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What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag?

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Hospital Bag


It’s almost time for baby to be here, and you’re getting everything in order. One of the most important things you’ll need to do is get your hospital bag ready. A good rule of thumb is to prepare your hospital back between 35-37 weeks, just in case you go into labour before your due date.

There are essential items that should be in every hospital bag, with room for items that are up to you. When you’re packing, along with baby keep yourself in mind. You’re going to need comfy clothes and toiletries too! If you are unsure of where to begin with a list of items to bring, we’ve put together a check list that should help. 

Birth Plan 

You should have a few copies of this in general. One for your doctor, one to give to the midwife, and one to keep on your person. Everyone involved should have a copy of this, so bringing extras with you will be beneficial.

Comfy Clothes 

You’re going to want to be comfortable during your stay. Bring yourself a few pairs of comfortable pants and loose t shirts to wear. Vest tops will be good for breast feeding, as well. Keep your feet cozy and warm with slipper socks. Your feet might also be swollen, so bring footwear like Crocs or flip-flops to wear when it’s time to go home. 

Dressing gown

Along with your comfy clothing arsenal, bringing your own dressing gown is one of the top recommendations among mothers. 


Don’t forget to bring:

      • Toothbrush and toothpaste
      • Hairbrush and hair ties
      • Shampoo and conditioner
      • Face wipes 
      • Deodorant 
      • Lip balm 



If you wear contacts, bring a few pairs just in case. Back up glasses are good too for if you’re not up for putting your contacts in. 

Nursing Gear

As you prepare to start breast feeding, you’ll want to pack supplies. Stock up on nursing, bras, tops and nipple cream to be ready for it.

Maternity pads 

Many mothers say that adult disposable pants are the way to go for post-partum recovery. They are more secure and are said to be more comfortable. You can always bring maternity pads with you if you prefer.

Music and a Portable Speaker

Having a birthing playlist is a part of many women’s birthing plans. Labour can take, well, a very long time. Make your playlists with many songs so that you don’t run out and end up listening to the same things on repeat. Grab your favourite little portable speaker so you can enjoy your tunes during labor. 


You will have water available to you, but you might want to bring hydrating beverages with you. If you have personal favourites, stock up on those to bring along and keep you hydrated. Having your favourite drinks with you will also provide a sense of comfort. 


For this one, you should consult with your doctor on what you can and cannot have. If you’re cleared to eat, bring some of your favourite snacks with you to eat during the early parts of labor. 

Phone Charger

You don’t want to forget this! Pop one in your back so you know you’ll have it. You’ll be using your phone non-stop and taking pictures, so make sure you have a charger to keep that phone juiced up. The longer the cord, the better so you can use it while it’s charging, since outlets are usually far away from hospital beds.

Baby Clothes 

Baby is going to need something to go home in! Since you don’t know what baby’s actual size will be, it’s recommended to bring a couple of organic baby clothes in different sizes just in case. 

Car Seat

This will get installed into the car prior to your due date but bringing in the detachable part when you get to the hospital will save you the extra trip to the car. In fact, they won’t let you take your baby home unless you have it already installed. 


If you’re being induced, you might be waiting a while. Having something to read will help you pass the time. Books will also be good to help pass the time if you have to stay in the hospital for multiple days after birth. 

Pillows and blankets 

Hospitals provide you with pillows and blankets, but they aren’t the cosiest. Bringing your own from home will keep you and baby warm and comfy during your stay.

Going Home Outfit

You’ll want to have a fresh outfit for you when it’s time to head home. Consider the weather when you’re choosing what to pack. 

Baby Book

Start making memories right away! Bringing your baby book to the hospital will allow you to start filling in pages with footprints and other mementos so you can remember the first days. 




At the end of the day, you choose what’s most important to take with you to the hospital for the big day. You and baby are going to need supplies to get through the first few days and bringing comfort items to make you feel more at home will make the whole process less stressful. After you pack the essentials, make sure to leave room for some items just for you.