WHAT TO PACK IN YOUR HOSPITAL BAG
When it comes down to the time your new bundle of joy decides to arrive into the world,
preparedness is key. It's important to be aware that you likely will not be able to pack as the
miraculous event unfolds, and having hospital bags ready will help parents and newborns face
one of the most defining moments in life with everything they need to stay comfortable and
calm. Hospitals will have some items if you forget anything like basic toiletries or disposable
underwear but bringing your own essentials is far more ideal.
Don't forget your photo ID, medical insurance card, and birthing plan. Any other hospital
paperwork that you've filled out should also be added to your bag. If you plan on filing for leave
from work through a short-term disability plan or FMLA, make sure to take any documents or
contact information pertaining to your leave with you as well.
Having a baby is the perfect opportunity to surround yourself with the things that make you feel
the most comfortable. Your favorite bathrobe, fuzzy slippers, pajamas, and something to wear
home are all necessary. A few other items to be sure to pack that can be easily forgotten are a
nursing bra (with extra pads) and underwear. Socks or a sweater are also nice to have in case
the room is cold.
A small bag with a travel-size toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash, glasses, contact
lenses/solution/case, face wash, and lip balm will help you stay fresh. Any other toiletries that
smell nice, such as your favorite soap, oil, shampoo, conditioner, or lotion, will be nice to keep
with you as well. As for hair accessories, a brush, comb, hair ties, and a headband will help your
hair stay in place while giving birth. If you have a preferred brand for high-absorbent maxi pads,
add those to your bag too.
Electronics, games, and snacks:
Your phone, laptop, or tablet and their assigned chargers are a must-have, and make sure to
bring along a set of headphones and any snacks that you typically enjoy. This is also the perfect
time to bring your favorite games, books, or scrapbook to start logging your baby's first days in
Co-parents should make sure that they have what’s needed for the long haul and come
prepared for as long as it takes. The amount of time you’ll be in the hospital can be unknown,
which means that partners should be prepared for both a day or overnight stay.
Don't forget your wallet, ID, insurance cards, and at least one credit card.
Comfort is key. Bring a change of clothes, a sweatshirt, underwear, socks, and even pajamas in
case you stay overnight.
Have a few essential toiletries with you, such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, and
glasses (if you need them). A travel pillow will also definitely come in handy during the
potentially long wait.
Electronics, games, and snacks:
A phone, laptop, or tablet with their chargers and compatible headphones will help you pass the
time and can also be used for photos. Cash for vending machines and your own snacks are
good to have, along with gum, mints, a water bottle, and lip balm. If you have a portable
electronic game, deck of cards, or a good book, you'll likely need it, and if you plan on doing any
recording on a separate device, make sure to bring your camera.
The good news is that your little one is pretty easy to pack for and will need just a few items to
make it home safely. The most important things to remember are the infant car seat and something for your newborn
to wear home that is suitable for the outdoor temperature. Socks, booties, and a hat are good
additions to have with you, just in case. Your preferred brand of diapers, lotion, and diaper rash
cream can also go into your baby bag, along with a blanket and a few burp cloths.
Try Not to Overpack
Doing a bit of planning before your happy occasion is the best way to make sure moms,
partners, and babies all have what they need. Planning in advance will also help you not to
overpack. Packing a moderately sized single bag for each person and keeping items organized
will ensure you can find what you want and need quickly.
Abigail Baker is a writer from Happy Writers, Co. in partnership with silverware retailer Silver
In partnership with Bailey Fett Photography