Top 10 Baby Items to Pack in My Newborns Hospital Bag

Mom Packing Hospital Bag for BabyWhat should I pack for my baby while staying at the hospital?  Depending on the hospital that you are delivering at most of the time the hospital will provide you and your baby with basic necessities.  In fact, when I was pregnant with my first baby I had no idea what I needed to take with me so I was stuffing all of the basic items that I might need into my daughter’s diaper bag so that I was prepared to take care of all of her basic needs.  In fact, after I delivered her I immediately knew that I was over-prepared and had way too many things at the hospital.  Remember that everything that you take up to the hospital has to fit in a bag when it is time to go home.  Each time I had my children it seemed as if I went home with a ton of stuff.  With my other two babies I was a bit more prepared and tried to only pack a small amount of stuff because I knew that the hospital has all of the necessities.

Disclosure:  The information in this post are my own opinions and based upon my own experiences.

So what do you really need to take to the hospital for your baby?  The goal is to pack as light as you can or leave the diaper bag in the car so that it is one less bag that you need to deal with while in the hospital.  You can have your spouse bring the only the items that you need into the hospital.  Here is a list of must haves, that I would recommend for a new mom to pack in the baby’s hospital bag or diaper bag for the hospital stay.

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12 Responses

  1. Corinne says:

    Great list Christy. I know when I had my first child, I had no idea where to start with packing. One thing that did really help me with my second was a baby carrier. I brought a ring sling with me and I did use it in the hospital. He was crying and crying, and I stuck him in there, swaddled and everything, and he immediately stopped and went to sleep. He loved to be held close. Still does actually.

  2. Taylor says:

    This is a great list Christy! I shared it on the UPWoman G+page

  3. Kristl Story says:

    So, so true about the hospital loading you down with even more baby stuff! Your list is great, and if you keep your packing light, you should have room in the diaper bag for your new goodies too!

  4. DelSheree says:

    The baby mittens are a must! Those little fingernails are sharp. Socks work well too. My kids would never keep the mittens on.

    • Christy says:

      The mittens were one of my favorite items too. I still haven’t figured out how they can figure out how to get them off of their hands. Babies are smart.

  5. Sharon says:

    Good list. All six times all I ever remembered was the new outfit and car seat. I always took their blankets and diapers and since I nursed the kids, I really didn’t need much else :)

  6. Lexie Lane says:

    I never had a chance to pack my pregnancy bag. This is a great checklist! Of course I also had no idea what babies really needed.

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