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  • Writer's pictureMalayia Cooley

Birth Bag Packing List

Updated: Apr 7, 2022

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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