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
Our parenting advice is given as suggestions only. We recommend you also consult your healthcare provider, and urge you to contact them immediately if your question is urgent or about a medical condition.