Birth Bag Tips and Checklist

  • Camera with film/tape/dvds
  • Address book
  • Stationery/Stamps
  • Birth announcements
  • A list of phone numbers to call with your news (in order of importance!)
  • Extra batteries, memory card, PC to download pictures
  • Disposable camera
  • Pregnancy book and pen
  • Camcorder
  • Your journal if you keep one.

Items for your new bundle of joy

  • Something for the baby to wear home
  • Newborn Diapers
  • A hat for baby to keep their body heat in (even in the summer!)
  • Receiving blanket (a heavy one if weather is cold)
  • One pair socks or booties
  • Bunting or snowsuit for winter
  • 2 Newborn sleepers (For going home, but it is just like a newborn to soil one moments after being placed in one!)
  • Don't forget the car seat!
  • Wipes
  • Baby Nail clippers

Clothing for You

  • Pajamas
  • Outfit to wear home
  • Slippers or flip-flops
  • Bathrobe (if hospital or birth center doesn't supply one or you want your own)
  • Socks
  • Nursing bra
  • Breast pads/shields
  • Sweat pants for the trip home
  • 2 or 3 pair underwear
  • A couple of large T-shirts

Toiletries for after childbirth

  • Maxi-pads
  • Hairbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo/Soap
  • Towel/Facecloth (hospital issue can be stiff and gross)
  • Hair Ties
  • Lotion
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Lip Moisturizer
  • Face Moisturizer
  • Stool Softeners
  • Blow Dryer/Curling Iron

We hope that this list helps you to get ready! If you have other items or suggestions and didn't find them here, please share your tips in the comments below.

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