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Your due date is coming! It’s an exciting time, but it also means you need to make sure you have your labor hospital bag ready. Chances are you’ve spent most of your time these last few months making sure your home is ready for your new little one. Now, it’s time to tackle another important third-trimester task: deciding what to take to the hospital for labor and delivery.

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Your due date is coming! It’s an exciting time, but it also means you need to make sure you have your labor hospital bag ready. Chances are you’ve spent most of your time these last few months making sure your home is ready for your new little one. Now, it’s time to tackle another important third-trimester task: deciding what to take to the hospital for labor and delivery.

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Packing your delivery bag can seem like a daunting task that leaves you wondering what to take to the hospital! You’ll be packing for you, your partner, and a new baby. This is why sticking to hospital bag essentials is key. You don’t want your hospital bag for delivery to be too full of things you don’t need, but you also don’t want to leave things out of your hospital bag that are essential. So, if you’re unsure where to start when it comes to deciding what to pack for the hospital when having a baby, we’re here to help.

We’ve compiled the ultimate hospital bag checklist to take the guessing out of what to take to the hospital when having a baby. We’ll cover what to take to the hospital for delivery, as well as for after you have your baby.

Keep reading for your hospital checklist for having a baby!

when should the hospital bag be ready?

Depending on where you’re at with your pregnancy, you might be wondering, “When should I get my hospital bag ready for labor?” You have some flexibility when it comes to determining when to pack a hospital bag. 

In general, if you have a healthy pregnancy and no high-risk indicators,  you should start packing your delivery bag between 37-38 weeks. However, there are some factors that push up the date of when to have a hospital bag ready. They include: 

• Expecting multiples

• Previous preterm birth

• High blood pressure 

Before you start marking off your labor bag checklist, talk with your doctor about any concerns he or she might have about you going into labor early. 

what to pack in your hospital bag?

As you start to pack your hospital bag, you might be asking yourself, “how long do you stay in the hospital after having a baby?” This is important to consider as you go through your hospital bag packing list.

For healthy, vaginal deliveries, your hospital bag list should cover enough supplies for 1-2 days. For C-section deliveries, you’re more likely to stay 3-4 days in the hospital. Keep this in mind as you decide what to pack in the maternity hospital bag. 

Below you’ll find our hospital checklist for having a baby to help you figure out what to pack in the hospital bag. We’ve included a hospital bag checklist for delivery, as well as for after while you recover with your new baby.

Before making your way through this hospital bag checklist for birth, call the hospital to see what items they provide. This can save you time and space! 

what to pack in a hospital bag for labor?

The first thing you’ll do at the hospital is actually have the baby, so here is a hospital bag checklist for labor:

• birthing clothes. You need to make sure your labor outfits are packed unless you want to rely on a hospital gown. With this, you’ll want to include 2-3 warm, non-skid socks so you’re able to walk around easily.

• birth plan. If you have one, this is one of the most important items when you’re deciding what to pack for labor. Be sure you give your birth plan to your nurse when you have been admitted. 

• photo ID and insurance card. When it comes to what to pack for hospital labor, you don’t want to forget these items. They make the check-in process a lot smoother, so you can just focus on you and your baby.   

• chargers. Make sure to have enough for you and your partner in case you both need to charge your devices at the same time.

• nutrition. Some hospitals have strict policies about what you can eat and drink while giving birth. But snacks for labor will be useful in keeping your energy up, so throw some in your delivery bag! Make sure they are non-perishable to store easily and pack enough for your partner as well. 

• extra hair ties. The last thing you want to deal with while giving birth is your hair getting in your eyes! 

If your hospital is a good distance from your home, there are a few other items you might want to consider when figuring out what to pack for hospital birth. Some non-essentials that might be nice to have in your hospital bag just in case (especially if sending your partner home to get them isn’t an option) include:

• Portable fan

• Portable diffuser for essential oils

• Eye masks

• Headphones

• Personal water bottle (hospitals will usually provide one for you)

 

baby in jungle jam hatbaby in footies in cribbaby laying on swaddle

what to pack in a hospital bag for baby?

After having your hospital bag packed and ready, next on the list is what to pack in your hospital bag for baby. Like with your bag, you want to stick to the most essential things a newborn baby needs while in the hospital. 

As you figure out what to pack in a baby hospital bag, we’ve created a checklist for newborn baby to help guide you:

• car seat. A hospital won’t let you drive your baby home without an approved car seat, so you cannot forget this.

clothes. You’ll definitely need an outfit to bring baby home from hospital, but when it comes to clothes for a newborn at the hospital, you can pack light. Your baby will spend most of the time swaddled or doing skin-to-skin with you or your partner.

hats. It’s a little thing, but as you make your list of what to pack in a diaper bag, you’ll want to include a newborn hat. Little babies need help regulating their temperature early on and heat escapes through their head. Something like the snuggle knit™ newborn swaddle + hat set is  perfect!

• bottles. This is only necessary if you plan to bottle feed from the beginning. Bring at least two.

warm blanket. This will mostly be used for the car ride home, but you’ll want to include some like a cotton muslin blanket to keep your little one warm. 

That’s pretty much it! Newborn babies are easy to pack for in the hospital, so do not stress as you figure out what to pack in a hospital bag for a baby. In addition to hospital diapers and wipes, hospitals will also provide you with swaddle blankets and any vaseline or cream your baby might need. Again, call your hospital ahead of time to see for sure which items they provide. This makes choosing what to pack in a diaper bag for the hospital a lot easier. 

what to pack in hospital bag for mom?

You aren’t just packing a delivery bag. You’re also packing for your stay after giving birth. With that in mind, we’ve created a hospital bag checklist for mom. Below you’ll find what should be included in mum’s hospital bag:

• toiletries. You cannot forget toiletries for new mums! After going through labor and delivery, you’ll want to be able to take care of yourself. This includes items such as toothbrush/toothpaste, hairbrush, deodorant, face wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, contact lens case and solution. Going with the travel size of all of these is a great option to save on space!

• adult diapers. Hospitals will provide mesh underwear and pads for you to wear after giving birth, but many find adult diapers to be more comfortable and secure. This is one of those postpartum essentials for mom to help you heal in comfort.

• nipple cream. If you plan to breastfeed, you’ll definitely want some of this in mum's hospital bag! 

• nursing pads/bras. Again, if you plan to breastfeed, make sure to pack a few pairs of these.

• comfy clothes. Don’t expect to leave the hospital in any pre-baby clothes. Make sure you pack in your hospital bag comfortable outfits for you (sweats, leggings, nightgowns, etc.)

• comfy pillow. This is another one of those postpartum must-haves. You’ve just been through an amazing (and exhausting) experience giving birth. Don’t rely on the comfort of a hospital pillow to help you recover.   

• chapstick/lip balm. Hospital rooms are known to get dry!

what to take to the hospital for c section?

If you are having a planned c-section, packing your hospital bag will need to include a few different items. You should still pack the items from our hospital bag checklist, but with a c-section, here is what you want to add to your baby bag for mom: 

• stretchy clothes. For any clothes you pack make sure the pants will not dig into your incision. Stick to stretchy pants or dresses

• dry shampoo. You may not be cleared to shower as quickly as moms who delivered vaginally. For this reason, you’ll want to bring along some dry shampoo to hold you over till you can.

• a nursing pillow. Even if you do not want to breastfeed, a nursing pillow is extremely helpful in keeping the baby off your incision.   

Getting packed is a great way to keep you busy in the weeks leading up to your little one’s arrival! Once you have your hospital bag packed and ready to go, you can keep it in the car or near the front door for easy access. 


Packing your delivery bag can seem like a daunting task that leaves you wondering what to take to the hospital! You’ll be packing for you, your partner, and a new baby. This is why sticking to hospital bag essentials is key. You don’t want your hospital bag for delivery to be too full of things you don’t need, but you also don’t want to leave things out of your hospital bag that are essential. So, if you’re unsure where to start when it comes to deciding what to pack for the hospital when having a baby, we’re here to help.

We’ve compiled the ultimate hospital bag checklist to take the guessing out of what to take to the hospital when having a baby. We’ll cover what to take to the hospital for delivery, as well as for after you have your baby.

Keep reading for your hospital checklist for having a baby!

when should the hospital bag be ready?

Depending on where you’re at with your pregnancy, you might be wondering, “When should I get my hospital bag ready for labor?” You have some flexibility when it comes to determining when to pack a hospital bag. 

In general, if you have a healthy pregnancy and no high-risk indicators,  you should start packing your delivery bag between 37-38 weeks. However, there are some factors that push up the date of when to have a hospital bag ready. They include: 

• Expecting multiples

• Previous preterm birth

• High blood pressure 

Before you start marking off your labor bag checklist, talk with your doctor about any concerns he or she might have about you going into labor early. 

what to pack in your hospital bag?

As you start to pack your hospital bag, you might be asking yourself, “how long do you stay in the hospital after having a baby?” This is important to consider as you go through your hospital bag packing list.

For healthy, vaginal deliveries, your hospital bag list should cover enough supplies for 1-2 days. For C-section deliveries, you’re more likely to stay 3-4 days in the hospital. Keep this in mind as you decide what to pack in the maternity hospital bag. 

Below you’ll find our hospital checklist for having a baby to help you figure out what to pack in the hospital bag. We’ve included a hospital bag checklist for delivery, as well as for after while you recover with your new baby.

Before making your way through this hospital bag checklist for birth, call the hospital to see what items they provide. This can save you time and space! 

what to pack in a hospital bag for labor?

The first thing you’ll do at the hospital is actually have the baby, so here is a hospital bag checklist for labor:

• birthing clothes. You need to make sure your labor outfits are packed unless you want to rely on a hospital gown. With this, you’ll want to include 2-3 warm, non-skid socks so you’re able to walk around easily.

• birth plan. If you have one, this is one of the most important items when you’re deciding what to pack for labor. Be sure you give your birth plan to your nurse when you have been admitted. 

• photo ID and insurance card. When it comes to what to pack for hospital labor, you don’t want to forget these items. They make the check-in process a lot smoother, so you can just focus on you and your baby.   

• chargers. Make sure to have enough for you and your partner in case you both need to charge your devices at the same time.

• nutrition. Some hospitals have strict policies about what you can eat and drink while giving birth. But snacks for labor will be useful in keeping your energy up, so throw some in your delivery bag! Make sure they are non-perishable to store easily and pack enough for your partner as well. 

• extra hair ties. The last thing you want to deal with while giving birth is your hair getting in your eyes! 

If your hospital is a good distance from your home, there are a few other items you might want to consider when figuring out what to pack for hospital birth. Some non-essentials that might be nice to have in your hospital bag just in case (especially if sending your partner home to get them isn’t an option) include:

• Portable fan

• Portable diffuser for essential oils

• Eye masks

• Headphones

• Personal water bottle (hospitals will usually provide one for you)

 

baby in jungle jam hatbaby in footies in cribbaby laying on swaddle

what to pack in a hospital bag for baby?

After having your hospital bag packed and ready, next on the list is what to pack in your hospital bag for baby. Like with your bag, you want to stick to the most essential things a newborn baby needs while in the hospital. 

As you figure out what to pack in a baby hospital bag, we’ve created a checklist for newborn baby to help guide you:

• car seat. A hospital won’t let you drive your baby home without an approved car seat, so you cannot forget this.

clothes. You’ll definitely need an outfit to bring baby home from hospital, but when it comes to clothes for a newborn at the hospital, you can pack light. Your baby will spend most of the time swaddled or doing skin-to-skin with you or your partner.

hats. It’s a little thing, but as you make your list of what to pack in a diaper bag, you’ll want to include a newborn hat. Little babies need help regulating their temperature early on and heat escapes through their head. Something like the snuggle knit™ newborn swaddle + hat set is  perfect!

• bottles. This is only necessary if you plan to bottle feed from the beginning. Bring at least two.

warm blanket. This will mostly be used for the car ride home, but you’ll want to include some like a cotton muslin blanket to keep your little one warm. 

That’s pretty much it! Newborn babies are easy to pack for in the hospital, so do not stress as you figure out what to pack in a hospital bag for a baby. In addition to hospital diapers and wipes, hospitals will also provide you with swaddle blankets and any vaseline or cream your baby might need. Again, call your hospital ahead of time to see for sure which items they provide. This makes choosing what to pack in a diaper bag for the hospital a lot easier. 

what to pack in hospital bag for mom?

You aren’t just packing a delivery bag. You’re also packing for your stay after giving birth. With that in mind, we’ve created a hospital bag checklist for mom. Below you’ll find what should be included in mum’s hospital bag:

• toiletries. You cannot forget toiletries for new mums! After going through labor and delivery, you’ll want to be able to take care of yourself. This includes items such as toothbrush/toothpaste, hairbrush, deodorant, face wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, contact lens case and solution. Going with the travel size of all of these is a great option to save on space!

• adult diapers. Hospitals will provide mesh underwear and pads for you to wear after giving birth, but many find adult diapers to be more comfortable and secure. This is one of those postpartum essentials for mom to help you heal in comfort.

• nipple cream. If you plan to breastfeed, you’ll definitely want some of this in mum's hospital bag! 

• nursing pads/bras. Again, if you plan to breastfeed, make sure to pack a few pairs of these.

• comfy clothes. Don’t expect to leave the hospital in any pre-baby clothes. Make sure you pack in your hospital bag comfortable outfits for you (sweats, leggings, nightgowns, etc.)

• comfy pillow. This is another one of those postpartum must-haves. You’ve just been through an amazing (and exhausting) experience giving birth. Don’t rely on the comfort of a hospital pillow to help you recover.   

• chapstick/lip balm. Hospital rooms are known to get dry!

what to take to the hospital for c section?

If you are having a planned c-section, packing your hospital bag will need to include a few different items. You should still pack the items from our hospital bag checklist, but with a c-section, here is what you want to add to your baby bag for mom: 

• stretchy clothes. For any clothes you pack make sure the pants will not dig into your incision. Stick to stretchy pants or dresses

• dry shampoo. You may not be cleared to shower as quickly as moms who delivered vaginally. For this reason, you’ll want to bring along some dry shampoo to hold you over till you can.

• a nursing pillow. Even if you do not want to breastfeed, a nursing pillow is extremely helpful in keeping the baby off your incision.   

Getting packed is a great way to keep you busy in the weeks leading up to your little one’s arrival! Once you have your hospital bag packed and ready to go, you can keep it in the car or near the front door for easy access.