Today I’m back with the Babies Hospital Bag Packing Checklist. Recently I compiled a checklist list for the Mama’s bag and I thought I would complete the hospital bag series by adding the babies list as well. When I had my first baby 17 years ago I seriously overpacked for us both. Back then we stayed in the hospital for a number of days so more was definitely needed but definitely not my mammoth sized suitcase ha. Today all being well mama’s and newborns can be home just after the 6-hour mark so in reality very little is needed. I would also recommend having a small pile of items at home just in case they are needed and a loved one can easily get them to bring in.
Babies Hospital Bag Packing Checklist
My checklist which is below is just a guide for what you need. If your planning on breast feeding like I did you won’t need milk in the hospital and in fact some hospitals still provide bottles. It’s always worth checking with yours prior to going in. If you’re having a planned section you may want to pack a few more baby items. Newborn babies skins are very sensitive so midwives prefer you use cotton wool for cleaning bottoms rather than wipes, although the water wipes as a good alternative. I always packed a pack of nappies and asked for more to be brought in if required. I cloth bummed when we got home so it’s up to you which you use straight after birth. The weather and time of year will dictate which outerwear to bring with you for baba. If its winter a heavier snowsuit or jacket is a better option for going home and then in summer a light jacket.
I always try and hold off buying too much in super small sizes. I buy a few newborn items and the rest 0-3. I have been caught out before buying far too much from the newborn range and it being too small (I had washed so they couldn’t be returned) I try and use my last scan as a guide of the babies size and I do tend to ask on my last appointment what they estimate the size to be (they can be wrong though)
As some of you will know I’m a twin mummy, so we needed double of everything. My twins were prem so we needed prem clothing for them which is now readily available even in some supermarkets.
I hope you have found this post helpful. 🙂