What should be in your hospital bag for labor?
I know, I know… There are a lot of posts about what should be in your hospital bag for labor. I am still going to provide you with some info that I hope you will find helpful. Going into labor is an exciting time and being prepared for it will take some stress off when the big day comes. Being a labor and delivery nurse I have seen many bags overpacked and essential items still missing.
So, you are getting ready for that big “D” day (the Delivery day that is)? Maybe you had a baby shower or one coming up soon and getting tons of cute stuff from friends and family. Of course, you are excited, anxious, afraid, happy, emotional, impatient to meet your baby, and all of it all over again. All of which is normal for being pregnant. Do you have a hospital bag ready? What? Should it be ready? When?
Yes! Your hospital bag should be ready. I recommend having it ready when you are about 37-38 weeks along. Please have it ready to go and either in the car that you will be riding to the hospital or at home somewhere where your partner or family member can easily find it, in case you end up going to the hospital not directly from home (yes, that happens more than you might realize). Your labor may start anywhere and anytime at this point.
When getting the hospital bag ready, think about what you want to bring to the hospital in categories:
- For you (the mom),
- For your partner/support person,
- For the baby
Why? It is easier to organize yourself that way and hopefully, you will remember to pack the most important items for all of you. Below, you will find the list of what should be in your bag that I created for my patients. It may need to be somewhat modified for you, since only you know your current situation and preferences. I really hope you find it helpful. Please let me know what you think about it and anything needs to be changed.
Until next time.
Also, see my corresponding video on the YouTube https://youtu.be/jz4nKdI-6Ig
Printable hospital bag list What to bring to the hospital
Hospital Bag List
- ID and insurance card
- Comfortable gown or PJ and a robe
- Comfortable clothes to go home in (you will still need maternity clothes)
- Nursing bra/tank top
- Hair ties, hair brush
- Toiletries (shampoo, face cream, body lotion, etc)
- Comfortable pillow (optional)
- Things that help you relax (essential oils, stress ball, essential oil diffuser, favorite music)
For Partner/ Support Person:
- Comfortable clothes
- Comfortable shoes
- Swimwear (if you are planning on water birth)
- Cash/debit cards to buy food/snacks or miscellaneous items
- If not married ID for paternity affidavit (if applicable)
- Car seat
- Going home outfit (onesie, top outfit, hat, socks, mittens)
- Blanket (think or thick depending on the weather)
- Boppy pillow (nursing pillow) *optional
- Baby book or just a page for footprints *optional
- *the hospital usually provides diapers and wipes, but if you prefer a certain brand you might want to bring those
- Birth plan
- Chargers (if you have extra long cord one or an extender, that’s a bonus)
- Playlist (favorite music)
- If not planning on breastfeeding, you might want to bring pacifier and bottles***
***Breastfeeding is always encouraged and is the best for your baby, but I realize that there are occasions when for personal or health reason people may not be able to breastfeed
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Also, check out my video that correlates with this topic: