What you need when you are going to have a baby – your guide to a quintessential hospital bag(s)

Our first ride from the hospital
Our very first ride with baby on board

The modern pregnant mom spends a good amount of time researching what to bring to the hospital when “it is time”. Weather you go into spontaneous labour or have a planned delivery, it helps to be as prepared as possible to welcome your bundle of joy.

Our hospital – Medcare Women & Childrens Hospital dint require us to bring anything at all – EVERYTHING would be provided for! We had a wonderful experience at the place but of course I still wanted to carry a few things of comfort with me. Ask your hospital or delivery center on what they will and won’t provide well in advance so that you can think about what you would like to pack.

It is suggested that your bags are packed no later than 37 weeks and earlier depending your your pregnancy. Do bear in mind that your hospital stay will last anywhere between 2-5 days. Also consider if your spouse has an option of going back home to grab anything . If not then you are better off carrying everything you may need and more. I personally carried a couple of bags, one for hugsband and me, and the second one for baby.

I hope my gyaan below will help you with packing your hospital bag:

1. Portable speakers

Music has been a constant in our lives, and even more so during pregnancy. I’m glad my husband brought this to the hospital as it helped throughout labour and even after baby arrived. Grab anything portable or just improvise with the speakers on your mobile.

2. Hospital gown

From when you are admitted to about a day after delivery, you would probably be in the hospital gown. I wore the gown that my sister wore for her delivery, and I chose to wear it right after the baby was born.

3. Clothes

Ready to go home
All set to go home

I had carried along a couple of options for the home-coming and I finally wore one of the most comfortable maternity dresses from ASOS (They have free worldwide delivery!!). I highly recommend avoiding pants for a few weeks after delivery.

4. Socks

Let’s face it, you will land up feeling very cold in the hospital. Check out this Cute pair for some inspiration!

5. Nursing bras – Don’t go all out before you actually deliver but invest in a couple of them during your last trimester. Make sure that you leave “room for growth”. If you thought it wasn’t possible – it is going to get bigger and it will stay that way for a while.

6. Lip balm and travel-size moisturizer

Labour and then delivery can dehydrate you completely. Make sure to keep these handy. I remember my lips had completely dried out for a whole day after I delivered.

7. Any basic make up like Kohl – Though it might be the last thing you want to do, do it.   Unless you prefer having au naturel look!

8. Face wash, face cream, body wash  and other personal grooming products – Keep up your regular routine as much as you can. Your skin will thank you for it.

Check out this fantastic brand I discovered – The Spoiled Mama. They have some wonderful products for pregnancy and post partum.

9. Slippers to walk around in the hospital

10. Hair ties – You definitely want your hair out of the way when your at your most vulnerable!

11. Deodorant

Perfumes are avoidable at the hospital and during pregnancy in general but if you need to, do carry one with no aerosol.

12. Mint – you NEED mint! And gum is avoidable

13.  Hair dryer – Do bring it with you to the hospital if you must

14. Essential oil and humidifier – These can make your hospital room feel more comfortable and you will feel at home. This is crucial for any labouring mama. Do read my post on essential oils here

15. Phone+charger – no brainer – keep the husband in charge

16. Camera+charger – no brainer – keep the husband in charge again. Do try and document a few precious and vulnerable  moments

17. Important documents like Insurance papers, marriage certificate, passports. Make sure to find out what you require to have handy well in advance

18. Thank you note for the delivery team/ Obgyn/ midwife – This is always a sweet gesture to leave your delivery team with a little something as your token of appreciation

19. Snacks

20. Baby on Board sticker for the car

21. Change of clothes, toiletries and a blankie  for Dad!

For the baby

1. 2-3 outfits in different sizes( preemie, NB, size 0) including caps, socks and mittens. Though you might have an idea of the baby’s weight, carry a couple of size options

Not all newborns are the same size and not all brands have similar sizes. My baby was born 6lbs 1 oz and wore a preemie size for almost a month. For the delivery and ride back home, we had onesies used by my nephew and it was the perfect size ❤️

Another suggestion is to buy that you can button on the front, instead of struggling with pulling onesies from over the baby’s head

Keep in mind the weather conditions and remember the baby is most likely going to be in air conditioning so layering is key.

2. Car seat

Make sure the car seat is properly installed and get it checked by an expert if possible. Again, get this done by the 36th week or earlier.

3. Swaddle blankets

4. Towels

5. Receiving blankets

Your hospital should give you these basics but you could carry your own if you prefer:

1. Diapers for baby

2. Nursing gown

3. Maxi pads for mom

4. Razor for mom

5. Toiletries for mom – Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Shampoo, Conditioner, Moisturizer

6. Muslin cloths

You will find tons of printable hospital bag lists online, especially on Pinterest, but I suggest you make your own lists and ensure your spouse is in the know.

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What would you add on as must-haves on this list? What are the avoidables? Share in comments below.

Good luck and hope you have a wonderful birthing experience!

Read my pregnancy related posts on lifestyle and travel.

Much love,

Mama Dee

*Disclaimer – this is a blog post based on my own experiences with my own labour and delivery. Please consider that every body, and every baby is unique and what I’ve mentioned may or may not be applicable to you. Post may contain affiliate links.


Author: Deepika

So the Oxford Dictionary defines dexterous as: Showing or having skill, especially with the hands Aesthete. Conversationalist. Culture vulture. 20-something. New wife(or not so new now?). This is me, Dee. Join me as I explore life.

17 thoughts

  1. Extremely useful for all young couples who may tend to overlook quite a few things in their excitement & anxiety at the nth hour! Deepika, you are truly a very good author in the making…..continue the good work.


  2. A very useful and practically written blog. Love the attention to detail which may not be readily available otherwise!! Truly my future checklist!! Great stuff.. Super Mom!!


  3. Simple and great sayings. Necessary items covered completely to avoid missing things and not to carry extra. It’s really an art to share for the useful of other beneficiaries…Great job…Keep it up!!! 😍


  4. This is a perfect blog for expecting mothers. As the time for delivery comes close, everything other than the excitement of having the baby is sidelined. This is where the above blog can be used as a checklist to be well prepared for the time spent in hospital. Thanks Deepika for getting into the details. This is going to help many people!


  5. This is a useful list. New moms need such a compilation 😊 I found it interesting you included speakers, I remember getting bored on the hospital room after baby was born now I wonder if I would have felt better with some music on 😬


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