The ULTIMATE Hospital Bag Checklist

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The ULTIMATE Hospital Bag Checklist

There are so many different lists out there that tell you what you need to pack in your hospital bag for your labor and birth. Well, as a doula I have helped many clients prepare for their hospital stay and I have created the ultimate hospital bag checklist that I promise will have everything that you need!

NOTE: You’ll want to be sure that you have your bags packed and in your car no later than 37 weeks.

The reason why I say to leave it in your car at this time or sooner is you want to be prepared just in case your doctor keeps you after a prenatal visit or sends you to the hospital because of an emergency. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

Below I have different lists for not only the mom, but for dad/partner, and baby! Here is our hospital bag checklist–all the things you’ll need when you’re at the hospital during labor, birth, and immediately postpartum.

Mama’s Hospital Bag Checklist

I actually recommend that moms have TWO bags. One bag that is for labor and another bag that’s for their recovery/postpartum room.

Labor Bag:

*Must-Haves:

  • Your birth plan (if you have one) and your insurance information.
  • Eyeglasses
    • If you wear contacts, you should bring your glasses along with you. If you end up needing a c-section, some doctors/anesthesiologists ask you to take your contacts out before surgery.
  • What you’re going to wear during labor 
    • It will probably get a bit messy, so don’t bring anything too nice to wear in the hospital. If you aren’t sure of your options, here’s some more information about what to wear at a hospital birth.
  • Massage oil or lotion –
    • If you would like to be massaged during your labor, I recommend bringing either of these so that your partner or doula can massage you. (If you hired a doula, she will probably bring this with her in her doula bag.)
  • Birth ball or peanut ball  
    • I think this is a must in our hospital bag checklist. These can really help you during labor. A peanut ball is particularly great for women who are preparing to have an epidural. I highly recommend it. Just remember to bring a pump so your birth partner can inflate it for you if you didn’t come with it already inflated.
    • NOTE: Some hospitals do have birth balls and peanut balls for you to use. Ask during your hospital tour if they are available at your hospital.
  • Lip balm
    • Your lips can dry out quickly with all of the deep breathing that you will do in labor. Having some chapstick or lip balm will help.
  • Snacks and drinks
    • First, make sure that your doctor/hospital will allow this. Most of the time they will only allow you to have ice chips when you are at the hospital in labor, but they may have sugar-free popsicles there for you.
  • Things to help you relax and pass the time
    • If you are going to have an epidural:
      • Bring books, magazines, a card game, or your tablet or computer. They also have TVs in each L&D room so you can watch a show or a movie to help pass the time. I also recommend trying to take a nap. It’s great to catch up on as much rest as possible before the baby arrives.
    • If you’re wanting a natural birth:
      • Bring music, a focal point (for example, it could be your baby’s ultrasound picture), massage lotions, a heating pad, rice socks to heat up so that you can put on your lower back, essential oils, etc.
  • Headbands and/or ponytail holders
    • If you have long hair, you may want it tied up since it can get in the way during labor. I recommend getting the ones that don’t leave a kink in your hair. That way if you want to take pictures with your hair down after birth, you won’t have a crease in your hair! (Avoid wearing clips in labor. They can poke you!)
  • Music
    • Take your iPod, MP3 player or a CD player and some CDs. Some hospitals provide their own CD players and iPod docks so I would ask what they will have available in your room.
  • Camera, charged battery, charger, and a big memory card –
    • You never want to forget the day you first welcomed your baby into the world so bring a camera with you to take photos and a video or two. Many parents run out of room on their phones so it’s nice to bring a camera specifically for these special moments.
  • Cell phone and charger

Keep Calm

*Nice to Have But Not Necessities:

  • Backless slip-on slippers
    • Your feet can get cold during labor, so it’s great to have some slippers that you can easily slip on and off. The hospital does have non-skid socks (super sexy! 😉 ) that you can use if you would prefer those instead.
  • Pillows
    • The hospital might not have enough pillows to make you comfortable. Usually, each room has about two. And honestly, hospital pillows are very thin and really uncomfortable. If you do bring your own pillows, which I would, make sure that your pillowcase is a different color than white. Otherwise, they could toss your pillowcase and pillow along with the rest of theirs and your pillow will go missing. I would recommend adding it to your hospital bag checklist.
  • Baby Book
    • After your baby’s born, the nurse will get your baby’s footprints so if you bring your baby book, she can also get those sweet footprints in your baby book too!

Postpartum/Recovery Room Bag:

*Must-Haves:

  • Going-home outfit 
    • You’ll need loose, comfortable clothes to wear while you’re in the hospital and for the journey home. You will still look about six months pregnant after the birth of your baby since your uterus still needs time to heal and get back to its pre-pregnancy size. I recommend still bringing some soft maternity clothes for your trip back home.
  • Nursing bras and/or nursing nightgowns –
    • If you had a healthy labor and birth and your baby is doing well, you will probably only stay at the hospital for two or three days. I suggest bringing two or three nursing gowns or nursing bras to make breastfeeding easier and to stay comfortable during your stay. If you decide to wear your nursing bras, bring front-opening shirts so it’s easier for you to breastfeed.
  • Nursing pads
    • Bring a couple of packs (disposable or washable). Whether or not you plan to nurse, you’ll appreciate the support and leak-protection.
  • Nipple Cream
  • Your toiletries 
    • Having smaller bottles or buy travel versions to help save space in your recovery bathroom. Bring the usual toiletries you need: hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body soap, razor, deodorant, face wash, makeup (if you’d like), makeup remover, lotion, hair ties, contact lens case, and solution, etc.
  • Postpartum underwear or disposable underwear.
    • Don’t bring your nice, cute undies with you. You need big, cotton, breathable underwear. Some people even get Depends Silhouettes so they can easily toss them after using them. The hospital will have disposable mesh undies with a large pad, which some women find handy and others find gross.
  • Bathrobe
    • It’s nice to be able to bundle up and feel covered and warm when getting out of bed or having guests in your room.
  • Hair dryer
  • Snacks and drinks
    • Some hospitals have good food and others don’t. If your hospital doesn’t and you don’t have someone able to bring you food, be sure to bring some beverages and snacks to keep you nourished.

*Nice to Have But Not Necessities:

  • Nursing pillow
  • Breast pump
    • If you plan to use one, I do recommend bringing yours. Most hospitals have lactation consultants that visit each room so they can help you with breastfeeding and show you how to use your pump properly.
  • Nipple shields
    • You don’t need to bring these with you. If you do have some issues with latching or if your nipples do start to hurt or if you have inverted or flat nipples, the lactation consultant may recommend a nipple shield. You may be able to purchase them at the hospital as well.
  • Handouts –
    • If you received any booklets or handouts about how to get breastfeeding started, I recommend bringing them.
  • Bath towel
    • The hospital does have towels, but they are small and pretty thin. If you prefer to have your own, thicker towels, I would bring your own.
  • Heavy flow pads
    • The hospital also has very large pads for you to use after birth (since you will be bleeding for several days, sometimes weeks, after giving birth). If you are picky about what type you want to wear, bring some with you.

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Husband/Partner’s Bag:

*Must-Haves:

  • Extra changes of clothes
    • I have had some Dad’s/partner’s change their clothes even when their partner is still in labor. They may think the room is too cold so they put on a jacket or a long-sleeved shirt or they sweat too much because they’re nervous or working hard too so they need new shirts. Having some extra pairs of clean clothes is good to have on hand.
  • Comfortable shoes
    • They may be walking up and down the halls with you or running to get you ice chips or going to find and talk to family. Having comfy shoes are important.
  • Pillow
    • For the same reason as you, they need something comfortable to sleep on. The pull out couches aren’t the most comfortable so it’s at least nice for them to have a good pillow.
  • Cell phone and charger
    • Your partner should have been keeping track of your contractions on their phone with a contraction timer app so be sure they have that downloaded as well. There are plenty of free ones.
  • Group text or list of people to call
    • Have the conversation before you go into labor about all the people that your partner needs to notify once you are in labor. Some people do a group text and others just keep a list of names to get in touch with.
  • Snacks and drinks
    • You don’t want a dehydrated, hungry birth partner looking after you. If they bring some snacks and drinks with them, they can stay with you rather than leaving the room to search for food! If they leave the room to find food and eat, they may not come back very quickly to help you.

*Nice to Have But Not Necessities:

  • Motorized or hand-held fan
    • You may get overheated in labor so it’s great if your partner has a fan to help you cool down. It may even have a mister, which can be nice.
  • Money/spare change –
    • If you didn’t have time to bring snacks with you, you will probably want to have some spare change for the vending machines. You both will probably be really hungry after labor and the hospital cafeteria might not be open once the baby is born. If no one can bring you food (which I would see if someone can pick something up for you) then having some change is helpful to get some snacks.
  • Pen and paper
    • Having something to take notes will really help if your nurse, doctor, or lactation consultant give you any recommendations or advice. You just gave birth and are recovering so put him in charge of documenting things that are important.
  • Gifts for other children
    • Make sure to have these ready when big brother or big sister comes into the room. A gift “from the baby” is always a good thing.
  • Push present
    • This way they have it with them to give to you after the birth 😉

Baby’s Hospital Bag Checklist:

*Must-Haves:

  • Approved car seat
    • Hospitals won’t let you leave without one and the base needs to be installed properly in your car.
  • A breastfeeding pillows
    • Think about what the weather might be like when your baby is born. Their outfit needs to be seasonally appropriate. Babies are sensitive to cold weather so if it’s cold outside, bring a hat, snowsuit, or jacket to keep your baby warm. Don’t forget socks or booties. (Remove the snowsuit or jacket before placing your baby in a car seat.)
  • Warm blankets
    • The hospital will provide you a baby blanket or two to swaddle your baby with, but if you are particular what type of blanket they have, bring your own.

*Nice to Have But Not Necessities:

  • Onesies
    • Honestly, the hospital will give you some Gerber onesies while you are in the hospital. All you really need is a going home outfit. But if you prefer that your baby wear something else, bring two or three options.
  • Pacifiers
    • If you decide to give your baby a pacifier, bring your own. Otherwise, they will charge you for theirs at the hospital which is normally a little higher in price.
  • Burp cloths  
    • In case you need to clean up any milk your baby spits up.

I will also say, make sure that there is extra room in your bags. So that you can bring home everything that you get at the hospital. They are going to give you diapers, wipes, and more. Take as much as you can! They are charging you for it anyway. I hope this hospital bag checklist helps!

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Nina is The Baby Chick® & CEO of Baby Chick®. She is a baby planner, birth doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, newborn care specialist, and a mother. With over eight years of experience, she has supported hundreds of families during their pregnancies, births, and postpartum journeys.

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As soon as a woman becomes pregnant she will hear As soon as a woman becomes pregnant she will hear ALL kinds of unsolicited advice from everyone around her. 🤰 Friends, family members, even strangers will tell her what they went through and what they think she should do with her body and her baby. 😑 And this unsolicited advice continues long into parenthood. ⁠
Something that I think ALL mothers should know and learn is that you do NOT have to own or accept any information or stories someone tells you if it does not serve you. If it's unhelpful and not inline with your choices, hopes, and desires as a mother, then as soon as it was received immediately discard it. Don't harbor any information that does a disservice to you. The mind is a powerful thing. When we are told war stories and how terrible, awful, or painful things were for them (pregnancy, childbirth, or parenthood), that can live and stay with you. You do not have to own someone else's story. It may have been told with good intentions, but if you do not find value in it let it go. Release it and surround yourself with positive talk, uplifting stories, and happy, respectful, and supportive people.⁠ Be bold enough to go against the grain if you must and do what is right for you and your family.⁠
Ultimately, listen to your intuition. And if you're unsure of what your intuition is telling you, seek counsel from people who you admire and trust.⁠
You're doing great and if you didn't know this, you're already are a great mother. 💕 #thebabychick
Transition to Motherhood in Uncertain Times⁠ 🤱⁠
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When a first baby is born, so is a new mother. 💗 The transition to motherhood can be a very difficult one that is impossible to be fully prepared for. As you become a mother you take on a completely new identity. It is a new phase of life that comes with new challenges, emotions, and growth.⁠ 🌱⁠
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As a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit occupational therapist, I find that I take care of the mothers just as much as I take care of the babies. ❤️ Many, if not most mothers, are prepared with the tangibles: a place for the new baby to sleep, clothes for the new baby to wear, bottles, and diapers. But it is impossible to fully prepare for the emotional transition that takes place. New moms are met with not only a little baby who is completely dependent but also a barrage of new and different emotions that you may not fully understand.⁠ {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
Author by: Aimee Ketchum⁠ @aimeeketchum⁠
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Let me just stop you right there! *pew pew* 🔫🤱
Surprising Body Changes During Pregnancy – Podca Surprising Body Changes During Pregnancy – Podcast Ep 33⁠ 😮⁠
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Pregnancy is such a beautiful time in a woman's life. 💕 But don't get me wrong, not every day of pregnancy is glamorous. 😬 We've all heard of the luxurious hair, the glowing skin, the stretchmarks with the growing belly, but there are also things that happen to a woman's body during pregnancy that aren't really discussed. That's why we are covering all of the surprising body changes a woman can experience during pregnancy on today's podcast episode. So if you're currently expecting and are noticing some odd changes happening to your body, you can feel relieved knowing that you are not alone. 🤰 {Click 🔗 in bio to listen to the episode!}⁠
Now that "homeschool" is over, we can now enjoy ou Now that "homeschool" is over, we can now enjoy our summer! 😎 Oh, wait . . . #looksalotlikerightnow 🤔⁠
📷: @hallmark
When you become a mother you realize how much your When you become a mother you realize how much your mother did (or didn't do) for you. 💗 Sending love to all of the mothers, step-mothers, mother figures out there.
Happy Monday, mamas!⁠ 👋⁠ ⁠ Lately, with e Happy Monday, mamas!⁠ 👋⁠
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Lately, with everything going on, I've been thinking a lot about mothers with newborns. 🤱 As a postpartum doula, I get the pleasure of supporting new families in their homes and helping them navigate the winding roads and highs and lows of early parenthood. But right now I know that families are bringing home their precious babies and are feeling alone more than ever. They have less physical support, which can feel like they have less emotional and informational support as well. This breaks my heart. 💔 I wish this wasn't happening to families or to our world and I wish that I could be there for these moms.⁠
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That's why today, I am hopping on our stories and answering YOUR questions. Since I can't be there PHYSICALLY to help you with your pregnancy and newborns, I want you to know that I am here virtually for you. How can I help?⁠
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{I've left a question box in our stories. Have a question about your postpartum recovery? About your newborn? About breastfeeding? Bottle-feeding? You name it! I've been helping mothers as a birth doula and postpartum doula for 10 years and I am here for you.💕}⁠
📷: @creativeclicksphotography
Okay, grandma. 🙄⁠ 📷: unknown Okay, grandma. 🙄⁠
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To the mamas, papas, dreamers, visionaries, SAHMs, To the mamas, papas, dreamers, visionaries, SAHMs, etc. out there, kudos to you! For going so hard, for not quitting even on the worst days, even on the tired days, even on the days you don't know how you're going to do it, or don't feel like you can. You know it's okay to have some patience, grace, and forgiveness with yourself, right?⁠
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Our children are the future. I had to learn to give myself some grace. Sometimes when I evaluate where I am in life and see that I'm not exactly where I want to be or could've been frustrates me, or gets me down. I'm so hard on myself. But then I realized if the ONLY good thing I've done or successfully done is raise great children, I am in fact doing well!! *Parents, it's so important how we raise our children, and many of you KNOW that is not an easy task.⁠
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There are so many different aspects on this one topic. First, their confidence, self-love, etc. is so important. They need to know who they are, so when they encounter times and people that aren't so kind they are not completely crushed.⁠
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Secondly, think about who you're putting into the world. Do you remember your heartbreak(s), or some of the sh*%$y people you've come across and thought who raised them? Or even when you encountered a child that needed a hug or just some TLC. It's important!⁠
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Thirdly, but not least, for the dreamer or the visionary . . . Yes, we are working so hard for our dreams and goals. And one day we may achieve them, but our building and growing may also be in the building for our children. As we are building a future for them. Show yourself a little love. ❤️"⁠
Words & 📷: @tanishasnell_
"On my headstone, I hope they write, 'Here lies a "On my headstone, I hope they write, 'Here lies a devoted mother who suffocated under her enormous laundry pile.' #kiddingnotkidding⁠
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I'm trying to be more mindful about laundry and use it as a meditation practice (my main squeeze Thich Nhat Hanh talks about washing your dishes like you're bathing baby Buddha. 😊) Sometimes I can do it and feel grateful and grounded (I find cloth diapers particularly soothing for some reason. 🤷‍♀️) And sometimes I consider just turning our living room into one huge laundry pile and letting everyone forage for their clothes each morning. #wildstyle⁠
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So tell me, wise women of the world--how do you do laundry? Are you a load-a-day type or do you wait until it piles up and tackle it all at once?"⁠
Words & 📷: @spiritysol
It's called balance. And motherhood. And it's the It's called balance. And motherhood. And it's the weekend. 💁‍♀️🤪 Cheers!
Want to jazz up breakfast or lunch for the kids (o Want to jazz up breakfast or lunch for the kids (or yourself 😉) in an easy way? Animal Face Toast! 😍⁠
Pop an emoji for your favorite animal!🐱🦉🦊🐻🐷🐵⁠
📷: @weelicious