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Getting Ready For Baby: Labor Bag Checklist

From push presents to pet plans check out this comprehensive list to help you stay ready and organised when its time to welcome your bundle of joy.


Around 34 weeks you really want to start thinking about getting your labor bag ready. This is a great time to order any items you did not get on your registry, have your car seat installed, finalise your birth preferences and if you have not done so already, get you prenatal breastfeeding consult. By 36 weeks, bags should be packed and ready to roll. Of course you can leave out toiletries and everyday essentials but keep this list close so you can remember to pack them when it is the frantic go-time.

I recommend packing an overnight bag for mom and partner and a separate bag for baby. This is going to be good practice to get you in the habit of packing your diaper bag.


Between 10 months of pent up excitement and the sheer terror of how life is about to change it is easy to forget the basics. Making sure you have what you need ahead of time will decrease anxiety and tension. COVID has made delivery times a little more unpredictable so please factor that in when you are ordering. Do not leave anything to the last minute. Allow at least a 1 -2 weeks lead time even for Amazon and especially for Etsy.


Everyone. However, if you have a high-risk pregnancy or will require an early induction for medical reasons you will want to start packing sooner and definitely book your prenatal breastfeeding consult. Depending on the level of risk starting around 28 weeks is ideal.


Without further ado below is the list. Feel free to download and share. Head over to and FOLLOW my Instagram to let me know what you think AND to watch me pack my hospital bag in the next couple of days.

Labor Bag Checklist
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Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers ~ strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength. - Barbara Katz Rothman

Wishing you a fantastic delivery!



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I'm Rue Khosa aka The Boob Boss. I am a nurse practitioner and IBCLC whose passion is supporting new and expectant parents through pregnancy and beyond. I believe in and teach

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