Newborn Baby Hospital Bag Checklist

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Newborn Baby Hospital Bag Checklist

During the course of pregnancy, a mother keeps dreaming of the time when she will hold the little and adorable angel in her hands. Amidst that, it is very important to keep the hospital bag ready which should have items for the mother, baby, and even the dad. It is ideal to prepare a newborn baby hospital bag checklist for the labor and delivery time for the mother and even at the baby’s arrival so that nothing is forgotten back home and is available at the time of need.

Diapers are essential for the baby so the diaper bag comes very handily as diapers are used extensively in the initial days. It is crucial to know the contents that should be a part of the hospital bag the bag needs to be ready by 34 weeks and one should be ready for the onset of the baby. pregnancy pillow

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Hospital Bag Checklist For Newborn Baby

All the parents would want to keep everything required and not miss a single thing that is a requisite for the newborn baby as all hospitals have distinct policies with the items they can provide so it’s best to have it handy. The inborn instincts and extra knowledge from books and the internet help in finding out the important items which should be packed for the newborn. Yet, a list has been compiled for the expected parents of all the essential items required for the newborn baby and they are:

  • A car seat that has been permitted
  • An outfit for the baby, which can be used when the baby comes home
  • Cozy and warm blankets
  • Clothes as per the season, if winters- caps, gloves, and in case of summers – light, breathable clothes since the newborn is extremely delicate.

When Should I Pack My Hospital Bag and What Should I Have?

When Should I Pack My Hospital Bag and What Should I Have_

The mom should be all set and prepared by 36 weeks with the hospital bag ready in order to rush to the hospital as and when required. Many babies are born pre-mature and many mothers who have a normal delivery have to be taken to the hospital as soon as the labor pain erupts, this most commonly happens any time after the 34th week. Hence it is advisable to be ready within 36 week period.

What to Pack in Hospital Bag For Labor?

Following are some of the things that you must pack in the hospital bag for labor:

  • Photo ID, notes, insurance forms, etc.
  • The Dressing gown for taking walks in the hospital corridors.
  • An old and comfortable nightdress or a loose t-shirt to be used in the labor room.
  • Massage lotions or oil to be applied when in labor
  • Lip Balm
  • Maternity Bras
  • Books, Hairbands, and accessories which come useful for the mother.
  • Pillows for additional support in the process of feeding the baby.
  • Books or magazines in order to pass time and relax.
  • A pair of socks to keep the feet warm at the time of the labor.

[Read : 10 Simple Ways Husbands Can Help In Labor]

How to Pack in Dad’s Hospital Bag?

Dads also have a major role to play at the time of labor, delivery, and even post-delivery. The labor process can sometimes be an enduring one and even boring at times. The support of the to-be dad becomes very important to make the mother- to be comfortable and at ease so she has a smooth delivery. It is important for the dad-to-be to have a list of the under-mentioned items to become an ideal birthing partner.

List of items Dad’s Hospital Bag Should Have

  • Loads of loose change of money
  • Painkillers
  • Swimsuit in case it has been decided to have a water birth.
  • Important tips to be used at the time of labor
  • Comfortable shoes to do the required running about
  • A pillow for oneself
  • A compiled list with the required phone numbers to be accessed in need.
  • Change of clothes as many a time taking a shower also becomes difficult.
  • Camera, camcorders, or phones with prior permission to record the precious moments.

[Read : Should You Use Second-Hand Baby Clothes For Your Baby?]

What do You Pack in a Diaper Bag?

What Do You Pack in a Diaper Bag_

Diapers are indispensable for the new baby so having a diaper bag prior to the onset of the baby helps by leaps and bounds. Packing a diaper bag can help in running and avoiding panic. The diaper bag should have a waterproof lining to prevent spilling and have many sections to store the items.

The important items that need attention are:

  • Lots of diapers, keeping one for each hour and a few extra ones.
  • Cleaning wipes and Sanitizer
  • Plastic bags to store soiled diapers.
  • Extra Clothes for the baby
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • Tissues and Bibs
  • Mittens, Nappies
  • Keep liquid medicines in a plastic pouch to avoid leakage.
  • Socks or booties
  • Oils and Powders

[Read : Buying Baby Clothes In Advance]

Printable Hospital Bag Checklist For Labor and Delivery

hospital bag checklist

There is a list of things that provide comfort when in pain and alleviate the mood at the time of labor and delivery.

  • Birthing plan and other documents
  • Oils
  • Massage Lotions
  • Heating pads
  • Earplugs
  • Books/ Laptop
  • Snacks
  • Socks

Finally, the day arrives and it is very important to prepare well for the arrival of the baby, a time for extreme joy and loads of excitement. So compiling a list of items required for delivery will greatly help, whether it be for the mom and dad-to-be or for the new baby. This list also has stuff relevant to the doctors and other miscellaneous uses.

Read Also: Ten Tips For Packing the Hospital Bag for Delivery

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