I’ve heard a lot of new Mom’s-to-be asking what they should bring to the hospital for their delivery. Is there anything I’m forgetting to pack?! Baby brain, help! Nowadays having the accessibility of pharmacies everywhere you look is really great so if there is a forgotten item it’s not the worst… But, to prevent making that unnecessary trip I’ve included a list of essentials for Mom’s bag, baby’s bag, and Dad’s bag too!
It is recommended to start to pack your hospital bag between 34-36 weeks gestation. This way it’ll be ready and you’ll be stress free. When your water breaks, just grab the bags and dash!
- Flip flops: For those grimy shower stalls!
- Cozy socks and/or slippers: It never hurts to be cozy and prepared for breezy rooms.
- Hair elastics and a headband: For during delivery, when the hair is a little sweaty and in need of a pick-me-up, also while breastfeeding.
- Dry Shampoo, body wash, plus regular shampoo and conditioner: Hospitals usually don’t provide shampoo and conditioner, and if they do, pretty sure if it won’t be your fave.
- The obvious toiletries: Tooth brush, tooth paste, mouth wash, deodorant, hair brush, body cream, face cream, face cleanser, lip balm, etc.
- Hand sanitizer: The hospital will have hand sanitizer pumps all over, but there might not be one right next to your bed, and even if so you may not appreciate the harshness and unscented industrial hospital brands.
- Adult diaper and/or pads: The diapers may look and seem a little scary and not age appropriate, but many mothers find them to be more comfortable than the thick, long pads.
- Full and wide black underwear (to fit the pad on).
- Breast pads: If you stay in the hospital for 2 days this is not necessary because your milk will hardly come in by then. However in case you have a great production or a lengthy hospital stay of 3-4+ days then pack some breast pads to avoid having a lactation leak all over your bra and shirt.
- Nipple cream: You may go your entire breastfeeding experience without needing nipple cream, but in case you’re one of the unlucky ones that get chapped early on, this will be quite relieving.
- Breastfeeding bras
- Nursing pillow: If you wish to breastfeed, a nursing pillow helps to have less strain on your back and minimizes abdominal discomfort from your incision if you’ve had a C-Section.
- Eye mask & ear plugs: You’ll need to catch up on sleep whenever you can and that might not be during your normal sleeping hours (pre-baby).
- Bathrobe and/or button up pyjama top: For easy access for breastfeeding, while staying cozy.
- Change of clothes: to last 2-3 days in the hospital (3 to be safe) – comfortable and stretchy.
- Cash: (not all hospitals accept card transactions) – in case you’re craving something NOT on your delivered meal tray (shocker!).
- Cell phone and charger
- Baby Memory book: If your memory book is small then bring it with you to the hospital to slide in a lock of hair, the first footprints, and the hospital card and/or bracelets. Otherwise bring a plastic bag to keep these keepsakes safe until home from the hospital.
- Glasses/contacts and contact solution if needed.
- Health Insurance card, photo I.D., and hospital card.
- Baby wash & baby cream
- Baby diapers: (newborn size, unless estimated birth weight is expected to be over 8 lbs).
- Baby wipes: hypoallergenic and non-scented are the safest for your baby’s sensitive bottom.
- Extra baby clothes: onesies, pyjamas, hats, socks, mittens, and an outfit to go home in. (If you’re delivering during winter months than bring an extra warm outfit).
- Blankets: swaddle blankets, burp/washcloths, and a thicker blanket to cover the carseat if it is cold.
- Car seat and the winter cover depending on the weather.
- Warm clothing/change of clothes
- Slippers/Cozy socks
- Toiletries: deodorant, toothbrush, mouthwash, etc.
- Phone, phone charger, & camera
Note: Packing in a rolling luggage as your hospital bag rather than a duffle bag will truly help when juggling with your diaper bag/purse and the baby’s car seat.
I hope this hospital bag list was helpful to your packing. Now that you’re all packed… time to prepare for baby’s arrival! Leave a comment if there’s anything else helpful that you’ve packed!