Hospital bag checklist: What to pack in you and your baby’s hospital bags

Babies are hardly ever on time, so make sure you pack your hospital bag way in advance and keep it by the front door or in the car.

ALSO SEE: 12 tips to help you prepare for baby’s arrival

What to pack in your baby’s hospital bag:

  • Vaseline
  • Light blankets or muslin wraps x 2
  • Disposable baby wipes
  • Baby face cloths x 2
  • Newborn-sized dummy
  • Newborn bodysuits x 2 each
  • Newborn pajamas if colder weather
  • Socks x 2 pairs
  • Booties
  • Cotton hat
  • Going-home outfit
  • Baby oil (great for cleaning up baby’s bottom after meconium nappies)
  • Formula, bottles, teats, and sterilizing equipment if you plan to bottle-feed
  • Wet wipes
  • Baby blanket
  • Baby powder
  • Bum cream
Helpful tips:
  • Keep plastic bags in your baby’s hospital bag, as certain liquids in the bag might spill and spoil your nappies and clothing. You can also use them to be more organised and know exactly where everything is.
  • If you have animals at home, take a spare blanket to the hospital and transfer your baby’s scent onto it. This will help your pets adapt to your new addition.

Also see: Introducing your baby to the family pet

What to pack in your hospital bag:

In the countdown to your baby’s birth, make sure you have these essentials ready and packed in your hospital bag:

  • A nursing bra
  • Disposable underwear
  • Sanitary pads
  • Baby clothes for leaving the hospital
  • A nappy bag with your newborn essentials and an extra blanket
  • Arnica tablets for bruising after birth
  • Warm socks
  • A hot water bottle
  • Your toiletry bag with a hairbrush, toothbrush, mirror, face cream and a few makeup essentials
  • A book to read
  • Soothing music on your phone

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