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.

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


What do you think?

What to Bring to the Hospital

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  1. Flor says:

    I think this list is perfect. Me and my boyfriend are going shopping in a few weeks for everything were going to need and some. Were so anxious we cant wait..

  2. Ashleigh says:

    I love these lists. They are so helpful especially when that pregnancy brain is hard at work.

  3. mixay says:

    I can’t not wait til my baby come out…I am so tried become pregnant.

  4. mommy nhoj says:

    Check for all above listed to-bring except car seat and emery board (what’s that?!) I held her all the way from the hospital to home which took us about 2hrs drive due to traffic!

    • Tammy says:

      1. I can’t believe any hospital would actually discharge you without seeing a properly installed car seat. Any hospital I have ever heard of or encountered required this. 2. I can’t believe you put your baby’s life at risk by not using a safety seat. Its unsafe and if you are in the U.S, majorly illegal. I hope that isn’t something you plan repeating.

  5. Moorie says:

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  6. Stephanie says:

    I agree with this list. I wish I would have read this article before having my little one.

  7. alexis says:

    Gotta start packing soon, great advice!!

  8. angelica says:

    I liked this now i can be prepared for when the day comes.

  9. Christina says:

    I have exactly 3 months and we are already starting to pack and get everything ready because I dont think I’m going to make it all the way to the due date

  10. andrea says:

    babys diaper bag and clothes for you car seat receiving blanket stuff for you to do and focuse on while in labor.

  11. Namaste says:

    It is important – don’t put off packing until the last minute…

  12. EbyMom says:

    I love this article. Actually I forgot my socks at home. Immediately after giving birth, I started shivering and shaking so the nurses brought steamed blankets. They really helped me. So next time by God’s grace, I don’t think I will forget necessities. Good article

  13. Christina says:

    I’m nervous and hope I bring everything I need. I think I’ll pack 1 month before I give birth just in case I want to add or take something out. I have to make sure I have my makeup and my nails short and polished. I’m getting excited thinking about it! Not sure what I’m having yet, but if I’m having a girl I’m definitely putting her in pink Hello Kitty!

    • mommy nhoj says:

      We overpacked as well but its better to be that than lack the essentials! Since I was scheduled CS operation, we were there 2 days before the operation. We were carrying a 10kg luggage and 3 loose bags and a baby bag and people in the admitting section look puzzled!

  14. Kitty says:

    Since I’m one of those super vain girly girls, I also plan on bringing makeup, hairbrush, root lifter and hairspray for those first time with the baby pictures….because yeah, I am that superficial :p

  15. Olivia says:

    My first pregnancy i wasnt prepared at all.. with this pregnancy ive learned more and will be ready.. thats if i dont panic and forget everything

  16. Tina says:

    I’ll have to remember to re-search this once my due date gets closer. Very helpful!

  17. Phammom says:

    I’m excited for the big day!

  18. Vicky says:

    As a labor and delivery nurse myself, the one thing that drives me nuts is when patients come in with the car seat! This is something that doesn’t need to come in until after you are delivered and recovered!

    • tiffany says:

      but a comment to that I will bring mine cause some people may have no family to help and have to use a tai and a taxi driver cant go to your house and go inside and get your things.. and then come to the hospital to deliver those items so you can leave and I don’t think that the nurses is going to make that special trip for us either…better to bring it then not have it at all just saying…

  19. ADMorris says:

    I never took a lot of these things to the hospital I just took what I thought I would need and then when I was there realized I needed a lot more… will learn from my mistakes and pack from this list it looks very helpful

  20. Make sure to make a list of the things you take so that you can check it off when you leave the hospital! I forgot a few things and the only thing that I didn’t find was my phone charger!

  21. I will make sure I have all of this by the end of the week. I’m so excited!!

  22. verochka31 says:

    got most of it all packed two months ago……………….

  23. Rayray79 says:

    Great list thank you for the ideas

  24. verochka31 says:

    great list……………..I think I got it covered. Packed and ready to go. Going on 34 weeks.

    • ashley says:

      my due date is auguest 16 but doctors are saying u want make it to my due date because i had all four of mine at 39 weeks expect the first one my daughter who was actually born on her due date


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