What to pack in your hospital bag: Go bag checklist

What to pack in your hospital bag: Go bag checklist

Start packing about two weeks before your due date to make sure you’re ready for baby’s big arrival. Here are some suggestions on what to bring with you.

For you:

  • 2 front-opening nightdresses for breastfeeding
  • A few pairs of comfortable underwear
  • Heavy duty sanitary pads
  • A shawl or dressing gown
  • Slippers or flip flops
  • A pair of warm socks
  • Breast pads, lanolin cream (for tender nipples) & nursing bras
  • A feeding cover (if you are expecting visitors)
  • Your phone and charger
  • Toiletries and cosmetics
  • Lip balm
  • Comfortable outfit to wear home
  • Body lotion or massage oil
  • Hospital file/notes
  • Birth plan (if you have one)

For your baby:

  • 3 full-body onesies that fasten up the front
  • Socks, mittens, and hat
  • Going-home outfit, including a hat and blanket
  • About 20-30 diapers made especially for newborns like Pampers Swaddlers
  • Baby Wipes

For your partner:

  • Snacks
  • His phone and charger
  • A change of clothing & toiletries
  • Camera and charger