Hospital Checklist, I’ve seen a couple of these circulating around and I have to say… curling irons? Flat irons? No girl, fixing your hair is the last thing you’re thinking about after a baby.
Trust me. I’ve been there.
As a mom of two I’ve had a lot of trial and errors when it came to knowing what to take to the hospital. Let me save you some time and help you with knowing what exactly to bring.
Hospital Checklist For Mama
Insurance / License
Self explanatory. You’ll definitely need these bad boys to be admitted for labor and delivery! Don’t forget it!
Definitely a must, you’ll be uncomfortable and in pain. I wouldn’t recommend packing anything tight!
It doesn’t have to be a nursing tank top, it can be a regular tank top! I lived in them during our hospital stay–it was easy to pull down and nurse my baby.
I brought fuzzy socks versus loafers but to each their own. It was much easier for me to waddle around in socks, and not having to slip on and off loafers.
Hair ties / Clips
Making sure my hair was presentable was the last thing on my mind. I had it up in a bun the entire time at the hospital. I even had it up at home!
Nursing Bra (For Mamas who plan to nurse)
If you’re planning to nurse your sweet baby, plan to pack a nursing bra! It was easier to nurse with it on, clasp and unclasp, simple!
Like in My Postpartum Must Haves, you’ll need these bad boys for post delivery / c-section. The last thing you want is a tight pair of underwear digging in!
Doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just need a pair for the showers!
I had a small pack of toiletries for when I use to workout and shower at the gym. I took that with me at my delivery with Jaxson: shampoo, conditioner, and body wash.
If you can, I would recommend snagging an extra long cord! Sometimes the outlets aren’t optimal or the hospital has the necessities plugged into the outlets closest to the bed.
I used these for both pregnancies and deliveries. It definitely helped with holding the baby to nurse (or bottle feed) while recovering.
- Related: My Maternity Must Haves
Hospital Checklist For Daddy
A nice pair of sweats for the dad to be just because he’s not the one in labor doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be comfortable!
Yes, all the snacks! You can’t eat anything while you’re in labor so Daddy should definitely pack enough snacks for you and him, but mostly you.
Pack an extra set of phone chargers! You don’t want to be fighting an hormonal and hungry Mama for a charger lol.
Pack some cash for snacks just in case you didn’t pack enough for you and Mama. I got hungry in the middle of the night so that meant that the cafeteria wasn’t open.
- Related: My Baby’s First Year Must Haves
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Hospital Checklist For Baby
Babies tend to get cold easily or scratch their faces. Mittens (or even socks) will prevent their fingers / hands getting cold and scratching themselves.
Like the mittens, keep those baby toes toasty with socks!
Make sure you have your baby’s car seat properly placed in the backseat. We had ours checked by the fire department, we wanted to make sure the little peanut would be safe.
As mentioned above, babies can get colder much faster than adults. Bring a couple swaddle blankets to keep your baby warm and cozy.
Your hospital may have some to give but I brought a couple different ones just in case.
Bibs for drools and plenty of spit up!
Baby’s Homecoming Outfit
I recommend packing 0 to 3 months or 3+ depending on how big you think your baby is going to be. They thought JJ (my first born) would be huge so I packed a 0 to 3 month onesie, and I’m glad!
Jaxson however, he was measuring 3 weeks behind so we brought newborn. He was too long to fit into preemie clothes.
Formula (if you’re not planning to breastfeed)
Like the binkies the hospital will have some formula for you to offer to the baby, but it would be good to pack your own as well.
- Related: My Postpartum Must Haves
My Final Thoughts
Homecoming is such a joyous and nerve-racking time; you don’t need to stress about what you need in your bag! I’ve included a free checklist you can use when it is time to pack your hospital bag for the big day!
Am I missing something big? Let me know below!