Must-have hospital bag checklist

Must-have hospital bag checklist

on Mar 26, 2024

Congratulations! You're on the incredible journey of bringing new life into this world. As your due date approaches, it's time to start thinking about what to pack in your hospital bag. Having everything you need at your fingertips can offer you calmness and comfort during your hospital stay. A thoughtfully packed bag also supports your postpartum recovery, helping you to feel your best. Feel free to make this list your own - add your personal favorites to ensure you have what you need for the special delivery. So let's dive into the ultimate hospital bag checklist to make sure you're prepared for the big day! 

Essential documents:

First things first, gather all your important documents. These may include:  

  • identification
  • insurance information
  • birth plan
  • list of your current prescriptions
  • other hospital or medical paperwork. This could include an authorized hospital visitation list or a cord blood donation form.
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Having these documents readily available will save you time and help ensure a hassle-free admission process.

Comfy clothing:

Packing soft, stretchy and loose-fitting clothes is the key to comfort for your stay. Remember to bring: 

  • nightgown or birthing gown (if you choose to deliver in your own gown versus something provided by the hospital)
  • robe
  • comfy pajama pants (you might prefer darker colors, in case there are accidents)
  • nursing bras or tanks
  • favorite slippers
  • cozy socks (if you want something other than the grippy hospital socks)
  • don't forget a going-home outfit, keeping in mind that you may still have a baby bump post-delivery. You might also want to choose an outfit that makes it easy to nurse or feed your newborn. 
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Hygiene heroes:

Bringing your own toiletries will help you feel fresh during your stay. Pack travel-sized items such as:

  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • face wash or make-up remover
  • favorite face moisturizer
  • hand cream
  • hair ties or scrunchies
  • brush or comb
  • trusted lip balm
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Recovery care:

After giving birth, your body will need a little TLC. While the hospital may have some of these items for you, you might be more comfortable if you plan to bring your own:

  • personal water bottle to help you stay hydrated
  • peri bottle for post-partum pain or personal care
  • ice pack or cold pack
  • disposal undies
  • maternity or disposal pads
  • nipple cream, if you plan to nurse
  • nursing pads
  • supportive belly binder or maternity belt
  • nursing/feeding pillow
  • small lap blanket
  • favorite pillow from home to help you rest. Be sure to have a bright pillowcase so that it’s easily distinguishable from the hospital pillow
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These essentials will not only provide much-needed relief, but they’ll also help in your recovery journey.

Entertainment essentials:

During the early stages of labour or while waiting for things to progress, having snacks and entertainment options on hand can help to distract and relax you. Consider packing:

  • your favorite snacks, such as dried fruit, trail mix or crackers
  • extra-long phone cord and charger
  • a personal fan to stay cool
  • a white noise machine to help you rest
  • reading material, such as book or a magazine
  • your favorite TV shows or podcasts downloaded onto your phone or tablet
  • a portable speaker so you can listen to your favorite playlists. Consider creating playlists for delivery, and possibly a soothing playlist for post-delivery relaxation
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Baby must-haves:

We can't forget about your little one! These essentials will provide comfort to your baby during the transitions at the hospital and on the memorable ride home. Make sure to pack:

  • newborn diapers
  • wipes
  • sterilized bottle with nipple
  • Good Start® Infant Formula. Even if you plan to breastfeed, having formula* on hand can help you stay prepared
  • 2- 3 sleepers – TIP: You may want to bring two kinds of sleepers – one with a zipper and another with a snap or button close. Zippers make for easier diapering, but babies who need additional monitoring might prefer the snaps to accommodate wires or tubes
  • 2-3 onesies
  • baby’s first blankie
  • extra swaddling blankets
  • cozy hat
  • cute, comfy, photo-ready outfit to wear home
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*We believe that breastfeeding is the ideal nutritional start for babies

Partner’s best:

It's important for partners to be well-prepared too. Encourage your partner to pack their own hospital bag, complete with extra clothes, fresh socks, and a handy phone charger. Having these comfort items easily available can truly enhance the experience for everyone involved. Keep your bags in a handy spot so you both can be ready at a moment's notice.

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Happy packing! Preparing your hospital bag is an exciting step towards welcoming your bundle of joy into the world. By gathering these essentials, you'll be well-equipped to embark on your delivery journey with confidence and comfort. Remember, this list serves as a guide, and you can always tailor it to fit your personal preferences and needs. Wishing you a smooth labour and delivery, filled with love, empowerment and joy!