Hospital Bag Checklist

Last Updated: July 2021

In this guide:

“Grab the hospital bag!” You're trying to stay calm, but there are a million things on your mind. The last thing you want to worry about is whether you’ve packed everything. Here are the key essentials you’ll want for everyone involved.

Tip: Most hospitals and birth centers provide diapers, wipes, pads, disposable underwear, clothes for your baby during the hospital stay and different tools for labor (such as a yoga ball or peanut ball). Double check beforehand to avoid overpacking.


For Mom

Basic Toiletries (can vary by what your daily regimen includes):

  • Shampoo / conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Face wash
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Chapstick
  • Hair ties and brush



  • Going home outfit- Something comfortable, easy to put on and that doesn’t put too much pressure on your waist (loose dresses are perfect)
  • 2-3 additional lounging outfits (optional)- If you don’t want to wear the hospital gown
  • Comfortable robe, cardigan or zip up sweater- In case the room gets too cold
  • Comfortable underwear- Ideally something larger and looser to fit a pad. Another option could be disposable mesh underwear or adult diapers (totally acceptable).
  • Bras- Nursing friendly options if you’re planning to nurse. Otherwise, pack your most comfortable one.
  • Slippers or flip-flops- For walking around the room / hospital and to use in the shower
  • Comfortable masks- Especially one that is easy to breathe in during labor


Nursing items:

  • Nipple cream (vegan option)
  • Nursing pads
  • Nipple shield (optional)- if nursing gets too painful



For Baby:

  • Clothes- 6-8 onesies should suffice since your baby will be swaddled a majority of the time. Consider a kimono style so it’s easy to take on/off without needing to slide your baby’s delicate head through a neck hole. Pack newborn and 0-3 months sizes to ensure you have something that fits.
  • Swaddles- For your little one to be wrapped in when they’re resting.
  • Burp cloths- to clean up their spit up
  • Going home outfit- Onesie, pants, cardigan or zip up, socks, mittens and beanie. Bring both newborn and 0-3 months since you’re not sure how big your baby will be.
  • Installed car seat- Most hospitals won’t let you leave unless the car seat is properly installed.
  • Announcement outfit or plaque (optional)
  • Receiving blanket (optional)
  • Pacifier (optional)



For Dad / Partner / Support:

  • Comfortable clothes for 2-3 days
  • Flip-flops or slippers
  • Toiletries Masks



Miscellaneous Items:

  • Birth plan- So your healthcare providers know what you want
  • Essential documents- IDs, social security numbers, and insurance cards
  • Snacks
  • Reusable water bottles: consider a water bottle with a straw so that you can easily drink from it in a laying back position
  • Camera
  • Cell phone and long phone charger- just in case you’re far from an outlet
  • Headphones or small bluetooth speaker- so you can listen to music while you're in labor

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