St. Joseph's

What to Pack for the Hospital

When preparing for childbirth, the following suggestions may help when you are packing for the hospital:

Labor Bag Checklist

For Expectant Mom

Your labor bag will contain essentials and things that will help you feel comfortable during labor.

  • Insurance card and hospital paperwork
  • Birth plan
  • Loose, comfortable clothes
  • Book, magazine or cards for early labor
  • Bathrobe
  • Socks and slippers
  • Hair bands, ties or barrettes
  • Lip moisturizer
  • Snacks
  • Rolling pin or tennis ball for backache
  • Massage lotion and tools
  • Hot rice sock
  • Aromatherapy scents
  • Sentimental item from home, such as a favorite pillow or blanket
  • Focal point, such as an ultrasound or vacation photo
  • Music
  • Eyeglasses (if needed)
  • Basic toiletries

For Partner

Having your own bag of items will help to make you comfortable during labor and an overnight stay.

  • Directions/map to hospital
  • Camera, memory card, batteries and/or charger
  • Snacks
  • Cash for vending machines (do not bring more cash than you’ll need, credit cards or other valuables)
  • Mints or chewing gum for fresh breath
  • Basic toiletries
  • Change of clothes
  • Bathing suit
  • Cell phone and charger or calling card
  • Phone numbers of friends and family

Postpartum Bag Checklist

Pack separate bags for mom and baby to help you stay organized. If you choose, you can leave the bags in your car until after your baby is born to prevent cluttering your labor room. The hospital may be able to provide some essentials, but bring the following items to be safe.

For Mom:

  • Nightgown
  • More snacks
  • Nursing bra
  • Breast pads
  • Maternity underwear
  • Toiletries
  • Hairbrush
  • Address book and cell phone or calling card
  • Comfortable, loose fitting going-home outfit and shoes

For Baby:

  • Infant car seat
  • Going-home outfit (a ‘onesie’ is easiest)
  • Receiving blanket
  • Pair of socks or booties
  • Extra cap
  • Baby nail clippers or emery board
  • Baby book for footprints