(Closed) When did you pack your hospital bag?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
  • poll: When did you start packing?
    -32 weeks : (3 votes)
    15 %
    32-34 weeks : (0 votes)
    35-37 weeks : (11 votes)
    55 %
    38+ weeks : (1 votes)
    5 %
    Very last minute / didn't get around to it / etc.. : (5 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 3
    3587 posts
    Sugar bee

    I started around 32wks, as in itwas open and I put things in as I used them. I’m 36wks now and it’s complete except for my going home outfit. I didn’t pack too much since I live 10 mins from the hospital.

    Post # 4
    801 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    I had planned to do it at 36 weeks but then got busy with company coming to visit.  Then I was going to do it the weekend of my 38th week but baby showed up a bit early so while I labored at home Darling Husband tried to pack one.  He did pretty well but still managed to miss a few things.

    Post # 5
    711 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Kinda wishing I had packed mine lol. I went into labor 9 days early but my my son pooped inside of me so I had meconium coming out of me. I remember sitting on the toliet yelling for my husband to get me a pad and trying to tell him what to put in the bag lol. Needless to say I had a C-section and a couple days in the hospital to get my mom to go to my house and repack lol.

    Post # 6
    7408 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Apx 37 weeks.

    Post # 7
    536 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2007

    Started packing right after my water broke, 10 days before due date 🙂

    Luckily, we’d had to make a list of things to bring with us for our childbirth class, so Darling Husband had some idea of what to throw together.

    Post # 8
    832 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I tried to get it done around 34wks but that did not happen. I did type up a packing list at 35wks. Here I am, 37wks today, and my bag is not packed. I did start getting things together last night! Hopefully, i’ll get it done by this weekend. 🙂

    Post # 9
    288 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    OK, im a dork. I started last week (week 30) my Darling Husband is great but im sure he wont care about packing when im in labor and we live an hour from our hospital. each bag has a list on top of what to put in it, lol. Baby has a small pouch with his coming home outfit and blanket. I have my bag witha check list and i am gathering things every now and then and Darling Husband has a bag with a list on top of what he needs.

    Post # 10
    6572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I talked about packing it and had a list for a long time, but didn’t actually do it until 37 weeks. And I kept adding things that I had forgot, so I was glad I had that time to keep thinking about it.

    Post # 11
    681 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    i went into labor at 35 weeks and hadn’t packed a bag! i literally threw all my crap in a duffle bag in the middle of the night after my water broke before rushing to the hospital.

    Post # 12
    367 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @spraguebride: Honestly, I think it ALL depends on how far you lie from the hospital.

    I’ll pack like 6 weeks ahead of time because if I forget ANYTHING…My husband will have to drive 35 mins back home to get it.

    Plus, if you live like 5 mins from hospital…you’ll have more lee-way at home for taking your time & packing (but for me, I better be out the door quickly)…because I have a drive to go…

    *but ya know, even if you forget stuff, as long as the baby’s healthy and so are you…you can go home barefoot and I bet you’ll still be over the moon with happiness…so, no biggie!

    Post # 14
    1120 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    37 weeks – it’s sitting open in our room so I can put things in last minute that I’m still using (toothbrush, deoderant, etc).

    There’s also a list sittingnext to it of things for my husband to grab if things get crazy last minute and I can’t get them myself.

    Post # 15
    1228 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    All you ladies that have a list…would you mind sharing?

    ETA: I realize there are numerous posts detailing this…I just like to see as many lists as possible

    Post # 16
    288 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2009


    I plan to have a vaginal birth, but in the event of a c-section and i have to stay longer i will have to send my Darling Husband if i forget anything.

    Darling Husband:

    Change of Clothes, Sweat Pants, deodorant, toothbrush/toothpaste, razor, cellphone charger, peanuts and other snacks, change for vending machine, pillow for him, camera, batteries, camera charger.


    Manilla folder with important insurance and medical info/ copy of drivers lic., 2 pairs socks, bathrobe, toiletries, makeup, hair brush, Kindle and charger, going home outfit, clean underwear 2, heavy flow pads, toothbrush/paste, flip flops for shower, Pajamas, 2 nursing bras (2 different sizes). Sugar free hard candy, Pen and journal, extra pillow, extra ponytail holder and headband, lip balm, nursing pads, boppy. Sock with 2 tennis balls (counter pressure for back). Good bath towel.


    4 burp rags, 2 extra diapers, coming home outfit, blanket and car seat, socks, no scratch mittens, (you never know that little guy may have claws). Bsby book , to put foot prints in.

    Thats what  i have so far, i would rather over pack than be wishing i had brought more. I am sure i will fin di am missing something in the weeks to come.

    I also made sure that my parents have a key to my house and we have a friend that watches our dogs and she also has a key.

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