Being 38.5 weeks pregnant really makes one think about whether everything has been checked off that metaphorical checklist. There are so many things you want to bring to the hospital with you, and unless it’s written down you might forget it. For my husband and I, we have the traditional items along with items that we believe will personally work best for us to get through labor. Below is what we have come up with for a well-rounded checklist!

The Go Bag Checklist For Mother

  • Picture ID and Insurance card
  • The Birth Plan (if you have one written down)
  • Eyeglasses for those who wear contacts
  • Nightgown, socks, slippers, bathrobe, comfy bra’s
  • Personal items to help you relax
    • Pillows
    • Music
    • Tablet for Netflix + charger
    • Pictures
    • Mini magnet chess board (so Jak and I can play chess! :P)
    • Peppermint oil (for scent for grounding)
    • Heating Pad!

The Go Bag Checklist For Spouse

  • Camera if you wish to be taking photos + charger
  • Toiletries
  • Comfy clothes that are warm since most mothers tend to keep the birthing rooms cold.
    • Socks!
    • long sleeve t-shirts
    • comfy sweatpants
    • comfy shoes
  • Snacks!
    • Tons of snacks to keep them going.
      • Chicken broth is great for the pregnant women so they can keep their energy up as well!
  • Books to read
  • Money
  • Bathing suit and cheap flipflops (so that if you are wanting to be in shower or tub your partner can join you too while in labor)

Post Birth Bag

  • Phone Charger
    • You won’t have to worry about your phone dying when making calls to friends and family to let them know the baby has arrived.
  • A list of people you want to call so you don’t forget anyone!
  • Snacks!
    • That way if the hospital cafeteria is closed after your labor you will have food to get you through since you’ll be really hungry.
  • Toiletries
    • Toothpaste and toothbrush
    • Hair Brush
    • Lip Balm
    • Deodorant
    • Makeup
    • Shampoo and conditioner if you prefer your own
    • Mini hair dryer
  • Nursing bra’s that are comfortable or regular bras.
  • Maternity underwear if you want your own versus the mesh hospital ones
    • Hospital provides pads, but in case you want your own you can bring those, or make sure you have a supply at home
  • Book on Newborn care
  • Notebook and pens
    • To keep track of baby’s feeding, write down questions you have, or just to journal about the experience
  • Going home outfits


Obviously, it’s important to make sure you have your car seat in your car, make sure that when you get home there isn’t a need to run to get diapers, so making sure the essentials are taken care of ahead of time will make coming home less stressful and more relaxing.

XOXO Savvy