

 

 

 

 

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What do you think is the most important thing to put in your hospital bag?  Is it on the list?  What else do you think should be on the list?  Let me know what you thought in the comments! And as always, if you liked it, give it a share!  Thanks!

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