Hospital Bag Checklist

Hospitals provide the basics for moms during labour and delivery, but there are a few items that can help make your stay more comfortable. This Hospital Checklist outlines the essentials for mom, partner and baby.

Hospital Bag Essentials

Your stay at the hospital may be as short as one day or extend across several days, so it’s best to be prepared with enough supplies. And since due dates are rarely exact, it’s a good idea to have the hospital bag packed well in advance in case baby comes early. The needs of you and your baby are covered off here in detail, and the list of essentials for your partner will help ensure everyone has a comfortable stay at the hospital. 

Hospital bag Essentials for Mom


Remember to pack all your insurance information, picture ID, health card, birth plan and other medical documents so it’s all close-at-hand.

Clothing and Footwear

Comfort is key, so choose nightgowns or pajamas that are easy to put on and take off. Button-down tops are a great choice for breast feeding mothers. A full-length robe will come in handy should you want walk the hallways while in labour or during the walk to the shower. Several pairs of comfortable underwear are a must, and nursing bras will also make feeding easier. Don’t forget the trip home and select clothing that is soft, loose fitting and comfortable such as yoga pants or a maxi dress. Comfortable slip-on bed slippers or flip flops will make trips to the bathroom easier. Flip flops are also a good choice as showers are often shared.


Include all the essentials you would typically pack for an overnight stay, including toothbrush, toothpaste, hair ties or bands, and face & body washes. You should also bring lip balm as the air in hospitals tends to be quite dry.  And while hospitals do provide sanitary napkins, it’s a good idea to bring a few from home.

Extra Pillow

An extra pillow from home will go a long way in making you more comfortable. Remember to bring a patterned or colour pillowcase so that it doesn’t get mistaken for a standard hospital pillow.


At some point you may be told not to eat as you near delivery, but until then you will need to keep your energy up. Dried fruit, granola bars or other comfort snacks may come in handy for you and your partner.


A good book or music player with headphones may help you to relax and prepare for the delivery, and they are great for dealing with the boredom during longer stays.

Hospital Bag Essentials for Baby

It’s easy to over-pack since you’ve likely spent the last several months collecting everything baby could ever need, but only the basics are required for the hospital stay. Weather-appropriate clothing, bodysuits, sleepers, receiving blankets and a few diapers and wipes should be enough. The weather should also be considered for the trip home, as baby may need a hat and booties if the day is chilly, or even a snow suit and heavy blanket for colder months.

Hospital Bag Essentials for your Partner

Your partner will also need a few essentials while providing critical support, and may want to pack for an overnight stay. Comfortable clothing or pajamas, reading material, a toothbrush, toothpaste and other toiletries will make for a more pleasant stay. Capturing baby’s first moments in the world may also be top of mind. A small camera or camcorder will do the trick, but remember to check the batteries!

Hospital Bag Checklist


  • Insurance
  • Picture ID
  • Health card
  • Birth plan

Clothing / Comfort

  • Nightgown or pajamas
  • Button-down tops
  • Full-length robe
  • Underwear (several pairs)
  • Nursing bras
  • Yoga pants or maxi dress
  • Slippers or flip flops
  • Pillow (patterned) 


  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Hair ties or bands
  • Face & body washes
  • Lip balm
  • Sanitary napkins

Food & Entertainment

  • Dried fruit
  • Granola bars
  • Comfort snacks
  • Reading material
  • Music player with headphones
  • Batteries

For Baby

  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Bodysuits
  • Sleepers
  • Receiving blankets
  • Diapers & wipes
  • Hat & booties
  • Snow suit
  • Heavy blanket 

For Your Partner

  • Comfortable clothing
  • Pajamas
  • Reading material
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Toiletries
  • Camera or camcorder
  • Batteries
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