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July 5, 2018

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hospital bag checklist for mom, dad and baby - trista peterson (1)One question that never goes away in the mom community is “What the heck do I need to pack in my hospital bag?” Each time I packed mine I set out to see what might have changed at my hospital and to remember what I wished I would have had before. So today I’m sharing a free, printable hospital bag checklist to help you tackle packing your hospital bag! Just scroll to the bottom to save the free hospital bag checklist printable, you can easily pin it to Pinterest to help yourself find it later.)

When I had Blaire, we packed SO many things, yet still forgot the important stuff… like Jason’s glasses to wear at night when his contacts were out, my shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, comfy pants…

With my first I had a planned C Section (you can read her birth story here) so we were there for three nights (Tuesday morning – Friday afternoon). With our second we were only there for a little over 24 hours after his birth and with our final baby we were there for 48 hours from her birth. So, knowing that hospital stay times can vary, I always liked to take a few changes of clothing for myself and baby. Those postpartum hormones make me so sweaty! I didn’t want to be stuck wearing the same clothing for too long. And somehow our babies always managed to make the biggest messes at the hospital – blowouts and spit up!

The most important thing is to pack the items you’ll need for YOU to be comfortable. Items absolutely necessary for the baby will be supplied by the hospital. Diapers, wipes, bathing supplies, a onesie, a hat, swaddle blankets and formula are all readily accessible. The things you’ll want for yourself are not so readily available. I want to also state these things are not all must-have items. This is a giant list to help you think of everything you could possibly need. Everyone’s hospital stay looks different. I’d rather have things I didn’t need than want something and not have it.

Don’t worry, this hospital bag checklist covers everything you’ll need for mama, daddy and baby.

hospital bag checklist


  • deodorant: One thing that was horrible for me both times I was postpartum was my sweating. Seriously. I felt so gross and sweaty all the time.
  • toothbrush/toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, body wash: that first shower after birth is life. changing.
  • make up remover wipes
  • moisturizer/makeup/chapstick/lotion: I brought some makeup basics with me each time: concealer, mascara, and chapstick. The hospital air (in our hospital, anyways) is SO dry! I kept chapstick and lotion next to me bed because I kept applying them all day and night.
  • hair ties/hair brush
  • hair dryer/curling iron: Obviously optional. I didn’t take them when Blaire was born. Of course we ended up doing photos in the hospital and my hair looked terrible. But then I took them when Ben and Sloane were born and didn’t end up using them. Go figure.
  • glasses/contact case & solution
  • baby wash: typically provided by the hospital, but it doesn’t hurt to bring your own if you have a specific brand you want to use.

breast-feeding moms:

  • nipple balm: my hospital does provide some, which I used after I had Blaire.
  • nipple pads
  • nursing pillow: also helpful for siblings visiting when they want to hold baby
  • nursing cover: totally optional, but I liked having mine when family members were visiting.

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for mom:

  • slipper socks (2-3): The ones in the hospital are fine, but I liked changing mine a lot since the floors are so gross.
  • robe: Something comfy to wear throughout the day and at night. After my C Section I wore mine over my pjs when I had to go out and walk the halls.
  • pjs (1-2): I took nightgowns that were nursing-friendly and I also took comfy nursing tops with maternity pj pants.
  • nursing tank or tops (1-2)
  • cardigan or cozy sweater
  • comfy top and dark maternity leggings for trip home (or comfy dress)
  • flip flops (for shower)

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for baby:

  • sleepers (2-3)
  • onesies (2-3)
  • swaddling blankets
  • sleep sack
  • baby mittens
  • hat
  • burp cloths
  • car seat: don’t forget to install the base in your car ahead of time
  • carseat cover
  • nail file
  • pacifier(s): Most recently it was tough for us to get a pacifier from the nursing staff… they don’t “encourage” them for breastfed babies. So I brought my own.

for dad:

  • tee shirts (2-3)
  • sweat pants
  • hoodie/sweatshirt
  • socks (2-3)


  • baby book: With Blaire, we remembered to take hers and they did her hand prints and foot prints in it. For Ben, we didn’t have one yet (second child problems!) so they did them on a piece of paper for us to take home.
  • gum
  • snacks / water flavoring: I finally thought to bring water flavoring to the hospital with me this last time. It’s so important to chug lots of water postpartum, and adding a squeeze of flavoring made it much easier for me.
  • pillow(s): I just used what the hospital had and our nursing pillow – but I know a lot of friends who have taken their own pillows.
  • extra long phone chargers (extra-long to reach the hospital bed!)
  • camera / video camera
  • camera / video camera chargers
  • memory card: buy a new one if you have to! Just make sure you have room on it.
  • computer
  • computer charger

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To print the checklist below, simply click the “download” button below.

You can also CLICK HERE to open the check list in a new tab and print it from there.

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Did I forget anything? Let me know in a comment below!

Help other mamas find this helpful list by “pinning” any of the images below to Pinterest!

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    Caro Davis

    October 21, 2019

    This is awesome ! Should be extremely helpful for new mom’s !


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    March 3, 2020

    My hubby ended up using my yeti cup I always have with me for his water there to keep it cold and I used the hospital cup which was much better this time around. We also took our firestick and had that to watch tv- I had C-section so I was there three days and it came in handy! I would also take an empty bag…we seemed to accumulate stuff and our bags were ham packed when we left ?


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    Lauren Thomas

    January 22, 2021

    wish I could actually print this out. Am I missing something?


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      Lauren Thomas

      January 22, 2021


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    Lucinda K Aamot-Noon

    April 24, 2021



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Now, let's discuss the concepts mentioned in the article about packing a hospital bag for childbirth.

Hospital Bag Checklist

The article discusses the importance of packing a hospital bag for expectant mothers. It provides a checklist of items that can be included in the bag to ensure a comfortable stay at the hospital during and after childbirth.


The article suggests packing essential toiletries such as deodorant, toothbrush/toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, body wash, makeup remover wipes, moisturizer, makeup, chapstick, and lotion. These items are important for personal hygiene and comfort during the hospital stay.


The article mentions the need for hair ties, a hairbrush, a hairdryer, and a curling iron as optional items. These can be useful if the mother wants to style her hair during her hospital stay.

Baby Care

The article states that items necessary for the baby, such as diapers, wipes, bathing supplies, onesies, hats, swaddle blankets, and formula, are usually provided by the hospital. However, it suggests bringing baby wash if the mother has a specific brand preference.

Breastfeeding Moms

For breastfeeding mothers, the article suggests packing nipple balm, nipple pads, a nursing pillow (also helpful for siblings visiting), and a nursing cover (optional).

Comfort for Mom

The article recommends packing slipper socks, a robe, pajamas, nursing tank tops or tops, a cardigan or cozy sweater, a comfy top and dark maternity leggings for the trip home, and flip flops for the shower. These items provide comfort and convenience for the mother during her hospital stay.

Baby Clothing

The article suggests packing sleepers, onesies, swaddling blankets, sleep sacks, baby mittens, burp cloths, a car seat (with the base installed in the car ahead of time), a car seat cover, a nail file, and pacifiers.

Items for Dad

For the father, the article recommends packing t-shirts, sweatpants, a hoodie/sweatshirt, and socks.

Miscellaneous Items

The article suggests bringing a baby book for capturing handprints and footprints, gum, snacks/water flavoring, pillows (though the hospital usually provides them), extra-long phone chargers, a camera/video camera, chargers for the camera/video camera, a memory card, a computer, and a computer charger.

Printable Checklist

The article provides a downloadable and printable hospital bag checklist for easy reference and organization.

Remember, this is not an exhaustive list, and everyone's hospital stay may vary. It's always a good idea to consult with your healthcare provider or other reliable sources for personalized advice on what to pack in your hospital bag.

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