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Be Prepared with a Hospital Bag

What is HospitalBag.org?

HospitalBag.org is a free service providing a printable checklist of things to pack in your hospital bag when going to the hospital to have a baby.

What is a Hospital Bag?

When you go into the hospital to have a baby, you'll want to be prepared. A big part of being prepared is having your hospital bag packed with everything you need in it.
Below we've complied a list of just about everything you might want / need. If you see something we've missed, let us know. We'll add it so that everyone can benefit from it.

When should I pack my Hospital Bag?

We recommend that you pack your hospital bag by the end of your second trimester. Although this may seem early, its better safe than sorry and you never know if you'll go early.

What should I pack in my Hospital Bag?

Below is a comprehensive list of items to pack in your hospital bag:
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1. Items For Labor

For Mom

Essentials

Nursing Bra
 
Breast Pads
 
Nursing Pillow
consider an inflatable for portability
Camera
It's a once and a lifetime moment, don't miss it!
Contact List
short and concise is good
Sanitary Pads
 
Non-slip socks
great for pacing the hallways
your glasses or contact lenses
 

Nice-to-haves

Dressing Gown
 
T-Shirt
 
stop watch
 
books or magazines
 
spray bottle
good for cooling your down during labor
refillable water bottle
 
birthing ball
 
change of clothes
 
snacks and drinks
 
breast pads
 
rolling pin or rice sock
great for pain releif during labor

For Baby

Essentials

babies first outfit
an outfit with feet is preferable but not necessary
receiving blankets
 

For Dad

Essentials

your glasses or contact lenses
 
comfortable clothes
especially shoes

2. Items For After Labor

For Mom

Essentials

nursing bras
 
nipple cream
 
lightweight nursing gown
 
ear plugs
lots of babies that don't sleep when you want to :)
Toiletries
 
shampoo, conditioner, shower gel
 
toothbrush and toothpaste
 
hair brush
 
hair clips
 
deodorant
 
soap
 
hand cream
 
towels
 
Going home clothes
 

Nice-to-haves

lavender oil
 
tea tree oil
 
cosmetics
 
tissues
 
feeding pillow
consider using an inflatable
small plastic jug
 

For Baby

Essentials

car seat
 
wet-naps
an outfit with feet is preferable but not necessary
socks
unless your outfits have feet already
hat
either sun or winter hat

Nice-to-haves

scratch mittens
those little nails can be sharp
bottles if required
 
cotton wool balls
 

For Dad

Essentials

Toiletries
 
shampoo, conditioner, shower gel
 
toothbrush and toothpaste
 
hair brush
 
deodorant
 

Nice-to-haves

video camera
again its a once and a lifetime, don't want to miss it
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