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Is there a hospital bag checklist?

Where can I get my hospital bag checklist?

What do you need in your hospital bag?

What stuff should be packed in your hospital labour bag?

When should you pack your hospital bag for labour & delivery?

Will I need one bag for me and another for baby?

What kind of bag will I need to pack my hospital stuff?

Questions, questions & questions……….

If these are the questions spinning inside your head, then you have come to the right place.

Well, since you are thinking about a Hospital Bag Checklist or wondering as to what should you pack in your Maternity Bag Kit, I presume you must be in your Third Trimester of Pregnancy

I will give you an Ultimate Checklist for your Hospital Bag. The one that I used when I was packing my hospital bag (twice) for my two deliveries.

So lets get started:

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But, before we see the Ultimate Hospital Bag Checklist, Lets go through some common questions that we come across by many new moms who are worried about all the stuff that goes inside your Maternity Bag Kit or the Hospital Bag.

Q: When do you need to pack your Maternity Bag Kit for labour & delivery?

A: According to me, the most ideal time to pack your hospital bag would be, at least 2 weeks before your due date. But you could start to gather stuff to pack even before that. By this time, that means before 2 weeks of your due date, your bag should be completely packed & ready to go. Sometimes, it may happen that you might have to go into labour before your due date. During such times, if your hospital bag is ready it helps reduce a lot of last-minute work & stress. So it is very important that your hospital bag is ready much ahead of your due date.

Q: Is there a hospital checklist?

A: Yes.

Q: Where can I get my hospital bag checklist?

A: Good news. Right here. Later in this section, I will tell you about all the things & stuff that you will need to pack in your hospital bag.

Grab Your Hospital Bag Checklist PDF

Q: What kind of bag will you need to pack your stuff in?

A: You can use either a rucksack, holdall or a suitcase for yourself.

Q: How many bags will I need?

A: I had taken two bags, one for myself & one for my baby. So 2 bags is the least number of bags you will need to take. Depending in which country you stay & the rules therein, if they allow your partner to stay in the hospital then you might need to pack one bag for your partner too.

Q: What do you need to pack in your maternity bag kit?

A: Lots of stuff, but don’t overdo it.

Now that we have gone through our FAQs it’s time to see what to pack in your Maternity Bag Kit.

But, before I forget, let me remind you to get ready with your Baby Registry first, so you can pass on the burden of buying some baby stuff, on your family & friends. I am sure they won’t mind it.

Let’s go through our Ultimate Hospital Bag Checklist of things to pack in your Maternity Bag Kit

Table of Contents

List of items for MOM

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  1. Birth plan – Always keep your birth plan with you so you know what has been discussed with your doctor or mid-wife.
  2. Toothpaste & toothbrush – This is basic requirement, but if it is not in the list, its very easy to forget it.
  3. Washbag – Shower gel or soap, shampoo, shower cap, lip balm, deodorant, hair clip or hair ties, hand cloth or flannel and other toiletries.
  4. Towel & bath robe (if you prefer)
  5. Own gown or night dress & slippers – Depending on your country some hospitals might arrange for hospital gowns others might want you to take your own.

My experience – My son was born in USA & the hospital that I was admitted to, provided there own hospital gown. So you had a choice to take your own or wear the ones that are provided to you by the hospital. Now, my daughter was born in UK & the hospital in which I was admitted to did not provide with any hospital gown.

So you need to check with your hospital for the provision of hospital gown.

6. Loose & comfortable dress – You will need this one on your way back home. I would suggest to pack 2 of them.

7. Nursing bras – Take at least 5 nursing bras as you don’t know how many days you have to stay in the hospital.

8. Breast pads – Do buy some good quality breast pads.

This is the one I would recommend.

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Disposable Breast Pads

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Disposable Breast Pads, 50 Pads

9. Maternity / Sanitary Pads – They must be ultra-absorbent & long. There will be quite a lot of blood loss than you can imagine so be prepared. The post partum (after delivery) bleeding is much heavier than your normal period. So you have to get the ones which can handle the extra pressure.

Not all hospitals provide you with them. So be sure to pack them in abundance.

Again just to state my experience, during my after the delivery of my son in USA, I was provided with the big sanitary napkins in the hospital. After my second delivery, in UK the hospital did provide me with the napkins, but that was in limited quantity so I also had to use my own. So it is always better to buy & take them with you in the hospital as you will NEED them.

I would recommend Always Ultra Night sanitary pads – These are not your regular maternity pads but they are cheaper & do the job.

Always Ultra Night (Size 3) Sanitary Towels Wing

10. Few pairs of knickers – Now you might want to get a size larger than your normal or you can buy disposable ones.

I had a few disposable ones, but I found them a bit uncomfortable, so I switched back to the normal ones.

11. Camera – You don’t want to miss on those treasure moments. Also don’t forget the batteries.

12. Mobile & Charger – Nowadays mobiles have a built-in camera which can take wonderful pics. Also, after the delivery, you want to announce the birth to your relatives & friends. Again, do not forget your mobile charger.

13. Books, music for passing time – Well you might not have much time in hand to relax, but still it is good to have with you a book or some form of music so as to relax when you do get time.

I had ample time to relax after the birth of my son as the hospital had its own nursery section where you could keep your newborn for some time & the nurse would care for them.

14. Medicines – If you have been prescribed some medicine or been on them even before the delivery do keep them handy. I would recommend you to first check with your doctor or midwife if it is alright for you to have them now. Also, don’t forget to put in nipple cream.

I had used Lansinoh Lanolin Nipple Cream

15. Healthy snacks & drinks – You might want to pack a few healthy snacks to munch on as the hospital might have fixed time of serving food.

That sums up the checklist for Mom’s hospital bag

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List of items for your Birth Partner

  1. Copy of Birth Plan – Mom to be is going through a lot. So it is advisable for the birthing partner to also keep a copy of the Birth Plan so Mom can relax on that aspect.
  2. Watch – Now one would ask why watch? Many people like to know the exact time of the baby’s birth down to nano second. So a watch with seconds hand will come handy.
  3. Washbag – Include your partner’s toiletries in this bag
  4. Clothes – Since the birth partner might have to stay in the hospital, they would require change of clothes.
  5. Camera – Who would want to miss those precious moments? So don’t forget the camera.
  6. List of phone numbers / names of people – It may sound weird in today’s time & generation to take with you a list of phone numbers of people to inform as all the numbers are stored in your phone already. But it is that moment when you are so overwhelmed that one can easily get confused & might forget to inform some people. In such a case if you have a list of phone numbers or names of people whom you want to inform, it will definitely be handy.
  7. Robe & slippers
  8. Books / music – Things to pass the time in the hospital.
  9. Snacks & drinks – Hospitals may not provide with any food items for the partner. Hence it is better if they carry some snack & drink items with them.
  10. Money – Cash, Credit card, Debit card to pay the bills.

That should be all for the birthing partner checklist for the hospital bag

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Baby Hospital Bag Checklist

Now let’s see what we are going to pack in our new baby’s hospital bag

  1. Clothes – Baby clothes including bodysuit, onesies, night suits. You might want to check some tips on buying baby clothes on a budget here.
  2. Homegoing dress – a good outfit for going home
  3. Photo dress – Some hospitals have tie-up with professional baby photographers who come to the hospital to take your baby’s pics. So might want to dress up your baby for the photoshoot
  4. Diapers & diaper rash cream– Pack a good bunch of diapers. Check what kind of newborn diapers are available & purchase accordingly. Also, take with you some moisturising diaper rash cream
  5. Blanket – Get receiving blanket, outside blanket.
  6. Winter clothing – Buy season-appropriate clothing for the baby like booties, cap, etc.
  7. Car seat – you will need a car seat on the day of going home. There is no need to get a car seat on the day of labour.
  8. Mittens – Babies have sharp nails. You might want to buy some nice mittens.
  9. Wet wipes / Cotton balls – For cleaning up baby
  10. Baby towel
  11. Bottle & Formula – Even though you might want to breastfeed your baby, its good to keep some baby milk formula & bottle handy.
  12. Burp clothes & Bibs – Burping after feeding is very important. Do not forget the burping cloth. Bibs will be required while feeding.

Now that kind of sums up for the Baby Hospital Bag Checklist.

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What must you have in a mommy hospital bag? ›

Toiletry bag – I filled with good hair ties, toothbrush, toothpaste, makeup remover, cotton pads, cleanser, moisturizer, mini shampoo/conditioner, mini dry shampoo, soap, aquaphor, light makeup. Kindle – I love my Kindle for some downtime, but it also helps me fall back to sleep if I have any time to rest.

What should I pack in my hospital bag for my partner? ›

A few suggestions for your birth partner
  • a change of clothes.
  • toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant.
  • phone and charger.
  • camera or camcorder.
  • snacks and drinks.
  • swimwear if they'll be getting in a birth pool.
  • any medicines they're taking.
  • spare glasses or contact lenses if they wear them.

What to pack in hospital bag for mum and bub? ›

These include: Comfortable clothing to wear during labour and after delivery, such as a loose-fitting nightdress, a robe, or comfortable loungewear. Don't forget to pack clothes to wear home. Essential toiletries, such as toothpaste, a toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, and a hairbrush or comb.

How many outfits should I bring to the hospital for mom? ›

A comfortable outfit or two.

Some moms prefer changing out of their PJs during their stay in the hospital, especially if they're expecting visitors.

What week is best to pack a hospital bag? ›

When Should You Pack Your Hospital Bag? You should have your hospital bag ready to go between weeks 32 and 35 of your pregnancy, in case your baby comes a bit earlier than expected. A good time to start the packing process is around the 28 week mark, or at the start of your 3rd trimester.

How many adult diapers to bring to the hospital? ›

Diapers Are Not Just for Babies

You can also try adult diapers. If adult diapers aren't for you, and you're unsure about the hospital pads they will provide you for free, you might consider bringing 10-20 of your favorite brand of extra-large, extra absorbent, or overnight pads.

What snacks to pack for labor? ›

Some of the best snacks for labour include:

Wholegrain toast, biscuits and crackers. Energy bars (be sure to check the sugar content). Breadsticks. Dried fruits and nuts.

What partner should bring to hospital? ›

Include the basics such as healthy snacks, comfy clothes, own toiletries, and spare money. Don't forget important documents like insurance card and birth plan. Provide some entertainment, especially after your partner's delivery, by bringing card games, portable speakers for music, and books.

How many baby outfits does a hospital bag have? ›

For your baby:

Clothes: 3 x vests, 3 x babygros, cotton scratch mitts and a hat (most babies will wear a hat for the first 24 hours until they can maintain their temperature). An outfit to take your baby home in (appropriate to weather conditions). Blanket to cover your baby in a car seat.

What to wear during labor? ›

something loose and comfortable to wear during labour that does not restrict you from moving around or make you too hot. 3 changes of loose, comfortable clothes. 2 or 3 comfortable and supportive bras, including nursing bras if you're planning to breastfeed – remember, your breasts will be much larger than usual.

What baby toiletries do I need in hospital bag? ›

Toiletries – another obvious one, but you don't want to be without face wipes, tissues or a nice body wash. Those smaller travel shampoo and shower gel bottles can be good value, and you'll really appreciate being able to have a wash once little one arrives and for the family photos.

Do you wear a bra during labor? ›

Studies suggest giving birth is the equivalent to running a marathon in terms of energy output, (and can actually result in similar injuries, but let's not go there right now!) so it makes sense to wear a bra and/or clothing fit for exertion and perspiration.

Should I bring diapers and wipes to the hospital? ›

The hospital will provide plenty of diapers and wipes for you to use during your stay and you can usually bring some home with you as well. Car Seat: This is the most important item to have with you when you go to the hospital. You will not be allowed to leave the hospital and take your baby home without a car seat.

Do I need to bring my breast pump to the hospital? ›

Luckily, there's a lot you can leave at home, too. Breast pump. The hospital provides breast pumps, so there's no need to bring yours, assuming you know how to use it.

What to bring to the hospital for someone who just had a baby? ›

While bringing a home-cooked meal during the first few weeks is always welcome, a nice gesture is to bring a few gift cards to the hospital. They are small to carry home, and the family can use them when necessary.

What to pack in a hospital bag for surgery? ›

Comfort is key, so when you're packing, remember pajamas, a robe, front-button shirts, sweatpants or leggings, non-slip socks or slippers, a pair of shower shoes or flip flops, and a hoodie or cardigan. You'll need clothes to wear home with a pair of comfortable shoes.

Do I need to bring burp cloths to the hospital? ›

Burp cloths - Your newborn will have lots of feedings as you get used to a new routine, which means you'll be burping your baby a lot – bring burp cloths to clean up after your little one. Swaddle and blanket - No matter the weather, swaddling your newborn is always a good idea.


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