Hospital Bag Checklist of Essentials Needed For Childbirth

Hospital Bag Checklist of Essentials Needed For Childbirth

Posted on January 25th, 2024

Bringing a new life into the world is an exhilarating experience, and being well-prepared for your hospital stay is crucial for a smooth and comfortable journey. 

At Carol's Newborn Care, we understand the importance of preparation, just as we do in providing top-notch Newborn Care Services

To help expectant parents navigate this exciting time, we've put together a comprehensive hospital bag checklist to ensure you have all the essentials needed for childbirth and the moments that follow.

Getting Ready for the Big Day

Before we delve into the specific items you'll need for your hospital stay, let's first discuss the timing of when to pack your hospital bag. Proper preparation can significantly reduce stress when the time arrives. Here's what you need to know:

When to pack your hospital bag: The ideal time to have your hospital bag ready is around the 36th week of pregnancy. However, if there's a possibility of preterm labor, it's wise to be prepared even earlier. It's important to note that only 5 percent of babies are delivered on their due date.

Expert Advice: We recommend having your bag ready even earlier, especially if preterm labor is a concern. Beginning the packing process during the third trimester can be helpful in avoiding last-minute rushes.

Pro Tip: Keep your "go-bag" easily accessible, whether it's in the trunk of your car or the hall closet.

Hospital Bag Checklist for Moms

Preparing your hospital bag is a significant part of getting ready for the big day. As an expectant mother, it's essential to ensure you have everything you need to make your childbirth experience as comfortable as possible. In this section, we'll provide a detailed checklist of items to include. From essential documents to personal items and comfortable clothing, we've got you covered.

Essential Items and Documents:

  1. Picture ID and Insurance Card: Ensure you have your identification and insurance information. It's advisable to check with your hospital about any required paperwork.
  2. Birth Plan: If you have a birth plan, include it in your bag for reference.
  3. Cell Phone and Charger: Stay connected with loved ones and capture precious moments. Consider packing a multi-plug outlet for convenience.
  4. Cord Blood Kit: If you intend to bank or donate your baby's cord blood, ensure you've read the paperwork and packed accordingly.

Personal Items:

  1. Toiletries: Pack your essentials, including a toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, deodorant, a brush, comb, hair ties, and makeup if it's part of your routine. While hospitals provide basic toiletries, having your own can add a comforting touch.
  2. Sanitary Pads: While hospitals provide sanitary pads, you may prefer to bring your preferred brand for added comfort.
  3. Glasses and/or Contacts: If you wear glasses or contacts, ensure you have them, along with lens solution and a lens case.


  1. Robe, Pajamas, and Slippers: Comfort is paramount. Opt for loose, comfortable PJs with easy access for skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding.
  2. Comfortable Outfit: Consider packing a couple of comfy outfits, a nursing bra, and easy-to-wear shoes for postpartum comfort and your journey home.
  3. Postpartum Underwear: Ensure you have roomy and comfortable cotton underwear.
  4. Nursing Bras: Invest in nursing bras for easy breastfeeding and nursing pads to manage leaks.

Essentials for Labor:

  1. Comfort Items: Depending on your preferences, consider bringing items like an eye pillow, misting fan, or essential oils. Check with your hospital regarding their policies.
  2. Massage Lotion or Oil: These can be useful for relaxation during labor.
  3. Entertainment: Bring a book, laptop, or tablet to keep yourself occupied during the early stages of labor.

Hospital Bag Checklist for Partners

Being well-prepared as a partner means you can capture precious moments, offer support, and maintain your own comfort. From cameras and toiletries to comfortable clothes and snacks, we'll explore the items that will make your role as a supportive partner even more effective. So, whether you're behind the camera or holding a hand, you'll be ready for the journey ahead.

Essential Items for Support:

  1. Camera or Video Camera: Capture the special moments during labor and after the birth. Ensure compliance with hospital policies.
  2. Toiletries: Don't forget essentials like a toothbrush, toothpaste, and vision supplies.
  3. Comfortable Clothes and Shoes: Dress comfortably as you'll be providing support during labor.
  4. Snacks and Drinks: Stay energized and hydrated with your favorite snacks and beverages.
  5. Cell Phone and Charger: Keep family and friends updated on the labor and birth.
  6. Money: Have cash or a credit card for parking and vending machines.
  7. Your Own Pillow: Rest is crucial for labor partners. Bring your comfy pillow from home.

What Not to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

While thorough preparation is essential, there are some items that you can leave behind:

  • Jewelry, lots of cash, or other valuables.
  • Medications or vitamins that haven't been approved by the hospital's pharmacy.
  • Diapers and diaper wipes, as these are provided by the hospital.
  • Bottles and nipples for bottle-feeding.
  • Candles, as they are typically not allowed in hospital rooms.

Carol's Newborn Care: Your Partner in Parenthood

At Carol's Newborn Care, we understand that welcoming a newborn into your family is a life-changing event, and we're here to support you every step of the way. Just as meticulous preparation is essential for childbirth, it's also crucial when it comes to providing the best care for your newborn. That's where our Newborn Care Services come into play.

Our dedicated team of experienced caregivers is committed to providing top-notch support for both you and your baby. We understand the unique needs of new parents and offer a range of services tailored to make the transition into parenthood as smooth as possible. From assisting with feedings and diaper changes to ensuring your baby's comfort and safety, our nannies are here to lend a helping hand.

With Carol's Newborn Care, you can enjoy peace of mind, knowing that your baby is in the hands of compassionate professionals who are passionate about what they do. We're not just a nanny service; we're your partners in parenthood, dedicated to ensuring you have the support and assistance you need during this incredible journey.


In the journey of welcoming your newborn, thorough preparation is key, just as it is in providing exceptional Newborn Care Services at Carol's Newborn Care. With our comprehensive hospital bag checklist, you're ready for the big day and beyond.

For top-notch care and support for your newborn, reach out to us at [email protected]. Your journey to parenthood is our priority.