Hospital Bag Checklist: What to Pack in It?

Preparing a hospital bag checklist can be exciting and daunting at the same time. Your midwife should be able to give you a list of things that you need to take with you. It’s a good idea to get your hospital bag packed at least two weeks before the due date whether you are having the baby at a hospital or at home or at a birth center. A hospital bag checklist should consist things for yourself, your baby and your birth partner.

Hospital bag checklist for mom

  • Birth plan, your ID and other relevant documents for hospital needs
  • A dressing gown, slippers or flip flops- you’ll need one while walking around the hospital corridor and during your stay
  • Toiletries such as toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, elastic hair bands, shampoo, shower gel. It’ll take less space in your bag if you chose travel sizes upon ordinary ones
  • If you want to make the atmosphere more home-like and comfy, you can take your pillow and duvet. Chose a pillow with patterns, so you can easily distinguish it from the hospital ones
  • Usually, hospitals provide with towels, although they are known to be very thin and small. Take yours for more comfort
  • You’ll need something loose and comfortable to wear during labor. Keep in mind, that things can get messy, so chose clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty
  • Some pairs of warm socks. Your feet may get cold during the delivery or your stay at the hospital
  • 5 pairs of comfortable underwear (and again, remember things can get messy, so don’t think of those pretty panties you love)
  • Nursing bras and pads. After labor, your breasts will likely to be tender and swollen.Therefore, you should include nursing bras and pads in your hospital bag checklist
  • Two dozens of super absorbent sanitary pads. Soon after delivery, you will bleed heavily, so make sure you pack around 24 super absorbent sanitary pads
  • Coconut oil– both for your nipples and lips.The air in hospitals is usually very dry and it can make your lips chapped
  • Things that can help you relax such as books, magazines, music or your tablet
  • Your mobile phone and charger. You will definitely like to call your dearest ones and tell them the good news! Make sure you have enough balance on your phone, otherwise you may use hospital phone. In that case, don’t forget to buy a prepaid card
  • Water bottle and snack. You’ll need to stay hydrated and have enough energy during the labor. You may also take a spray bottle, to keep yourself cool
  • Make-up and your skin care essentials
  • Contact lenses (plus container and solution) or glasses
  • And finally, you will need a loose outfit to return home. Don’t even think that your belly might go away by that time, so make sure your clothes are suitable for a 6-month pregnant lady!beautiful pregnant woman

Hospital bag checklist for your baby

  • Bodysuits, mittens, booties, socks and a hat
  • A blanket to keep your little one warm on the way home
  • Check with your hospital if they provide diapers. In case they don’t, include about 20 to 30 diapers to your hospital bag checklist
  • Baby wipes
  • Muslin fabric squares, so you can place it underneath your baby
  • Outfit for way back home (if it’s winter, make sure you take a snowsuit as well)
  • Car seat

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Hospital bag checklist for your birth partner

When packing your hospital bag, it’s also essential to pack for your partner as well. Things can get excited for your partner and the last moment packing is definitely not the best thing to do before leaving for the hospital. Here is what you should include in a hospital bag:

  • Mobile phone, a charger, and a camera. Just make sure beforehand if cameras are not forbidden in the hospital
  • Water and some snacks
  • Towel, a pair of comfortable shoes, toiletries and a change of clothes
  • Spare contact lenses in case things can take longer
  • Change for vending machine and parking

Note: If you are planning to get a c-section, most likely you’ll spend more time in the hospital. This checklist will guide you through packing a hospital bag for c-section.

Have you already taken care of your hospital bag checklist? Maybe there are other things you suggest to pack as well? What are your must-haves?

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