The following are the basic things you need to bring to the hospital for you, for daddy or for any watcher who will accompany you during labor, delivery and postpartum recovery.
The items were divided into four categories to help you focus and pack related items one at a time.
This post is especially tailored for first time mums seeking a detailed hospital bag checklist.
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash and floss – bring also a holder for convenience since your hand will be mostly in dextrose all throughout your hospital stay
- Shampoo, conditioner and soap – preferably use a liquid soap or if you prefer to use a bar, bring a soap holder for convenience
- Lotion or petroleum jelly
- Hairbands, pins and hairbrush – to keep your hair tidy and away from the newborn baby
- Feminine wash – use a feminine wash recommended by your doctor
- Wipes and tissue – wipes for your body parts and hospital surfaces
- Maternity pants, maternity pads, menstrual pads and underpads
- Water dipper (tabo for hygiene purposes)
- Hot/cold compress
- Going home outfit – nursing friendly
- Nursing bra
- Dress with front opening
- Disposable underwear
- Flip flops
- Water bottle
- Extra blanket
- Postpartum binder
- Nursing cover – for baby’s covering when going outside your room
- Towel and face towel
- Eye mask/sleep mask – if you want to sleep even with lights on
- Extra cash
- Plastic envelope for your documents
- Charger, power bank and earphones
- Plastic for used/soiled clothings
- Rechargeable fan – for ward room accommodation
- Documents – lab results, mother’s book, receipts, swab test results, government forms, etc.
- Chocolates, biscuits, protein bars, hot chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, etc.
- Disposable cups, cutleries and paper plates
- Airtight containers for leftovers
- Ziplock for food storage
Ideally, you may began packing your hospital bag early and be ready once you reached 37 weeks (full term).
Already packed? Let me know what are your hospital bag must-haves!
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