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Hospital Packing List for Expecting Mothers


What to bring to the hospital when you're pregnant


Don't wait until you are in labor to pack for the hospital. A few weeks before your due date, pull together the items from this list. When the big moment arrives, you can double check the list before leaving to pack last-minute items and to be sure you have all you need. Your partner also might want to bring an overnight bag with a change of clothes and personal items.


Mom's Needs

  • Your insurance card
  • Bathrobe
  • Socks
  • Slippers
  • Change of clothes, including a going-home outfit. Make sure clothes are loose-fitting and comfortable.
  • Nursing bra, nursing pads, and maternity underwear
  • Toiletries, such as toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, contact lens solution, lip balm, hair brush and clips or bands. Don't forget eye glasses, if you wear them.
  • Music
  • Something to read or keep you entertained, like crossword puzzles
  • Your camera/video camera, including batteries and charger
  • Make sure your partner keeps track of and brings home anything valuable
  • Snacks for your partner, and for you after you have had your baby
  • Phone numbers of friends and family members


Baby's Needs

  • Undershirt
  • Going-home outfit, such as a stretch suit, nightgown, or sweater set
  • A pair of socks or booties
  • Receiving blanket, cap, and heavier blanket or bunting, if the weather is cold
  • Diapers and wipes (some hospitals provide an initial supply of these)
  • Rear-facing infant car seat
  • Diaper bag


What Not to Bring

  • Jewelry
  • Credit cards, lots of cash, or any other valuables



Source:, Office of Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Content last updated March 5, 2009.


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