Checklist for hospital bags: What should you pack?

It is normal for moms to be concerned about how prepared they are as the due date nears. You may have many questions about what to pack in your hospital bag.

A little bit of planning ahead can help you feel confident, relaxed, and prepared. Keep your bag packed by the 36th week. If you have a natural birth, expect to be in hospital for three days and if you deliver via C-section for five days. Follow the checklist below to ensure that you have everything you need in your hospital bag.


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For the mom

Documents: Make sure to keep a copy of your most recent medical records. Make sure you have the details of your medical insurance handy.

Gowns: Although hospitals usually provide gowns, it is a good idea to bring a few loose, soft, front-open, and comfortable gowns. For comfortable, stylish maternity wear, you can also shop online.

Maternity pads: It is normal for a woman to bleed after giving birth. Make sure that you have maternity pads. These pads are more able to absorb heavy flows and are much softer than standard sanitary napkins.

Lip Balm: Air-conditioned rooms can cause dry, chapped lips which can be very irritating. Keep your lips moisturized by carrying a natural lip balm.

Facial wipes: If you are in a hospital for the last few hours it can be uncomfortable to get up and wash your skin. Keep a set of facial wipes handy so that you have instant freshness.

Footwear: Make sure to wear slippers or flip-flops that are comfortable and supportive.

Nursing bra: Choose from comfortable, well-fitting full-support nursing bras.

Breast pads: You can avoid accidental spillage once your milk supply kicks in by packing a few quality breast pads.

Nipple cream: Your baby may experience broken or painful nipples initially, as he/she is learning to latch. Keep some cream on hand to speed up healing.

Towels and other skincare products: Keep your essential toiletries and skin products in a small pouch so you can use them after you have finished bathing. You should also have spare rubber bands and hairbands in case your hair becomes too difficult to manage.

Get snacks and drinks ready for long labor days.

For the baby

Babywear: At least four sets of easily worn and appropriate clothing for the season, such as bodysuits or “jhablas”, rompers, sleepsuits, and bodysuits. Avoid synthetic materials and choose a fabric that is breathable. To keep your baby warm and protected from the cold and flu, make sure you have at least two or three pairs of socks, mittens and booties.

Blanket: While a blanket will be provided by the hospital, it may not be as soft or clean as you prefer. It is a good idea to have one with you when you go home.

Burp Cloths for Newborns: Keep a few pieces or burp cloths on hand in case your baby throws up.

Baby essentials: These are the essentials for baby, such as shampoo, soap bar and shampoo.

You wouldn’t want any harmful chemicals near your newborn. So when you are shopping for stuff, make sure you only buy natural and organic products. After everything is in the bag, you can put it in an easily accessible place and then you are ready to take your bundle of joy out into the world.