What To Pack In The Hospital Bag: For Baby

by May 8, 2019Childbirth, Pregnancy0 comments

Get the ultimate packing list for the baby’s hospital bag. Pregnant moms can have all of baby’s essentials packed and ready to go for childbirth when using this hospital bag checklist Free printable specifically for baby.

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You are pregnant, you’re getting closer to your due date and it’s time to plan out what goes into your hospital bag. You are a first time mom so you’re not quite sure what exactly your baby will need during the short stay in the hospital. Are you wondering what baby supplies the hospital provides for you and what you, as the mom, need to bring yourself?

Don’t worry because after reading this article you will feel relieved knowing that you have everything your baby needs. This ultimate packing list for the baby’s hospital bag will help you to stay organized so you don’t forget anything when packing. Also make sure you get your FREE hospital bag checklist for baby at the end of this post.

Hospital Bag For Baby Essentials

You might have already planned out your hospital bag, and if you are really prepared you probably already gave your husband a checklist for his hospital bag. But did you think about your baby’s needs?

RelatedWhat To Pack In The Hospital Bag: Dad-To-Be

Packing another bag for your baby is a good idea so that you are well prepared in the hospital. Now, don’t get me wrong, the hospital will provide you with a lot of baby essentials, but there are some items that mommy needs to take to the hospital herself.

Creating A Hospital Bag Packing List For Baby


1. Feeding Essentials

No matter what you decided to do, breastfeeding or bottle feeding your newborn, you will need to have some items ready to go for your hospital stay after giving birth.


  • Nursing Pillow
  • Bibs (3-5)


  • Burp Cloths (2-3)
  •  Nursing Cover
  • Nipple Cream (this is usually provided by the hospital but if you have a particular brand you like, than you want to take your own)


  • Nipple Shield (the hospital provides this for you but if you have a specific brand you want to try, then pack your own)
  • Breast Pump (if you happened to have yours provided to you in advance, then pack yours, but sometimes insurance companies will not issue you the breast pump until your baby is delivered. Check with your insurance company)
  • Breast pump supplies such as bottles, shields, tubing, cleaning supplies, brush

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     2. Baby Clothing

    This is the fun section…when you get to pack all the little, tiny, adorable clothing items your baby got at your shower! If you are planning on dressing your baby in adorable outfits at the hospital, listed below are some clothing items you definitely want to pack.

    • Swaddle Blankets With Velcro (2-3)

      Jena’s Tip: Swaddling is one of the hardest things to master as a new parent so be prepared to become a pro with swaddling the first day if you want to get any sleep. The Velcro swaddles are a game changer for new parents. The baby will not be able to break free from this swaddle with a tightly wrapped and Velcro shut swaddle. Baby swaddled tightly = mommy sleeps better!!! If you were only to pack one thing for your baby, this would be it!!!

    • Onsies (3-5) this is also provided by the hospital but if you want to take cute pictures of your precious newborn, you might want to think about what he or she is wearing in those first baby pictures. You also may want to consider custom designed onsies. 


    • Baby Socks (3-5)


    • Baby Hat(s)


    • Baby Girl Hair Accessories (specifically for Newborn Photo Shoot)


    • Wraps and Swaddles for Newborn Photo Shoot 


    • Other outfit and accessory ideas for newborn photo shoot in hospital



    • Going Home Outfit (this is a great idea for photos before leaving the hospital)
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       C. Baby Essentials


      These are great items to have in your diaper bag, ready to go for when you drive home from the hospital.


      • Diapers (provided by the hospital but you may want to have your diaper bag stocked with plenty for the ride home)
      • Wipes (also have the diaper bag stocked for the ride home)
      • Baby blanket for covering up baby for the ride home  

      Items the hospital usually provides: baby comb, baby shampoo, nasal suction, diapers, wipes, hat, long sleeved onesie, nipple cream


      • Car seat, car seat base and extra car seat accessories (extra padding/pillows; contact your local police or fire department – some will make sure the car seat/base is installed correctly/safely) 
      • Baby’s Name (First, Middle and Last names) written out on a piece of paper (correct spelling and all!!!) If you have not decided on a name, take the list of names with you.
      • Letter Board for Baby Announcement Picture Ideas

      Hospital Bag Checklist For Dad-To-Be: Free Printable 

      Mom-To-Be and Dad-To-Be Hospital Bag Packing List

      You don’t want to forget to take a look at The Hospital Bag Packing List For Moms-To-Be, which is broken down into 5 sections! Also, I have created an Ultimate Packing List For Dads-To-Be.

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      If you are looking for more inspiration when it comes to preparing for childbirth, then I think you will really enjoy reading “Do You Know The 7 P’s For Successful Childbirth?”

      This article will help answer a lot of your childbirth questions related to preparation and planning.

      If you have any questions about packing a hospital bag and what all goes in the bag, shoot me a comment below! I would love to help you. 

      At what week in your pregnancy did you start planning your packing list for the hospital? Leave your answer below in the comments section!

      Keep Smiling,

      Dr. Jena Bradley, DPT

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      About Dr. Jena Bradley

      Jena is a mom of 4 darling little girls, a physical therapist and founder of Live Core Strong, a blog focusing on motivating moms to live a life that incorporates fitness and fun throughout their motherhood journey.  She aims to be the friend you always wanted to have who could guide you through the “fog” when faced with an “I don’t know what to do” mommy moment. At the most inconvenient time of her life, she embarked on a journey of sharing her story and expertise to inspire the next generation of healthy moms. You can learn more about Jena by visitng her ABOUT page. 

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