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Having a baby, what should you bring to the hospital?

Having a baby, what should you bring to the hospital?

Congratulations on adding a new member to your family soon. As new mothers, we always want to be very prepared especially when you’re having a baby. Adding a new member to the family can sometimes be overwhelming with what needs to be done before the baby even comes. Are you wondering what you should pack or bring to the hospital? Having the hospital, postpartum, and diaper bag packed and ready before the delivery date of the baby will help you relieve stress and stay organized. The baby delivery date is not always accurate it’s great to get everything set beforehand. The list provided below has only basic materials to bring. If you have a caregiver or a nanny in your family this list could benefit you both. As a nanny I would create a basic list like below and ask the mom if she would like to add anything and go over it together.   

 What’s In Your Hospital Bag? 

  1. Clothes  
  • Loose fitting clothes (dark colors preferred)  
  • Tank top 
  • Nursing bra and undergarments,  
  • Robe 
  • Comfy sweatpants  
  • Nursing gowns (pick button down nursing gowns still get the skin-to-skin bonding with baby) 
  • Non-slip socks or slippers 
  • Time to go home outfit  
  1. Toiletry 
  • Brush 
  • Chapstick 
  • Nipple cream and nipple pads  
  • Vicks Vapor Rub 
  • Eye drops 
  • Dermplast pain and itch spray  
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste 
  • Prenatal vitamins  
  • Shower shoes and towel 
  1. Miscellaneous: 
  • Rice bag or heating pad for the back 
  • Diffuser with calming essential oils 
  • Pregnancy pillow (mark it by bright colored pillowcase) 
  • Snacks 
  • Computer 
  • Phone charger 

Postpartum Specific Bag 

  • Peri bottle (Frida brand is preferred) 
  • Postpartum underwear like the brand Always Discreet Boutique Maximum Postpartum underwear  
  • Pads (@thehoneypotco)  
  • Nursing pads 
  • Tucks cooling pads 
  • Bralettes, bloomers, and postpartum leggings (@baebeibody) 

Baby Diaper Bag  

  • Formula just in case 
  • Haaka (@Haakaausa) 
  • 3-4 newborn gowns with hats (plus going home onesies outfit) 
  • Swaddle  
  • Diapers 
  • Burp clothes  
  • Swaddle 
  • Diaper balm (@zoe organics) 
  • Wipes 
  • Pacifiers  

For significant other 

  • Ear plugs or air pods 
  • Slippers 
  • Pillow (colored pillowcase) and blanket 
  • 2-3 changing clothes plus pajamas and a hoodie  
  • Toiletries  
  • Laptop, laptop charger, all entertainment 
  • Bluetooth speaker 
  • Snacks 

There are a lot of favorite brands or other tips so comment below. It’s better to pack a lot than too little! The worst thing to do is sending your partner to go get things or to not have items when needed. I hope this list of items and materials will be a great guiding tool to know were to start. Thanks for reading and sharing!  


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