Packing for Your Hospital Stay

As your due date gets closer, it’s a good idea to have a bag already packed for your hospital or birthing center stay. You’ll be ready to go when the time comes!

Don’t overpack; just bring the necessities (leave jewelry and other valuables at home). Below is a general checklist of what to bring.

For You:

  • Your birth plan if you have one (multiple copies to give to your practitioner and nurses)
  • Your insurance card, I.D., and any required hospital admissions documents
  • Your baby’s pediatrician’s name and contact information
  • Cell phone and/or camera (don’t forget a charger or extra batteries)
  • Snacks for your partner
  • A comfort item, such as your pillow, for you — you may want your own
  • Toiletries: Toothbrush and toothpaste; hairbrush; your own soap, shampoo and conditioner (if you prefer this to what the hospital may provide)
  • Clothing: Extra pairs of underwear and a nursing bra; hair clips or ties to keep your hair out of your face; nightgown or PJs; socks and slippers; a comfortable going-home outfit (you’ll still look a bit pregnant at first so plan for that)
  • Breast pump and nipple cream, if you plan to breastfeed. A hospital nurse or lactation consultant can show you how to use the pump so you’ll know once you’re back home.
For Baby:
  • Clothing: Going-home outfit, including socks or booties and a receiving blanket; extra layers if the weather is colder
  • A few newborn diapers and a pack of baby wipes (though the hospital also provides these for while you are in the hospital)

This message is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have about your health or medical condition, your breastfeeding issues and your infant's health. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you have read in our emails, webpages or other electronic communications.

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