Getting ready for a baby requires a lot of preparation. You’ve been told your due date, you’ve had your ultrasounds, and your hospital bag is one of the final steps in the process. But what should you pack for labor and the days afterward, and what’s best left at home?
With so much to think about before your bundle of joy arrives, we asked obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Jennifer Boyle for her expert advice on what to pack in your birthing hospital bag — whether you’re having a cesarean section or a vaginal birth — so it’s one fewer thing to stress about.
If you’re looking for a baby’s hospital delivery bag checklist or a checklist for mom, dad, or partner, we share everything you need to know. Plus, you can download our handy printable hospital bag checklist PDF if you keep scrolling.