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2023 Ultimate List For Your Labor Hospital Bag

Labor is a significant and sensitive event in a woman’s life. The labor and delivery process is an emotional roller coaster with many ups and downs. Preparing for the hospital stay is essential, but it can take time to think of every item you might need. We have put together an essential list for your hospital bag.

Hospital Bag Items:

We compiled a list of items you may want to pack in your labor hospital bag. We also included some things that are not necessary but are helpful to have on hand for those who want them.


  • Slippers, slip-on shoes
  • Disposable underwear or boyshorts/bikini underwear
  • Non-restrictive comfy clothes. If breastfeeding, your boobs need to be easy access for the baby.

Electronics for a hospital bag

This list may have too many or too few electronics that you will bring with you. Use it as a starting point to organize yourself.

  • Phone
  • Tablet
  • Headphones/Earbuds
  • Tens Unit
  • Aroma mister
  • Etc

Remember the charging cables for any of the items you bring!

Breastfeeding Supplies

You don’t need a lot for breastfeeding usually, but you will still want some items, especially if this is your first time trying it out. These items will be helpful for you, baby, and hopefully should make everything easier. Well, as easy as it can be.

  • Boppy Pillow
  • Hydrogel Pads
  • Nipple Shield
  • Nipple Ointment
  • Breast Pump – you do not have to bring it however if you do not know how to use it properly or need extra help establishing your milk, please get it.

Newborn Items

You should only need a few newborn items until you get home from the hospital. If you have any indication the baby may be tiny or preemie, don’t forget to pack that size of clothing just in case.

  • Outfit
  • Pacifier
  • Formula
  • Baby Blanket(s)
  • Car Seat
  • Baby Carrier
  • Diapers and Wipes for the car ride home


  • Labor pain items
  • Snacks (honey sticks, granola, etc.)
  • Money for vending Machine or Gift Shop, just in case
  • Witch Hazel Pads
  • Peri Spray Bottle
  • Documents for the hospital or your doctor. For us, I have to have my doctor sign off on my paid leave for Washington State. I have the paperwork ready and in our hospital bag.

This list covers what I usually bring. You may have a more inclusive list or even fewer items than me. Our family has dwindled the supply list to one bag for me, my partner, and newborn items, minus the car seat. However, it is not about how much you bring but if you are comfortable. Well, as comfortable as you can be, punting a baby out of your vagina.

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