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:

For Mom’s Comfort

  • Robe and slippers for walking during early labor
  • Warm socks
  • Toiletries (shampoo, soap, deodorant, body lotion)
  • Hair dryer
  • Barrette/band for long hair
  • Cosmetics
  • Contact lens case and/or eyeglasses
  • Mouthwash/toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Bra (nursing bra if breastfeeding)
  • Loose-fitting clothes to wear home

For Coping with Labor

  • Focal point: baby toy, object, picture
  • Portable music player
  • Deck of cards, magazine, book
  • Paper, pencil
  • Sour lollipop, gum
  • Lip balm for dry lips
  • Lotion, oil, hand massager for massage/backrub
  • Pillows with colored pillowcases
  • Hand fan, mirror
  • Stress ball

For Husband/Support Person

  • Mouthwash/toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Extra change of clothes
  • Nutritious snack(s)
  • Any necessary medications
  • Sleeping attire


  • Your health insurance card
  • Prenatal education materials
  • Phone numbers, people to notify of birth
  • Change/money for vending machines
  • Camera/video recorder loaded with film and new batteries

For Baby

  • Approved car seat
  • Baby book (if you want the footprints in it)
  • Outfit for going home (include undershirt)
  • Outerwear (lightweight blanket and hat for warm weather or heavy outerwear for cold weather)