Pregnancy

What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag: The Childbirth Checklist

Your due date is approaching, so you know it’s time to pack your hospital bag. If you’re not sure where to start, here’s a checklist to help you prepare for the big day.


When prepping for D-day, it’s best to be organized and packed around month eight of your pregnancy just in case your baby decides to make an early debut.

This checklist will help you prepare everything you’ll need for yourself, your baby and your birthing partner to ensure you have everything you might need. Once all bags are packed, keep them handy—either near the door or in the car—so you’ll be ready to go at a moment’s notice. Even if you are delivering at home, you should have a bag packed in case you end up having to go to the hospital.


Things To Do Before Delivery

  • Pre-register at the hospital where you plan to give birth
  • Have a printed document or saved PDF of your labor & delivery plan
  • Know day and night phone numbers for your health care provider’s office and the labor and delivery unit
  • Have transportation to the hospital
  • Know when to go to the hospital
  • Know where to go when you get to the hospital (including the after-hours entrance)
  • Have arrangements made if you plan to save your placenta or cord blood, or donate it

What To Pack In Hospital Bag For Administration

  • I.D.
  • Medical coverage information
  • Birth plan
  • Your pediatrician’s contact information (the doctors and nurses will request this information several times)

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What To Pack In Hospital Bag For Mom

Clothes

  • Comfy pajamas or night-gown (note: they may get a little bloody, so some moms prefer the hospital gowns)
  • Cozy socks and slippers (that you won’t mind getting blood-stained)
  • Robe (in case you want to roam the halls without flashing that darling derrière)
  • Nursing bra or tank top, if you plan on breastfeeding (nice option, but not necessary)
  • Going home outfit (you will still look about 6 months pregnant, so choose loose maternity clothing)
  • Adult diapers (most women, myself included, preferred using adult diapers, like Depends, because they feel more comfortable and more secure than the mesh underwear you’ll be offered. However, this is completely optional because the hospital will most likely hook you up with your own personal postpartum package—mesh undies, maxi pads, perineal bottles, ice packs, witch hazel cooling pads, pain and itch relief spray and more to add to your postpartum arsenal AND don’t be afraid to ask for more!)

Toiletries

  • Body wash (the hospital will provide soap, unless you prefer your own)
  • Shower shoes
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Face wash/face wipes
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion
  • Hand sanitizer

Extras

  • Birthing ball (most hospitals provide these, but double check before going if you’re adamant about using one)
  • Pillow
  • Bath towel and hand towel
  • Glasses/contacts lenses and case
  • Hair ties
  • Lip balm

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What To Pack In Hospital Bag For Baby

  • Car seat (already installed in car)
  • A cute going home outfit or sleeper—opt for a newborn/NB size or a 0-3m size if you’re expecting a chunky cheeker (note that sacs or kimonos won’t fit in the car seat)
  • Scratch mittens (optional)
  • Bottles (if you plan to bottle-feed, pack at least two for the hospital. If you plan to formula-feed, pack your preferred brand, although, the hospital will most likely provide you with formula samples)

What To Pack In Hospital Bag For Spouse Or Support Person

  • 1-2 sets of changing clothes
  • Toiletries—body wash, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, and hairbrush or comb (so they can shower in your room, as well)
  • Snacks!!

What Else To Pack In A Hospital Bag

  • Phone and phone chargers (long cable)
  • Portable bluetooth speaker (optional)
  • Laptop and laptop charger (optional)
  • Headphones (optional)
  • Video camera and a SD card with an extra memory card (optional)

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Once you pack your bag, you’ll be all set to go to the hospital when baby is ready to come!

Congratulations, mamas, you’re almost there!

Have A Beautiful Day ✨

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