If you are expecting a new bundle of joy soon, what to pack in your hospital bag has likely crossed your mind. Truthfully, the hospital supplies essential mom and baby items. However, packing some extras to help mom and baby be more comfy after birth and while going home can certainly help! Through all of my four children, the years I spent as a nurse, and now a Newborn Photographer in Janesville, Wisconsin, I have compiled a list of hospital items that you might want to consider packing in your hospital bag!

For Mom

  • Birth plan (if you made one). Birth often does not go as planned, but it is still a good idea to create a birth plan. Most importantly, have a good idea of what you “want” and “do not want” for your birth and let your health care team know.
  • Toiletries. While some Mommas are all about that natural look, others want to feel a little more put-together in the hospital. It can be energizing after birth to be able to shower, wash and dry your hair, and put on a little lip gloss and mascara. Even with little sleep, that initial self-care can feel amazing!
  • Chargers- Phone, tablet, headphones, and any other device/charger you may want to use. Personally, I was okay with just my phone and charger.
  • Comfy clothing such as a robe, slippers, and a supportive bra are really nice to have. You do not have to bring these items as the hospital does have gowns and socks. However, you may feel more comfortable in your own clothing. You will also need a going home outfit. Maternity or postpartum leggings are a great option with a tank and zip up hoodie. Shoes that are slip-on can be very helpful because many moms experience a lot of swelling during and immediately after pregnancy .

For Baby

  • Car Seat. I highly recommend going to the local fire station to have your car seat properly installed. Car seats can be a lot more complicated that meets the eye. They also need to be installed properly to be safe for baby. Linked below you will find information on the Janesville, WI Fire Department and Infant Car Seat Safety.
  • An outfit to go home in. Newborn size is typically best and may even be big on your baby (of course this is not true for every baby!).
  • Weather appropriate clothing. Think hat and car seat cover if it is colder when you deliver baby!


Car Seat Inspection


Birth Plan Template


Hopefully this blog makes you feel better about what you need and what is nice to have when you go in for delivery. Packing the hospital bag a few weeks before your due date can help you feel prepared to go to the hospital when baby is ready! Other items such as diapers, wipes, adult pads, and peri-care items are provided by the hospital. If you have a breast pump, you may opt to bring it along so that the nursing staff or a Lactation Consultant can show you how to use it.

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