Packing Checklist for Your Hospital Delivery Bag
What to Pack When You're About to Have a Baby
Having everything you need when leaving for the hospital will avoid unnecessary stress when you’re going through or recovering from labour. It's best to have your hospital bag ready at least 30 weeks into your pregnancy—but the sooner the better! Here is a list of items that you should bring with you to the hospital.
Items You Should Pack Well in Advance
- 2 pairs of cheap PJs; or, 2 large t-shirts for the early stages of labour
- 2 nursing nighties (with breast flaps) if planning to breastfeed
- A nursing bra or sports bra
- A sweatshirt or sweater
- 5 pairs of old or disposable underwear
- A housecoat
- Flip flops (to use in the shower)
- Comfy maternity clothes for the trip home
- 3 pairs of warm socks
- Lip balm
- A hairbrush
- Mini shampoo & conditioner
- A toothbrush
- A mini tube of toothpaste
- A mini bottle of shower gel
- Your makeup bag
- Hairbands/hair clips
- 1 pack of maternity pads
- 1 pack of breast pads
- 2 dark towels for the shower
- A notepad and a pen (for writing down important notes from your doctor)
- A change of clothes for your birthing partner
Last Minute Items You Shouldn't Forget
- Hospital notes and 4 copies of your birth plan
- Identification, insurance information, and registration forms (if required)
- Money (including change) for parking meters
- Two bottles of frozen water or juice and snacks
- Your cameras and their chargers
- Your cell phones and their chargers
- Your iPod/MP3 player
- A laptop (great for watching movies!)
What to Put in the Baby's Hospital Bag
- 2 baby towels
- 2 swaddle blankets
- 2 bibs
- 5 onesies
- 5 sleepsuits
- A sweater
- A warm hat
- Scratch mitts
- A going home outfit (including a jacket if giving birth during cold months)
- 2 pairs of booties or socks
- 1 pack of newborn-sized diapers
- A car seat (make sure base is installed in advance!)
- Baby wipes
Some hospitals will provide baby with the essentials, but be sure to check with your doctor or midwife ahead of time.
My Hospital Must-Have
The number one thing I needed in the hospital was my earplugs! There are many noisy babies and women in the hospital, and you'll definitely need them to get some sleep.
Questions to Ask Your Hospital Beforehand
- Should we call ahead before coming in during labour? What is the hospital's number?
- If we come at night, is there a particular entrance that will be open?
- Can we see the birthing suite beforehand?
- Will the doctors or midwives be looking at my birth plan?
- Is there anything, in particular, you think I should bring?
- How long will I be kept in the hospital?
- Can family and friends wait in the waiting room during my labour?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.