Hospital Bag Checklist: Everything You Need For Delivery Day
With delivery day getting closer, you’re busy putting the final touches on the nursery and preparing to meet your little one! One of the things you’ll want to do toward the end of your third trimester is get your hospital bag ready to go. A hospital bag checklist can help!
Here at Newton Baby, we’ve created an extensive list to give you an idea of the things you’ll need. It includes the must-have as well as a few items that might not have occurred to you but will make your hospital stay more comfortable for everyone involved.
Let’s start by going over what you’ll want to do in the last few weeks of pregnancy to prepare for your baby’s arrival and when you should pack your hospital bag. Then we’ll give you our complete hospital bag checklist!
Preparing For Your Baby
Getting ready to welcome a baby into your home is no small feat! You have to prepare financially, emotionally, relationally, and medically. And, of course, your house will fill with baby things as you outfit your little one’s nursery.
In this article, we’ll focus on what to put in your hospital bag. But it’s important to remember that prepping for delivery day also involves making sure your nursery is ready and waiting for your baby!
Put the final touches on your nursery decorations during your third trimester. Then, when you’re getting close to your due date, get their room entirely ready so you won’t be scrambling at the last minute.
One thing you’ll want to do is make sure your baby’s crib (or bassinet) is ready for them to sleep in! Put the crib mattress in their crib and wash their sheets so they’re ready to be put on the bed.
If you haven’t bought a mattress yet, opt for Newton Baby’s Crib Mattress. It’s the only washable mattress on the market, and with no foam, latex, or adhesives, our mattress is hypoallergenic and free of off-gassing!
But that’s not all! It’s also 100% breathable. Why is a breathable crib mattress important? Once your baby learns to roll over by themselves, a breathable mattress will help keep them safe by reducing the risk of suffocation.
Put the cherry on top with Newton Baby’s Breathable, Organic Cotton Sheets. Our four cute patterns are available in both standard and mini sizes to fit your most mattresses.
When it comes to sleep safety for your baby, that’s all you need! A Crib Mattress and fitted sheet and their crib is ready and waiting for them.
When To Pack Your Hospital Bag
There’s no magic moment to pack your hospital bag, but it’s helpful to have it done well before your due date so you won’t be throwing things together as you’re going into labor.
Besides, you never know if your little one will decide to make an early appearance! That said, start putting your bag together as early as 35 or 36 weeks and, ideally, no later than 38 weeks.
There may be some items (like your toothbrush or phone charger) that you’ll want to keep using and put in your bag at the last minute. If so, make a list of things to throw in before you walk out the door.
Complete Hospital Bag Checklist
As you think about what you’ll need and want at the hospital, it’s a good idea to ask your hospital what they provide. But keep in mind that even if they provide something on your list, you may still want the comfort of your own things from home.
Your hospital staff will also be able to give you an idea of what you are and aren’t allowed to bring or use during your stay. Take all of this into account when creating your own hospital bag checklist.
How Much To Pack
Should you bring one change of clothes or seven? Snacks to get you through one afternoon or three full days? How much you need to pack depends on how long you’ll be at the hospital.
If you have a normal, uncomplicated vaginal delivery, you can usually go home within a day or two. If you have a C-section, your hospital stay will be around two to four days.
Gauge how much you need to pack based on this. Sometimes things happen that are out of your control, like an emergency C-section, so just do the best you can with the information you have.
When you pack your bags (yes, it very well may be more than one bag!), you’ll need to think about things for yourself as a pregnant and new mommy, things for your partner, and things for your new baby.
That’s how we’ve divided this list. Let’s jump right in!
Hospital Bag Checklist For Mom
Remember that this is not a list of only must-haves.
While some of these items might be more essential than others, a lot depends on your preferences and what will make you feel at home and as comfortable as possible!
Creating a birth plan will help you think through how you want to labor and what things you’ll need to bring from home. Take a look at your birth plan when packing your hospital bag.
Some items you might consider including are:
- Clothes you want to wear during labor (think about a dark-colored sports bra if you’ll be in a birthing pool)
- A portable speaker if you want music during labor (make sure this is indicated on your birth plan)
- Headband or ponytail holders (think ahead about how you want your hair during labor)
- Your favorite drinks
- A water bottle and a straw for sipping
- Your pillow
- Anything extra that you want during labor, such as massage oil, lotion, a birthing ball, etc.
Much of what you’ll need after you give birth will be toiletries and the right clothes — and by “the right clothes,” we mean “comfortable clothes!” As far as toiletries, pack travel-sized items to save space.
Here are some things you might want with you after delivery:
- A comfy robe
- Hairbrush or comb
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Face wash
- Shampoo (or consider dry shampoo! Some women aren’t quite up for a shower after labor)
- Flip flops for the shower
- Makeup if you think you’ll want to freshen up
- Lip balm and lotion
- Extra contacts and lens solution
- Your glasses
- Nursing bras
- Breast pads
- Nipple cream
- Old underwear you don’t mind ruining
- Maxi pads (the hospital usually provides these, but you might want your own)
- Comfy clothes
- Slippers or non-slip socks
- Your going-home outfit (your 6-month maternity clothes will probably be perfect)
- Your prescription medications
Hospital Bag Checklist For Everyone
In this list, we include a few things that you’ll need in general (like hospital paperwork) and things that will make both you and your partner a little more comfortable during the hospital stay.
Don’t forget that your partner will also be going through labor with you and, more than likely, staying at the hospital. They should bring their own clothes, toiletries, medicine, and everything else they’ll need to hunker down for a couple of days!
This is what we recommend:
- More than one copy of your birth plan
- Any necessary hospital paperwork
- Snacks for both you and your partner
- Books or your Kindles
- Laptop, headphones, iPad, etc.
- A pillow and blanket for your partner
- Your wallets with photo identification and your insurance information
- Both of your cell phones and chargers (a long or portable charger can come in handy)
- Camera with charger and an extra memory card (unless you plan to only take pictures with your phone)
- Eye masks and earplugs for both you and your partner
Hospital Bag Checklist For Baby
Before you go all-out and pack your whole nursery, check with the hospital to see what they supply. They may provide things you need (such as diapers) for your little one for the first couple of days.
But even if they do, you still might prefer to bring your own supplies, including these items:
- Carseat (this is absolutely essential! Your hospital won’t let you go home without it.)
- Your baby’s going-home outfit
- A few onesies and pairs of socks
- A hat
- Any other special clothes
- Props (such as baby books) if you’re doing a professional photoshoot
- A cute swaddle (especially if you plan on taking photos!)
- A baby blanket
- Breastfeeding pillow
- Bottles if you plan on bottle-feeding
- Diapers and wipes (if your hospital doesn’t provide them)
Welcome To The World, Little One
Delivery day is a big day for everyone — for you, your partner, and your little one who is making their debut into the world! Use our hospital bag checklist to help you decide what to bring to the hospital on delivery day.
Equally as important as packing your hospital bag is preparing the nursery to welcome your baby into your home. Outfit their crib with a Newton Baby Crib Mattress and adorable muslin sheets, and you’ll be ready and waiting in no time!
With everything in order at home and a hospital bag packed and ready to go, all you have to focus on is your upcoming delivery experience. And, once you get home, resting and enjoying your sweet newborn!