Hospital Bag for Labor & Delivery


Packing your hospital bag can seem overwhelming. Try not to let it stress you out. My advice is to pack it early (around 30 weeks), so that if something unexpected comes up, you are ready.  If you feel that is too early, make a list for yourself of everything you want in it so that when you are ready to pack it is easier. And if you are reading this at 38 weeks, please don’t panic! Just pack your bag as soon as you can. I promise your baby will come into this world with or without the perfectly packed bag!

I will start with a list of what I pack in my bag. I’m also going to include what we pack in Daddy and Baby’s bags. (Keep in mind that your list might look a lot different than mine, we all have different routines and practices. I just hope this sparks ideas to get your list on the right path for you!)

  • My Hospital Bag:
    • Water Bottle
    • Cell phone Charger
    • Gown for Delivery– The hospital obviously provides you a gown, but there are options available for purchase. I decided to get one this time around because we are having a photographer come, and I hate the way the hospital gowns look. It is also ok to just rock a robe and a sports bra!
    • Comfortable Clothes that are Easy to Nurse in
      • Nursing Bras
      • Pajamas
      • Socks/ Slippers
      • Underwear (Know that it might get ruined)
      • Something Warm (I’m always freezing cold in the hospital)
    • Nice Outfit (Still Comfy)– This is good to think about in case you are getting newborn pictures done in the hospital. You also might want to think about a cute outfit to wear home.
    • Postpartum Care
      • Fridet (This is so much better than the sprayer the hospital gives you!)
      • Nipple Cream
      • Breast pads
      • Adult Diapers!!! (I hate the mesh panties and super giant pads. Adult diapers are sized to fit and don’t move around uncomfortably)
    • Personal Care
      • Shampoo/ Dry Shampoo
      • Conditioner
      • Soap/ Face Wash
      • Toothbrush
      • Toothpaste
      • Floss
      • Deodorant
      • Razor
      • Tweezers
      • Nail Clippers
      • Hair Brush/ Comb
      • Contacts/ Solution/ Case/ Glasses
      • Ponytail Holders/ Bobby Pins/ Headbands
    • Makeup– This one is totally a personal preference thing. If you rock an all natural look during labor, delivery, and recovery, you still look stunningly beautiful. I just love wearing makeup, and it makes me feel more like myself to rock it while I push.
      • Waterproof Mascara (waterproof because tears will probably happen, like a lot)
      • Eyelash Curler
      • Foundation
      • Concealer
      • Powder
      • Blush
      • Eyeshadow
      • Eyebrow Pencil
      • Eyeliner
      • Lipgloss/ Lipstick
      • Pencil Sharpener
      • Brushes & Applicators
      • Makeup Remover
    • Snacks– You usually can’t eat during labor. The hospital will feed you after, but you might want to pack some of your favorite snacks. It is great to pack lactation friendly snacks if you plan to breastfeed.
    • Notebook & Pen for writing down things you want to remember and cherish. Your doctor and nurses also give you a ton of info and ask a lot of questions, so this is a good way to keep track of things.
    • Essential Oils– I will do a separate post on good oils to take to the hospital for labor and delivery and postpartum care.
    • Distractions– If you don’t sit still well, you might want to pack a deck of cards, a good book, or your tablet. Sometimes there is waiting involved.
    • Any Hospital Paperwork– If there is anything you can fill out ahead of time and take with you to the hospital, it can help move the process along a little quicker. Just pack it in your bag so you don’t forget it and have to refill it out.
    • Dirty Laundry Bag– This makes getting home a little easier! You might also want to pack an empty duffel bag for extra things you are going home with.
  • Daddy’s Hospital Bag:
    • Any Chargers Needed (I put him in charge of making sure we don’t forget this stuff)
      • Cell Phone Charger
      • Tablet/ Laptop Charger
      • Camera & Accessories
    • Water Bottle
    • Personal Care
      • Toothbrush
      • Toothpaste
      • Deodorant
      • Soap
      • Shampoo
      • Razor
      • Hair Gel/ Spray
      • Contacts/ Solution/ Case/ Glasses
    • 2/3 Changes of Clothes (Comfy)
      • Don’t forget socks
      • Don’t forget underwear
    • A Nice Outfit (If having newborn pictures done in the hospital)
    • Money/ Change (For the cafeteria or vending machines)
    • Snacks– Feel free to kick Dad out to eat his snack in the hallway if you are getting grumpy about not having food!
    • **Pillow & Blanket– Our hospitals have never been great about accommodating Dad. He needs a little sleep and comfort too!
  • Baby’s Hospital Bag:
    • Swaddle Blankets/ Sleep Sack They make for cute pictures and may be more comfortable than what the hospital provides.
    • Comfortable Outfits/ PJS
    • Diapers if you are choosing to use a certain brand or cloth. (Don’t forget to grab a wet bag if you are using cloth diapers. This will be how you get the used ones home.)
    • Going Home Outfit/ Special Outfit for Newborn Pictures
    • Scratch Mittens
    • Hats
    • Socks
    • Body Wash/ Shampoo if you are choosing a specific brand.
    • **Your hospital honestly provides everything baby will need in the hospital, so if you are a minimalist, pack less. I am a picky mom, so I like to use the brands and items I love from the moment baby comes out. Trust your instincts and do what works best for you!
    • **Make sure to bring baby’s car seat to the hospital so you can bring baby home!

**Don’t forget to grab a few last minute things that aren’t easy to pack ahead. (Your ID and insurance card) If you don’t have a backup pair of glasses or an extra cell phone charger. I write out a list of last second grabs and keep the list in the top of my hospital bag so I can run through it and pull everything I need before I head out the door. Or if I am not the one grabbing the bag, someone else can run through the list for me. 

Also Check Out: What to Take to the Hospital for Breastfeeding

Here is a list of some of my favorite places to shop for the things in my bag.

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