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17 Must Have Newborn Essentials: What to Pack in Your Baby's Hospital Bag

17 Must Have Newborn Essentials: What to Pack in Your Baby's Hospital Bag

Packing a hospital bag for your new baby can be overwhelming, especially if it's your first time. But don't worry! We've put together a list of newborn essentials to make sure you have everything you need for your little one's arrival. You may also find a video at the end of this article that talks about things to include in your hospital bag.

17 Must Have Newborn Essentials: What to Pack in Your Baby's Hospital Bag

  1. Diapers: Pack several sizes of disposable diapers, as your baby's size may change after birth.

  2. Wipes: Pack a pack of baby wipes, as these will be useful for changing diapers and cleaning up messes.

  3. Diaper cream: Pack some diaper cream to help prevent and treat diaper rash.

  4. Onesies: Pack several soft, comfortable onesies in different sizes to dress your baby in after birth.

  5. Receiving blankets: Pack a few receiving blankets to keep your baby warm and cozy.

  6. Burp cloths: Pack some burp cloths to catch any spit-up or drool.

  7. Baby blanket: Pack a soft, cozy baby blanket for your baby to sleep and snuggle under.

  8. Hats: Pack a few hats to keep your baby's head warm and protected from the sun.

  9. Socks and booties: Pack some socks and booties to keep your baby's feet warm.

  10. Baby nail clippers: Pack a pair of baby nail clippers to trim your baby's nails.

  11. Diaper bag: Pack a large, organized diaper bag to keep all of your baby's essentials in one place.

  12. Car seat: Make sure to have a properly installed car seat to bring your baby home from the hospital safely.

  13. Nursing essentials: If you plan to breastfeed, pack breast pads, nursing bras, and a nursing cover.

  14. Pacifiers: Pack a few pacifiers, as some babies find them comforting.

  15. Camera or phone: Pack a camera or phone to capture all the special moments with your new baby.

  16. Toiletries: Pack some toiletries for yourself, such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo and deodorant.

  17. Comfortable clothes: Pack some comfortable clothes and slippers for yourself, as you may want to change out of your hospital gown.

Clothing and Accessories


Several onesies: Your baby will need multiple changes of clothing, so pack at least 3-4 onesies.


Socks or booties: To keep your baby's tiny feet warm.


Hats: To keep your baby's head warm and protected from the sun.


Swaddles or blankets: To keep your baby cozy and secure.


Going home outfit: Pack a special outfit for your baby's first trip home.



Diapering Supplies


Diapers: Pack enough diapers for at least the first few days.


Diaper cream: To protect your baby's delicate skin from diaper rash.


Wipes: Pack a pack of wipes for easy clean up.


Diaper changing pad: To make changing your baby on the go more convenient.



Feeding Supplies


Nursing bras and pads: To make breastfeeding more comfortable and convenient.


Bottles and formula: If you plan on formula feeding, pack enough formula for at least the first few days.


Burp cloths: To catch any spills or spit up during feedings.



Personal Care


Toiletries: Pack your own personal care items such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and toothpaste.


Nursing pillow: To make breastfeeding more comfortable.


Lip balm: To keep your lips moisturized.



Other Essential Items


Camera: To capture those precious first moments with your new baby.


Phone charger: To keep your phone charged for all those pictures and calls to family and friends.


Nursing gown: To make breastfeeding more convenient and comfortable.


Car seat: Your baby will need to be transported home in a car seat, so make sure it's properly installed in your car before you leave for the hospital.




Comfort items for Mom


As a new mom, it's important to take care of yourself as well. Pack a few comfort items to make your stay in the hospital more pleasant.


Comfortable clothes: Pack a few comfortable outfits to wear during your stay. Nursing gowns are a great option as they make breastfeeding more convenient.


Slippers or comfortable shoes: To keep your feet warm and cozy.


Toiletries: Pack your own personal care items such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and toothpaste.


Snacks: Pack some snacks and drinks to keep you nourished during your stay.


Pillow and blanket: Bring a pillow and a soft blanket from home to make your stay more comfortable.



Baby Books and Keepsakes


Your baby's first few days are a special and fleeting time, and you'll want to document and remember as much of it as possible. Consider packing a few items to help you do that.


Journal: Bring a journal to document your thoughts, feelings, and memories during this time.


Camera: Pack a camera (or make sure your phone is fully charged) to capture those precious first moments with your new baby.


Handprint or footprint kit: Many hospitals offer this service, but it's also a good idea to pack your own in case you want to do it at home.


Memory book: Pack a memory book to store all the special keepsakes from your baby's first few days.



Additional Tips


Make a list: Make a list of all the items you need to pack and check them off as you go. This will help ensure that you don't forget anything important.


Pack early: Pack your bag at least a few weeks before your due date, so you'll be prepared in case your baby arrives early.


Don't overpack: Remember that you'll be in the hospital for a relatively short amount of time, and you can always ask for more supplies if you need them.


Ask for help: If you're unsure about what to pack, ask your healthcare provider or a friend who's been through it before.


Packing a hospital bag for your new baby can be a daunting task, but by following this list of newborn essentials, you'll have everything you need for your little one's arrival. Remember to take care of yourself as well and don't hesitate to ask for help. And most importantly, enjoy this special time with your new baby, these are the memories that you'll treasure forever.

Georgia Picardal

Georgia Picardal, author

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