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Hospital Bag Checklist: Packing Your Labor Bag

Hospital Bag Checklist: Packing Your Labor Bag

Honey,  It's time! 

And, with those words normally bright individuals seem to lose all sense of reason and regress to a mentality of caveman-like behavior.  Well, we may be exaggerating a little; however,  planning before all the commotion is the best way to insure that your hospital bag is packed and ready to go when you go into labor.

Hospital Bag Checklist: Packing Your Labor Bag

List of any medication you've been prescribed during pregnancy and are still taking

Document folder with I.D., Healthcare Card, Birth Plan, Hospital Checklist, Telephone Numbers, Credit Card

Lip balm

Hair brush, hair bands or stretchy headband

Water bottle

Sour lollipops for quick energy and to help keep your mouth moist

Phone and charger

Music for the birthing room

Camera and charger

Video camera and charger

Hospital gown

Warm, no-slip socks

Flip flops

Stress ball

Change for the vending machine

Nutritious food for your labor partner (he/she will need their energy, too)

Shampoo, face wash, body wash and washcloth

3-5 large sanitary pads

Clothes for mom

  • Two nursing bras if breastfeeding or one regular bra
  • One or two nightgowns if desired (button down fronts are nice if breastfeeding)
  • Bathrobe
  • Slippers
  • Loose fitting outfit for going home

Clothes for baby

  • If using cloth diapers, two for going home (hospitals only use disposable diapers)
  • If using cloth diapers, two diaper pins or Velcro diaper covers
  • One undershirt
  • One receiving blanket
  • Outer blanket or onezie with legs
  • A hat and pair of booties
  • A car seat for the baby's ride home and all car rides

Clothes for labor partner

  • Pajamas (if planning on staying overnight)
  • Robe
  • Slippers
  • Changes of clothes
  • Toilet articles

Helpful Hint: A good rule of thumb is to have your bag packed and ready at the beginning of your ninth month.

Beautiful labor gowns - Pretty Pushers (prettypushers.com)
Ready-to-go labor bags - Push Pack by Small Batch Studio



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