Hospital Bag Checklist: What and When to Pack?
Preparing for the arrival of a new baby can be an exciting and nerve-wracking time. One important task to tackle before the big day is packing your hospital bag for delivery. This can be a daunting task, as you want to make sure you have everything you need without overpacking. In this blog post, we’ll provide a downloadable helpful checklist for your hospital bag.
Before we dive into the list, here are a few general tips:
- Pack your bag at least 3 weeks before your due date. You never know when labour will start, and it’s best to be prepared.
- Make a list of items you’ll need and refer to it as you pack. This will help you avoid forgetting anything important.
- Keep your bag in an easily accessible location, such as by the front door or in your car.
- Consider packing two bags – one for you and one for your baby – Make sure your partner knows the contents of each bag so can easily find what you need.
- A nappy caddy is great for packing your baby’s hospital bag. You can use it not only for the nappies but also for all clothes, blankets and toiletries. Get your pre-packed baby hospital bag from here.
Now, let’s get into the checklist:
- Your birth plan and hospital notes
- A comfortable robe or cover-up for walking around the hospital
- Slippers or socks with grippy soles
- 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
- 3 Change comfortable, loose-fitting clothes to wear during labour and after
- Toiletries, including a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, and body wash
- 2 Packs of super-absorbent sanitary or maternity pads
- 5 or 6 pairs of knickers – you may want to bring some disposable ones
- Hair ties or a headband to keep your hair out of your face during labour
- Lip balm (hospitals can be dry!)
- Your phone and charger & earphones
- A camera or video camera to capture memories of your baby’s arrival
- Healthy snacks and drinks
- Any medications you are currently taking
- A comfortable pillow, blanket & eye mask(optional, but can help you get some rest)
- Things to help you pass the time and relax – for example, books, magazines, music or podcasts
- A fan or water spray to cool you down
- Front-opening or loose-fitting nighties or tops if you’re going to breastfeed
- A TENS machine if you intend to use one
- A going-home outfit (consider the weather and bring layers)
- A few extra outfits and onesies
- A receiving blanket and a heavier blanket (depending on the weather)
- Nappies and wipes
- A car seat (this should be installed in your car beforehand)
- A hat, scratch mittens and socks or booties
- Muslin squares or bibs
- A change of clothes
- Toiletries, including a toothbrush, toothpaste, and deodorant
- A phone and charger
- Snacks and drinks
- A comfortable pillow and blanket (optional)
With this checklist, you should be well-prepared for your hospital stay. Remember to pack your bag well in advance of your due date, keep it easily accessible, and consider packing two bags for convenience. Good luck and happy packing!