Essential Items for your Hospital Bag - Women's Excellence

You may want to feel excited about packing your hospital bag, but you can’t seem to shake that feeling of dread, wondering “what do I need?!” Let us take some of that stress away from you. Here are some ideas for an organized and, hopefully, stress-free packing experience.

Your labor kit

  • Your ID
  • A copy of your birth plan
  • Something to hold your hair back
  • A hand fan and spray mist bottle
  • Music and something to play it on

For you

  • A robe or front-opening shirt for nursing and skin-to-skin contact after delivery
  • A fresh nightgown, pajamas, or comfy sweats to wear when you have visitors
  • Slippers or flip flops
  • A nursing bra with no underwire
  • Maternity underwear
  • Personal items, like a hairbrush, cosmetics, toothbrush, and toothpaste
  • A going-home outfit (pack loose-fitting clothes — you’ll be around the size you were when you were 6 months pregnant)
  • Snacks for mom

For your baby

  • A going-home outfit (multiple layers)
  • 1 or 2 blankets, depending on the weather
  • Baby socks
  • Your baby book
  • Rear-facing car seat
  • Outfit for baby pictures

You’ll need your baby’s car seat to be properly installed in the back seat. Take care of this a few weeks before your due date — it’s not something you want to be doing on delivery day. Your baby won’t be able to ride home with you unless it’s done.

For your partner or support person

  • Camera (check the battery!)
  • Phone charger
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Light snacks and water
  • A front-opening shirt for holding your baby skin-to-skin
  • Layers for partner to add/remove due to air conditioner
  • Change of clothes

And you are done!

You can, of course, customize your bags to your needs and likes. But, we hope this has given you a little nudge in the right direction!

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