Hospital Bag Checklist – Printable

The baby will be here any time so it’s time so you better pack your hospital bag and have it sitting by the front door! Ok, it doesn’t have to be that dramatic, but it’s nice to have it packed and ready just in case.  Most of the time when you give birth you’re in and out quickly, but for those of us who have a C-Section we’ll be stuck there 2 to 3 nights.  You’re going to be pain and it nice to be as comfortable as possible. 

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What you’ll need as you arrive

These are a must for everyone who’s giving birth in a hospital. The Petunia Beginning Baby Book is the perfect place to put all of this…

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  • Birth Plan
  • Insurance Information
  • ID
  • Hospital Paperwork

After the Baby arrives

  • Eyedews – Taking a quiet moment for yourself after the baby arrives and you’re settled a little. Relax with a set of Eyedews.


  • make-up wipes
  • socks with tread
  • small make-up bag
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Brush
  • Chapstick
  • Pillow from Home
  • Comfortable Night Gown and Robe – I LOVE the Belabumbum line


  • Nursing Bra’s


  • Bellyband – My choice is the Belly Bandit
  • Chargers for camera, phone, tablets.
  • Favorite Body Wash
  • Dry Shampoo – drybar Detox Dry Shampoo is my favorite!
  • Pacifiers for the baby (if you’re going to use them)

Heading Home

  • 2 Baby Outfits – I suggest 2 sizes too.  My babies have always been smaller than newborn size. So I take one preemie and one newborn just in case.


  • Comfortable clothing to go home in
  • Underwear
  • Breastpads – All of my nursing friends have suggested Lansinoh
  • Maxipads
  • receiving blankets
  • Infant seat – LOVE the UPPAbaby Mesa

Daddy Overnight Bag

  • Comfy clothes to sleep in
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Shampoo (Dads need to take a shower too)
  • Camera
  • Phone
  • List of pictures you want to capture
  • Snacks
  • Pillow from home

Are you like me and want a hard copy of your checklist?  Never fear! Download it here Overnight Hospital Bag Checklist.

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If you’re still a couple months away, never fear, I have a  4 weeks countdown check list for you as well. 

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