I finally found my baby bag (a.k.a diaper bag, but baby bag just sounds so much more classy don’t you think?) It was a search that took way too much time and effort, but I can now check the bag off the list of baby must-haves. My mother suggested that it would also be the perfect bag to take to the hospital and I couldn’t agree more. The fun part now is to make a packing list of all the things to take with me.
After much research and consulting with moms who have “been there” I created a checklist of items to take to the hospital. As someone who is just a tinge OCD, I will literally panic if I get there and am missing something I thought I needed no matter how small. Yes, that may be silly, but why not plan ahead? No need to stress about missing items when it will be enough of an adventure regardless.
I’m also including a printable checklist you may wish to print out to prepare your own hospital bag.
HOSPITAL BAG PACKING CHECKLIST
¨ Fully charged camera
¨ Fully charged cell phone and list of important phone numbers
¨ License and insurance cards, anything needed for registration
¨ Birth plan (if you have one)
The labor steps book we got in our labor class. I may not use it at all, but it would be great to know that reference is there just in case we forget anything.
Toiletries / Cosmetics
¨ Toothbrush and toothpaste
¨ Contact Lens Supplies/Glasses
¨ Lip balm ( I simply MUST have my lip gloss!)
¨ Breast pads / Cream
¨ Shampoo / Conditioner
¨ Hair dryer
¨ Maxi Pads *
¨ Makeup (if desired)
¨ Baby wipes/wet wipes (instead of scratchy toilet paper, and for refreshing)
Other Needs (some optional)
¨ Hair ties, rubberbands or hairbands
¨ Nursing bras
¨ Comfy and stretchy pajamas (button up if you plan to nurse) and/or robe
¨ Slippers/cozy socks
¨ Flip flops for the shower
¨ Stretchy, comfortable underwear*
¨ Labor aids – massage tools, aromatherapy, hot/cold pack, soothing wipes, focus object (anything that will help you!)
For your partner
¨ Coffee / Water
¨ Change of clothes
¨ Extra pillows and blanket
¨ Their own hygiene products (razor, deodorant, etc..)
¨ Cash for meals
Does the hospital allow beer—-as he would really LOVE that!
Nice to have extras
¨ Charged laptop computer
¨ Charged IPOD (and potentially speakers)
¨ Magazines or light reading
¨ Small games or deck of cards
¨ Snacks and drinks for after delivery
¨ Change for the vending machines
Things for baby
¨ Newborn outfit (1-2)
¨ Possible 0-3 months outfit (1-2)
¨ Potential outfit for photographs if you want something cute
¨ Baby book for hand or footprints
¨ Nursing pillow
¨ Seasonal items as needed – coat, warm blanket, hat
For coming home
¨ Coming home outfit for baby (season appropriate)
¨ Coming home outfit for you (still maternity clothes!) and include comfortable and roomy shoes
*Some things like pads and disposable underwear ARE provided by the hospital, but you may wish to bring your own more comfortable options.
FOR THE NURSE(S)
I’m bringing in a little gift just in case these women are super gems! Chocolates perhaps?
Want an easy printable .pdf checklist? HOSPITAL BAG PACKING CHECKLIST
Or right click the images below and save and print: