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Hospital Bag Checklist

There’s no telling when your new baby will arrive, but having your hospital bag packed early will mean that you’ll be ready whenever your baby does decide to put in an appearance.

It’s best to have a labour bag containing items you’ll need during labour and birth, along with a hospital bag for after the birth with your baby’s things and your going-home clothes in it.

Your birth partner may want some personal items as well, in which case he or she may want to pack their own bag (yours is likely to be very full!).

It’s also worth noting that if you’re having a home birth it’s still a good idea to have your bags prepared so that everything is ready and in one place. It also means that should you have to go into hospital at the last minute, no one will need to rush around trying to gather together the things you want to take with you.

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Your Labour Bag Checklist

Here’s a list of everything you should pack in your labour bag, to help you get through the birth of your new baby…

  • Birth plan and maternity notes
  • Several nightdresses or t-shirts
  • Slippers or socks
  • A lightweight dressing gown
  • Lip balm
  • Water spray or sponge – to help keep you cool
  • Snacks and isotonic drinks – to keep your energy levels up
  • Maternity pads
  • TENS machine – used for pain relief (optional)
  • Favourite music
  • Hair clips and a brush
  • Tissues or wet wipes
  • Your mobile phone (and a charger!)

Your after birth bag checklist

There are a few things you will need for both you and your new baby so it’s worth packing these in your hospital bag too!

  • Going-home clothes for you ­- loose & comfortable
  • Nursing bras – two or three
  • Breast pads – just in case you have any leaks!
  • Maternity pads – at least two packs
  • Big, comfy knickers
  • Open-fronted nightie – suitable for breastfeeding
  • Toiletries – wash items, toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant

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  • Baby clothes
  • Muslins or bibs – useful for mop ups
  • Nappies, baby toiletries and cotton wool
  • Baby blanket or shawl – for when you go home
  • Baby car seat – essential if you are driving home after the birth

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Top tips from our mums on hospital bag essentials

Fruit pastilles for during labour to relieve a dry mouth from gas and air. Moist toilet wipes for after and some Aloe Vera gel for tender areas!


Straws for taking a drink when you’re in the middle of labour! You’re not always in a nice sitting position to lift a cup to your face.


Big disposable knickers. I think I lived in them for a week after my daughter was born.


Snacks! Lots of them… most labour takes a loooooooong time


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Written by: Co-Founder Amanda Capriglione, RDN, CDN

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Nicole Palmer, DO

By the time you reach your 3rd trimester, you’ve probably already worked on your maternity hospital bag checklist. It’s also important to have a labor hospital bag checklist as you will want certain things that will comfort you during labor. Your bag should be packed with everything you need for mom, baby, and even your partner… plus a few extras and even healthy snack ideas because you know mama will need a snack!

It can be a little bit overwhelming to remember all the things you may need, so that’s why we put together a thorough list of pregnancy hospital bag must-haves.

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What to pack in the hospital bag for mom? 

Mom’s hospital bag is essential, of course. Mom’s needs are at the top of the list. Start packing when you feel ready or usually between weeks 34-37. Pregnant women usually start getting ready to pack their hospital bag around 35 weeks, which is about five weeks before your due date. However, you may give birth before or after 40 weeks, depending on your particular situation! This is an exciting and nerve-racking time, so having a go-to checklist will definitely help ease any anxiety!

If you have one bag for you and your little one, make sure your stuff is at the top, within reach! If you have two separate bags, that may make life a little easier.

Basics for mom

  • Drivers license
  • Insurance cards
  • Hospital forms (if you didn’t already send them to your doctor)
  • Birth plan (if you have one)

Hospital Bag Essentials for Mom

If only we could wake up and have a pre-packed maternity hospital bag done for us!  Just remember, if you start planning early enough, it will make life a little easier.  However, if you’re unsure what to put in the hospital bag for mom, we got you covered.

Comfy Robe

A comfortable robe is a must-have for the hospital bag list for mom. Getting dressed after giving birth can be difficult, and a robe is a perfect way to cover up and get as cozy as possible after birthing a baby.

Nursing Bra & Underwear

 If nursing, a nursing bra and/or tank. Extra underwear.

Lightweight Pants & Pregnancy Leggings

Lightweight pants and/or pregnancy leggings to lounge in. 

Comfortable Pajamas

Two pairs of comfortable pajamas like these. We like pajamas with a buttoned top for easy access if nursing.


Slippers perfect to walk around the hospital room. 

Non-slip Slipper Socks

Non-slip Socks to provide you with maximum grip, ensure foot safety, increase balance and stability.

Easy Slip On Shoes

Easy slip-on shoes for the trip to your hospital (or birthing center) and home.

Going Home Outfit

A comfortable going home outfit. Make it cute for the pictures!

Bring loose clothes, so you feel super comfortable. After birth, you will still look 6-7 months pregnant so bring clothes you wore around that time. Postpartum is not easy; you will be a ball of emotions, so take it easy on yourself!

Extras for mom & baby

Labor and delivery takes its toll on mom. And the baby too. The comfier you are, the better off you are. Even if you are staying in the hospital, you want your experience to be as enjoyable and restful as possible.

Reusable Water Bottle

A reusable water bottle — hydration is essential, especially if you are breastfeeding.


Overnight Diapers

Overnight diapers for mom; trust us on this one. You’ll thank us. The hospital may provide you with mesh underwear and cotton pads too. We like cotton underwear to keep everything together. You may not know this, but you will bleed for at least a month   post-birth. It’s mother nature’s way of saying, “here is your long-lost period.”

Nursing Pillow

If you plan on nursing, you may want a comfy nursing pillow. We like this one.


Postpartum Kit  

A full-on postpartum mom kit by Frida mom. It includes items to help for postpartum recovery and pain relief (sorry, we are just keeping it real!).

Nipple Cream

Nipple cream if you plan on nursing.


Toiletries like toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, face wash, deodorant, and lotion. You’d be surprised how easy it is to forget this stuff.

Extra things you might need

  • Glasses and/or contacts (you’ll have plenty of hospital paperwork to read!)
  • Ipad with charger for movies (when your little babe is sleeping!)
  • Pillow from home

Hairdryer, Hairbrush & Hair ties 

Hairdryer (that’s if you find the time to wash your hair!). We like this travel one that you can fold, plus it has a retractable cord. A Hairbrush and extra hair ties.

Mascara, Blush & Lip Balm

The last thing you might want to do is put on makeup, but if you want to take a few pictures, we suggest this mascara and blush plus some lip balm!

Extra-Long Phone Charger

Phone charger with an extra-long cord so you can charge and reach your phone at the same time!

Baby hospital bag checklist

Of course, this is the entire reason you’re at the hospital in the first place! You’ll need some items for your little one! The teeny tiny clothes are so adorable, plus you’ll need a few other essentials too!

Car seat

OK, obviously this will not fit in a hospital bag, but it’s a MUST HAVE to take the baby home, of course- safety first! We like this infant car seat.  

Onesies & Side-Snap Long-Sleeve Shirt

We love onesies that zip up, but because of the umbilical cord, either button onesies or two-piece outfits like this and this are perfect. Newborns tend to have sharp little nails so ones that can fold over their little hands plus have feeties work too (in addition to little mittens). Bring two sets of onesies and 1-2, 2 piece outfits to be safe. (button onesie)


Mittens to keep their baby soft skin safe from those sharp nails! Bring 2-4 pairs of mittens.


A cute hat to help keep them warm. They have adorable hats on Etsy that you can also get customized. One or two hats are fine. Sometimes hospitals provide you with hats too!

Going Home Outfit

This is the most fun to choose! We love layette sets or cute customized outfits from Etsy.

Burp Clothes

Burp cloths are a good idea, especially if you plan on bottle feeding. You’ll need 2-3.

Baby Bottles

If you plan on bottle-feeding, you’ll need bottles! Some moms purchase a couple of different types of bottles to see which one their baby likes best. We happen to love Dr. Browns.



Swaddles are not a must, but some babies really love to be swaddled because it helps them feel like they are back in the womb. You’ll probably need 2. We like these!

Baby Blanket

Receiving blankets are perfect for cuddling! We like these from Burts Bees.

Diapers, Wipes & Cream

Diapers and wipes will most likely be given to you at the hospital (or birthing center), but if you are a little picky (like us!), then you will love these popular wipes (a baby must have) and these natural type diapers. Plus this diaper cream is great too. Only the best for the baby’s bottom.

Pediatricians contact info to call and schedule their first pediatrician appointment. It usually takes place a day or two after you leave the hospital (or birthing center).

Hospital Bag List for Partner

  • Entertainment like an iPad or laptop (as if your labor isn’t enough to keep them occupied!)
  • Extra phone charger
  • A comfy pillow and blanket are ideal because sometimes the hospital extras just don’t cut them.
  • Toiletries
  • Change of clothes and pajamas because they’ll most likely be staying overnight!


Unfortunately, the nurses and doctors probably won’t let you snack during labor (cue in the ice cubes), but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to bring in some yummy and non-perishable satisfying snacks with you!

Snacks are super important postpartum (as well as prenatal vitamins!). They help you add more calories and nutrients to your day, and mama, you will need it after birth. Your body will NEED those extra calories and nutrients not only for yourself but for your baby too (if you plan on breastfeeding).

Those vending machine snacks can be downright awful (and expired), so here is our go-to list brought to you by our registered dietitian and co-founder, Amanda.

  • Lightly salted nuts (peanuts, cashews, almonds)
  • Trail mix (nuts, whole-grain cereal, dried fruit, coconut flakes, dark chocolate)
  • Dried fruit (apple, mango, raisins)
  • Granola bars (We like KIND, Larabar, Kashi)
  • Popcorn
  • Whole-grain crackers with natural peanut butter
  • Dark chocolate
  • Sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  • Roasted chickpeas
  • Organic seaweed chips

Best bags

Now that we discussed what goes into your hospital bag, how about which is the best bag to pack all of your stuff in?! You may not want a huge bulky luggage bag, but you need a big and strong bag for all of these prized possessions!

Here are some bags that you might like.

Hospital Bag

We love this one from Beis. It’s both pretty and functional. It’s a little pricey but it will last a while! We love that you can put shoes on the bottom in a different compartment than your clothes. It will definitely fit you and your little one’s belongings nicely!

Hospital Bag 

The BAGSMART travel duffle bag is a large carry-on bag complete with an extra shoe bag (amazing idea!) and two extra compartments for electronics and toiletries. It’s also super cute!

Hospital Bag

We also love these two bags that you can grab on amazon by BAGSMART. The sports duffle bag is a fairly large bag that can fit all your personal belongings plus your clothes and your baby’s clothes. We like it because it’s cute too!



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List of necessary things in the hospital. — 28 answers

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Childbirth is approaching, and every woman begins to think about what she needs to take with her to the hospital for herself and her baby.

Of course, the fact matters whether you plan to give birth according to a birth certificate at the expense of the state budget or conclude a contract and give birth at your own expense. Each maternity hospital has its own rules and conditions, so it is advisable to find out in advance what will provide you and the baby on the day of birth and in the postpartum department. I want to note right away that it is best to collect 3 bags: you will need the first one on the day of delivery, the second in the postpartum ward and the third for discharge from the hospital. Firstly, they are allowed into the maternity ward strictly with a certain list of things and their minimum, you must agree that during labors it is not very convenient to poke around in packages and choose the allowed things. Secondly, not everything can be taken even to the postpartum ward. And thirdly, not all mothers can entrust the collection and purchase of necessary things to a happy dad who celebrates an addition.

Here I will write the most detailed list of necessary things.
1) Water! Bottles of 0.5 l — 2 pcs. Unfortunately, they are practically not allowed to drink, but you really want to. One bottle for the birth itself, the second immediately after.
2) Large bag for outerwear. Outerwear, in which you will arrive at the maternity hospital, up to underwear, will be taken home by your relatives accompanying you to the maternity hospital.
3) Mobile phone and charger for it.
4) Cookies or small chocolate bar. Childbirth is a long and complicated process, especially if the woman is nulliparous, believe me, you will be very hungry and exhausted.
5) Documents! Perhaps the most important item, you must definitely take with you:
— an exchange card, without it you will not be allowed into most maternity hospitals and sent to an infectious maternity hospital or to a department for unexamined pregnant women
— passport
— birth certificate or contract with a maternity hospital
— compulsory medical insurance policy
— FLG your and your spouse
6) Rubber slippers, you will take a shower, they can also be left for the postpartum period
7) New, clean socks
8) Bathrobe and nightgown. In most maternity hospitals, they give out their gown and shirt for childbirth and the postpartum period, this is due to sterility, but it is better to clarify this point.
9) Postnatal pads and underwear. On the first day after giving birth, you will need 10 pads and a pair of disposable panties.
10) Soap, it is advisable to bring baby liquid soap with a dispenser, it will suit you and your baby.
11) Large towel
12) Toothbrush and toothpaste
13) Comb, elastic or hair clip
14) Toilet paper and wet wipes, you can take baby wipes, will suit you and your baby
15) Hygienic lipstick, during childbirth very lips dry, and they practically do not give to drink, lipstick helps a lot.

Postnatal ward:
1) Pads. If you took special postpartum pads with you for childbirth, then for the postpartum period it is better to take ordinary pads, but with the maximum number of drops, night ones are ideal, because of their size and absorbency. From my own experience, postpartum pads are very large and thick, cause discomfort, especially if you have had an episiotomy, but they are ideal for the first day after childbirth, as the discharge is very strong.
2) Underwear. The most ideal option is disposable or reusable mesh panties, special, postpartum. From myself I want to say that you will have no time to wash, so it is advisable to purchase disposable ones. As for the bra, here, of course, it is worth understanding that immediately after childbirth, the breast will begin to change greatly, as milk will begin to arrive. Of course, bras with underwire and push-ups will not work, the ideal option is a special nursing bra, preferably a top, so you do not miss the size.
3) Shampoo/balm for hair. If possible, it is better to take samples or the smallest volume with you.
4) Wet wipes for children, suitable for you and your baby.
5) Diapers, a newborn needs to change a diaper before each feeding, on average 8-10 times a day, if the birth went without complications, then they are discharged for 3-4 days, respectively, you need to take 40pcs with you.
6) Diaper cream. Bepanthen ointment, lacree cream or sudocream, all three creams do their job perfectly, however, for the maternity hospital, I would choose bepanthen, as it can also be used by the mother to treat cracked nipples that appear during breastfeeding.
7) Cotton pads, cotton swabs
8) Clothes for the baby, diapers in the maternity hospital give out their own, but I didn’t swaddle the baby and didn’t plan to do it, so I took it with me in advance:
Cap — 1pc
Socks — 1pc — 3 pcs. Ideal for newborns, comfortable to wear, easy to fasten, as a rule, they come with buttons or a zipper. If you decide to take separate blouses and pants with you, my advice is not to take things that need to be worn over your head, this is very inconvenient. Vests and blouses are constantly riding up, it is better to take a baby bodysuit with short or long sleeves, depending on the season.
Scratches — 3 pieces (cotton mittens, so that the baby does not scratch himself and his hands do not freeze).
9) Hand cream
10) Dishes, it is most convenient to take disposable, you will need:
* Tablespoon, teaspoon
* Fork
* Mug
* Plate — here at will, but you will need to take two plates for the first and second, and wash them yourself.
11) Clothes for mom, here everything depends on the rules of the maternity hospital, somewhere they strictly give out their own dressing gowns and shirts, somewhere you need to bring your own. Specifically, in my case, I was given a disposable gown and shirt for childbirth, then after giving birth I was given a clean cotton shirt, at the paid department it was allowed to wear my home clothes, I took two T-shirts and sweatpants.
12) Notebook and pen when honey comes. staff, it is better to write down all the recommendations.
13) Tea, plain dryers or Maria biscuits. In the maternity hospital, they feed by the hour, dinner is around 6 pm, and mom’s work is around the clock, so be sure to bring something to eat with you. Remember the diet of a nursing mother, allergenic foods and other «harmful things» are unacceptable.
14) Entertainment. A book, a tablet, yarn and knitting needles, everyone relaxes and has fun in different ways, take what you like. All children are different, maybe you are lucky, and your baby will sleep all day long, you will have to keep yourself busy with something. There was a TV in my room, I had a smartphone and the Internet with me, but I didn’t even go to the TV, and I used my smartphone exclusively as a phone for talking with relatives.
15) Baby pacifier. Here, of course, it is up to you to decide whether you will give a pacifier to a child or not, I am not an opponent of nipples, so I took her with me to the hospital and she helped me out a lot.
16) Disposable diapers, take 5 pieces with you, they will be useful for you on the first day after childbirth, and for the baby for the changing table.
17) Breast pads, in case you immediately have a lot of milk so as not to stain your bra.

For discharge from the hospital:
1) Cosmetics for mom. Even if you are for natural beauty and do not use decorative cosmetics, I highly recommend that you take foundation with you, during childbirth capillaries on the face often burst, and an allergy may appear in the form of a rash from droppers. Add here fatigue and sleepless nights, you understand the view.
2) Hairdryer or curling iron, ask your husband to bring it to you on the day of discharge, blow-dry your hair or wind it on a curling iron.
3) Clothes for mother. When choosing clothes, you need to take into account the fact that you are breastfeeding, you need a top so that you can easily feed your baby on the road. If you are artificially fed, then there are no restrictions.
4) Baby clothes. It is best to buy a special set for discharge, according to the season. (see how to dress a child for discharge from the hospital)
5) Thanks to honey. staff. It is so customary that in exchange for a baby who is discharged by a nurse, welcoming relatives give gratitude in the form of flowers, sweets, alcohol, money, etc. What exactly you give depends only on your budget and wishes. For example, we gave a bottle of wine and a box of chocolates.

Have an easy delivery and a magical discharge from the hospital

What to bring to the hospital with you

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The second trimester is followed by the third, and you are getting closer to the exciting moment of the birth of your baby. Some of the preparations have already been left behind, something is in the process, and some moments are yet to come.

Perhaps the children’s room is already equipped and prepared for the arrival of a new family member, and things for the baby are already sorted and folded. But the preparations are not over yet. You need to collect everything you need to stay in the hospital.

A list of what you need to take with you to the hospital

Putting together the possible nuances that can affect the length of stay in the hospital, we will start from the average, that is, initially focus on a week. Based on this, let’s list what you will definitely need or find desirable for you:

  1. Large package of wet wipes. It is better if these are baby wipes with a neutral pH, then they will suit both you and the child.
  2. A dressing gown that will make you feel comfortable. It should not be cold or hot.
  3. Your favorite t-shirt or shirt of a decent length that will keep a bit of home comfort and is a good alternative to a hospital gown or grandma’s nightgown.
  4. Slippers. It is desirable that they have an open toe and do not get dirty. A good option would be slippers for the pool. Even if blood or something else drips on them, the trace will be easy to remove with a napkin.
  5. Personal care products: soap, shampoo, shower gel, facial lotion, cotton swabs and swabs, toothpaste and brush, comb.
  6. Something essential from cosmetics in case, due to possible skin pigmentation or pallor, you feel uncomfortable in front of your beloved man: a moisturizing or nourishing face cream, foundation, mascara, neutral shade gloss. War paint would be completely out of place in the circumstances.
  7. Cream for cracked nipples and areolas. Sometimes mothers face such a problem when they start breastfeeding their baby. This remedy can cope with pain and improve the condition of sensitive skin in this area.
  8. Two towels. One is small (for hands and face), the second is for bathing.
  9. Two pairs of thin socks and one pair of warm ones if it’s cool.
  10. Pack of sanitary napkins with maximum absorption.
  11. A pair of lightweight and one warm suit for the baby, if it’s not hot in the summer.
  12. Pair of baby hats. Do without bonnets with strings that rub against sensitive baby skin. Let these bonnets remain a relic of the past, as well as tight swaddling.
  13. Three thin and three flannel diapers.
  14. Pair of “scratch” sets for baby’s hands.
  15. Baby cream for irritation and diaper rash.
  16. A couple of still bottles of water.
  17. Biscuit (dietary) biscuits.
  18. Tea, which you will need later for lactation, and a cup of sufficient volume to go with it.

Perhaps this list of the main and necessary can be stopped. Everything else that may be needed will be brought by relatives, and perhaps nothing more will be needed. But I would add something else, without which the modern mother will be uncomfortable.

Don’t forget to bring your phone and possibly a laptop if you feel like sharing your joy with family and friends who can’t be around. Do not forget chargers at home!

Take care of paying for mobile Internet in advance if there are problems with Wi-Fi on the territory of the maternity hospital.

When is the best time to start collecting things that will be needed at the maternity hospital

There is no specific date. There are meticulous mothers who love it when everything is in order, everything is as it should be and everything is ready in advance. By the way, I consider myself one of them. I always preferred that when I felt the contractions, I would not have to worry about anything except take a shower, get dressed, take water and a snack, and, well, get to the hospital.

There are various factors to consider when it comes to the optimal time for collection. The amount of time that will have to be spent in the maternity hospital will depend on the presence of pathologies in your and the unborn child, possible complications in the process of labor, on the general health of the already born baby.

1. If normal delivery is predicted

If you gave birth on your own, without surgery, the birth process had no complications, and everything is in order with you and the baby, then you will be discharged and able to go home by the end of the first week after delivery . You and your child will go through all the necessary procedures and will be able to safely leave the walls of the medical institution. Things will need a minimum.

2. If there is a threat to mother and baby

If the doctor voiced the threat of a breakdown during pregnancy, then you will have to go to bed to avoid miscarriage. Dont be upset. The most important thing is to stay calm and positive. You need to do everything possible so that the pregnancy ends in childbirth, and they pass with the least problems for you and your crumbs. Take with you the most necessary, and the missing ones will be brought to you by relatives.

3. If something didn’t go according to plan

It is also possible that everything was normal before the birth, but something went wrong in the process. In such a situation, you need to listen to the opinions of a neonatologist and an obstetrician-gynecologist, who will explain what’s what and advise you to observe you and your baby in a hospital until you are sure that everything is really normal. No one will hold you by force longer than necessary. In such a case, it is better to take a certain amount with you in order to buy the missing medicines.

How to put things for childbirth and where it is best to leave them until the right moment

As a mother with experience, I advise you to immediately separate things for yourself and for the baby into two different bags. This will help to avoid unnecessary confusion and digging through the collected things in search of one or another item. You need to fold everything neatly and compactly, so things will take up less space, retain their appearance and be easy to transport.

These bags should be located near the exit of the house or apartment starting from week 35. But it’s okay if you collect everything you need earlier. Protect yourself.

Don’t forget to top up your phone regularly and keep your charger nearby. If you leave the house, put it in your purse. It won’t take up much space, but it will save you from additional problems.

Also remember your outpatient card. It contains all the information about your state of health, the results of tests and ultrasound, which will definitely be needed and will be taken into account when entering the maternity hospital.

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