Here are some ideas for what to pack for labor:

  • Photo identification and insurance card.
  • Personal toiletries (contact lenses, glasses, lip balm, soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothbrush and toothpaste, etc.).
  • Hair accessories to pull your hair back (if applicable).
  • Back massage aids (tennis ball, hand-held massager, etc.).
  • Robe.
  • One or two nightgowns or comfortable clothes for sleeping (optional, as the hospital gowns are provided).
  • Three or four pairs of cotton underwear.
  • Slippers and/or socks.
  • Nursing bras (two or three) supportive bras.
  • List of names and phone numbers of family and friends to notify about your news — cell phone use is allowed.
  • Personal entertainment: Music (iPod® or CDs), laptop, chargers for electronics, books, magazines, etc.
  • Comfortable clothes to wear home (early pregnancy size).

Here’s what your labor coach should pack:

  • Money for snacks and meals.
  • Change of clothes.
  • Personal toiletries.
  • Slippers, socks.
  • Comfortable clothes for sleeping.
  • Camera and film.
  • Camcorder.
  • Cell phone.
  • Chargers for electronics.

Here’s what you should pack for your baby to go home in:

  • Car seat: It’s a good idea to install the car seat you will be using to travel home about one month before your due date. Installing the car seat early will help you make sure it is installed properly. Some car dealers and police or fire stations offer free safety inspections on car seat installations. Check what’s available in your community.
  • T-shirt (not a “onesie,” since you don’t want to cover the umbilical cord).
  • Sleeper.
  • Receiving blanket.
  • Hat.
  • Clothes to wear home.

Please note: Everything your baby needs for his or her stay in the hospital will be provided, including diapers.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 01/01/2018.


  • Expert knowledge and experience of healthcare providers at Cleveland Clinic Ob/Gyn Women’s Health Institute.
  • American Pregnancy Association. Packing for the hospital or birth center. ( Accessed 1/01/2018.

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