Pregnancy & Childbirth

The Nesting Phase: The Ultimate Hospital Bag Checklist


I’ve done this quite a few times by now, that is to advice the soon-to-be moms on items they need to carry to the hospital at the time of delivery. I was given a list from the hospital where I delivered and added some must-haves of my own to reach an almost exhaustive hospital bag checklist. I am happy to share it with you and hope it eases a few nerves. These items can be procured during the nesting phase of pregnancy, i.e., when you are nearing full term, or can be used as a general checklist for your future trips with baby as well.

Keep your hospital bag checklist handy until you have ticked off everything on it. It is best to have your bag ready well in advance. You will find it increasingly difficult to get things done as you near the due date. All the best soon-to-be mommas!

Must Haves: Hospital Bag Checklist

  • Medical Records
  • Photo ID
  • Company ID (If you plan on utilising Group Insurance via your employer)
  • Health Insurance (Insurance Card)
  • Address Proof
  • Any existing medication details
  • Any relevant form

Personal Items for the Mom in the hospital bag

  • Something loose and comfortable to wear
  • Nursing gowns
  • Comfortable slippers
  • Socks
  • Breast pads
  • Stole to cover head (should be washed to make it sterilized)
  • Shrugs/jackets etc to keep warm
  • Sanitary napkin bag (take big packet of atleast 45-50 pads)
  • Extra change of comfortable clothing
  • Breastfeeding/Nursing bras (pick one size bigger for your comfort)
  • Toiletries

Since we are on the topic, I would suggest all pregnant women to groom themselves before going for delivery as there will be no time afterwards

Items for the baby in the hospital bag

  • Onesies 3-4 sets per day of hospital stay
  • Swaddling blanket
  • Caps, socks, mittens and woollen booties (if it is summer then cotton caps maybe used)
  • Burp cloth (muslin cloths are available at mothercare)
  • Disposable baby wipes (I used Chicco)
  • Newborn Vests
  • Thermal vests and Thermal lowers (if its winter)
  • Going home outfit – something special but not tight as his or her belly button has not healed completely

Another important thing to keep ready would be a Car Seat! Have it installed in your car in advance for a safe ride back home!

Other General Items that you must carry for the Baby could include

  • Sweaters and Jackets for the newborn
  • Warm small bedsheets and draw sheets
  • Lotion
  • Massage Oil
  • Bath wash
  • Extra thin ear buds to clean baby’s nose (I used Pigeon)
  • Alcohol Swabs for disinfecting navel area
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Coconut Oil
  • New Born diapers or nappies
  • Atleast 2 Feeders (4 ounce)
  • Sterilizer
  • Medicines as prescribed by the doctor
  • Dry mats (used during massage or when baby is in nappy)
  • Toys for the newborn

Hospital Bag for the Dad

Your hospital bag will now have probably everything that you or your baby might need, but what about the soon-to-be dad? Chances are that this person is going to be there with you at the hospital the entire time. So it would make sense to have his hospital bag ready as well. You could think about adding the following to the dad’s hospital bag checklist.

  • Snacks
  • Change of clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Pillow
  • Books or magazines
  • Cell phone charger
  • Extra cash

Were all of the above in your hospital bag checklist already? Did I miss something important? Do share in comments!



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