What to bring to the hospital when having a baby

Having a smooth childbirth experience is all about preparation. One way to be prepared is to pack a suitcase ahead of time so you are ready when it’s time to go to the hospital.

It’s a good idea to have your bag packed by the time your pregnancy is at 37 weeks, just in case you go into labor before your due date.

What to bring for your hospital stay

Here’s a list of items you will need or want while you’re in the hospital:

  • Health insurance card(s) and photo ID
  • Any papers your doctor has given you, such as lab orders and your medical history
  • Lists of phone numbers to call
  • Long-distance calling card or cellphone and phone charger
  • Camera and battery
  • Coins for vending machines
  • Reading material
  • Laptop or tablet
  • iPod or CD player
  • Headphones or Bluetooth speaker for music
  • Snacks for your partner
  • Overnight bag with clothes and toiletries

Items for mom

  • Nightgown or pajamas that button down the front
  • Socks and slippers
  • Nursing bra and underwear
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
  • Sanitary pads
  • Loose-fitting clothes to wear home

Items for baby

  • Receiving blanket
  • Clothes for baby to wear home
  • Infant car seat

Items NOT to bring

  • Jewelry, including watches and rings
  • Large amount of cash
  • Gift cards
  • Checkbooks
Women’s Health – 4GYN

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