Packing a hospital bag checklist for mom and baby is one of my favorite things to do when I’m pregnant. When I pack a bag for labor and delivery, that means my baby’s arrival is inching closer, and that anticipation is awesome. Some women find packing the bag daunting because they realize just how much more they need to do before their baby arrives.
Either way, preparing a bag for the hospital shouldn’t be a bad experience. The first time I had a child, I waited until I was in labor to pack and I forgot half of the things I needed. I had to send my mother to the store to get more things rather than being prepared.
With my next babies, I was prepared. I packed ahead of time, and I never had to worry that something was forgotten at home. Picking what you want to put in your hospital bag is important, so here is my general list of things that you should pack in your hospital bag.
Everyone packs their hospital bag at different times. In general, you’ll want it ready to go by the time you’re full term. It’s a good idea to pack the bag between 35 and 37 weeks pregnant. 37 weeks is consider early term. Start making your hospital bag checklist around 32 weeks, giving yourself plenty of time to gather up the right supplies.
Twin moms or those who are at risk of going into labor earlier should pack earlier. Going into labor is an exciting whirlwind, so you don’t want to pack in the middle of it. You’re more likely to forget something. So you should ensure pack hospital bag essentials in advance.
What to Pack for Mom
What to Pack for the Baby
What to Pack for Your Partner
5 Tips for Packing a Hospital Bag
1. Wash Your Baby’s Clothes
Make sure you wash all of your baby’s clothes, blankets, and anything else in a sensitive laundry detergent. These items need to be washed and dried before the baby comes, so plan accordingly.
2. Take The Essentials
You don’t have to take all the bags with you when you go into labor. I keep a separate bag to bring in later, and I send my spouse out to get the other bags once the baby has arrived.
3. Classify The Essentials
Divide up the items for you into a labor and delivery bag and a hospital bag. You can bring in the labor and delivery bag when you arrive at the hospital. Once baby arrives, head out for the hospital bag.
4. Don’t Pack White Clothing
Don’t pack white clothing. Ok, this seems silly, but I’ve seen so many lists that suggest white clothing. Avoid that! You’re going to bleed so much, and wearin white clothing is asking for stains that can’t be removed.
5. Don’t Need To Pack Diapers & Wipes
Everyone should have their hospital bag checklist for labor. Let us know in the comments what your top hospital bag essentials are? We would love to hear from other moms!