Hospital Checklist

Packing a hospital bag and having the right information ahead of time will be helpful when you go into labor. You and your labor coach should have a bag packed 3 weeks before your due date. 

Below is a checklist to help you prepare for your hospital stay.

For Mom:

  • Photo ID and insurance information
  • Bathrobe and slippers 
  • Lightweight pajamas or nightgown (if you're planning to breastfeed, a nursing gown or button-down top for easy access)
  • Extra underwear 
  • Bra (a nursing bra if you're planning to breastfeed)
  • Soft, warm socks (feet sometimes get cold during labor) 
  • Toiletries 
  • Hairband or barrettes and a brush 
  • Lip balm to soothe dry lips during labor
  • Lotion or massage oil 
  • Hair dryer and hair products or tools 
  • Relaxation music and player
  • Favorite pillow or body pillow from home
  • Items to pass the time (cards, books, writing materials) 
  • Baby album

For Labor Coach: 

  • Directions to the hospital 
  • Change for vending machines and parking
  • Health insurance information
  • Camera, memory card, and charger
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Toiletries 
  • Cell phone and charger
  • List of phone numbers of family and friends to call when your baby arrives

For Baby: 

  • Undershirt
  • Stretch suit, gown or special "welcome home" outfit
  • 1-2 receiving blankets
  • Sweater 
  • Cap or hat (if temperature is under 60 degrees or for wind and sun protection) 
  • Warm outer baby blanket or quilt
  • Infant care seat

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