Hospital Bag Checklist

hospital bag maternity

“What should I bring to the hospital?” 

Here are some ideas. A few items on the list will also be provided by your hospital (blankets, pillow, shampoo, soap, etc) but if you prefer your own toiletries and want to feel more at home we suggest you bring these items with you.

Download a copy of this checklist here.


  • Paperwork (Birth Plan, Insurance Card, ID, Pediatrician details)

  • Towels or waterproof pads for car (esp. if your water has broken already)

  • Labor gown

  • Light robe

  • Socks

  • Ipad or phone with music playlist

  • Headphones or speakers

  • Hair Ties

  • Chapstick

  • Slippers

  • Comfy Sleep Bra

  • Honeysticks


  • 2-3 Nursing tank tops

  • 2-3 Yoga or sweat pants

  • 2-3 Nursing bras

  • 2 sets of nursing pajamas (or something to sleep in that you can nurse in)

  • Flip flops

  • Comfortable going home outfit

  • 2-3 Large Underwear

  • Socks

  • Laundry bag

  • Deodorant

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash

  • Shampoo & Conditioner

  • Brush & Hair Ties

  • Make up & Make up remover

  • Lotion

  • Razor

  • Breastfeeding book

Home Items

  • Blanket

  • Pillow

  • Heating Pad

  • Water Bottle

  • Snacks

  • Essential oils & diffuser

  • Ipad & charger

  • Phones & charger

  • Camera & charger

  • Laptop & charger

  • Powerstrip

Baby Gear

  • Diapers

  • Wipes

  • Going home outfit

  • Sleepers X 2

  • Hat

  • Swaddle blanket

  • Burp cloths

  • Socks

  • Car Seat

For Partner

  • 2 T-shirts

  • 2 Comfy pants

  • 2 underwear

  • 2 Pajamas

  • Hoodie or jacket (for cold AC)

  • Socks

  • Toiletries (deodorant, toothbrush/paste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash)

About Amy Lewis

Amy is the co-owner of Buddha Belly. She is passionate about assisting women through life's most challenging transitions and nurtures a lifelong commitment to women in serving mothers as a doula. She is certified by ProDoula as a labor doula, postpartum and infant care doula and postpartum specialist. She was certified by the Healthy Children Project and the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice as a lactation counselor and is a birth, newborn and breastfeeding educator. > keep reading

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