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Your Hospital Bag Checklist

Chances are, you’ve spent the past several months dreaming of the day you finally get to meet baby. You’ve stocked up on all the latest baby gear, decorated that nursery and maybe even figured out how to correctly install that infant car seat. (One can only hope) But don’t forget one of the most important third trimester to-dos: Deciding what to pack in your hospital bag—for baby, you and your partner. So where to start? You don’t want to leave out any essentials, but there’s also no reason to overdo things—which is where this hospital bag checklist comes in handy!!

Checklist for Mom

Photo ID, insurance info, hospital forms and birth plan (if you have one)

Heavy-duty maternity pads. The hospital will provide some of these, but you may want to pack a few heavy-duty maternity pads, just in case. It’s normal to bleed a lot after the birth, and maternity pads are softer and more absorbent than standard pads. Initially you may need to change pads every one to two hours, but within a few days, the flow will start to decrease.

Headband or ponytail holder (avoid clips—they’ll probably poke you and are just uncomfortable)

Cosmetics and skin care products make sure you pack some moisturizer, as your skin may feel drier than usual.

Glasses and contact lenses (if you need them). It may seem obvious, but sometimes it’s these little things that can escape your attention when packing your hospital bag. Don’t forget contact lens solution and a lens case if you use contact lenses.

Sugar-free hard candy or lozenges to keep your mouth moist during labor (candy with sugar will make you thirsty)

Non-perishable snacks and change for the vending machines for those urges

maternity bras (no underwire) and nursing pads (whether or not you plan to nurse, you’ll appreciate the support and leak protection)

Two or three pairs of warm, nonskid socks (for walking the halls before and after labor)

Birthing Gown  Style#2

Toiletries and personal items: hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, contact lens case and solution (remember, travel-sized products are your friends)

Bath towel (the hospital will probably supply a very thin, small one)

Lip balm (hospitals are very dry)

Cell phone and charger

Earbuds to listen to music on your phone

Body lotion or massage oil. Some moms-to-be find a little massage during labor relaxing. If this could be you, pop some lotion or oil in your hospital bag

Comfortable going-home clothes and flat shoes

Checklist for Partner

Since you’ll both likely be spending a night or two in the maternity ward, gather up some overnight essentials—plus a few things to keep your partner occupied (labor can last for a good long while). Here’s what to put in your partner’s hospital bag:

Change of clothes

Cell phone and charger

Earbuds to listen to music on your phone

Entertainment, whether it’s something to read, listen to or watch

Toiletries and personal items: toothbrush, deodorant, face wash, shampoo, conditioner, contact lens case and solution

Non-perishable snacks and change for the vending machines

Checklist for Baby

You know what you’ll likely need, but figuring out what to pack in a hospital bag for baby can be a little less than intuitive. Here’s the good news: When you’re just starting out in life, you don’t need all that much. Here are the essentials you’ll want to add to your baby hospital bag:

Approved infant car seat

A coming-home outfit (bring clothes in different sizes to make sure they fit!)

Warm blankets (for the ride home)

Bodysuits. Hospital policies can vary on what newborns can be dressed in so consult with your doctor in advance about what to pack.

Socks and booties. Newborns can get cold easily so take some socks and booties just in case. Even during skin-to-skin contact, your newborn can wear a hat and socks.

Pacifiers 

Burp cloths  In case you need to clean up any milk your baby spits up.

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