What Should I Bring to the Hospital?

pregnant woman with a suite case and a checklist of what to bring to the hospital

As you’re preparing for your baby’s arrival, one thing you will need to remember is your hospital bag. Some advice on what to bring:

  • Toiletries. (The hospital does provide shampoo, soap, toothpaste, and disposable toothbrushes if you need them.)
  • Rubber flip-flops for the shower, if you don’t like the idea of walking around the hospital room barefoot.
  • Charging cords for your electronic devices, and an extension cord.
  • Eyeshade, if you can’t sleep with the lights on. You may not be lucky enough to sleep during labor, but you’ll want to nap when the baby naps postpartum!
  • Comfortable clothing for the trip home (no tight waistbands), and to wear postpartum if you’d rather not wear a hospital gown.
  • Baby clothes: you definitely need an outfit for the trip home; before that many people just leave the baby in a hospital blanket and diaper so it’s easy to do skin-to-skin.
  • Nursing bra or tank top: the soft kind you can sleep in. Many new moms find that going braless is extremely uncomfortable in the early days.
  • Snacks! You may or may not get to eat during labor, but after delivery you will find that you get awfully hungry at 3am. We suggest protein bars, trail mix, dried fruit, etc. You may also want to bring drinks (but don’t bring a lot of things that require refrigeration).

Things to consider packing:

  • Pillow and blanket, if you’re partial to your own.
  • Portable speaker so you can listen to your own music.
  • Plug-in heating pad for comfort during labor or postpartum.
  • Soothing gel pads for nipples.
  • Nursing pillow.
  • Slippers. (Or just wear the hospital socks.)

Things NOT to bring:

  • Breast pump. If you need to pump in the postpartum period, we will supply you with a hospital pump and parts.
  • Home medications, unless you are on certain unusual medications (ask your provider) or very partial to your particular vitamins/supplements. We’ll provide whatever medications are required. (Please do know what medications you’re taking, or bring a list.)
  • Valuables.
  • Clothing you don’t want to get dirty.