Ready, Set, Baby: The Ultimate Hospital Bag Checklist (Free Printable)

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Ultimate Hospital Bag Checklist

The thrill and anxiety of going into labor is made just a bit easier when you know your hospital bags are packed and ready for anything those first few days may bring. As an expectant mom, I was determined to be prepared whenever my baby decided to arrive.

After both overpacking and underpacking for my first two deliveries, I’ve learned what items are must-haves for a comfortable hospital stay after welcoming your little one. Whether it’s your first child or your fourth, having a hospital bag packing checklist helps provide peace of mind when contractions start up.

In this post, I’ll provide my tried-and-tested hospital bag checklist based on my own experiences and lessons learned. You’ll see what to pack for yourself as the laboring mama, items to include for your partner or support person, and essentials for baby’s first outfits and necessities.

What to Pack For Mom

  1. Important Documents:
    • Photo ID, Insurance information, Hospital paperwork, and Birth plan: These documents help the hospital staff efficiently check you in and understand your birth preferences.
    • List of Emergency Contacts: Important in case the hospital needs to contact someone on your behalf.
  2. Clothing:
    • Comfortable maternity clothes: Loose, comfy clothing will make the journey home more pleasant.
    • Nightgown or pajamas: Choose front-opening styles if you plan to breastfeed.
    • Robe and slippers: Keep you warm and comfortable during labor and after.
    • Socks: Hospitals can be chilly – warm socks are a must.
    • Underwear: High-waist or maternity options will be most comfortable after delivery.
    • Nursing bras: Essential if you’re planning to breastfeed
  3. Toiletries:
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste, Deodorant, Face wash, and moisturizer: Personal hygiene items help you feel more at home.
    • Lip balm: Hospital air can be dry – lip balm helps keep your lips moisturized.
    • Hairbrush and hair ties: Keeping your hair off your face during labor can be refreshing.
    • Glasses and contact lenses (if needed): You’ll want to see your little one clearly!
    • Maternity pads: Hospitals usually provide these, but you might prefer your own.
  4. Comfort Items:
    • Pillows: Your own pillows can provide extra comfort.
    • Your own towel: Hospital towels can be scratchy; your own might feel softer and more comforting.
    • Snacks and drinks: Hospital meals can be irregular; snacks keep your energy up between meals.
    • Earplugs and eye mask: Helpful if you need to rest during the day when the ward is busy.
    • Massaging oil or lotion: Useful for labor relaxation techniques.
    • Heating pad: Helpful for back labor or general comfort.
  5. Entertainment:
    • Books, magazines, or e-reader, Music or podcasts: These can help distract you during labor or postpartum.
    • Phone and charger: Stay connected with family and friends, and take your first baby photos!

What to Pack For Baby

  1. Clothing:
    • Newborn clothes: Soft, comfortable outfits for the journey home. Layer if it’s cold!
    • Socks and booties, Hat, and blanket: Depending on the weather in your area, these will keep your newborn warm and cozy.
  2. Diapers:
    • Newborn size diapers, Baby wipes: Hospitals usually provide these, but you might prefer specific brands.
  3. Car Seat: Most hospitals won’t let you leave by car without one. It’s crucial for baby’s safety.

What to Pack for Partner or Support Person

  1. Clothing: Enough clothes for a few days, including sleepwear and comfortable shoes. Partners may be staying overnight at the hospital.
  2. Snacks and Drinks: Hospital food isn’t always available at all hours.
  3. Entertainment: Useful during waiting times.
  4. Phone and Charger: To update other family members and capture these precious moments!
  5. Pillow and Blanket: In case the hospital doesn’t provide these for the overnight stay.

Remember to pack by the time you’re around 36 weeks pregnant, as babies can decide to make an early appearance!

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