Time to pack your hospital bag?

Read our hospital bag checklist of must-haves and get tips from a mommy blogger.

BABYBJÖRN Magazine – Mom-to-be packing her hospital bag
"I’d packed baby clothes in a size far too big. No big deal, but next time I’ll bring a size smaller."
Photo: Johnér

With your due date getting closer, is your hospital bag all packed and ready to go? If not, it’s probably a good idea to start preparing your bag to take with you to the hospital or birth center. Your baby may very well decide to appear earlier than expected, and if you’re in a rush it’s handy to have that bag packed and ready.

We’ve put together a list of useful items to bring in your maternity hospital bag.

What the hospital usually recommends that you bring:

  • Proof of identity as well as any written maternity medical notes.
  • Birth plan, if you’ve created one
  • Clothes and hat for your baby
  • Camera
  • Food for you and your partner
  • Baby car seat or carrier for the trip back home

What you probably don’t want to be without:

  • Soft clothes (and underwear) for you and a change of clothes for your partner
  • Toothbrush and toiletries
  • Own shower gel, shampoo and conditioner (hospital soap isn’t usually as nice)
  • Cellphone and charger
  • Your favorite candy, snacks and drinks for extra energy during labor
  • Slippers or shoes that are easy to get on and off (going barefoot or in your socks on the hospital floor isn’t a good idea)
  • Heating pad (if you can’t borrow one in the hospital)
  • Soft nursing bra and nursing pads

I brought along everything I would pack for a short trip

We also asked mom blogger Isabel Robles-Salgado (who at the time of writing is expecting her second child in a month) about what to pack in a hospital bag.

What did you pack in your hospital bag?

I brought along everything I would pack for a short trip: underwear, comfortable clothes to change into, nice lingerie (I didn’t want to look too awful after giving birth), makeup, comfortable shoes, cellphone and, of course, clothes for the baby.

Did you forget anything important?

I’d packed baby clothes in size 56, which turned out to be far too big. No big deal, but next time I’ll bring a size smaller.

Did you pack anything you didn’t need?

We didn’t use that much since we didn’t stay in the hospital for very long. We actually went home after a few hours. But I don’t regret that I had everything with me, you never know what’s going to happen and how long you might stay.

What were the most essential things you packed in your hospital bag?

Makeup and toiletries were good to have so that I could freshen up after giving birth. It made me feel more energetic and fresher. But music, movies and those kinds of things were unnecessary – I simply didn’t have time for all that!

BABYBJÖRN Magazine – Blogger Isabel Robles-Salgado’s tips for your maternity hospital bag
Photo: Lina Grün

Isabel Robles-Salgado

Lives in: Berlin
Job: Blogs at www.littleyears.de
Family: Husband Roddy, 3-year-old son Xaver, and a baby on the way in May.