What to Bring to the Hospital

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The best advice I ever received about packing for the hospital was to pack two bags — one bag for everything I needed during labor, and the other bag for everything else (post partum stuff). Also, don’t put off packing until the last minute. Having those bags packed and ready to go helped settle my nerves a bit about the big day.

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Labor Bag

  • Birth Plan
  • Insurance Card & hospital info
  • Eyeglasses ( try to avoid wearing contacts if you can)
  • Hair Ties or your preferred method to tie back your hair
  • Lip Balm
  • Items for Relaxation – CD player & music, a book, a tennis ball to massage back pain during labor
  • Camera or Video Camera with charged batteries
  • Washcloth – the hospital provides them, but you may want to bring your own
  • Clothes for Labor – the hospital provides a gown, but you may want to bring your own loose fitting garment (no pants) to be more comfortable during delivery. Most hospitals allow you to wear your own nightgown instead of the one they provide.  Also, make sure the nurses have access to your arm as they will need to take your blood pressure during labor. You should consider bringing warm socks as some women get cold during labor. 
  • Lollipops or hard candies and a snack for your coach
  • Focal Point – Something you love, for example, a picture of your favorite place or a loved one; anything reassuring

Post-Partum Bag

  • Fresh nightgown
  • Snacks, especially those high in fiber
  • Maternity Clothes – nursing bra and underwear that you don’t mind throwing away; they might stain, even if you are wearing a sanitary napkin
  • Sanitary Pads – the hospital does provide these, but you might be more comfortable with ones you have chosen
  • Toiletries – mouthwash, toothpaste and toothbrush, shampoo

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What to Bring to the Hospital

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70 comments

  1. Profile photo of SammysMOMMY SammysMOMMY says:

    I’m packed and ready to go! Just waiting for the contractions to start happening!

  2. Profile photo of Julie Julie says:

    What a great list! Everywhere I have looked tells you to pack so much stuff. I would rather pack as light as possible.

  3. Great list. I have a feeling that I’ll be packing more than that though.

  4. Profile photo of SammysMOMMY SammysMOMMY says:

    Don’t forget your deodorant!

  5. Profile photo of maretondo maretondo says:

    great information! i’m gonna prep my bag.

  6. Profile photo of Sasoo Sasoo says:

    I have a few more items to add but overall a good list.

  7. I’m saving this article!

  8. Great list! Wish I would have had this when I was packing, but I still had most of these things with me!

  9. Profile photo of maretondo maretondo says:

    This is very helpful information for me. I know what to ‘sort of’ expect.

  10. Profile photo of tonjatjmom tonjatjmom says:

    This is wonderful information, especially for new moms, thanks for sharing.

  11. Profile photo of Mommi2Be Mommi2Be says:

    Havent even started and im due 6/26… guess I better start now!

  12. Profile photo of Tabatha Tabatha says:

    Due July 5th 2012 better get started lol!

  13. Profile photo of MoMMyLuV MoMMyLuV says:

    I’m usually a LAST MINUTE PERSON. This pregnacy I will try to have everything packed within my last four weeks till my DUE DATE, which is Sept. 16th 2012. I guess I’m excited because this is my first BOY out of three GIRLS, which are 6 years apart, that argue all day. LOL.

  14. Profile photo of SammysMOMMY SammysMOMMY says:

    a nail file made out of cardboard or a foam board!

  15. Profile photo of SammysMOMMY SammysMOMMY says:

    This list is simple and efficient!

  16. Profile photo of McKenzie McKenzie says:

    I like this very smart and great idea.

  17. Profile photo of Christina Christina says:

    this was very helpful! now all i need to do is pack everything!

  18. Profile photo of Grace Grace says:

    what is an emery board

  19. Profile photo of Melody13 Melody13 says:

    i should probaby get on this due date is 12 days

  20. Profile photo of Ruby Ruby says:

    Wow still need to pack a bit more ;))

  21. Profile photo of dorisea dorisea says:

    i think my hospital bag is already

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