Getting ready for the big day is an exciting time, but it also calls for a little bit of preparing on your end! We know you've been planning all the other little details like your nursery and the best baby gear to buy. Here we'll help you plan for what to pack for the hospital and when to pack your hospital bag.

When to Pack Your Hospital Bag

Don’t wait to pack your hospital bag until you’re busy counting contractions! You (and your partner) should pack your hospital bags a few weeks before your due date. Leave it in a convenient location— like by the front door—so when the time comes, it’s easy to grab and head out the door. Some expecting parents even prefer to keep it in the car…that way in the midst of the chaos nothing is forgotten!

What You Need During Labor in the Hospital

It might be hard to decide what you really NEED in the hospital versus what’s a convenience. It’s important to have a balance of both. Hospitals aren’t exactly known for feeling warm and home-like so it can be comforting to bring a few personal items like your pillow and a robe. Try not to overdo it though…you don’t want to roll in with a giant suitcase full of stuff you’ll hardly use!

Hospital Bag Checklist

Hospital Bag Essentials

  • ID and insurance card
  • Birth plan (bring multiple copies)
  • Cord Blood Registry information
  • Long phone charger (labor can be a drawn-out process, so make sure you have a charger that can stretch from the wall to your bed)
  • Lip balm
  • Hair ties
  • Clothing to go home in for you
  • A going-home outfit for your baby (check our super-soft, super-cute baby bodysuits!)
  • Soft, comfortable nursing bra 
  • Toiletries

Nice-to-Haves for Your Hospital Stay

  • Robe: this makes nursing easy and can be more comfortable than a hospital gown post-birth
  • Comfy clothes, pajamas, socks and slippers
  • Snacks: Treat yourself to something tasty (hospital food isn’t always the delish), plus labor can work up a serious appetite! Honey sticks can be an easy and effective energy boost in the last hours of labor.
  • Bluetooth speaker: Set the mood for labor and have your favorite playlist on when you bring your baby into the world
  • Essential oil diffuser: Like music, scents (like lavender) can really create a relaxing ambiance to help ease your mind and relax your body
  • First photo props: Capture Baby’s first hours with a cute printed swaddle, beanie and letterboard!

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    Disclaimer: The information on our site is NOT medical advice for any specific person or condition. It is only meant as general information. If you have any medical questions and concerns about your child or yourself, please contact your health provider.