• Malayia Cooley

Birth Bag Packing List

Updated: Apr 7

The internet is filled with hundreds of different birth bag packing lists. My list only includes the essentials, but feel free to pack what feels good to you. I do not include supplies that are offered in most birthing facilities or what you would pack for a typical overnight stay, these items would be in addition to your typical overnight packing items:

  • Hospital Paperwork, ID, Insurance Card

  • Gown (should be a snap or button closure rather than pullover if you would like to wear your own)

  • Shower Shoes

  • Chapstick

  • Hair Ties

  • Diffuser and/or Battery-Operated Candles

  • Birth Plan/Preferences

  • Nursing Bra

  • Birth Ball (check with your hospital or birth center to see if they have one available)

  • Nursing Pillow

  • 2-3 outfits for baby (include newborn and 0-3 months)

  • Snacks

  • Computer/Tablet/Speaker/Camera

  • Cord Blood Kit (if you're planning to bank or donate)

  • Prescription Medications

Thing you don't need to bring:

  • Breast Pump

  • Postpartum Underwear & Pads

  • Diapers & Wipes (unless you prefer to use your own brand and/or cloth diapers)

  • Non-Slip Socks

  • Jewelry or Valuables

  • Bottles

  • Candles

You can find a list of postpartum essentials here.

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