Hospital Bag Checklist: What you actually need!
Getting closer to that big day to meet your little one.
Packing your hospital bag to deliver your new sweet bundle of joy? Mamas don't freak out, honestly you don't need much. This comes from someone that always ends up over-packing for any occasion. I'm sharing a Printable Hospital Bag Checklist that’s easy to follow and lists the essentials you’ll need for your hospital stay!
When should you pack? I packed my bag at around 33 weeks pregnant for my first pregnancy. You never know when your baby wants to make the big appearance and you don’t have a ton of control over exactly when it happens. However, for my second pregnancy I packed later, around 37 weeks. I kept my bag in the baby’s room since it’s close to the entrance door and convenient.
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WHAT YOU ACTUALLY NEED TO PACK IN YOUR HOSPITAL BAG
I will share with you my realistic hospital bag, I trimmed down what I’m taking this time around.
This list is a good starting point, definitely a shorter list compared with other ones. Keep in mind every hospital and birth center does things differently, so ask ahead of time what they will supply and what you need to bring from home.
HOSPITAL BAG CHECKLIST
I have broken down my packing list in three: Hospital Bag Checklist for Mom, Hospital Bag Checklist for Dad, and Hospital Bag Checklist for Baby. Some of these items are provided at the hospital but I prefer to have my own/favorite items.
HOSPITAL BAG CHECKLIST FOR MOM
1. Personal items (got them in travel size to save space)