what to pack in your maternity bag

When it comes to prepping for your baby’s big arrival, it’s a good idea to start packing your maternity bag a few weeks in advance.

Your delivery bag should include the essentials — items such as comfortable clothes and slippers, phone chargers, and a list of your medications. The experts at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital also recommend bringing along a few extra comforts from home to make your delivery just a little bit easier.

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Packing for Two: What to Include in Your Delivery Bag

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  • An extra blanket and/or pillow for comfort.
  • Comfortable clothes, maternity bras, underwear, pajamas, and shoes.
  • Comfortable socks and slippers to keep your feet warm.
  • Glasses if you wear them.
  • Going-home outfit for baby.
  • Hairbrush.
  • List of medications.
  • Phone charger and phone.
  • Photo ID and any necessary paperwork.
  • Snacks and drinks (maybe juice if you prefer).
  • Toiletries such as lotion, lip balm, toothbrush, sanitary pads, deodorant, and hair ties. The hospital will have many of these items, but feel free to bring your favorite body wash, lotion, or shampoo if you’d like.


  • A cozy robe.
  • A small table fan.
  • A white noise app on your phone to help with relaxation.
  • Books, magazines, puzzles, earbuds, and other items to help you relax.
  • Eye mask.
  • Nursing cover-up.

About UPMC Magee-Womens

Built upon our flagship, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh, and its century-plus history of providing high-quality medical care for people at all stages of life, UPMC Magee-Womens is nationally renowned for its outstanding care for women and their families.

Our Magee-Womens network – from women’s imaging centers and specialty care to outpatient and hospital-based services – provides care throughout Pennsylvania, so the help you need is always close to home. More than 25,000 babies are born at our network hospitals each year, with 10,000 of those babies born at UPMC Magee in Pittsburgh, home to one of the largest NICUs in the country. The Department of Health and Human Services recognizes Magee in Pittsburgh as a National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health; U.S. News & World Report ranks Magee nationally in gynecology. The Magee-Womens Research Institute was the first and is the largest research institute in the U.S. devoted exclusively to women’s health and reproductive biology, with locations in Pittsburgh and Erie.