What to Pack in your Hospital Bag

We want your birthing experience to be special. Many expectant parents find that planning helps to make things run more smoothly. Baptist Health is here to support you as you wait for the arrival of your bundle of joy.

Find out when to start packing and use the checklists for mom and baby below to get ideas about what you should bring to the hospital when having a baby.

Hospital Bag Checklist

Below are suggestions about what to bring to the hospital for your delivery.

For Mom

  • Health Insurance Card
  • Photo ID
  • Birth Plan
  • All medications you take in original containers
  • Credit Card or small amount of cash
  • Personal comfort items such as your own pillow, music, hard candy and lip balm
  • Headphones or Bluetooth speaker for music
  • Camera with fully charged battery and adapter
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Personal grooming items
  • Personal undergarments such as a nursing bra
  • Glasses and/or contacts
  • Comfortable robe and slippers
  • Snacks and sweaters for your partner
  • Loose-fitting clothing for the ride home

For Baby

  • Several outfits for the baby
  • Baby car seat (ensure that it is installed prior to your hospital arrival)
  • Baby blankets
  • Extra room in your suitcase or an extra bag to take home any baby gifts
  • Pediatrician name and contact information
  • Sleep sacks

What the Hospital Provides

  • Mesh panties
  • Ice packs
  • Postpartum pads
  • Peri bottle
  • Tucks pads
  • Infant diapers and wipes for use at the hospital
  • If you choose to formula feed your baby, formula and bottles for use at the hospital
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Sleeping couch and bedding for partner

What Not To Bring For Labor & Delivery

  • Jewelry, including watches and rings
  • Large amounts of cash
  • Gift cards
  • Checkbooks