The Ultimate Hospital Bag for Delivery Checklist

You are about to welcome a new member to your family and you should be well prepared for that big day. Why not? You wait for it for 9 long months! Here is a complete checklist of the items that you should pack in your hospital bag for delivery. It includes the list of stuff required for the mother, the baby and the birth partner.

When to Pack Your Hospital Bag for Delivery?

You should pack your hospital bag at least one month before your due date. Do the preparations beforehand, including buying stuff or packing. This is important, as with third trimester, comes its own challenges. You may then wish to relax and enjoy your pregnancy.

Why Pack the Maternity Bag Early?

You don’t know when your baby is going to show her presence. It is always better to be well prepared and not to run for the things last minute. Refer this checklist to ensure that you have all the items that you may ever need.

Essentials for the Mother

First, pack the bag for yourself. Here are the the items you should include –

  1. Your hospital card/OPD booklet and all the medical records (that is most important).
  2. A photo ID proof.
  3. Two sets of kurtas/gowns (front-open) in which you feel the most comfortable. You should keep your cozy pajamas along instead of leggings or jeans so that you can get the best comfort.
  4. One nice dress for your photo-shoot (in case you have planned) with your baby. These are the pics which you will remember for life, so you need to look a little nice.
  5. Comfortable cotton based lingerie including nursing bras.
  6. A bath towel and a hand towel.
  7. The toiletries – a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, bath soap, and hand wash. You may also need a good moisturizer, wet wipes or a deodorant.
  8. A hair comb and rubber bands.
  9. A pair of your comfy slippers.
  10. Some tissue papers and some jute bags to put in the used stuff (really useful).
  11. Sanitary napkins.
  12. A stole/dupatta which can help the mother feed the baby with ease.
  13. Nipple cream and a nursing pillow (in case you need).
  14. Your mobile phone and its charger and your eyeglasses (in case you wear).
  15. And make sure you remove all your jewelry and cut your nails short.

Essentials for the Baby

Packing for the baby has its own charm and excitement. The items you should pack include –

  1. At least three pairs of socks and mittens (yo may need these to keep the baby warm and cozy).
  2. Two soft cotton based head caps. You should always avoid woolens on a newborn baby and prefer cotton based clothing.
  3. 3 to 4 sets of soft t-shirts and lowers. Prefer front-open t-shirts as they are easy to handle on a newborn. You yourself will understand this once you start dressing your new one. Decide on the extra layers of clothing if it is the winter season.
  4. A swaddling sheet. Use a thick cotton based sheet. And if it is winters, you can use soft knitted ones.
  5. Diapers (newborn baby size) and cotton nappies. Take them in bulk as you would be changing them time and again. Newborn babies poop often.
  6. Baby comb or a brush.
  7. A baby blanket, a cotton sheet, and a baby pillow.
  8. Cotton pads for wiping the baby or baby wipes (whichever you prefer).
  9. A set of dry sheets/plastic sheets.
  10. A soft towel for the baby.
  11. A small steel bowl and a spoon or a baby feeding bottle. Hospital staff may need this for feeding the baby . But if your baby could take your feed, then nothing can be more magical than that.

Essentials for the Birth Partner

You may have a birth partner or a support person who is going to stay with you throughout your hospital time. Here are the things you should pack for them –

  1. A blanket/cotton sheet and a pillow.
  2. At least two sets of clothes.
  3. And the basic items like a bath towel, a toothbrush, a toothpaste, a mobile phone charger, slippers, and a comb.
  4. Snacks such as biscuits. Do avoid oily/fried snacks.

What Not To Pack in the Hospital Bag For Delivery?

There are certain things you should never bring to the hospital. These include –

  1. Heavy cash, valuable items or jewelry.
  2. Any medications, as these will provided by your doctor.

NewMumLife Tip: In the last month of pregnancy, keep your medical records handy. This is important if you are travelling or going out, such as, to the office. Your stay in the hospital will also depend on the type of delivery (C-section or vaginal). It would be better if you pack your bag according to that. Usually, it is 1-2 days for a normal delivery and 2-4 days for a C-section delivery.
This hospital bag checklist must complete everything that you might need. You will be well prepared to head to the hospital when its time for your baby to arrive and you may never miss a thing. Everything will be smooth and you will be home with your little bundle of joy.
Wish you a healthy and a safe delivery!

When to Pack Your Hospital Bag for Delivery?

You should pack your hospital bag at least one month before your due date. Do the preparations beforehand, including buying stuff or packing. This is important, as with third trimester, comes its own challenges. You may then wish to relax and enjoy your pregnancy.

Why Pack the Maternity Bag Early?

You don’t know when your baby is going to show her presence. It is always better to be well prepared and not to run for the things last minute. Refer this checklist to ensure that you have all the items that you may ever need.

Hospital Bag Essentials for the Mother

First, pack the bag for yourself. Here are the the items you should include –

  1. Your hospital card/OPD booklet and all the medical records (that is most important).
  2. A photo ID proof.
  3. Two sets of kurtas/gowns (front-open) in which you feel the most comfortable. You should keep your cozy pajamas along instead of leggings or jeans so that you can get the best comfort.
  4. One nice dress for your photo-shoot (in case you have planned) with your baby. These are the pics which you will remember for life, so you need to look a little nice.
  5. Comfortable cotton based lingerie including nursing bras.
  6. A bath towel and a hand towel.
  7. The toiletries – a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, bath soap, and hand wash. You may also need a good moisturizer, wet wipes or a deodorant.
  8. A hair comb and rubber bands.
  9. A pair of your comfy slippers.
  10. Some tissue papers and some jute bags to put in the used stuff (really really useful!!).
  11. Sanitary napkins.
  12. A stole/dupatta which can help the mother feed the baby with ease.
  13. Nipple cream and a nursing pillow (in case you need).
  14. Your mobile phone and its charger.
  15. And make sure you remove all your jewelry and cut your nails short.

Hospital Bag Essentials for the Baby

Packing for the baby has its own charm and excitement. The items you should pack include –

  1. At least three pairs of socks and mittens (yo may need these to keep the baby warm and cozy).
  2. Two soft cotton based head caps. You should always avoid woolens on a newborn baby and prefer cotton based clothing.
  3. 3 to 4 sets of soft t-shirts and lowers. Prefer front-open t-shirts as they are easy to handle on a newborn. You yourself will understand this once you start dressing your new one. Decide on the extra layers of clothing if it is the winter season.
  4. A swaddling sheet. Use a thick cotton based sheet. And if it is winters, you can use soft knitted ones.
  5. Diapers (newborn baby size) and cotton nappies. Take them in bulk as you would be changing them time and again. Newborn babies poop often.
  6. Baby comb or a brush.
  7. A baby blanket, a cotton sheet, and a baby pillow.
  8. Cotton pads for wiping the baby or baby wipes (whichever you prefer).
  9. A set of dry sheets/plastic sheets.
  10. A soft towel for the baby.
  11. A small steel bowl and a spoon or a baby feeding bottle. Hospital staff may need this for feeding the baby . But if your baby could take your feed, then nothing can be more magical than that.

Hospital Bag Essentials for the Birth Partner

You may have a birth partner or a support person who is going to stay with you throughout your hospital time. Here are the things you should pack for them –

  1. A blanket/cotton sheet.
  2. At least two sets of clothes.
  3. And the basic items like a bath towel, a toothbrush, a toothpaste, a mobile phone charger, slippers, and a comb.
  4. Snacks such as biscuits. Do avoid oily/fried snacks.

What Not To Pack in the Hospital Bag For Delivery?

There are certain things you should never bring to the hospital. These include –

  1. Heavy cash, valuable items or jewelry.
  2. Any medications, as these will provided by your doctor.

 Top 5 Hospital Bags for Delivery Reviewed in 2020

Worried about how will you take all your essentials to the hospital? Well, we at NewMumLife, have reviewed the top 5 bags that you can use for your hospital stay. They differ in their size, material, and the number of compartments for you to choose as per your requirements. 

1. Skybags Cardiff Duffel

A sturdy duffel that gulps everything you give.

With a durable design, this duffel offers a main compartment with an ample capacity of 39L. It includes pockets on the front and on the sides for an extra amount of space. This duffel comes with wheels for that extra mobility. 

It is made of polyester material and features a butterfly lock and adjustable straps.

Key Features

  • Dimensions: 55 x 29 x 29 cm & volume capacity of 39 litres
  • Polyester outer with a strong base for added support
  • Equipped with Butterfly lock
  • 2 compartments and extra pockets for better organization
  • Suitable for up to 3-4 days of hospital stay
  • Comes with 3-year manufacturer warranty
  • Adjustable straps that you can raise across the shoulders or the back
  • Trolley design with wheels to carry the bag 

2. Fur Jaden Duffle Bag

A unisex textured leatherette that is stylish & spacious. 

Fur Jaden offers this convenient duffel bag to assemble all your standard essentials. You can carry this versatile duffel in your hands or on your shoulders with a shoulder strap. 

It offers a large spacious compartment that is good for your 3-4 days of hospital stay. Made of sturdy and water-resistant material, it is the perfect choice as your hospital bag for delivery. 

Key Features

· Dimensions: 47 x 28 x 27 cm

· Durable and high-quality artificial leather

· Water-resistant material

· Quality zips and accessories

· Huge spacious compartment and a volume capacity of 35 liters 

· Suitable for 3-4 days of hospital stay

· Padded double handles and an adjustable shoulder strap.

· Front pocket for easy access.

· 6 months manufacturer and seller warranty against manufacturing defects

3. R for Rabbit Caramello Delight Maternity Bag 

A durable and waterproof mother and baby organizer bag in India.

This bag is made of high-quality water-resistant material that guarantees long life and usage. You can use this bag as your hospital bag for delivery to carry your baby items, as a diaper bag, or even as a backpack. 

It comes with 9 pockets to hold all the infant items. Insulated pockets help to keep the food at the right temperature. It also incorporates the changing mat for the diaper changing sessions. 

Key Features:

· Dimensions: 45.8 x 35.2 x 9.4 cm

· Large capacity with more than 9 pockets to hold all the essentials. 

· Comes with diaper changing mat.

· Has insulated pockets to keep food at the right temperature.

· Very useful both a hospital bag and a diaper bag. 

· Usable as a backpack and can hold a 15” laptop with its accessories.

· Available in 3 different color combinations.

· Made of water-resistant fabric.

4. Offspring Mama Bag

The lightest bag to carry all baby essentials.

This Mama bag by Offspring is the lightest of all and weighs merely 400 grams. It is made of “Rexin” material that is washable and easy to maintain. The capacity is enough to carry almost all baby care products. It comes with a changing mat that will be helpful during your diaper changing sessions. 

It offers 3 storage compartments (main, front, and back) to keep the products in an organized manner. 

Key Features

· Dimensions: 43.2 x 30.5 x 19.1 cm

· One main zip compartment with 1 front and 1 back zip pockets

· Includes baby changing mat

· You can use it both as a hospital bag and a diaper bag.

· Has an adjustable strap to carry it.

· Economical to buy.

· Washable and easy to maintain.

· Made of “Rexin” material.

5. Chumbak Boho Spirit 

A perfect “Made in India” bag to hold your essentials. 

This bag is made in India with a combination of PU and canvas. It is easy to carry as it comes with an adjustable shoulder strap and double handles. It includes one main zipper that can hold all your essentials to keep you organized.

Key Features

· Dimensions: 23.88 x 41.91 x 21.08 cm.

· Wipeable with a dry/damp cloth for cleanliness. 

· Includes one main zipper and double handles with an adjustable shoulder strap.

· Available in colorful prints and intricate patterns

A good hospital bag for your delivery should be able to fit in all your required items. It should be spacious enough while being easy to carry for that extra mobility. Select the one from this list of top 5 hospital bags for delivery in India that we find may suit your requirements. 

NewMumLife Tip: In the last month of pregnancy, keep your medical records handy. This is important if you are travelling or going out, such as, to the office. Your stay in the hospital will also depend on the type of delivery (C-section or vaginal). It would be better if you pack your bag according to that. Usually, it is 1-2 days for a normal delivery and 2-4 days for a C-section delivery.

This hospital bag checklist must complete everything that you might need. You will be well prepared to head to the hospital when its time for your baby to arrive and you may never miss a thing. Everything will be smooth and you will be home with your little bundle of joy.

Wish you a healthy and a safe delivery!

Geetika

A software engineer, then a teacher, a wife, a mother and now a freelancer, oh yes! I have enjoyed my journey. So little the time, so much to achieve. I hope I will satisfy myself one day. Connect with me at: connect@newmum.life

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