HealthONE - December 10, 2021

Wondering what to bring to the hospital when you’re having a baby? Your peace of mind goes along when you’re preparing for your baby’s arrival. Once you’re around 38 weeks pregnant, pack a bag with everything you need at the hospital. Getting organized beforehand will assure you’re ready to go as soon as your baby is. Our list includes what to bring for labor and delivery, your recovery and for your baby.

What to pack in a hospital bag for labor

For expectant mom:

  • Insurance card, photo ID
  • Your birth plan, if you have one (bring multiple copies to give to your practitioner and various nurses)
  • Eyeglasses or contacts/solution (if needed)
  • Loose, comfortable clothes. Swim suit if desired
  • Bathrobe, socks and slippers
  • Hair bands, ties or barrettes
  • Massage tools, aromatherapy, LED candles
  • Heating pad
  • Pillow (do not use a white pillow case)
  • Music
  • Toothbrush/mints/basic toiletries
  • Games, tablet or ipad or a book for early labor distraction
  • Eye mask

For support person:

  • Directions/map to hospital
  • Cooler with snacks for self
  • Money
  • Basic Toiletries/toothbrush/gum
  • Change of clothes, pajama bottoms
  • Cell phone and labeled charger
  • Extra Pillows
  • Camera, memory card, charger

What to pack in your postpartum bag

For mom:

  • Nightgown
  • Nursing bra or camisole
  • Toiletries
  • Hairbrush
  • Moisturizer for lips/lip balm
  • Slippers
  • Light weight robe
  • Comfortable going-home outfit (about what you wore when 6 months pregnant)

For baby:

  • Baby lotion, diaper cream and a diaper or two (though the hospital will provide plenty)
  • Infant Car Seat (already installed)
  • Going-home outfit
  • Socks/booties
  • Extra cap
  • Emery board for nails
  • Baby book
  • Extra outfits
  • Extra blankets
  • Cover for car seat (in case of inclement weather)

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