Getting Ready for Baby: Packing Your Hospital Bag

Posted on Aug 17 2015 - 6:31pm by Nadia Lawand

At 38 weeks pregnant, I await the arrival of baby #3.  My hospital bag is sitting at the door.  As per the doctor, around 34 weeks is a good time to get your bag ready and at the door.  You never know when you’ll go into labor…unless you’ve been booked for a c-section.

Here is my complete list of must-have’s for your hospital or birthing centre stay.

And don’t forget to bring your birth plan to the hospital as well as hospital and insurance cards.



  • Socks (that can get ruined)flipflops
  • PJ or comfy outfit for hospital/birthing/breastfeeding
  • Warm robe or sweater for the cold hospital
  • Maternity Bra and nursing pads
  • Underwear (granny panties)
  • Lip Balm
  • Toiletries (Toothbrush/toothpaste, deodorant, hairbrush)
  • Headband & hair elastics
  • Sugar-free hard candy to keep mouth moist
  • Cash for the vending machines and parking
  • Cell phone/charger
  • Camera, memory card, battery/charger
  • Flip Flops for shower and to walk around the hospital
  • Sanitary Pads (Ex: Incognito MaxiMom)
  • Makeup (Freshen up to take some first pics with baby)
  • Smartphone app or watch to time contractions


  • Approved & Installed Car Seat
  • Diapers and Wipes
  • Coming Home Outfit
  • Newborn Hat
  • Onesie & Socks for hospital
  • Receiving Blanket
  • Outdoor gear (Seasonally appropriate)


  • Going-home clothes (you will still look pregnant)
  • Lanolin Cream (Soothes nipples)
  • Stool Softener
  • Tucks


  • Glasses/Contactsmedelabreastpump
  • Hairdryer
  • Breast pump
  • Light reading material
  • Extra Pillow
  • Nursing Pillow
  • Gifts for older siblings from Baby

You can also print out the full list here:  Hospital-Bag-Essentials-by-Mommy-Ville

Happy Packing!

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