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What to Pack in a Hospital Bag for Birth | Mother Rising

My doula clients frequently wonder: “What to Pack in a Hospital Bag for Birth?”

The following is a list of ideas on what to pack in a hospital bag for birth. This is not an exhaustive list! Your bag may have less or more depending on your needs. This list will:

  • Make heading to the hospital when you’re in labor simple… Just grab it and go!
  • Allow you to thoroughly plan for “the big day” as much as you can ahead of time
  • Save time by minimizing trips from the hospital to home to pick up needed and forgotten things

What to pack in a hospital bag for birth? This list has the details on what to pack for mom, dad and baby for birth and postpartum.

You will need a separate “labor” and “postpartum” bag so that you can leave things in your car when you’re in labor. (It’s no fun to drag three suitcases into labor and delivery when you’re IN labor)

Even if you’re planning a homebirth, I would highly recommend packing a hospital bag for birth. When I was transferred from home to hospital in my last birth, I was not thinking clearly AT ALL and could not pack! I’m so grateful my doula was there. She basically packed for me.

What to pack in a hospital bag for birth? This list has the details on what to pack for mom, dad and baby for birth and postpartum. #thirdtrimester #pregnancy #chidlbirth #hospitalbirth #laboranddelivery

Things needed for BOTH labor AND postpartum have been marked with an *.

Birth Bag For MOM

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electrolyte cubes for labor and birth

Postpartum Bag for Mom


Bag for DAD

Bag for BABY

  • Cloth diapers and wipes if you are not going to use the hospital’s disposable diapers. (I recommend using the disposables – meconium poop is a pain to clean.)
  • Olive oil to put on baby’s bottom to make wiping away meconium poop fast and simple.
  • Cute baby outfits including a “coming home outfit”. Choose outfits that have hats – hospitals can be chilly!
  • Baby socks
  • Soft aiden + anais baby blankets to use in the hospital and for the ride home
  • Carseat (bring the instructions) – you can’t go home if you don’t have this!
  • A babybook to write in (if you have time… ha!) and to put baby footprints in
  • Infant nail clippers (the hospital won’t clip their nails for you)
  • The Baby Book by Dr. Sears


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When planning for a hospital birth, it’s important to plan ahead and pack 2-3 different bags. What did you pack in your hospital bag? Would you add anything to this list? Would you take anything off? Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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