Hospital Bag Checklist for New Moms-To-Be

Posted on Dec 26 2013 - 12:22pm by Aubrey
The countdown has begun, and you can’t wait to meet your new baby. To help you prepare for the big day and the trip to the hospital, here’s a handy checklist of necessities and nice-to-haves. Be sure you have your bag packed and ready to go at least a couple of weeks before your due date, as babies sometimes arrive earlier than expected… I found this great Hospital Bag Checklist on the Pampers website…and added a few comments from my own experience! 😉For Mom-to-Be

Two bed pillows with favorite cases | Hospital pillows are flat and not so comfy
Lotion or massage oil
Warm socks | You’ll probably be provided with some, but it’s nice to have your own
Lollipops for a dry mouth | Not sure if all hospitals allow this, I only was able to have ice chips once I got hooked up (i.e. pitocin and IV)
Paper fan
Soothing picture for focal point
Wooden back massager
Nightgown(s) that opens in the front for nursing | A robe works well too
Robe and slippers | Flip flops for shower as well
Shawl or sweater to put over hospital gown for nursing
Panties and nursing bras | Esp. for cesarean you need BIG BRIEFS, total, high-waisted underwear, think super “granny”
Sanitary pads
Comfortable clothes to wear home
Toiletries such as toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo and body wash
Bag for taking extra items home

For Your Doting Partner

Insurance information
Snacks for labor
Cell phone and charger
Reference handouts from childbirth class
Change of clothing
Toiletries, including razor (no scratchy cheeks, Dad!)

For Celebrating the Big Day

Music and music playing device (phone, computer, tablet, or CD player) for labor, birth, and nursing the baby
Camera and film/phone /digital camera / camcorder for birth and baby photos and video
Batteries and chargers

For Your Baby on the Way Home

Going home clothes, including a hat and receiving blanket | photographers also make the rounds doing newborn photos, so maybe a cute newborn hat or two!
Car seat already installed in the back seat of the car
Spare diapers and wipes

For Preparing Your Home for Baby Visitors

Extra toilet paper, paper towels, and tissues
Hand soap and hand sanitizer (clean hands required for holding the baby!)

For Your Baby (and You) at Home

Diapers and wipes
Gentle clothes detergent
A toy or other welcoming nursery decor
Pre-made meals in freezer (or takeout/delivery menus from restaurants) for hungry parents
Lots of love and cuddles!