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Hospital Bag List

Are you approaching week 35-36 of your pregnancy?  If so, now would be a good time to start thinking about your hospital bag.

What do you bring? What do you need? Do you pack a different bag for you, the baby and your partner? No need to worry because I have you covered.

This is a pretty exhaustive list which can be trimmed down based on your liking.

You may also want to check with hospital as some of them may already provide you with some of these items.



  • Housecoat
  • 2 or 3 night-gowns or comfy clothing
  • 2-3 bra
  • 4-6 pairs of underwear
  • 4-6 pairs of socks
  • Sanitary pads (15/day approx.)
  • 1 box of breastpads
  • Lip balm
  • Eye glasses or contact lenses
  • Oil for massage
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Hairbrush
  • Comb
  • Hairdryer
  • Lotion
  • Mom’s going home outfit
  • Purelan or Lansinoh cream
  • Health card, hospital card, insurance card
  • Ponytail holder
  • Hot and/or cold packs
  • Slippers



  • Snacks
  • Comfy clothing
  • Comfy shoes
  • Facecloth
  • Towel
  • Sleeping bag and pillows
  • Copy of the birth plan
  • Swim shorts/swimsuit to accompany mom in the shower or tub (if needed)
  • Slippers



  • Diapers
  • Soap
  • Clothing (onesies (5-6), hat, socks, scratch mittens)
  • Going home outfit
  • Receiving blanket
  • Formula, if you are bottle feeding
  • Bottles, if you are bottle-feeding
  • Winter jacket (weather dependent)
  • Car seat



  • Cooler
  • Camera
  • Radio
  • Cell phone
  • Cell phone charger
  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Playing cards
  • Notebook and pen
  • Telephone book
  • Hard candies
  • Chewing gum
  • Loose change for vending machine
  • Laptop
  • Laptop charger
  • Bottle of sparkling juice or non alcoholic wine for a celebration once baby comes out


In reality, I over-packed with my first child.  I’m not sure if I will pack the same way for my second but knowing me, I will. I rather be on the safe side than be missing an item. I also packed my bag fairly early with my first and I’m currently 32 weeks pregnant and have not even put up the crib, less much think about the bag 🙂


I wish you good luck on your bundle of joy. If you are at the point of packing your hospital bag, then you are pretty close to welcoming your little one into this world. Cherish the moment. Don’t be upset if something gets left back. Your partner can always make a run home or to the store once the baby is born.  Hospitals are equipped with the basic necessities for your little one.


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