Pregnancy and Childbirth: What to Bring to the Hospital

Pregnant woman sitting on bed putting items in overnight bag.

You’re likely feeling anxious as your child’s birth approaches. This is normal. To give yourself some peace of mind, pack a bag ahead of time. Do this about one month ahead of your estimated delivery date. Here is a list of things to remember:

  • Personal care items, like a toothbrush, hair brush, lip balm, lotion, and shampoo

  • Eyeglasses (if you wear them)

  • Nightgown (if you plan to breastfeed, pack one that allows for nursing)

  • Nursing bra if you plan to breastfeed

  • Bathrobe and slippers

  • Many hospitals provide maternity underwear, but you may want to bring underwear that can be soiled because you will have bleeding after delivery

  • Comfortable clothes for you to wear home, like sweat pants, yoga pants, or other stretchable clothes, because your prepregnancy clothes may not fit after delivery of your baby

  • Clothes for your baby to wear home

  • Personal music player and headphones

  • Camera with new batteries or charger

  • Coins for vending machines

  • Telephone numbers of people to call after the birth

  • Cell phone and charger

  • Insurance information and any other paperwork needed for your hospital stay

  • A list of baby names you are considering

  • An infant, rear-facing car seat for bringing home your baby (this is required by law)

Add anything else that you don’t want to forget: