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Preparing for Baby: Hospital Packing List!

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babyLiam is due in just a few short weeks, which means it is time for me to pack my hospital bag. I’ve been looking at suggestions online of what to pack, writing numerous lists, and gathering items that I know I’ll need. However, I’ve noticed how long my lists have gotten so I asked for the help of my friends/family who have experienced childbirth before– they helped me to make a list of essentials needed in my hospital bag. Check out my Hospital Packing List! 

Personal Documents

– Photo ID
– Insurance Card/Information
– Checkbook or Credit Card for Payment
– Cash for vending machines
– Hospital Registration Forms

For Mommy
– Washcloth
– Lip Balm
– Hair Band
– Mints, Snacks, and Bottle of Water
– Pillow

For Daddy‘s Hospital Stay
– Basketball Shorts/ T-shirts
– Pillow/Blanket
– Boxers/Socks
– Flip Flops
– Watch with second hand (to help time contractions)
– Snacks and Bottle of Water
– Camera, Video Camera, Charger, and Memory Cards
– Toothbrush/Toothpaste

For Mommy’s Hospital Stay
Shower Shoes (I’ll be taking some cheap Old Navy flip flops)
– Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, deodorant, hairbrush, makeup, hair band, soap, shampoo / conditioner, and lotion)
– Loose fitting Pajamas, Robe, Slippers, and Socks
– Cell Phone and Charger
– Nursing Bras & Pads
– Lanolin Cream
– Comfortable Going Home Outfit
– Baby Book
– Small Notepad and Pen
– Prenatal Vitamins, DHA Supplement

For Baby
– Boppy Nursing Pillow
– Hospital Picture Outfit
– Going Home Outfit
– Hat & Blanket
– Socks
– Car Seat Installed
– Swaddle Blanket (if you prefer your own)

In addition to packing all of the above for your stay, you’ll also want to make a list of items to grab before you head out the door. This list can conveniently be placed on top of your hospital bag and ready to go! Here are the items I have on this list.
– makeup bag
– camera + charger
– pillow
– cell phone + charger

In your car:
Put a garbage bag on the passenger seat of the car and then lay a towel on top– this will be absolutely helpful if your water breaks on the way to the hospital. 

Click here for a Printable Hospital Packing Checklist

What are some items that you didn’t pack but wish you had? I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments.

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Maria Iemma

Friday 10th of October 2014

I am sharing this post with my daughter who is expecting her first baby. It is amazing how many things you need to bring to the hospital with you to make your experience more comfortable.

Lexie Lane

Tuesday 2nd of September 2014

Oh wow! What a huge list! I can honestly say, I did not have one single item when my baby was born! Wow! But this is a really good list and a detailed one too! Very nicely done!


Tuesday 2nd of September 2014

Such an exciting time. You've got a great list going!

Janeane Davis

Tuesday 2nd of September 2014

This is a great list for parents to be to take to the hospital. So often people just wing it and realize all they should have brought with them.

Giveaways 4 Mom

Monday 1st of September 2014

This is a great list. I am sure it will be very useful to expecting parents. Good luck to you.

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