Your little one is almost here and there are so many things to do before getting ready for their arrival. One of the most important pre-birth tasks on your list is packing your hospital bag. When it’s time to rush to the hospital, you don’t want to be worrying about grabbing everything you need. Having this bag ready and easily accessible will be one less thing you need to stress about when it’s time to go to the hospital. Here's a checklist we’ve put together to ensure you have everything you need.

For Mom

  • Comfortable clothing for labor⎯Choose loose-fitting and breathable clothing like a nightshirt.
  • Robe and slippers⎯You’ll want something easy to wear and is comfortable for walking around the hospital during labor and recovery.
  • Nursing bras⎯If you’re planning to breastfeed, bringing a nursing bra will be an essential item to have in your hospital bag.
  • Underwear⎯It will be great to have high-waisted stretchy underwear with a non-elastic waistband that won't pinch or dig your stomach.
  • Hair ties or headbands⎯It’ll be helpful to have something to keep your hair out of your face.
  • Water⎯Stay hydrated during and after labor.
  • Entertainment⎯To pass the time, bring your favorite books, magazines, tablet, or music to listen to.
  • Birth plan and any necessary paperwork⎯Make sure to have copies for yourself and your healthcare providers.
  • Comfort items⎯Pack anything that helps you relax, such as lotions, massagers, etc.
  • Nursing pillow⎯This helps support moms when breastfeeding.

For Baby

  • Going-home outfit⎯Pack a soft and comfortable outfit for your baby to wear when leaving the hospital.
  • Onesies or sleepers⎯Make sure to have several changes of clothes for your baby during the hospital stay.
  • Swaddle blankets⎯Soft, breathable blankets for keeping the baby warm and cozy.
  • Car seat⎯Make sure the car seat is properly installed in your vehicle and ready to go for the trip home.
  • Burp cloth⎯Have a couple on hand for spit-up or drool during burping.

Other Things To Consider Packing

  • Camera or video recorder⎯Capture those precious first moments with your new baby by snapping picture or recording.
  • Eye mask and earplugs⎯This can help block out hospital noise.
  • Portable or handheld fan⎯In case you get overheated, this could be a good thing to pack.

Packing for your hospital stay can be an exciting part of the preparation process, so hopefully this list has given you some ideas on what you want to pack! Check out our list of apparel for after baby and everyday wear.