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What to Pack in Diaper Bag for Hospital – Quick Guide

What to Pack in Diaper Bag for Hospital – Quick Guide

Preparation is essential, and there are a few things to consider when packing, especially if this is your first pregnancy. 

I have assembled a thorough hospital bag checklist to help you prepare when your labor begins. This list can help you prepare for yourself, the new baby, and your companion. 

Once everything is packed, keep the bags close at hand, either in the car or by the door, so you’ll always be prepared to leave. Let’s start!

What to Put in Diaper Bag for Hospital

Knowing what to put in a diaper bag before the baby arrives is challenging. 

Trust me; I’ve been there—pack all these items in your hospital bag to ensure a comfortable stay and have something comfortable to wear going home.

Documents Required

Documents Required

Remember to bring your hospital documentation, insurance card, and a valid ID. Keep these essentials at the top of your pack for a QUICK hospital check-in. 

Receiving Blanket

Receiving Blanket

Bring your receiving blankets to the hospital because the nurses will teach you how to swaddle your baby properly.

You can use your child’s receiving blanket to keep them warm throughout the car ride home. With this advice fresh in your mind, you’ll leave feeling confident about swaddling your child!

Newborn Diapers

Newborn Diapers

The hospital personnel will most likely diaper your baby for the first time, but you may need to bring your diapers for any further changes.

Are you trying to reduce the number of items on your hospital bag checklist? Check with the hospital beforehand to see whether they give baby diapers. 

If they do, you can leave this item and save some room in your suitcase.

Newborn Clothes

Newborn Clothes

Spit-up, blow-outs, and leaky bottles will require a change of clothes (or two) for the baby. When mishaps arise, rely on these adorable bodysuits for a quick outfit change. A baby pacifier also comes in handy!

They’re composed of super-soft organic cotton and come in a convenient five-pack. Toss in a couple of pairs of socks, just in case.

Baby Car Seat

Baby Car Seat

When choosing what to put in your diaper bag for the hospital, make sure to install your baby’s car seat simultaneously. 

This is NON-NEGOTIABLE if you’re driving home—they won’t allow you to take your kid home from the hospital without a car seat, and it should be already fitted.

Furthermore, the nurses who wheel you to your car will only let you leave if you have a properly installed car seat in the back seat. 

Check that the car seat has sufficient padding and can be installed facing the back of the vehicle.

Along with these necessities, you might bring a travel-sized bottle of baby lotion in a scent you love and a baby hairbrush if your child gets a cradle cap while you are away. 

Baby Wipes

Baby Wipes

Whether you put diapers on your hospital bag checklist or not, packing baby wipes is always smart.

You’ll be surprised at how useful baby wipes can be for cleaning your baby, cleaning yourself, and removing perspiration and makeup, to mention a few.

Changing Mat

Changing Mat

Ensure you’re always prepared if a diaper change is required at the last minute. 

This small equipment lets you change a baby’s diaper anywhere, including in your car, a friend’s home, or a coffee shop.

Feeding Necessities

Feeding Necessities

Your newborn baby pack needs baby bottles for feeding on the move, regardless of whether you’re breastfeeding or using formula. 

Carrying breast milk bottles requires an insulated bottle bag, and it’s a good idea to keep a small ice pack nearby for added insulation. 

I always recommend having a couple of nursing pads in your change bag for breastfeeding. Store the water and formula in two containers if your baby consumes formula. 

If you don’t have time to rush into a store or coffee shop, it’s advisable to bring your own water.

Bring a couple of extra bibs to help keep your baby’s clothes clean when nursing. It can reduce the number of wardrobe changes and prevent additional laundry.

Maternity Pads

Maternity Pads

Hospitals might offer disposable underwear and maternity pads, but you shouldn’t rely on them. Prepare enough things for the duration of your trip.

After giving delivery, it’s common to bleed profusely. These pads are softer and more absorbent than regular ones. 

The flow may require you to replace pads every one to two hours, but it will slow down after a few days.

Another option is reusable postpartum absorbent underwear. A perineal spray is also a valuable addition to your postpartum kit. 

Mommy’s Extra Clothes

Mommy’s Extra Clothes

Labor is unpredictable, so changing clothes is always a good idea because you never know how long you’ll be there.

Clothing, eyeglasses, contacts, and other daily necessities should be packed. 

You should also carry the necessary bras along with your clothing. It will be more comfortable for you if you bring bras that fit you properly. 

Having breast pads and a nursing bra is also a good idea if you are nursing. Wear your tank top with joggers or lightweight sleep pants that are soft and loose. 

Packing a nursing-friendly pajama set ,nightgown, or nursing cover is another option. Postpartum leggings can also be very comfortable.

Pack a dark-colored sports bra or a bathing suit top if you intend to work in water at any point. 

Slipper socks are ideal for keeping warm (and gripping slippery hospital floors). Bring slip-on shoes for the trip home.

Avoid anything too constricting (apart from a supportive bra), and consider a few options in case of a C-section. 

Toiletries

Toiletries

Pack any toiletries you believe you will require during your stay, such as:

  • Your toothpaste and toothbrush
  • A brush for your hair
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner in travel size or dry shampoo 
  • A scrunchie or hair clip 

Cosmetics

Cosmetics

Some mothers want to look completely natural while in the hospital, while others are uncomfortable having visitors see them without makeup or gloss. 

Whatever your preference, I wanted to include it on our packing list so you could make the best selection for you.

Putting Together a Hospital Bag for Your Companion

Putting Together a Hospital Bag for Your Companion

Remember that the person who will be by your side while you give birth will also require a few necessities. 

Carrying a spare set of clothes and a toothbrush is customary, but you might also want to bring some entertainment and refreshments for hours spent waiting. 

Here are my top recommendations: 

Entertainment

Soothing entertainment is always useful when you and your partner need a little diversion. Stock up on all your favorite publications, cards, electronics, music, books, and other pass-the-time items.

Beverages and Snacks

Relying on hospital food when you start to feel hungry is the last thing you want to do. Bring many snacks and beverages that you can keep on hand for you and your spouse. 

A Little Pillow and a Blanket

Mama may have a bed, a blanket, and pillows to keep her warm, but her spouse does not. 

When attempting to rest in a cold hospital room, you’ll be grateful to bring an extra set or a sweater!

Electronics

Remember to bring your phone, charger, and any other electronics you might need while they are in the hospital.

A Video Camera

In addition to taking photos, some couples enjoy making videos. Bring a video camera, charger, and extra SD card if that’s your thing. 

When to Prepare Your Hospital Bag

When to Prepare Your Hospital Bag

You should have your hospital pack ready by week 36 or 37 of pregnancy in case you deliver sooner than anticipated.

Most of your possessions should be packed and accessible during pregnancy. Pack things that would make you feel cozy in the hospital. 

I also drew from my labor and delivery experiences and asked my mommy friends what their must-have items were.

Conclusion

Remember that you may only be in the hospital for one or two nights unless you have a long labor. 

Though that may be a long time, you’ll be busy recovering from delivery, feeding, and changing your baby.

You and your kid have no use for the five fashionable dresses or the box of plush animals that your family has already purchased. 

If you stick to the necessities, you and your baby will have a pleasant delivery and an easy journey home.

After zipping up your hospital bag, toss it in the car or leave it by the front door – and wait calmly for the baby to arrive!

Best of luck, mommies. You can do it!

Nayna Llenos
Nayna Llenos

Hi, I’m Nayna!
I’ve always wanted to be a mother, and I’m lucky and blessed to have two wonderful children to care for and love.
Despite this blessing, there are times wherein I do wonder if I truly am the mother my children need. Am I giving them the right food, care, and discipline to them?
But that is the beauty of parenting — you grow along with your children as they flourish to be their wonderful selves!
I wish to share my experiences with motherhood and how these tips can help you in your parenting journey.
I hope my advices and experiences will prove useful to you and that you have a smooth and wonderful journey as a mother!