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Childbirth Checklist: What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag

Childbirth Checklist: What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag

When it's time to deliver your baby, you want to be sure you're well-prepared. You'll want to have all of the comforts of home to ensure you're not worried about anything. Besides, you this is the time to completely focus on the safe arrival of your new baby, instead of stressing over forgetting items at home. With that said, gather the items on the below hospital bag checklist, and have your bag packed at least a couple of weeks before your due date … just in case! And don't forget your birth plan if you have one.

Pregnant woman writing packing list for maternity hospital at home
Packing your bag with essentials in advance ensures you'll stress less later.

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Key Points of Important Items to Include in Your Hospital Bag

  • Clothing: Comfortable, easy-access options for your time in the hospital and when you're leaving.
  • Toiletries: What you would potentially use on a regular basis (try not to overpack).
  • Water and snacks: Particularly if you have dietary restrictions. Bring your favorites!
  • Baby essentials: Going home clothes and anything for the ride home.

Childbirth Checklist: What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag


__ Nightgown and/or pajamas (if you're planning to breastfeed, bring either special nursing jammies or easy-access options
__ Slippers or comfy, sticky-bottom socks
__ Bathrobe or cardigan to keep warm
__ 3-6 pairs of panties
__ Bra/sports bra (nursing bra if you plan to breastfeed)
__ Going home clothes & shoes


__ Toothbrush & toothpaste
__ Hairbrush
__ Shampoo & conditioner OR Dry shampoo 
__ Hair ties/scrunchies
__ Face cleanser
__ Deodorant
__ Vitamins & daily meds


__ Phone
__ Phone charger
__ Apple watch & charger
__ Earbuds or headphones
__ iPad or other e-reader (or books/magazines)
__ Water bottle (filled)
__ Snacks
__ Glasses/glasses case or contacts
__ Camera (if you're not using your phone for pictures)
__ Nursing pillow
__ Personal item or favorite pillow for comfort 


__ Onesies or sleeper gowns (x4)
__ Socks (x2)
__ Going home outfit
__ Swaddling blanket/swaddler
__ Carseat
__ Carseat cover (if it's chilly)
__ Pacifier (x3)

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