Here is the Babies and Children’s guide to preparing your hospital bag for a baby, along with a checklist.
When you go into hospital you need to have a hospital bag for a baby to take with you. Our guide will help you so that you don’t forget anything. It’s a good idea to know what you need to take in your bag well in advance. Then prepare your hospital bag several weeks before your due date.
You may want to take clothes that are slightly bigger than you may expect for your baby. When our son was born he was on the larger side at 10 lbs and only one of his baby grows fitted!
Make sure you partner also is aware of the hospital bag and what goes in it so they can help put it together and if they need to get things from it when in hospital, they can.
List of hospital bag items for baby
- Several nappies
- A Blanket
- Baby wipes
Snow suit(if you’re due in winter)
- Scratch mitts
List of hospital bag items for you
- Your birth plan
- Maternity medical notes
- Maternity sanitary pads
- Old disposable knickers
- Mobile phone and a charger
- A change of comfortable loose clothing
- Snacks and drinks
- lip bal
- Change for parking or vending machines
On top of preparing your hospital bag you will also want to make sure you have a car seat ready. You want to make sure that it is fitted properly and you know how to use it. The last thing you want to be doing when leaving the hospital with your baby is trying to get it in the car seat properly.
You can read our other articles in the series Preparing for a baby all you need to know for all the essential advice and guidance you need for your big day and beyond.