Getting the Hospital Bag Ready

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Guest blogger:  Fern Drillings, RN, MSN is a certified childbirth educator, lactation consultant, and a certified CPR instructor.  

What should I pack in my hospital bag?

The following are some suggestions for things that you might want with you in the hospital.  Be sure to separate labor supplies from those things used after the baby is born.  Try to be packed and ready to go at least 4 weeks before you are due, so there is no last minute rush.

  • Your insurance policy numbers
  • Items for mom to wear in hospital: robe, slippers, nightgowns, underwear, socks
  • Items for nursing: pads, nipple cream, supportive pillows, nursing bras                           
  • Going home outfit: not maternity but loose fitting
  • Going home outfit for the baby 
  • Cell phone and all chargers                                          
  • Focal point (picture or object) to help with breathing
  • Cosmetics: toothbrush/paste, lip balm/Chapstick, mouthwash, hair products                  
  • Camera
  • Music options
  • Lollipops and popsicles

You don’t need anything for the baby (i.e. diapers and wipes) in the hospital because the hospital provides everything for the baby during the stay.  Try to leave valuables at home and do not leave unattended while in hospital. Remember, this is just a guide: not every object is needed!  Pack lightly and don’t forget the infant car seat!        


Fern Drillings has been teaching childbirth preparation and CPR classes for over twenty five years. Ms. Drillings received her Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Rochester and her Masters of Nursing with specialty in Women’s Health Care from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently on the faculty of the New York University and Adelphi University Schools of Nursing and has worked in several of Manhattan’s top hospitals. Ms. Drillings is highly recommended by many physicians in NY. Please see her website for more information:

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