If a mom or soon-to-be mom who’s reading this right now and your due date is approaching, hang in there. The wait is almost over and you will soon see your beautiful little one! How exciting, isn’t it? Make sure your hospital bag is ready with our quick list.
You’re probably already thinking about preparing your hospital bag and wondering what to put in it. That’s why we’ve prepared an easy hospital bag checklist for baby and you.
After having 3 kids, the last trimester is always the most challenging for me. I always feel so heavy at this time, and I can’t wait for the pregnancy to be over!
Hopefully, you’ve already bought all your baby things and have the nursery ready. The third trimester is usually the time when you complete this as you prepare your body for your baby’s delivery. Believe me, you wouldn’t want to think about shopping for baby stuff as you’re trying to cope with all the cramps, the heavy weight, more frequent checkups to the doctor, and many more. You would want to focus more on your physical, emotional and mental well-being at this stage mama.
Preparing for Your Baby
If you haven’t seen our Newborn Baby Essentials Checklist yet, follow the link to download a printable checklist of what you should buy for your baby.
As your due date is approaching, you would want to already have your baby hospital bags on hand to make sure you’re ready anytime the baby wants to go out.
Keep the baby bag available at all times! We usually put it in the car so we know we have it on hand at any time we need to go to the hospital.
You would also do your husband (and other caregivers) a huge favor by preparing your baby bag ahead. Husbands (especially the new dads) can get nervous when they see their wife about to give birth, so rather than pressuring him even more by asking him to pack the baby bag, just do this ahead.
If you’re really pressed for time and haven’t had the chance to make everything ready yet, just give your husband, yaya or other caregivers this hospital bag checklist for baby so they can prepare it for you.
Hospital Bag Checklist for Baby
For Mommy: Necessities
- Birth plan (if any) – Should you choose to have a birth plan, the details of this plan should be discussed with your doctor and medical team ahead of your due date. Bring a copy in your hospital bag to give it to the medical team to make sure that they follow your birth plan.
- SSS & PhilHealth documents – ask your employer about the process beforehand and get all required documents ready
- Clothing and accessories
- Going out clothes – at least 2 sets
- Underwear – bring enough for number of days you will stay in hospital, usually between 3-5 days depending on your condition after giving birth
- Pajamas or sleeping clothes
- Bath towel
- Sweater or jacket
- Socks – in case you get cold in the hospital; or
- Compression stockings – the hospital may provide this; used to reduce swelling after childbirth
- Abdominal binder – provides compression for belly area
- Slippers / flip flops
- Flat shoes
- Toiletries kit
- Soap or body wash
- Facial wash
- Body lotion
- Lip balm
- Comb or hair brush
- Contact lens solution and case (if applicable)
- Hair tie
- Maternity pads – It is likely you will have bleeding after childbirth, thus have maternity pads readily available. The hospital may also provide this for you and charge it to your hospital bill accordingly.
- Cash or credit card for any expenses
For Mommy: Other Items
- Makeup kit – Have your makeup kit handy should you prefer to look your best when you take your first pictures with your baby and when you receive all the visitors who are excited to meet your little one. Of course you have to have that kilay game on! #kilayislife
- Books or magazines, if preferred
- Personal gadgets and chargers
- Food and drinks
- Water bottle
- Breastfeeding accessories
- Nursing bras
- Nursing tops
- Breast pads
- At least 1 small pack of newborn diapers
- 3-5 tie-side tops
- 1 pair soft booties
- 1 cap or bonnet
- At least 2 blankets for swaddling
- Diaper changing pad
- Going home outfit – at least 2 sets
- Car seat
- Wash cloths for burping and wiping saliva
For Birth Companion
- Copy of birth plan
- Camera – for capturing those precious first moments
- Change of clothing
- Toiletries kit
- Personal needs kit – medication, contact lens kit, etc.
- Snacks and drinks
- Cash or credit card for settling the bill
Hospital Bag Checklist for Baby
In case you’re near your due date and you haven’t finished shopping yet, this is the time to thank online shopping! Check out Lazada or Shopee for your last minute needs. There are also a couple of mompreneur-owned brands you may want to check out.
Want to read more about preparing for your little one? Don’t miss our other posts on this topic.