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What to pack in a hospital bag for labor?

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Packing for the hospital – a very exciting time! Let’s talk about what to pack and when to do so.

First of all, I recommend that you pack 2 hospital bags: one for delivery and another one for postpartum. It is good to have everything packed when you are 36 weeks pregnant. If you plan to drive to a hospital or a birthing center with your own car, put a postpartum bag in the trunk and let it wait for its time. Your birth partner can bring the postpartum bag to you once the baby is born and you need it. You can keep a delivery hospital bag in your house, as you might want to add there some last minute essentials before taking off to the hospital.

Here is a checklist for you. I marked essentials with a star (*) . the rest of the items are optional.

Delivery bag:

  • Your photo ID and Insurance Card*
  • Birth plan
  • Wallet with your bank card and some cash*
  • Phone and charger*
  • Hairbrush and  hair band*
  • Lip balm that you like to use*
  • Body cream that you like to use*
  • Snacks*
  • Comfortable clothes*
  • Basic toiletries for a birthing person and partner*
  • Medications for a birthing person and partner, when applicable
  • Eyeglasses or contact lenses and solution, when applicable
  • Water bottle with straw
  • TENS unit
  • LED candle or Christmas lights
  • Playlist, music that you want to listen to during labor
  • Sentimental items from home/talisman
  • Essential oils and diffuser
  • Photo camera
  • Change of clothes for your partner
  • Pediatrician’s contact info
  • Placenta encapsulation specialist’s contact info

Postpartum bag:

  • Snacks*
  • Nursing bra*
  • Maternity underwear*
  • Comfortable clothes that you wore at 5-months pregnant*
  • Change of clothes for your partner*
  • Baby going-home outfits (in sizes 0-3 months and 3-6 months)*
  • Baby hat*
  • Two baby blankets (heavy and light)*

Last but not least, don’t forget to install your infant car seat and bring a gift from the baby to an older child, when appropriate. Happy packing!


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