It may seem like only yesterday you found out you
awere expecting, but before you know it, those nine months will fly by and it'll be time to meet your baby. Chances are you've spent a lot of time decorating the nursery, reading up on newborns and stocking up on baby clothes—but do you have a baby delivery bag checklist of what to take to the hospital?
Before you get to the hospital or birthing center for the big day, it's a good idea to have a maternity bag packed and ready to go at around 36 weeks. This will give you plenty of time to get prepared and make any last-minute modifications to your baby bag.
With the help of Shannon Hittle, nurse manager at Riddle Hospital, part of Main Line Health, we put together the ultimate baby delivery bag checklist. From must-haves to nice-to-haves, we'll help you determine what to pack in your pregnancy hospital bag.
What are the maternity hospital bag necessities?
What are some all-natural items I should consider for my baby delivery bag checklist?
- Essential oils or herbal spritz. Sage can help keep your contractions consistent, lavender can help you relax, and peppermint can help with nausea.
- Nut butters, trail mix and dates. Snacking on these foods can keep your energy up.
- Coconut water. You'll want to stay hydrated!
- Eco-friendly disposable diapers. Disposable diapers free of chemicals and fragrances, or cloth diapers if you plan to use them.
- Home comforts. Certain items, like your favorite throw blanket or pillow, can help you feel calm and at peace.
What are some extra items I can bring to be organized?
- Baby name list. If you haven't settled on a name or revealed your baby's gender, a list with all of your favorites can help you make your decision when the time comes.
- Baby book. After your baby is born, the nurse will record your baby's footprints, so you might want to take the opportunity to record them in a baby book.
- A list of people to call. Names and contact information for people you wish to call with the good news so you're sure not to forget any important loved ones.
- Thank-you notes. You may be feeling super grateful for the team that helped deliver your baby, so consider packing these if you think you'd like to write them a note.
At the hospital, we provide our new parents with feeding logs and pens.
Baby delivery bag checklist: What should I pack for my baby?
- Newborn outfits. Bring a couple of sizes to guarantee you have clothes that will fit baby well.
- A blanket. The outside world can be a bit chilly for your little one in their early days!
- A car seat. Be sure to play with your car seat ahead of time. Car seats can seem confusing and putting your newborn in one for the first time can be overwhelming. Knowing how it latches and fits in the car ahead of time is very helpful.
- A hat. The hospital will likely provide you with a hat for your baby, but it's great to have a backup, especially if you have a particular favorite.
- Your pediatrician's information. Be sure to know who your outside pediatrician is going to be and have their phone number available.
What should my partner bring?
- A change of clothes. They'll want to be comfy while supporting you.
- A pillow. Your partner may want to rest at some point, and many hospitals have limited space for guests.
- Entertainment. It doesn't hurt to have some books or magazines to enjoy during the down time.
- Snacks or cash for vending machines. Bring some healthy energy food, like protein bars, or some splurge money for vending machines.
If you still have questions about what should be on your baby delivery bag checklist or what else you can bring to be as comfortable as possible, look into one of our Main Line Health childbirth preparation classes.
You're going to have enough on your mind on delivery day, so the sooner you can get your bag packed, the better off you'll be when you head to the hospital.