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Hospital Bag Checklist

You can’t pack everything, so just stick to the more important things in the first part of this list. Then, if you end up staying longer (you could be in the hospital for 4 days if you have a C-section), have your partner bring any of other items you might need.

Bring first

Pre-registration forms/insurance information

Watch (with a second hand to time contractions during labor)

Lollipops or lozenges

Lip balm



Nightgown/pajamas (button-up ones if you plan to nurse)

Nursing bra, breast pads

Nursing pillow

Underwear (you can also wear the disposable hospital ones)

A pair of socks




Body lotion


Shampoo, conditioner



Glasses, saline solution

iPod or CD player with favorite music

A little money or change for the vending machine

Post-delivery snacks (dried fruit, granola bars, crackers)

Digital camera and/or video camera

Cell phone, phone numbers

Going-home clothes for you

Going-home outfit for baby

Bring later

Favorite pillow

Extra sanitary pads—though the hospital will have lots for you to use

Books or magazines

Pregnancy journal and pen

Notepaper/thank-you cards, address book