Time to Pack Your Bags! No you’re NOT going on a vacation – Your having a baby!



Packing a hospital bag is important for not only the mom-to-be, but for the person whose their labor partner as well. Who wants to travel back and forth from the hospital to the house when you can spend 30 minutes and pack it prior to your due date?!

Here is a list of items you can pack in your bag, which will provide you with a little more comfort and strength when preparing to welcome your new bundle of joy.

  • Driver’s license, insurance card and any other hospital paperwork
  • Birth Plan (if applicable)
  • Eyeglasses (as well as storage and solution), as well as sunglasses for when you get out of the hospital
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, deodorant, a brush and comb, makeup
  • Are you particular with the hair products you use? – then remember to bring your favorite body wash shampoo, and lotion
  • Bathrobe, pajamas (thin, stretchy and comfortable), slippers and socks
  • Stress Relievers: if you are someone who is anxious or easily stressed (of course – who wouldn’t be during labor), consider bringing your own pillow, music, photos of family, stress ball and anything else that will take your mind off the pain (besides an epidural if you are going that route!)
  • Camera and/or video camera. Be sure to bring extra batteries, charger and memory card
  • Healthy snacks and possibly some gossip magazines!
  • Cash for parking and for vending machines (pending your labor partner isn’t already at your favorite restaurant picking you up food)
  • Maternity tank tops, nursing bras (or sport bras) and underwear
  • A going-home outfit for you AND the baby! You can never go wrong with leggings and a stretchy shirt with sandals
  • Installed car seat – the hospital will NOT let the baby go home without one
  • A receiving blanket


Of course, you don’t have to bring everything on the list, but do bring whatever will make you feel comfortable and calm.  Also, after some research online, here are a few other items you can bring that I thought were some great ideas.


  • Bring the baby book. They will need to get footprints and while they are doing it for the birth certificate they can use the rest of the ink and make prints for your book
  • Bring baby nail clippers or an emery board. Some hospitals, because of liability do not offer these to babies
  • Nipple cream
  • And last, but definitely not least, bring some coffee, pastries or treats for the nurses caring for you. You can leave it at the nurses’ station and they will truly enjoy and appreciate it. A happy nurse means an even more happy mom J

9 comments on “Time to Pack Your Bags! No you’re NOT going on a vacation – Your having a baby!”

  1. I would add make sure you either bring your own or ask for one at hospital – The Litacain Spray its cool refreshing and helps numb for the pain after a Vaginal birth. Again I agree with everything above – I would Add maybe bring a sweater or a hoodie it was chilly in the hospital for some reason and I had to send the hubby back for one while I was there – Oh and I wished! I had brought my hairdryer my hair looked not so nice for pictures the day after. Wow just hinking back it was 20 months ago I gave birth adn the memory floods back so fast I can see the room exactly how it was what we had brought – Triscuits and Gingerale were a welocme treat! Oh and chapstick!!!!!

  2. Agreed!!! Michelle- i took EVERYTHING from my hospital room- everything!! And not to be gross, but that weird stretchy underwear came in pretttty handy… Also, like Michelle, i was craving a drink! (a real drink, yes, but under the circumstances, i was not allowed Gin & Tonics) I asked my parents to bring in a 12 pack of diet ginger ale. i sipped on that for days in the hospital. and oranges… i also had them bring me a huge bag of oranges.

    The other things that made me feel more “human” again was bringing my own body lotion, my favorite pair of vineyard vines flip flops, and um… my lilly pulitzer pajamas. Those little bits of comfort made me feel so much better.

    I packed Mike a pair of running shorts, some tee shirts, socks and boxers. He originally did not think he’d need them, and he didn’t want me fussing over him, but when your water breaks at 5:01 in the morning, you’ll be glad (and so will the man) that you packed along a few of his clothes. Oh, and i also packed some of his Cliff bars. I didn’t want him messing around with trying to find food when he wanted to stick by me and Jake. I think that’s it for what i used…

    Mike and i ordered the nurses a Mrs. Field’s cookie and brownie gift basket couple weeks after we came home. The NICU doctors and nurses were amazing to us, so we had to give them our immense thanks!

  3. Great list! I concur with Michelle that I wore the gauzy “underwear” they give you for about 2 weeks after. Especially since I had a C- section the last time and it just felt better on the incision. Plus who cares what happens to them, you just throw them out!

    Also, yes, take everything that isn’t nailed down! :o) the Ladies have a good list going, but I would also add the waterproof pads they put under your bed when you are laboring and after. We have 6 of them and they make great under-sheet mattress pads for those middle of the night leaks, and then again for potty training time.

    And don’t forget cell phones and chargers!

    Good luck!

  4. Love the idea of treats for the nurses- wish I had done this! What an nice idea 🙂 I waaaay overpacked with my first child- I don’t know how many outfits I thought I’d need, hahahaha. The second time around I realized I’d be wearing yoga pants and nursing tank tops for a good 2 months anyway, so I just brought that 🙂

  5. We learned quickly (nurses actually told us) that they fill up the diapers and wipes in the room each time they realize they are low. Each time they left we put some away and went home with lots. Also, might depends on your hospital, but ours had a kitchen in the labor hall that was full stocked and open 24/7 for mom and dad. Was a big help after delivering after lunch but hrs before dinner.

  6. I second that….I cleared the room when leaving from the hospital. I took baby diapers, baby shirts they provide, menstrual pads, baby formula….etc.

  7. For me, I craved lots and LOTS of gatorade after my 35 hours of labor because I was so dehydrated! I would suggest bringing an electrolyte drink – made a big difference for me.

    Also, I used the weird stretchy underwear they give you because you have these ridiculously large pads on while your in the hospital since your bleeding. Didn’t even put any of my own on for a while. I took some of their underwear home because it was way more comfy at that point and I still bled for a few days while I was home.

    Another tip someone gave me that is true: when you leave the hospital you can take anything you want from the room! Nasal thingy, baby blankets, extra underwear etc. Take it!

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