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The Ultimate Hospital Bag Checklist for Everything Mom and Baby Will Need

The Ultimate Hospital Bag Checklist for Everything Mom and Baby Will Need

Especially for a first-time parent, packing for the hospital delivery can be a daunting task. It’s difficult to determine what you will need for something you’ve never done before. Diaper bags, baby blankets, comfy clothes for mom, a going-home outfit for baby… it can get overwhelming. At Baldwin Baby Co, we have a little bit of experience being new parents, and we’re here to make every step of your journey a little bit easier. That’s why we put together the ultimate hospital bag checklist so you can take one less thing off your to-do list as you prepare to welcome your baby into this world. 

When to Pack Your Hospital Bag

It’s recommended to have your hospital bag packed by 36 weeks at the latest and even sooner if you're having multiples!. You never know when it will be time, so it’s a good idea to have this part of your preparation done as early as possible. 

Hospital Bag Checklist for Mom

  • Photo ID, wallet and birth plan. These are things to make your hospital check-in go smoothly and make sure everyone knows what’s on your birth plan if you decide to have one. 
  • Good chapstick and lotion. This is my number one must-have. Hospital rooms are designed to have cold temperatures and low humidity to combat germs and bacteria. This can cause chapped lips and dry skin, so a nice lip balm and some face and body lotion will go a long way to ensure comfort. 
  • Cell phone and extra long charging chord. The 6-foot charging cable will be key so you can plug your phone in and keep it by you in the hospital bed. 
  • Bluetooth speaker. Some good music during birth could be exactly what you need to set the tone to bring the baby into the world. 
  • Comfortable clothes for yourself during your stay. You could get your own hospital gown to wear during labor and delivery if you want, or you could use the gown they have there. After, you may want to change into something a little softer and cozier, just be sure to make sure it’s breastfeeding-friendly if you plan to breastfeed.
  • Nursing and pumping bras. Having a nursing and pumping bra on hand (or even better, a dual nursing pumping bra) will definitely be nice to have in case your stay ends up being longer or you need to pump while there for whatever reason. 
  • Going home clothes. Many moms find themselves just wearing out what they wore into the hospital, but you can always choose to bring a fresh set of clothes to head out in. Plan for loose, stretchy, comfortable clothes that can conceal some heavy pads or adult diapers and can be flexible around a baby bump still (sorry).
  • Toiletries and shower products. If you want your own products for showering, definitely bring them! I’d also definitely recommend you bring body wipes for hygiene in the meantime. 
  • Postpartum care products. The hospital will definitely have these, so if you want to leave yours at home, that’s totally OK, too. But if you want to bring some of your nicer products (the peri bottle with the angled tip, the softer postpartum cold pads) then you should!

  • Hospital Bag Checklist for Baby 

  • Infant car seat. The hospital will put your baby in the car seat and monitor breathing and heart rate to test the car seat safety for you before you take your baby home. 
  • A baby blanket. It’s recommended to put your baby in one more layer than what you’d wear. Depending on the weather, a blanket could help make your baby more comfortable on the way home. (They will be swaddled in hospital blankets during your stay.)
  • diaper bag. The hospital will provide you with diapers, wipes and other baby essentials to bring home. A diaper bag dedicated for all of these products could give a leg up on baby organization

    Hospital Bag Checklist for Your Partner

  • A change of clothes. You’ll likely stay at least one night, so your partner may want a change of clothes, as well as some clothes to sleep in. 
  • Snacks. You will definitely want some snacks for your partner (and you) during your stay. Opt for something with high protein to fill you both up. 

  • Printable Hospital Bag Checklist

    Hospital Bag Checklist by Baldwin Baby Co