What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag: Pregnancy Checklist of Everything Mom-to-Be Needs for Labor & Delivery by Lauren Hutson

What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag: Pregnancy Checklist of Everything Mom-to-Be Needs for Labor & Delivery

There's so much to think about and do when preparing for a baby. One important thing that should not be overlooked is packing your hospital bag. Something as small as hair ties can be a life saver. I spoke with some of my mom tribe to find out their hospital bags must-haves. Use this checklist and have one less thing to worry about as you wait for the arrival of your baby!

Comfortable Clothes: Who says you have to stay in the awful hospital gown?

  • new robe
  • pajamas 
  • loose sweatpants
  • big underwear
  • nursing tanks
  • slippers 
  • cozy socks

Things to Help Pass the Time: For many, labor can be long, so anything to help you pass the time will help.

  • iPad
  • tablet
  • extra long charger
  • playing cards
  • yarn and crochet hooks (or whatever hobby you enjoy)
  • good book
  • magazines
  • journal 

Comforts of Home: Bring some of home sweet home with you.

  • pillow
  • blanket
  • photo of your other little ones 

Toiletry Bag: Having your favorite personal items will make you feel like you

  • travel size shampoo, conditioner and body wash
  • toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash
  • lip balm
  • hairbrush 
  • hair ties
  • makeup (because you will have visitors and take lots photos, it can be nice to feel refreshed and a little “put together”)

Snacks: For you and your significant other because, let's face it, hospital food is usually horrible. 

  • granola bars
  • fruit
  • trail mix
  • nuts
  • crackers
  • chocolate (you deserve it!)

Miscellaneous: Pack a few things for all your new goodies from the hospital.

  • folders (for the crazy amount of paperwork you will get)
  • handled bag (you may get a lot of gifts and will need something to carry them home in)
  • thank you notes

Baby Items: Don't forget the star of the show, your new baby! 

  • cute outfit for the trip home
  • socks
  • jacket or sweater, if needed 

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Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
This list will help so many moms-to-be, Lauren Hutson ! Thanks for sharing with us!
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Yes! Awesome ideas here. Don't know what I would have done without those hair ties! Very comprehensive, Lauren Hutson !

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