What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag


From the pages of the Baby & Child Care Encyclopedia: Chapter 1, Prenatal 101


Getting ready for baby? It’s time to pack your bag and go! (Or, you know, let it sit by the door for a few weeks.) It’s a good idea to pack two bags, one for you and one for the baby, with enough for a two- to three-night stay. Print this list and cross items off to ensure you’ve got all your potential needs covered.

Here’s what you need to bring to the hospital:

  • Cell phone and charger
  • Camera and batteries or charger, if you plan on using something other than your phone
  • Comfortable, loose clothing and pajamas
  • Comfortable underwear and socks
  • Nursing bras
  • Slippers and a robe
  • Sanitary pads, nursing pads and nipple cream
  • Clothes and blankets for your baby
  • Newborn diapers and wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Lip balm, face wash and other toiletries
  • Your favourite pillow, blanket or other comfort items
  • A refillable water bottle
  • Healthy snacks (you’ll be hungry after labour—trust us!)
  • A notebook and pen
  • Your purse and wallet

If possible, stock your kitchen with easy-to-prepare foods before your baby arrives. Homemade frozen meals are a great way to plan ahead, if you have the energy to cook. This will make things a little easier on you when you arrive home. Otherwise, take-out is fine (no judgment!).


Read more from the Baby & Child Care Encyclopedia.

      1. Prenatal 101
      2. Breastfeeding and the First Three Months
      3. Starting Solids and the Toddler Years
      4. An Age-by-Age Guide to Sleep
      5. Family Nutrition
      6. Kids and Mental Health
      7. When Your Child is Sick
      8. Safety and First Aid
      9. Milestones, Checklists and Charts

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