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Hospital Bag and Sibling Bag Checklist

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Hospital Bag and Sibling Bag Checklist

As of this Friday, I will be 34 weeks pregnant with baby Hailey.  This means it’s time to start packing go bags for the hospital.  This time we have an extra person to pack for.  T will be spending time at grandma’s while mom and dad are at the hospital.  This will be his first overnight away from home, so we want to make sure he is as comfortable as possible.  I have thus created a hospital bag and sibling bag checklist.  The first is a list of items for Mom, Dad, and Baby, and the second is a list for the older sibling(s).


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Mom and Dad


  1. Your Insurance card, id card, hospital forms unless you are pre-registered and they are not required, and birth plan (if you have one)
  2. A couple pairs of warm, nonskid socks – these are for walking around the hospital before and after labor.  Those floor tiles are cold!
  3. A warm robe and nightgown that you don’t mind getting dirty. You are going to have a bunch of visitors for the next few days so it’s nice to be able to change out of that hospital gown.
  4. A maternity bra, nursing padslanolin cream, nursing tank tops, a breast pump, cooling gel pads, and a nursing pillow. If you are like me, you’ve been wearing a maternity bra for a while once your boob size increased.
  5. Lip balm because your lips will dry out.  Maybe a tinted one for all those pictures with the new baby!
  6. Toiletries and personal items — hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, makeup, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, contact lens case and solution
  7. Headband or ponytail holder because you are going to want your hair out of your face!
  8. Cell phone and charger – duh! You are definitely going to have people to call and of course new baby selfies!
  9. Pen and paper – in case you need to write down any information from the doctors
  10. Change for the vending machines and snacks – in case you get hungry and the cafeteria is closed.
  11. Camera, extra memory card, and battery with charger – This is kind of a no brainer. You will definitely want pictures of this occasion.
  12. Comfortable going-home clothes in six-month maternity size and flat shoes.  You just went through labor, you are going to want to be comfy.
  13. A change of clothes and basic hygiene products for your partner
  14. Sugar-free hard candy or lozenges to keep your mouth moist during labor
  15. An extra bag for the gifts and goodies people may bring to the hospital.  People may bring gifts and stuffed animals, so you’ll want a bag to take them home in.  You’ll also be getting products from the hospital like diapers, cream, blankets, etc.
  16. Flip flops – for the shower
  17. A personal DVD player, iPod, and a good book for entertainment during your stay and/or distraction during labor.
  18. Numbing spray. Dermoplast is a numbing spray for the nether regions. MAKE SURE ITS THE BLUE KIND. The red cap actually aggravates the area . Another brand is called Lanacane found here. You just spray it on the area that is causing pain and it numbs it for you. Some hospitals provide this, however, others don’t.

Might Want:

  1. Extra pillow (with a case that can get ruined, in a pattern distinguishable from hospital white)
  2. Hairdryer
  3. Tucks pads – to soothe your nether region
  4. Heavy flow sanitary pads or Depend’s adult diapers . The hospital provides pads, but you may have a brand you feel more comfortable in.
  5. A few pairs of maternity underwear that can get ruined.  Again, the hospital provides underwear, but you may find them gross or uncomfortable.
  6. Memory book – To jot down notes and stats on your new baby.  You may even be able to get a foot print when the nurse footprints the baby.
  7. Takeout Menu – in case you are not a fan of the hospital food.
  8. Belly Bandit – this helps with back pain and abdominal pain following labor.  It also helps get your stomach back in condition.


  1. Approved car seat
  2. A coming-home outfit
  3. A warm blanket (for the ride home)
  4. Nail clipper or gloves so they don’t scratch themselves
  5. Seasonal outer clothes – for winter, you’ll need a snowsuit and hat, for spring and fall maybe a light jacket, a lighter hat for spring, summer and fall.
  6. Pacifier
  7. Diapers and wipes – although the hospital like likely provide you with these

Older Sibling(s)

In addition to providing the caregiver with the bag, include things that will make the sitter’s life easier — especially if he or she doesn’t have children! Here is a list of what we are including as well as suggestions for older or younger children.

  1. Shirts
  2. Pants
  3. Socks
  4. Shoes
  5. Diapers or pull-ups or underwear (depending on where they are in the pottying spectrum)
  6. Wipes
  7. Car seat or booster seat – depending on age
  8. Favorite DVDs
  9. Sippy cup
  10. Favorite Snacks
  11. Favorite Toy
  12. Toothbrush/kid-friendly toothpaste, mouthwash, etc.
  13. Special hospital outfit — perfect for photo ops with the new baby!
  14. Tot’s schedule and any must haves. For example, my son has swim class on Mondays at noon and dance on Saturdays at 10 am.  He also drinks chocolate milk every morning with breakfast which is usually cheerios or oatmeal.  You may want to include a list of favorite foods ahead of time to the caretaker so they can stock up.
  15. List of any allergies
  16. Emergency information and note of medical consent
  17. Any bedtime essentials like a blankie or stuffed animal or nightlight
  18. Gift for the caretaker
  19. Present to bring baby when visiting the hospital

I hope this list is helpful!! This is pretty much what we will be packing up this weekend in preparation for D-day.  If you have any tips, leave them in the comments!

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I will SECOND the “something to change into.” I didn’t have ANY bag prepared with my first (we were moving that weekend and I wasn’t expecting to go into the hospital yet). With my second I had purchased some loose, comfy, but cute pajamas and I felt like a new person when I got those on! I wasn’t able to take a shower for a while either and found dry shampoo to be a nice refresher.


Emily, this is just what I was needing to read today! I’m getting ready to have my 2nd child and I have a bag packed for me and new baby, but I do not have anything prepared for my older child. I will definitely do this today! Thanks for the great suggestions.


The one thing I was really frustrated the hospital wouldn’t supply and we didn’t bring was lotion for baby. My son’s hands and feet were so dry and cracked and they wouldn’t provide anything because of skin allergy potential. I would highly recommend throwing that in there too!

jessica lynn

Good list! I didn’t use a robe during either labor, and even though I took my iPad and a book, it never left my bag—my second baby came fast!

I’d add on a list of all the people you specifically want to call/text after the baby arrives!

Jennifer Dodrill @ All-In-One-Mom

My daughter is due in the fall with our 2nd grandbaby! The first is just now 1, so I will definitely pass your list on to her! Thank you 🙂


I’m so happy I came across this post! I’m due in less than a week and completely forget about packing a bag for my four year old while I’m in the hospital! Grandma would have been thrilled when I dropped him off with no clothes :p I love the idea of getting him a gift to bring his baby sister, I’m sure he would love that 🙂


Overall these are great lists. The only comment I have is that if your older kids have food preferences, please try to send those along in their bag. My kids will be staying with friends and I would never ask them to stock up on foods my kid likes. I see that as my job to provide, even if I was leaving them with family. This is especially important in our family since two of my children have food allergies.