Checklist: Hospital Bag Essentials

Packing my hospital bag was the first few tasks I was excited to strike off my checklist before giving birth. Since it was my first time, I didn’t quite know what exactly to bring and when is the right time to pack. Hence, I started packing, bit by bit, as soon as I entered my third trimester. 

I packed all my things in a cabin suitcase but I ended up only using half of the things at the hospital.

The hospital provided most of the baby’s things (clothes, diapers, and swaddle) and they even gave me a complimentary bag with toiletries and a bath towel. 

So, it all depends on your hospital. Maybe what you could do is check with them, before giving birth, on what they will be providing for both yourself and your baby.

Nonetheless, better be prepared than sorry, right? So here are the things I packed for my hospital stay.

Baby’s Essentials

  • 3 sets of clothing (rompers, hat, mitten, and booties) – I pack each set of clothings, for each day, in individual ziplock bags.
  • Diapers – I set aside 3 pieces for each day.
  • 1 set of going-home clothes
  • Baby Wipes

I ended up using :-

Only the going-home clothes. Throughout my 3 days 2 nights stay in the hospital, they provided diapers and hospital clothing for my baby.

Mommy’s Essentials

  • Bedroom/Toilet slippers – Although I didn’t use them often (most of the time I’m lying in bed) they came in handy for the toilet trips.
  • Travel-size toiletries (toothbrush, facial cleanser, shampoo)
  • Phone charger – Need I say more? All those calls, texts, and taking photos of your newborn will drain your phone battery.
  • 2 pairs of socks
  • Going-home outfit- Mine had to be the most casual, comfortable clothes I own. A t-shirt and lose pants. Not flattering, I know but by all means, pack up that dress you’ve been longing to wear for that pretty going-home-with-my-baby photo!
  • Maternity Pads – Overnight pads are OK too if you’re not comfortable with the big maternity pads. As long as they are long and durable, it’s all good.
  • Headband/Scrunchie – Unless you don’t mind having strands of hair all over your face during labor and post-event.
  • Bath Towel
  • Water Bottle – My hospital did provide me with a flask and foam cups but it was such a hassle to be pouring into the cup so often. Having a water bottle was much easier.
  • Snacks – I had tons of biscuits and ate them all at the hospital. Not sure what made me so hungry, even having to eat 4x a day at the hospital.

I ended up using:-

Disposable underwear, socks and bedroom slippers. I was in the hospital gown for all 3 days, so I only needed my going-home clothes. The hospital also provided maternity pads, toiletries and bath towel.

Nursing Essentials

  • Nursing Bra – Unless you don’t mind fiddling your usual bra every time it’s nursing time, I would highly suggest getting a nursing bra to ease the process.
  • Breast pump – Initially, I did not pack this as I confidently thought I would have no problems breastfeeding. Boy, I was so wrong. I ended up using the breast pump every day during my hospital stay.
  • Breastmilk Storage (bags/bottles) – This is a no-brainer if you’re going to bring a breast pump. You will need storage to store your EBM.

Nice-To-Haves Essentials

  • iPad/Tablet/Kindle – My ward did have a TV but I preferred watching my comfort shows on my ipad and of course I had to pack my Kindle with me.
  • Earphones – This became an essential item to me throughout my stay as my ward-mate was quite loud.

Again, different hospitals provide different things. It is best to check with your hospital beforehand (if you can) on what they might be providing during your hospital stay. This will save your time and you might not need to bring a whole lot of things!

Checkout my previous post on Newborn Essentials for more information on what things you might need for your precious one!


Amirah Z.

Disclaimer: I only recommend products I would use myself and all opinions expressed here are my own. This post may contain affiliate links that at no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission.

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