FREE Printable Hospital Packing List

Deciding what to pack in your hospital bag can be a daunting thought for many parents. Here is our list to get you started! Check here for the printable file. 

For Mom

  • Insurance and ID card

  • Birth plan, if you have one

  • Cell phone and charger

  • A couple pairs of comfy socks (the hospital also has non-slip socks)

  • 2-3 bras (Nursing bras without underwire are great!)

  • If planning to breastfeed:

    • Nursing pads

    • Lanolin cream

    • Nursing cover (if desired for visitors)

  • Chapstick or lip balm (labor tends to cause dry lips)

  • Toiletries

    • Toothbrush, tooth paste, deodorant, hair brush

  • Contact lenses, case, and cleaning solution or glasses if needed

  • Elastic pony tail holder and/or headband

  • Mints, gum, or hard candy to keep mouth moist

  • Snacks or Change for vending machine

  • Camera, memory card, extra battery or charger cable

  • Pillow and comfy blanket, if you want specific ones from home

  • Comfy pajamas

  • Change of clothes and toiletries for partner or other family member

  • Music and a way to play the music (plus batteries or charger)

  • Slippers and/or flip flops

  • Any medications you need daily

  • Book or Magazines if you want to read

  • Pen and notebook

For Baby

  • Car seat, already installed in the car

  • 2-3 onesies (helpful to bring newborn and 0-3 size)

  • Soft blanket for the ride home

  • Weather appropriate gear (socks, snowsuit, hat, mittens, etc.)

For After the Delivery

  • Change of clothes to go home in

    • NOT pre-pregnancy clothes! You will probably still need maternity clothes for now

  • Extra large, loose underwear

  • Maxi Pads (the hospital has these as well)

Extras, If Desired

  • Hair dryer

  • Makeup

  • At least one pack of Depends Underwear (they may be more comfy for postpartum bleeding than hospital undies)

  • Robe or nightgown if you do not want the hospital gown

  • Massage tools, oil, or tennis balls

  • Dermoplast spray or witch hazel pads (for comfort postpartum)

  • Flushable wipes (may be more comfortable than regular TP)

  • Baby book (some nurses will do footprints directly in the book!)

  • Extra snacks for the nurses is always a pleasant surprise