Everything Moms-To-Be Need To Bring To The Hospital

Moms-To-Be Checklist: Part 2

what to bring to hospital

When our parents were having children, when a woman went to the hospital to deliver, she brought her clothes and her partner. Often, they stayed in hospital for a few days, and everything was provided for post partum care and baby’s care. Diapers, wipes, soothers, diaper cream, formula, and pads for mom were all readily available. My mom says they had a toiletry bag packed with hygiene products ready for her in her birthing suite, provided by the hospital.

Not so anymore. Many birthing centers now require you to bring many of these supplies on your own. Even food and drinks may be difficult to find if you deliver overnight or between meal times. When I delivered my second son, they told me they would not even provide me with the post partum donut, as I received one last time I gave birth. Like I knew I would need to keep that thing!

Armed with that information, here is my list of suggested items to bring to the hospital when you deliver

General Items:

  • Extra clothes, PJs
  • Bras, underwear
  • Slippers/shower shoes
  • Socks
  • Massage items
  • Hair band
  • Lip balm
  • Snacks
  • Watch with second hand
  • Camera, camcorder
  • Relaxation materials (i.e. music, games, etc.)
  • Blanket for husband (if he sleeps over)
  • Toiletries (brush, deodorant, glasses, makeup, toothbrush, face wash, etc.)
  • Change of clothes
  • Laptop/iPad for movies, emails
  • Phone and charger

Postpartum (while in hospital):

For Mom:

  • Maternity or large underwear to wear home from hospital (comfy)
  • Nursing bras (2)
  • Breast pads
  • Nipple cream to prevent cracking nipples (start using this a month before deliveryit helps!)
  • Sanitary pads (super absorbent)
  • PJs
  • Soft toilet paper
  • Squirt bottle and sitz tub
  • Postpartum donut

For Baby:

  • Infant car seat
  • Rear view mirror for car seat
  • Sleepers (3)
  • Going home outfit
  • Receiving blanket (take the one from the hospital as a keepsake) 
  • Diapers, wipes (many hospitals do not provide these!)
  • Socks
  • Hat
  • Sterilized pacifier

Accessories for later on:

  • Stroller with rain protector
  • Baby swing
  • High chair
  • Exersaucer
  • Baby record book/laptop
  • Pack n play
  • Bouncing chair

Once you have many of these items you will be able to spend the first few days and weeks learning how to be the best parents possible, and not running around from store to store in search of the best products. Trust me, preparing beforehand will be well worth it when you are sleep deprived and cranky.

Click here for a downloadable and printable PDF of this list. 

Not sure what to get before baby arrives? Check out What to Get Before Baby Arrives: Moms-To-Be Checklist, Part 1.


Dina Kulik is a wife, mother, paediatrician and emergency medicine doctor. She lives in Toronto, Ontario and is surrounded by testosterone with a husband, three sons (age 4 and 2 and 0) and two male dogs (age 3 and 1!). 

She is a spin fanatic and adrenaline junky, needing constant stimulation to keep from getting bored (maybe that’s where the kids get it from?). Organized chaos is how she thrives. Sound familiar mommies?

Dina is eager to share practical and fun kids knowledge. Check out her blog at DrDina.ca. She is hoping to get the conversation going on all things related to children’s health. From breastfeeding challenges, to solid food introduction to managing night terrors, Dina has been through it all, personally and professionally. Raising healthy, adaptable children is a challenge. No one does perfectly and no one comes out unscathed. Survival is the goal most days! Let’s chat and make it just a little bit easier with tips and tricks for parenting.

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