Hospital Bag Checklist: What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag!

Hey there, fabulous mom-to-be! 🌸 If you're reading this, you're probably in the nesting phase and wondering what on Earth should go into that hospital bag of yours. Don't sweat it; we've got you covered!

Preparing for the arrival of your little one is both exciting and nerve-wracking. One thing that can ease your mind is having a well-packed hospital bag ready to go. So let's dive into the ultimate hospital bag checklist tailored for fabulous moms like you!

When to Start Packing

Start packing your bag between 35 to 38 weeks. Trust us, you don't want to be doing the "hospital bag scramble" during contractions.

Why so early, you ask? Well, babies have their own timeline and sometimes decide to make an early entrance. Better safe than sorry!

Essential Documents

First things first, you'll need your ID, insurance card, and any hospital paperwork. Make sure to have multiple copies just in case.

  • ID and Driver's License: Identification is crucial for hospital records.
  • Insurance Card: To ensure all medical procedures are covered.
  • Birth Plan: To communicate your preferences to the medical team.
  • Medical Records: For any medical history that the hospital should be aware of.

Place these documents in a separate, easily accessible pouch. Inform your partner or birthing coach about its location in the bag.

hospital bag for pregnant mom

For the Mom-to-Be

Let's talk comfort, ladies! Your comfort during labor and postpartum recovery is crucial. Here's what you should pack:

  • Soft Robe: For those chilly hospital rooms and easy breastfeeding access.
  • Toiletries: Personal hygiene is a must. Bring travel-sized items to feel more at home.
  • Postpartum Leggings: Comfort and support for your post-baby belly. Check out our blog post for more must-haves.
  • Nursing Bras: For easy breastfeeding and to keep nursing pads in place. Explore our nursing bra collection for the best options.
  • Slippers: Hospital floors can be cold and not so clean. Slippers are a must!

For the Partner

Let's not forget about the partner who will be your rock during this journey. Here's what they should pack:

  • Snacks: Labor can be long; keep energy levels up.
  • Change of Clothes: For those unexpected overnight stays.
  • Phone Charger: To keep everyone updated and capture those first moments.
male partner's hospital bag for delivery

For the Newborn

Your little one will need some essentials too:

  • Going-Home Outfit: For that first adorable photo.
  • Diapers: The hospital provides these, but having your own preferred brand can be comforting.
  • Pediatrician's Contact: The hospital will ask for this, so have it ready.

Hospital Entertainment/Relaxation

Because labor can be a waiting game:

  • Phone and Charger: For communication and entertainment.
  • Books/Magazines: To pass the time.
  • Snacks: Sometimes hospital food just won't cut it.

Additional Tips

Some extra tips to make your hospital stay more comfortable:

  • Eye Mask and Earplugs: Hospitals can be noisy and bright.
  • Lotion or Oil: For massages to help with relaxation.


There you have it, the ultimate hospital bag checklist! Now, all that's left is to wait for your little one to make their grand entrance. 💗

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