What to Pack for the Hospital
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re trying to figure out what to pack for the hospital. Making a checklist of essentials and amenities can help. To make your admittance a breeze, fill out insurance and hospital pre-registration forms ahead of time.

As you pack for the hospital, consider make a bag just for labor, delivery and the moments after baby is born. Consider the following items:

A checklist for mom:
  • Bathrobe
  • Slippers
  • Socks
  • Extra underwear
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Lip balm
  • Hard candies
  • Lotion for massages
  • Snacks for your birthing partner
  • Change for phone calls and vending machines
  • Cell phone (if permitted)
  • Phone numbers for people waiting to hear the good news
  • Books
  • A CD/ MP3 player
  • Eyeglasses
  • A stopwatch for timing contractions
  • Paper and pencil
  • Camera with film and flash
  • Baby book for recording baby's first footprint


When you pack for your hospital room, you'll want to include a fresh nightgown (with nursing openings if you're breastfeeding), a bra (nursing or supportive), underwear, basic toiletries, and your address book. For going home, bring a fourth- or fifth-month maternity outfit.

A checklist for baby:
  • T-shirt
  • Spare diaper
  • "Coming home" outfit
  • Receiving blanket
  • Snowsuit (in winter)
  • Hat or bonnet
  • Booties or socks
  • Bottle, nipples and formula (if you're bottlefeeding)
  • Infant or convertible car seat