Hospital Bag Checklist for You, Your Partner, and Your Baby

Chances are, if you’re pregnant, you are somewhat like me–worrying about the future and trying to plan ahead. As I get closer and closer to my due date, the one thing I constantly think of is my hospital bag. Will I be more prepared this time? Will I remember to bring my ID?! Don’t forget the car seat!

We try to be overly prepared for trips and travel that we often forget the important items we need ourselves. Last time, I felt bad for not including things for my husband. This time around I want to be prepared, so I thought to make a list of things that I’ll need, that I’ll want, and things that I might be unsure of but could be helpful for my stay. Even things that will make my stay more comfortable.

Timing is everything. Typically, you should have your bag ready by 35 to 37 weeks pregnant. There’s a possibility of going into labor before your due date, since due dates are an estimated time of arrival for your little one.

Hospital Bag Checklist for You, Your Partner, and Your Baby

If you aren’t sure where to start, here are some ideas:

Checklist for Mom:

  • Insurance card
  • Identification card
  • Hospital paperwork
  • Birth plan (if you have one)
  • A couple of warm, non skid socks
  • Slippers
  • Nursing bra or sports bra
  • Maxi pads
  • Underwear
  • Comfy clothes
  • Towel
  • Blanket
  • Pillow
  • Robe
  • Plastic bag for dirty clothing
  • Going home outfit


  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Water Bottle
  • Lip Balm
  • Glasses or contacts + solution
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion
  • Brush
  • Headband or ponytail holder
  • Nipple cream
  • Tylenol
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Make up

Partner’s Checklist

  • A change of clothes
  • Blanket
  • Pillow
  • Toiletries
  • Snacks
  • Entertainment
  • Cell phone charger
  • Camera & camera charger
  • Memory card
  • Laptop
  • Bluetooth speaker w/ charger

Baby’s Checklist

  • Approved car seat
  • Hat
  • Receiving blanket
  • Bottle (depending on what you will try)
  • Bring a extra bag for the free diapers & wipes you’ll receive!


  • Gum
  • Gatorade
  • Magazines
  • Cards
  • Diffuser
  • Big brother/sister gift (so your little one feels special)


When you feel like you’ve gotten everything that you need packed in your bag, stash it by the front door or in your car, depending on your plan. Your baby will be here soon! This will help take some of the stress off of you, and now all you have to do is wait for your baby’s arrival!



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