Hospital Bag Checklist for Mom, Baby & Dad

Diaper Bag - Pottery Barn Kids 

One of my best friends just gave birth to her first baby. When she was pregnant she asked me what I packed in my hospital bag and all kinds of memories came flooding back. I remembered a time when I literally had no clue what to expect or even how to do it all again and I was happy that I kept my organized list (insert nerd emoji here) so I could help her out.

This is a list I started when I got pregnant with Ryder and hadn't had a baby for 8 years. Whether this is your first time having a baby or you just haven't had a baby in a long time this list is for you. I've adjusted and perfected it overtime. Also, I delivered all of my babies via c-section so some things may not be necessary or appropriate if you are not having a c-section.

As my list grew I organized it into four different sections. The first section became the things I needed to pack for myself, the second section were the things I would pack for the baby, the third section were things my husband was going to need and lastly miscellaneous things we would need. I'm sure you will adjust your list a bit but I think I covered all the basics and more!

For the actual hospital bag for me and baby I used this large diaper bag from Pottery Barn Kids. Bag pictured above.


  • Wallet - It is very important to have your I.D. and insurance card at all times.
  • Phone - Make sure all important numbers are saved and handy.
  • Labor Fast Pass - Our hospital provided us with a labor fast pass after we registered with them. If I were in labor I was to show it to admissions and they would send me straight up to labor and delivery.
  • Robe - Labor can be very long and you may need to walk up and down the hospital hallway a bit so a long comfortable robe is ideal and you can also wear it after birth. 
  • Comfortable clothes to wear in the hospital. Button down pajamas are ideal for breastfeeding.
  • Slippers
  • Flip flops for hospital shower.
  • Nursing Bras (2-3) - I didn't feel comfortable just sitting there topless 24/7 breastfeeding my newborns so I wore these nursing bras. They are super comfortable and affordable.
  • Nursing Pads
  • Nipple Cream -  This is the nipple cream I recommend. You can wear it all of the time because it is safe for baby.
  • Nipple Wipes (safe for baby)
  • Lactation Cookies to help your milk supply
  • Prenatal Vitamins - My doctor made sure I got prenatals every day while I was in the hospital but not every doctor will. It's important to continue to take prenatals even after birth and especially if you are breastfeeding.
  • Socks (2-3) - Hospital rooms can get really cold.
  • Underwear - the largest most comfortable ones you can find. Comfort is all you will care about.
  • Pads - The hospital should provide you with pads but they are super uncomfortable. Just know hospital's or not the pads should be large but try to find large ones that you are comfortable in.
  • Girdle - I did a ton of research when it came to recovery girdles. I ended up purchasing this c-section recovery girdle and it was the best. Made my recovery a lot easier the third time around.
  • Toiletries - All the regular toiletries for showering.
  • Hair brush and ties
  • Make-up - I really only packed my foundation, blush, chapstick and make-up wipes. 
  • Going home outfit - for c-section mamas: yoga pants sit above the c-section incision. A button down shirt for breastfeeding.


  • Nursing Pillow: I recommend the my brest friend nursing pillow. I honestly don't think I would have been able to breastfeed without it. 
  • Car Chair and Base - you can't leave the hospital without these.
  • Head support for car chair. Newborns are so tiny they sometimes need extra padding in the newborn chair. The one I have is no longer online but this will do the trick.
  • Receiving blankets (at least 2)
  • Diapers and Wipes - The hospital should provide you with wipes and diapers while you are there but if they don't then pack a few newborn size diapers and a few size 1 diapers. You never know how big or small your baby will be.
  • Diaper Cream of your choice. I prefer the clear diaper creams because the white ones are a nightmare to wipe off, especially if the baby has a diaper rash.
  • Long and short sleeve onesies to wear in the hospital.
  • Socks - (2-3) It can get so cold in the hospital.
  • Burp Cloths (3-4)
  • Baby Nail Clippers - Some babies are born with really long nails. You want to keep their nails short to avoid them from scratching themselves.
  • Mittens to help them avoid scratching themselves or poking an eye.
  • Going home outfit
  • Baby Book - Having this book handy will allow you to record stuff in the book while it's fresh on your mind and you can get the baby's footprints early on. Don't forget the ink pad!


  • Phone
  • Comfortable clothes to sleep in for at least 2 nights.
  • Change of clothes for 2-3 days
  • Toiletries 
  • Pillow
  • Blanket


  • Any paperwork to give to labor and delivery - Your OBGYN's office should give you a set of documents with all of your records on your last pregnancy office visit. If you are having a baby that will need additional medical attention you should have a separate set of documents for the baby.
  • Camera
  • Phone Chargers
  • Large plastic envelope (9x11) - The hospital will provide you with their version of a birth certificate, social security documents, and so on. Place everything in this plastic envelope for safe keeping. 
  • Coins for vending machines - You'll be starving after labor and so will dad!
  • Cash for hospital parking
  • Big Brother or Sister gifts - When Ryder was born Ryan got all kinds of big brother gifts. I think this helps siblings feel like an important part of the baby birth story.
I know this is a long list and it can be overwhelming but most of all I hope it helps. Please feel free to ask me any questions. Best of luck to you on your very special day!

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