Maternity Hospital Bag Checklist: All set to welcome your baby? Close to the delivery date? Your baby can arrive sooner than expected due to which it is best to stay prepared for the big day to avoid the last-minute rush and anxiety. You can follow the hospital bag checklist below which includes a list of all the essential items you need to pack for yourself, your baby and your birth partner. Since you could go into labour anytime, it is best to pack your hospital bag in advance, i.e. during your 36 weeks or a few weeks before your delivery date.
Maternity Hospital bag checklist for new moms-to-be:
- Identity cards like your Aadhar card, driving licence, etc
- Hospital card which you will have received at the time of registration
- Hospital file which includes your pregnancy record i.e., your reports, doctor consultation papers, etc
- Your phone and charger
- Outfit for your baby to wear when you bring him/her home for the first time
- An extra tote or a handbag of your choice to stuff the additional hospital supplies or the gifts you would receive from your friends and family
Hospital bag essentials for moms:
While the above items are essential, here is a list of items you need to pack to ensure you don’t have to ask for the same from the hospital staff or ask your friends and family to get the same.
- Hair clips, bands or ties to keep your hair away from your face while you are in labour
- Toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash
- Extra pair of glasses or lenses
- Lip balm, moisturizing lotion, or deodorant
- Shampoo, conditioner, soap, shower gel, and perfume to make you feel refreshed after the delivery (Make sure your perfume is natural and non-toxic since you may be breastfeeding the child.
- Body lotion or massage oil to feel relaxed after the delivery and because a bit of massage after the delivery can be comforting
Clothing items to pack in hospital bags for new moms
- Soft cotton dressing gown to make you feel comfortable when you are in labour or after the delivery if you must spend time at the hospital
- Extra pair of underwear that is large enough to fit in the maternity pads
- Nursing bra or breast pads in case of leakage of milk
- Nightgown or pyjamas whatever makes you feel comfortable
- Maternity pads since you would be bleeding after the delivery
- Extra outfit to wear when you arrive back home from the hospital
Food and entertainment items
- Labour can sometimes be exceedingly long, and you may end up feeling more hungry than usual. Pack some of your favourite doctor-approved snack items such as crackers, chocolates, apples, dry fruits, seeds, etc.
- To listen to soothing music, do not miss carrying your earphones
- Magazines, laptops, and newspapers could be a major source of distraction while you are in labour
- A book to pen your thoughts before or after the delivery
- Your favourite pillow to ensure you are comfortable at the hospital
- Your favourite blanket
- Pack of goodies to give to the staff
Hospital bag checklist for the baby
Below are the few things to pack to welcome the new-born home
- A simple, lose-weight outfit to bring the baby home
- Socks and booties for the baby
- Warm clothes if you are delivering in winter
- A hat in case it’s the summer season
- Cotton blanket for the baby
- 20-30 diapers
- Muslin squares
Hospital bag checklist for partners
Labour can be long for some women. If your partner plans to stay with you at the hospital then here are a few things you should not miss packing.
- Phone and charger
- His favourite snack items
- Toothbrush, toothpaste
- Soap, shampoo and conditioner
- Pillow and blanket
- Pair of shorts and t-shirts
- His nightwear in case it’s an overnight stay
- Video camera to capture the precious delivery moments
- Books and magazines
In case you are expecting twins then don’t miss carrying additional items from the above-mentioned checklist for the baby. You can pack all the supplies in different bags to avoid any confusion. With this hospital bag checklist, you don’t have to worry about missing any items and can have a peaceful delivery experience.
Disclaimer: The content provided in this article is for information purposes only. Always consult a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment.