Hospital Check List - Let's Go Have that Baby!

10:49:00 AMCourtney Hale

Here is the Original Hospital Packing List as well as My Personal/Adjusted Hospital Packing List. The actual hard digital copies are also available in OneNote and Word formats for you to download. Hope they help! =)

Also, Click on the links below to watch the What's in Our Hospital Bag Series of videos! 
Hospital Bag for 1st Baby
What I Actually Used from the Hospital Bag: The Mom Stuff
What I Actually Used from the Hospital Bag: The Baby and Partner Stuff
Hospital Bag for 2nd Baby: The Mom Stuff
Hospital Bag for 2nd Baby: The Baby and Partner Stuff

The Original Hospital List -
Click to Download Original File:
OneNote Format
Word Format

Essentials for MOM:
Health insurance card
Pre-registration forms from the hospital
Nursing bra(s)- This supports swollen, tender breasts, and helps keep breast pads in place.
Breast pads- You will need these whether or not you are breast feeding because they stop leaks by absorbing milk.
Boppy- These can be used if you are breast feeding or bottle feeding; either way they reduce the strain on your arms, neck, and back when feeding your baby.
Nightgown and robe- Make sure they open in the front if you are planning on breast feeding.
Slippers with tread- During early labor it is always recommended to walk around. These will also come in handy as you make trips to the nursery to check on your new baby.
Socks- Many women complain of their feet being cold during the delivery, so have a couple of pairs in case one pair becomes soiled.
Going-home outfit- Choose one that fit you when you were around 6 months pregnant.
Toiletries- To be more comfortable, take a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, chap stick, hairbrush, shampoo, soap, lotion, hair dryer, etc.
Makeup
Sanitary pads- The hospital can provide you with these, but many women feel more comfortable when they bring their favorite brand with them. Remember, you are going to need a pad designed for a heavier flow.
Hair clip or band if you have long hair- Women with long hair like to have it pulled out of their faces during labor and delivery.
Pillow from home- This makes you more comfortable; just make sure you have a different colored pillow case on it to distinguish it from hospital pillows.
Extra wash cloths- These also need to be colored to distinguish them from the hospital’s wash cloths.
Magazines / Book- You will not have a lot of down time, but there could be a few minutes here and there when you could read.
Nursing Cover
Mints or breath strips- Many women experience nausea/vomiting during labor and delivery; these will help freshen your mouth or the mouths of your support people.
Lollipops or other hard candies- These can alleviate dry mouth.
Glasses and contact case
Baby book- The nursery often will take your baby book and put your baby’s footprints in it. This will save you a lot of time and trouble.
Large envelope /file folder- This may be used to store any loose paperwork.
Massager
Panties (There is a high probability they will be ruined!)
Book

Essentials for Baby:
Infant car seat and infant head support- You will not be allowed to leave the hospital without one; make sure you bring the instructions.
Going-home outfit
Hat- Babies lose the vast majority of their body heat through their heads.
Booties/socks
Receiving blankets- Newborns love to be swaddled, and these blankets are perfect for swaddling.
Newborn diapers- If they do not have the umbilical cord area cut out, make sure you fold them down.
Wipes- Begin with the wipes that are designed for newborns or sensitive skin.
Mittens - Many newborns will have longer nails, so they can easily scratch their face and other parts of their bodies.

Essentials for Partner:
Change of clothes
Pajamas
Bathing suit- This is important if you and your partner are planning on a water birth or using the birthing pool during labor.
Toiletries
Snacks- Labor can be a long process, so you want to be prepared.
Cooler filled with drinks and sandwiches- This keeps the partner close by and can help avoid multiple trips to the hospital cafeteria.
Quarters for the vending machine and/or pay phone- Remember not all hospitals allow cell phone use.
Watch with second hand or a way to time contractions
Video Camera - Make sure you have extra tapes, film, batteries, chargers, etc.
     -Charger
     -Memory Stick (make sure it is empty!)
Still Camera
     -Charger
     -Memory Stick (make sure it is empty!)
Address book- This will help you contact friends and family about your new arrival.
Massage oils- Many labor classes discuss the use of massage oils during class because they can help alleviate back labor.
CDs/CD player- Soothing music may help you and your partner relax both during and after labor.
Take out menus
DVDs to watch in room
Laptop
     -Charger
Cell Phone
     -Charger
Book


My Personalized Hospital List - 
Click to Download Original File:
OneNote Format
Word Format
Essentials for Mom:
Health insurance card
Pre-registration forms from the hospital
Nursing bra(s)- This supports swollen, tender breasts, and helps keep breast pads in place.
Breast pads- You will need these whether or not you are breast feeding because they stop leaks by absorbing milk.
Boppy- These can be used if you are breast feeding or bottle feeding; either way they reduce the strain on your arms, neck, and back when feeding your baby.
Nightgown and robe- Make sure they open in the front if you are planning on breast feeding.
Slippers with tread- During early labor it is always recommended to walk around. These will also come in handy as you make trips to the nursery to check on your new baby.
Socks- Many women complain of their feet being cold during the delivery, so have a couple of pairs in case one pair becomes soiled.
Going-home outfit- Choose one that fit you when you were around 6 months pregnant.
Toiletries- To be more comfortable, take a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, chap stick, hairbrush, shampoo, soap, lotion, hair dryer, etc.
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Makeup Remover Wipes
  • Lotion
  • Straight Iron
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Body Wash
  • Body Puff
  • Body Spray
  • Chap stick
  • Gentle Laxative
Makeup
Sanitary pads- The hospital can provide you with these, but many women feel more comfortable when they bring their favorite brand with them. Remember, you are going to need a pad designed for a heavier flow.
Hair clip or band if you have long hair- Women with long hair like to have it pulled out of their faces during labor and delivery.
Pillow from home- This makes you more comfortable; just make sure you have a different colored pillow case on it to distinguish it from hospital pillows.
Extra wash cloths- These also need to be colored to distinguish them from the hospital’s
Magazines / Book- You will not have a lot of down time, but there could be a few minutes here and there when you could read.
Nursing Cover
Mints or breath strips- Many women experience nausea/vomiting during labor and delivery; these will help freshen your mouth or the mouths of your support people.
Lollipops or other hard candies- These can alleviate dry mouth.
Glasses and contact case
Baby book- The nursery often will take your baby book and put your baby’s footprints in it. This will save you a lot of time and trouble.
Large envelope /file folder- This may be used to store any loose paperwork.
Massager
Panties (There is a high probability they will be ruined!)
Cell Phone
     -Charger

Essentials for Baby:
Infant car seat and infant head support- You will not be allowed to leave the hospital without one; make sure you bring the instructions.
Going-home outfit
Hat- Babies lose the vast majority of their body heat through their heads.
Booties/socks
Receiving blankets- Newborns love to be swaddled, and these blankets are perfect for swaddling.
Newborn diapers- If they do not have the umbilical cord area cut out, make sure you fold them down.
Wipes- Begin with the wipes that are designed for newborns or sensitive skin.
Mittens - Many newborns will have longer nails, so they can easily scratch their face and other parts of their bodies.

Essentials for Partner:
Change of clothes
Pajamas
Bathing suit- This is important if you and your partner are planning on a water birth or using the birthing pool during labor.
Toiletries  (you can share with the Mother)
     -Toothbrush
     -Body Spray
     -Deodorant
     -Hair Gel
Snacks- Labor can be a long process, so you want to be prepared.
Cooler filled with drinks and sandwiches- This keeps the partner close by and can help avoid multiple trips to the hospital cafeteria.
Quarters for the vending machine and/or pay phone- Remember not all hospitals allow cell phone use.
Watch with second hand or a way to time contractions
Video Camera - Make sure you have extra tapes, film, batteries, chargers, etc.
     -Charger
     -Memory Stick (make sure it is empty!)
Still Camera
     -Charger
     -Memory Stick (make sure it is empty!)
Address book- This will help you contact friends and family about your new arrival.
Massage oils- Many labor classes discuss the use of massage oils during class because they can help alleviate back labor.
CDs/CD player- Soothing music may help you and your partner relax both during and after labor.
Take out menus
DVDs to watch in room
Laptop
     -Charger
Cell Phone
     -Charger

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7 comments

  1. You're my best friend! LOL I'm 33 weeks tomorrow and planning on packing my hospital bag ASAP :D Off to watch the vids, xxx

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  2. Thank you for all the great advice courtney and for sharing this special time in your life with us! Can I just ask where your mommy gift ring is from again? It is beautiful! C.Rush 12 weeks pregnant

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  3. Hi Courtney!

    I've just seen your last video update on nursing. I struggled just as much and it made me feel totally miserable. I always thought nursing would be a walk in the park...

    After trying EVERYTHING and getting more and more stressed because of a) my "failure" as a mother and b) everybody telling me what I should or shouldn't do. After a while, I couldn't take it anymore so I started listening to my own heart. It's the best thing I ever did. My choice was to let go of the guilt and start giving my babygirl formula. She was happy, I was happy and she was gaining weight like she should! All I ever regret, is waisting so much time and "grief" feeling like a lousy mother, and not enjoying those first precious months like I should. I hope you'll find your way - one way or another. :)

    Hugs from

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  4. Excellent blog topic... I actually have an article on what to bring to the hospital and you have given us ideas to update for the article and for a green hospital bag we are developing. Great Job : )

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  5. Hi Courtney! I've followed you all through you're pregnancy with this little guy and went back and watched almost all of your vlogs from Sophie. I'm now 7 weeks pregnant and I'm on the search for a great pregnancy organizer/planner/journal. I remember that you had one that worked really well for you and I think that we have similar personalities so it should work for me! Do you remember the name of it or who makes it? Or maybe where I could find it? I'd love the help. I like to keep very organized and it's driving me crazy not having something like that now! :)

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  6. This is beyond handy! I'm going to be induced tomorrow and didn't pack my bag until a few days ago. >.< This really helped remind me of things I hadn't thought of (hair bands and body spray. my mind is going down the drain) and I can print this list out for the hubs to make his bag, hehe. Thank you so much!

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