The Ultimate Hospital Bag Checklist

The Ultimate Hospital Bag Checklist

If you are in your third trimester, and you are counting down the days until your newborn arrives into the world, there’s no doubt that you are incredibly excited, but probably also a little nervous, too. This cocktail of emotions is bound to leave you feeling a little all over the place and wanting to feel ready and prepared for your little one’s arrival.

With a short spell in the hospital on the horizon, it does pay to be organized and feel prepared. To help ensure you have everything you need and feel prepared, we have put together this checklist of items to pack in your hospital bag.


What should you pack in a hospital bag for your newborn?

  • A couple of diapers, diaper rash cream, wipes (the hospital should provide diapers and wipes, so this is just extra and just in case)
  • Going home outfit with a hat, and socks
  • Extra clothes for pictures (some hospitals have photographers that offer photo packages)
  • Burp cloths
  • Blanket
  • If the trip home from the hospital will be a bit long, plan accordingly for feedings and diaper changes
  • Car seat


What essentials should you pack for yourself?

  • Wallet, including drivers’ license/identification card
  • Keys
  • Cell phone, iPad, charger(s), headphones
  • Pen
  • Insurance card
  • Hospital pre-registration paperwork (some hospitals will let you prefill paperwork)
  • Birth plan (multiple copies, if necessary)
  • Any important medical information, such as allergies, medicine taken, etc.
  • Extra tote bag or a grocery bag to help carry any extra items you might get while at the hospital


What personal items should you take with you?

  • Hair ties
  • Lip balm (hospitals can be dry and dry your lips fairly quickly)
  • Body lotion, hand lotion
  • Nipple cream if you plan to breastfeed/pump
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hairbrush/comb
  • Shampoo, conditioner, facewash, soap/shower gel
  • Deodorant
  • Cosmetics
  • Glasses, contacts with solution/contact case
  • Postpartum care products (if you have any personal items you would like aside from what the hospital will provide, such as adult diapers, perineal spray, etc.)


What clothing might you need to take along?

  • Delivery gown, if you don’t plan to use the hospital gown
  • Clothes for after labor (Nightgowns, pajamas, light robe)
  • Nursing bra, if planning to breastfeed or pump
  • Breast pads
  • Underwear to wear with maxi pads
  • Cozy socks
  • Slippers/slip on shoes
  • Cozy cardigan/sweater
  • Outfit to go home in (preferably baggy and comfortable)
  • Extra pair of sweat pants/baggy leggings


What other things should you plan to take with you that you might otherwise forget?

  • Snacks to eat while at the hospital
  • A water bottle
  • Magazines, books, games
  • A playlist on your phone
  • A baby keepsake book/diary, if you want to capture your thoughts/feelings right away
  • Pillow
  • Lightweight cozy blanket
  • Towel
  • Cord blood banking kit if you plan to bank your baby’s cord blood
  • A gift for the nurses/hospital staff
  • Hand sanitizer / sanitizing wipes
  • Any other items that you may need to help with your birth plan, such as massage oils, bathing suit if planning a water birth, etc.
  • Also, make sure to discuss with your doctor, or healthcare provider, if there any other items you need to take with you or prepare for ahead of time


What items should be packed for your partner?

  • Extra snacks
  • Their personal items
  • Toiletries
  • Change of clothes
  • Pajamas
  • Water bottle
  • Any other items to help with birth plan, such as bathing suit if planning for a water birth, etc.