Car seat! Camera! Birth Plan! Action! — Packing the Hospital Bag

36 weeks pregnant and hopefully a whole four more to go!
36 weeks pregnant and hopefully a whole four more to go!

Today I'm at 36 weeks and three days. Apparently, our baby could arrive at any moment, give or take some time around his due date on March 9th. The walls in his room have been painted, the furniture has yet to be assembled, a friend has handed down a bassinet, the infant carrier has arrived yet awaits to be installed and I've just packed my bag for the day.

I asked my mommy-and-daddy friends what they considered must-packs. Funny, when I asked my friends what the most important thing was to pack, the iPhone charger was the first thing they mentioned. Knowing that I'm big on sharing online, I put this at the top of my list, too. I can't imagine the devastation of not having enough battery life in my iPhone to snap pics and videos.

Everyone's list will differ depending on how much comfort you wish. Here's my hospital bag packing list from the essentials to my creature-comforts.


  • Driver's License
  • Insurance Card
  • Completed Birth Plan
  • 2 night gowns that can be ruined, if you aren't keen on using the hospital-provided gowns
  • robe
  • 2 pairs comfy non-slip socks (hospitals may provide this)
  • Hair rubber band
  • 1 pair slippers
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, lip balm, hair band, hairbrush, facial wash, moisturizer, deodorant)
  • Camera with batteries / charger, memory card
  • phone and charger
  • Nursing bra / nursing topnursing pads
  • Snacks - nuts, fruit, popsicles
  • water bottle
  • Change of clothes and toiletries for partner
  • Outfit to leave hospital – something comfy, loose waistband ideal for C-section

Baby's Essentials

  • Infant Car Seat – Make sure it's installed into your car. Your hospital may not let you leave without showing them the infant car seat.
  • Outfit to take baby home – onesie, hat, socks – something practical that will allow baby to be strapped into carseat
  • Extra warmth, extra blanket especially for colder regions

Could be nice

  • music – I'm bringing my Big Jambox and will make a Birth Playlist
  • baby keepsake memory book
  • pad of paper
  • pens
  • pillow from home with identifiably different pillow case
  • something to read
  • massage oil

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