What to Pack for the Hospital

Are you ready for your baby’s birth? Once you hit that 32 week mark, it’s easy to feel the anxiety of baby’s arrival and labor. Whether baby comes early or late, it’s good to be prepared with a bag ready to go for you, baby, and dad!

This checklist will help you pack the essentials to bring to the hospital.

Hospital Bag for Mom

  • Hospital file and notes
  • Insurance information
  • Birth plan (if you have one)
  • Cute robe
  • Warm, fuzzy socks
  • Snacks and water
  • Something to read or do to help pass the time like a book, magazines, a tablet, or phone for music
  • Eye mask and earplugs to help you get rest in a busy, bright hospital
  • Nightgowns (front-opening if you plan to breastfeed)
  • Maternity pads
  • A few pairs of comfortable, cotton underwear
  • Toiletries and towel
  • Flip-flops for the shower
  • Cosmetics
  • Lip balm
  • Glasses and contact lenses (if you need them)
  • Your phone and charger
  • Comfortable and cute outfit to wear home
  • If you plan to breastfeed – pack nursing bras, breast pads, lanolin cream, and a feeding cover
  • Tip – Pack items in a carry-on type rolling bag, so dad can easily bring in all the items.

Hospital Bag for Baby

  • Onesies that fasten up the front
  • Socks, booties, mittens, and a hat
  • A cute blanket, swaddle or muslin squares
  • About 20 to 30 newborn diapers
  • Sensitive baby wipes
  • Burp cloths
  • Cute going-home outfit
  • Car seat already installed properly in your car
  • Tip – Pack all of baby’s items in the diaper bag. Most of the items can just stay in there if you don’t use them at the hospital – like the wipes and diapers! Check out this Diaper Bag Check List I found from Baby Center.

Hospital Bag Essentials for Dad

  • Snacks and drinks
  • Phone and charger
  • A change of clothes
  • Toiletries and towel
  • Glasses or contact lenses (if needed)
  • Pillow & blanket
  • Something to read or do to help pass the time
  • Eye mask and earplugs
  • Tip – Your partner’s bag should be packed separately, so you can easily get to the items you need without rummaging through his.

I suggest having all bags ready to go by 35 weeks! Keep the bags in a location where they’re easy to grab and go, so once it’s time to head on to the hospital you’ll be prepared! 


What were some items that you brought along to the hospital? What were some items that you brought and didn’t need?


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