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Hospital Bag Checklist: What is in my hospital bag?

Updated: Jan 5, 2023

Getting closer to that big day to meet my little one.

I never understood the importance of having a hospital bag before pregnancy. This immediately changed after I took a pre and postnatal certification course and learned more about labor + the delivery process. First time mom here, lol . I packed my bag around 33 weeks pregnant. You never know when your baby wants to make the big entry and you don’t have a ton of control over exactly when it happens. I keep my bag in the baby’s room since it’s close and convenient. However, due to the COVID-19, I had to redo my hospital bag. Our hospital tour that we were looking forward to has also been cancelled. Luckily, we took a childbirth class with a nurse that works in the same hospital and gave us important current information of the hospital and the items they would/wouldn’t be providing for us. It is stressful to listen to the news notifying hospitals are running low in certain medical supplies. I identified the items with a * that are on my list due to the coronavirus. I know it's better to be prepared rather than under prepared, however I don't want to over pack. I want to bring, as close as possible, truly what I need. When I took the childbirth class and also talked with my OB, I made sure to ask of the items that the hospital will provide. This made it way easier for me to know what to pack. The following are all of those items provided to me by my hospital: adult & baby diapers, baby wipes, gowns, baby clothes, swaddling blanket, ice maxi pads, perineal healing foam, and a water bottle & straw. Of course also the typical items such as toothbrush, soap, shampoo etc. Each situation and hospital is different, I highly suggest doing the hospital tour (when circumstances allow) and having a list of questions to ask. I have broken down my packing list in two: Mommy Items & Baby Items, which you can find below. Some of these items are provided at the hospital but I prefer to have my own/favorite items.

Mommy Packing List

1. Personal items (got them in travel size to save space)

  • Toothbrush/toothpaste

  • Deodorant

  • Hair ties

  • Hair blush

  • Dry Shampoo

  • Lotion

  • Lip balm

  • Nipple cream

  • Nursing pads

  • Face wipes

2. Contact lenses/eyeglasses

  • Lens solution

  • Lens case

  • Glasses case

3. Clothes

  • Nightgown/Robe

  • Nursing bra

  • Maternity shapewear

  • Slippers

  • Outfit to leave the hospital - loose or maternity clothes because I will probably look like 3 months pregnant, lol

4. Electronics

  • Long cord cellphone charger

  • Extension cord

  • Portable speaker

  • Camera

5. Comfort Items

  • Pillow – because I am very picky with that

  • Blanket

  • Two dark pillowcases - I will get sweaty and the chances to get stained with blood or other body fluids are very high.

6. Food

  • Healthy snacks

Note: Make-up, ID, and insurance cards are always in my personal purse.

Baby Packing List

  • Coming home outfit

  • Swaddling blanket

  • Mittens

Additional Items

  • Lysol Spray*

  • Lysol Wipes*

  • Gloves*

  • Face Mask*

  • Hand Sanitizer*

*Based on COVID-19.

Am I missing anything? Make sure to share your feedback or questions in the below section.

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