Packing a Hospital Bag: A Printable Checklist

By Polly Conner

Baby on the way? Here is what to pack in your hospital bag!

If you’re a first time expecting mama, you may be wondering what you will need to pack for your stay in the hospital. I know I was.  I also knew the last thing I wanted to be doing while in labor was worrying that I forgot something important at home.

With this in mind, I’ve put together a Hospital Bag Checklist for expecting moms. It looks something like this:

Printable Hospital Bag Checklist

How to Use Your Hospital Bag Checklist

  • When you are in the middle of your 3rd trimester (or before that if you are getting antsy) print off the Hospital Bag Checklist
  • Pack what you won’t need in the next few weeks
  • Lay the list on top of the bag
  • When you go into labor, run through it right before you leave and make sure you’ve packed everything on the list. By doing this you can feel assured you haven’t forgotten anything at home that you’ll really be needing!

I for sure plan to use this guy for my second round in the hospital.

This could also be a fun little goodie to print off and attach to a baby shower gift. A new mama will appreciate it, I promise!

(Like this post? Check out other posts specifically written for pregnant women and new moms!)


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4 replies
  1. Jessica says:

    As a previous bedside OB nurse I have a few additions/deletions 🙂
    Hair tie/cloth headband
    Flip flops

    2 baby outfits. Just need one for going home. Babies are assessed frequently and dressing/undressing becomes time consuming
    Nursing cover. Baby’s latch and feed should be assessed at each feeding. This is the time to learn/correct problems.
    Boppy pillow. These actually aren’t great for the early days of positioning a newborn to breastfeeding.
    Also I wouldn’t bring so much clothes for mom. Most just stick with a nightgown even during the daytime.


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