what you should pack in your baby hospital bag for labor and delivery
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Packing Your Baby Hospital Bag?

I have read so many articles and blogs before packing my hospital bag. To my surprise, I only used one-third of the things I’ve packed. The hospital provided me with many things and some things were just unnecessary. You will now know what you should pack in your baby hospital bag. Click here to receive my free Hospital Bag Checklist

Packing your baby hospital bag (What mom needs?)

  • Birth Plan
  • Clothes for 2-3 days: Nighties, robe, and 1 outerwear
  • Undergarments: Don’t forget socks.
  • Nursing bras: You don’t need nursing pads, but you can bring some just in case. Your supply won’t be that much even if you have started developing milk. 
  • Slippers
  • Phones and phone chargers
  • Toiletries
  • Adult Diapers: The hospital will provide you with underwear, ice packs, and pads. However, they are very uncomfortable. Adult diapers will make you feel more comfortable. 
  • Dermoplast: You need this! The hospital provided me with one. Just in case they don’t, bring extra.

Packing Your Baby Hospital Bag (What baby needs?)

  • Diapers: Only get a few. The hospital will provide you with enough diapers.
  • Wipes: Again only get one bag. Usually, the hospital will provide you with enough wipes.
  • Swaddle: The hospital will provide you with swaddle blankets. However, I didn’t know how to swaddle my baby even after watching many YouTube videos explaining how. I had a kicker! I recommend buying swaddleme swaddles. You just have to zip it up. It will help your baby sleep. 
  • Clothes: You don’t need much for the baby. To stay on the safe side get 3 bodysuits, 3 sleepers, a jacket if winter, a hat, mittens, a go home outfit (not necessary)
  • Pacifiers: Not necessary
  • Car Seat: You cannot leave the hospital without a car seat.
  • Formula and Bottle: If you are planning to formula feed, make sure you don’t forget formula and a bottle.

Packing Your Baby Hospital Bag (What supporting person needs?)

  • Phone and Charger
  • Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, comb
  • Extra set of clothes: Don’t forget to bring a sweater
  • Snacks and water: The hospital will only provide food for mom.


  1. Good list! We adopted our two girls but were in the hospital for both of their births. So glad our agency gave us a similar list of what to bring!

    1. Halimeh Salem says:

      I would love to hear your story about the adoption of your girls.

  2. It’s interesting to see what your hospital provided you, as mine provided me with different items. It is totally possible that you got lucky and those other mamas packed just enough! Lucky duck. 🙂

    1. This is very informative post for those who are about to have baby. Great post!

  3. Great list. I remember the days of packing a hospital bag.

  4. We had home births but I remember how stressful it was to make sure we had all our supplies ready. This is a really helpful list!

    1. Halimeh Salem says:

      I am glad you find it helpful.

  5. This is a very helpful list. When my daughter was born, I had no idea what to pack!

    1. Halimeh Salem says:

      It is hard to know things first time around.

  6. Monica Simpson says:

    This is such a great organized check list for new parents!

    1. Halimeh Salem says:

      I am glad you liked it.

  7. Such a handy checklist. We had an awesome nurse who showed us an unconventional but super-easy way to swaddle, but YES the Swaddle-Me’s were a lifesaver when we got home!

    1. Halimeh Salem says:

      My nurse showed me how to do it too, but my son was a kicker.

  8. I love the simplicity of this list! It’s all the necessary items without extra!

    1. Halimeh Salem says:

      I have always disliked taking and carrying extra things with me.

  9. I didn’t do a great job of packing my hospital bag. Especially the second time when my family was busy with my firstborn while I was alone at the hospital!

  10. Kimmy says:

    This is a super helpful list for new mamas or even mamas who can’t remember what to pack. I know that happened to me a time of two lol.

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