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Printable Hospital Bag Checklist | Jasmyn Sambac Photography
As a Phoenix Motherhood Photographer, and having been through the joys(and pains) of childbirth myself, I can share a few motherhood experiences with expecting moms, especially first-time moms or those who just need a reminder or fresh perspective. I know it’s overwhelming because let’s be real here: preparing for a newborn is hard work! Once you find that positive pregnancy test, your mind suddenly runs wild with all sorts of questions. Google is quickly becoming your best friend as you rampantly search for the best car seat, crib, stroller, pacifier, breast pump, bottles, etc. Your to-do list grows every day! Well, friend, I’m here to help you with a shortcut for at least ONE of your to-do lists.
I’m happy to share a few tips on what to pack in your hospital bag. AND, I have included at the end of this post a FREE downloadable checklist for you to print and use!
When to pack your hospital bag
I suggest as early as your 3rd-trimester to start gathering items for your hospital bag. In the case that you want to have personalized or matching items for mom and baby, you will want to allow enough time for ordering and shipping. Plus, if you have an unexpected early delivery,god-forbid, you’ll have a few things ready to go. My first daughter arrived at 38 weeks and you don’t want to be like me scrambling to throw your bag together!
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What to pack in my hospital bag?
Hospital bag checklist for Mom
Keep in mind when packing clothing that items may get soiled and stained. Bring items that you won’t mind leaving behind if you have to. A small wet bag/laundry bag is great for taking items home.
Robe– Opt to choose a robe that is long and soft. Something with a pretty print is great for photo-ops.
Nightgown/Pajamas– A simple button-up nursing nightgown or loose pants/shorts with a nursing tank or button-up shirt work really well, especially for breastfeeding. Also, the hospital staff will be regularly checking on your postpartum tummy and need easy access.
Slippers/slide-on shoes- Hospital floors are dirty! You may travel the hallways to help with contractions. Grippy socks will be provided by the hospital, but you may want something with a bit more cushion.
Going home outfit– Comfy lounge clothes, like joggers, will allow you to feel comfortable in the hospital and on the car ride home.
Nursing bras, tanks & pads– Even if you’re choosing to not breastfeed, you’ll still need these items as you’ll leak milk.
Hoodie/cardigan– You may get cold and need extra comfort to keep you warm.
Shower shoes– Cheap flip-flops work fine.
Toiletries– Think travel-sized amounts in a toiletry bag. Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, contacts & case + saline solution, glasses, body wash/soap, shampoo & conditioner, styling products, hair ties/headband, light makeup, lip balm, deodorant, lotion, face wash, bath towel.
Cell phone & Accessories– extra-long charging cord, earbuds/headphones. Clear memory beforehand to make room for all of the new photos you’ll be taking!
Important Documents– ID, cash(small bills) & wallet, insurance cards & info, birth preference plan, pediatrician info, a large folder to store all important paperwork
Postpartum Care Items– Nipple cream, journal & pen, drinks & snacks, Depends underwear/your preferred maxi-pads(the hospital will provide mesh panties and pads).
Hospital bag checklist for baby
Your baby won’t need much. The hospital will provide onesies that allow them to easily access baby for vitals, etc. No need to pack a ton of clothing. The hospital will also provide plenty of diapers unless you prefer a specific brand.
Infant Cart Seat– the hospital won’t let you leave without one 😉
Swaddles– I suggest a sleepsack swaddle for easy use/access unless you’re already a swaddling pro 😉 A second pretty option for photos.
Clothing– going home outfit(NB & 0-3 mths), hat, socks/booties, hand mittens. Be sensitive to the weather during their birth date on how heavy their clothing should be.
Baby Blanket- Muslin blankets are great to cover baby on the car ride home. You’ll want a thicker blanket during the winter months.
Baby memento book– You can start filling in all of the details while they’re fresh. Plus, snag baby’s footprint and handprints!
Hospital bag checklist for your partner
Lounge clothes for multiple days
Cell phone & Charging cable
ID, wallet + small bills/spare change for snacks
Swim trunks in case of an ensuite birthing tub, etc.
Drinks & Snacks
Pillow & Blanket
Soothing items for Birth
Yes, think of soothing yourself! This isn’t a time to feel selfish. You’re giving birth! This can include anything that is your normal go-to that you use to relax and keep you comfortable. Keep in mind that you’ll want something small and easily transportable.
Ideas may include:
Spotify playlist & small Bluetooth speaker
LED candles/fairy lights to set the mood.
Essential oils(PREGNANCY & BABY SAFE ONLY)- Only use oils that you are already familiar with. If you’re unsure, please do not use them. Childbirth is not the time to find out. A trick learned from my doula is to dab the scent on a cotton ball so that it can be removed from the scene if it becomes too overpowering or unnecessary. In case you are confident with your choice of essential oils, pack a diffuser to scent the room and carrier oil for massages. **I HIGHLY suggest working with your doula/midwife/aromatherapist for what would work best for you.
Pillow- a personal pillow from home may help you feel comfortable and familiar, which will allow you to relax
Crystals- If this is your path!
Bible/Religious Book- If this is your path!
Remember what you take with you, must also be packed to switch rooms AND also go back home.
Thank you for checking out this journal entry! If you found this checklist helpful, or have anything to add, please let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear from you!
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Lovely list Jasmyn! I especially love the essential oils and other relaxation items for mama! Those things are SO necessary during that time!
Thank you! Yes, I agree! You never know what you’ll have to pull out!
This is such a helpful list, Jasmyn! I personally loved having my own pajamas/robes to change into while we stayed at the hospital after our babies were born, great tip!
Oh my goodness me too! I still remember that first shower and changing into my comfy clothes…such a huge relief that was!
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