Experienced moms know what to bring to the hospital. We took the time to ask them and here’s what they shared with us. Print out this checklist.

  • Lip balm
  • Focal point (picture, photo or stuffed animal)
  • Warm socks
  • Hairbrush
  • Pillows
  • Camera
  • Reading material
  • List of phone numbers of family and friends
  • Instant energy food for support person (granola bars, fruit)
  • CDs/CD player
  • Nightgowns (1 or 2) – should open easily in the front if breast-feeding
  • Robe
  • Slippers
  • Underwear
  • Sanitary pads
  • Cosmetics and toiletries – especially shampoo, toothpaste, mouthwash
  • Clothing that fit when you were 4-5 months pregnant will be the most comfortable for the trip home
  • Car seat
  • Going-home outfit, including a diaper
  • Receiving blanket
  • Sweater and cap, depending on the weather
  • Heavier outer blanket, depending on the weather