Hospital Bag Must-Haves

For your hospital bag, be sure to include: Lip Balm, Your Own Toiletries, Slippers, Glasses, Nursing Bra, Nursing Pads, Phone Charger, Snacks

There are a lot of items you should add to your hospital bag checklist, but make sure to pack plenty of these essentials. From snacks and toiletries to toilet tissue and comfy slippers, we’ve got the full list for you.

Hospital bag must haves can seem overwhelming when you’re trying to pack for yourself and baby. And that’s before you even get to the hospital! Here is a list of what you should absolutely bring to your baby’s first days at home.

Welcome to your pregnancy, a time filled with excitement and curiosity. Plan ahead and you will have everything you need during this time. From baby shower gifts, to maternity clothes and essential items, here are some tips for packing your hospital bag as well as useful information about what happens at the hospital before delivery day. When you are expecting a new baby, it’s so easy to forget all of the items needed for your hospital stay. You don’t have to worry about packing all of the supplies that you need; with this convenient pack, all of these things will be available for you at the hospital.

Labor Hospital Bag Must-Haves

Hospital bag must-haves can seem overwhelming when you’re trying to pack for yourself and baby. And that’s before you even get to the hospital! Here is a list of what you should absolutely bring to your baby’s first days at home.

There are a lot of items you should add to your hospital bag checklist, but make sure to pack plenty of these essentials. From snacks and toiletries to toilet tissue and comfy slippers, we’ve got the full list for you.

For your hospital bag, be sure to include: Lip Balm, Your Own Toiletries, Slippers, Glasses, Nursing Bra, Nursing Pads, Phone Charger, Snacks

What To Pack In Hospital Bag For C Section

Packing for a C-section delivery can be overwhelming. Here are some tips for what to pack in your hospital bag for a cesarean section. Include necessities like clean pajamas, comfortable underwear, and toiletries such as shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste. Make sure to bring anything special that will make you feel more comfortable during your stay at the hospital; don’t forget items such as lotion, or lip balm if they soothe your skin during pregnancy or after birth.

Your hospital bag should contain the items you will need during your stay. To make sure you have everything, assemble a checklist and then pack accordingly. The following is a list of items that are often requested at the hospital:

A C-section is a major surgery and you’ll need plenty of time to recover, so make sure you plan ahead by filling out the birth plan ahead of time. Pack your hospital bag early and let your friends and family know when they can come see you in the hospital after your delivery. It’s also a good idea to read up on what to pack in your hospital bag for a C-section.

Packing List For C-section: As every woman is unique, there’s no one size fits all as far as what you should bring to the hospital with you. But here are some ideas that I think can help make your experience more enjoyable and stress free: 1) a file or folder with essential medical paperwork, list of current medications, insurance card, etc.. This is just in case there’s an emergency that you must leave the hospital before everyone has been able to gather the information they need. 2) a credit card and small amount of cash. Hospitals typically accept credit cards for most services, but it’s always best to have a backup plan just in case (plus it gives you spending money for things like vending machines or ice cream sandwiches). 3) printed copies of your birth plan. Know which interventions and procedures you would like performed during labor and when/how you wish them performed. Your doctor should be happy to go over anything specific with you during your prenatal visits – he will have time scheduled for this on delivery day when he pop

Prepare Your Hospital Bag in Advance

The closer you get to your due date, the more exciting it is to think about finally meeting your baby. In all of the excitement, it can be easy to forget to think about what to pack in your hospital bag, but the items in that bag can be crucial in helping your time away from home go as smoothly as possible!  Your hospital bag will help make you more comfortable during labor and after your little one arrives.

You don’t want to over pack and end up hauling around a giant bag that you barely touch, but it can be easy to forget something important. That’s why we asked veteran moms what to pack in a hospital bag for labor and focused on the absolute “must-have” items.  We’ve compiled their responses here in an easy list of hospital bag essentials for moms:

Hospital Bag Checklist

  1. Lip Balm. More moms talked about packing lip balm than nearly any other item, and for a good reason. Hospital air can be incredibly dry, so having your favorite lip balm will keep your lips feeling good throughout labor and in those precious hours after delivery. Consider lip balm an essential in your maternity bag. 
  2. Your Own Toiletries. Pack a small bathroom bag with your toothbrush and toothpaste, a brush and hair ties, deodorant, and travel-sized lotion, shampoo, and conditioner. Some moms also recommend face wipes for a quick pick-me-up and dry shampoo for between showers. 
  3. Slippers. Slippers, no-skid socks, or flip flops are a lifesaver for pacing the hospital hallways during labor, and when your feet are so swollen they won’t fit into anything else. You won’t regret adding a pair to your hospital bag. 
  4. Glasses. Let’s get real, fussing with your contact solution will be one of the last things on your priority list during this whirlwind. It might be easier on your eyes to retire your contacts for your stay, and opt for your glasses during labor and delivery. 
  5. Nursing Bra. A comfortable nursing bra like our nursing sleep bra (no underwires!) is a must for some moms, while others prefer to go braless because of frequent nursing and to ensure lots of skin-to-skin contact in those early hours after birth. Do whatever makes you comfortable. Just make sure that you have packed whatever you need. 
  6. Nursing Pads. Save yourself from having to do laundry the minute you get home and protect your bra from leaks. Safe & Dry™ Disposable Nursing Pads are available in two options and are ideal for use both at the hospital and when settled at home, once you start going out and about with or without the baby!
  7. Phone Charger. You’ll want your phone to keep you distracted during labor, to contact friends and loved ones when the baby arrives, and for tons of newborn pictures. So, a charger is absolutely essential. Some moms even recommend bringing a longer charging cord that will reach from the wall to your hospital bed.  A phone charger is one of those items that’s easy to forget if you don’t have it already added to your list of items to include in your hospital bag.
  8. Snacks. Having a baby makes you hungry, and we haven’t heard anyone raving about amazing hospital food lately. Do yourself a favor and pack some snacks. We like anything that’s easy to toss in your bag with zero prep-work, like granola bars, crackers, or trail mix.
  9. Bathrobe and Comfy Clothes. Next to that post-delivery shower, the thing that will make you feel most like yourself after giving birth are comfy clothes to recover in. Pack loose lounge pants, a nursing tank, and a cozy zip-up hoodie or bathrobe. Packing comfortable maternity and nursing apparel can provide added support and relief to sensitive areas during and after pregnancy.
  10. Your Own Pillow. Hospitals aren’t known for their comfy pillows and you’ll want to comfortably enjoy every bit of sleep that you’re able to get after your baby arrives! That’s why many moms recommend bringing your own favorite pillow (or two) from home to help keep you as comfortable as possible during labor and to support you when you start breastfeeding – like our maternity and nursing pillow. If you bring your own pillow, remember to use a colored or patterned pillowcase so they don’t get mixed up with the hospital pillows.
  11. Lanolin. While you and your baby are learning to breastfeed in the hospital, your nipples may get sore. Our Purelan lanolin can help soothe and protect them and is completely safe for you and your baby.
  12. Pads, Underwear, and Diapers. The hospital will give you pads and mesh underwear while you recover from giving birth. However, some moms swear by bringing their own protection to be more comfortable. Adult diapers are a popular choice – seriously! – but other moms bring along a well-fitting pair of high-waisted underwear (you probably call them granny panties) and their favorite brand of overnight absorbency pads.
  13. Going Home Outfits. Pack a going-home outfit for yourself and your baby. You’ll probably still be most comfortable in your maternity clothes or cozy loungewear, while your baby will need a onesie, socks, a blanket, and any cold-weather gear if it’s chilly outside.
  14. Car Seat. Don’t forget to make sure your car seat is ready to go and that you and your partner know how to use it before going to the hospital. This item obviously won’t be fitting in your maternity bag, but we thought it was important enough to include anyway. 
  15. The “Nice-to-Have” Items. While many moms get by with just a few of the items listed above, some moms insist on having a few more comforts with them. Most popular were cozy blankets, a tablet for watching TV or movies, and overnight stuff for your partner. Only you can be the judge of whether you think you’ll need additional items like this. Your postpartum hospital bag is all about keeping you comfortable and prepared through labor and delivery.

If you haven’t already, be sure to download the Medela Family app and have that handy, so you can track important baby and breastfeeding stats while having easy access to our knowledge center, smart assistant, and other great breastfeeding-focused content and resources.

Having a hospital bag packed with the items covered above can help ensure that your trip to the hospital goes as smoothly and comfortably as possible. As your due date gets closer, have these items packed in your bag and stowed in the car or by the front door so that you’ll be ready whenever your baby decides to show up!Fast relief for sore nipples and dry skin.Purelan™ Lanolin CreamRelated ArticlesLabor and Delivery Questions to Ask Your Care ProvidersThe Pros and Cons of Home Birth VS Hospital BirthGlossary for Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Healthcare TerminologyRelated ProductsNursing Sleep Bra$19.99Purelan™ – 37g/1.3oz Lanolin Cream$9.99Maternity & Nursing Comfy Cami$49.99

What Should You Not Put in Your Hospital Bag?

When you’re a first time mom, figuring out what you need to bring to the hospital can be really confusing. Obviously, you have no idea what to expect, which means you’ll either not bring enough, or you’ll bring way too much. With my first child, I was not prepared at all because when I was admitted to the hospital 10 days prior to my due date, I hadn’t even packed a bag yet. Way to procrastinate, I know. But while being there I certainly learned what you do and do not need to bring with you to the hospital. You can find endless amounts of articles on the internet about what you SHOULD pack in your hospital bag, but today I’m actually going to tell you what you DO NOT need to pack in your hospital bag. There are a few things that you really do not need to bother with and if you do, you’ll just be wasting space in your bag. So here’s my list of items NOT to pack in your hospital bag for your maternity stay in the hospital.

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1. Underwear

Okay, I already know what you’re thinking – “There’s no way I’m not going to wear underwear at the hospital!” I completely agree with you, but here’s the thing – you will be wearing underwear, just not your own. The hospital provides these amazing mesh underwear for you to wear after birth which is perfect because one, they’re stretchy as heck which means they’re super comfy, and two, since you’re going to be bleeding after birth you won’t care if you get blood all over those things. You can just throw them away and put on a new pair. No sense in ruining your perfectly good underwear from home.

2. Diapering Products

You’re having a baby, which means you’re going to need diapers and wipes to change them right? Wrong! The hospital will have wipes, diapers, and even diaper cream for you if you need it. Don’t wast space in your bag for stuff like that.

3. Pre-Pregnancy Clothes

Look ladies, I know as first time moms we all think as soon as that baby pops out that our bodies are going to go back to their glorious pre-pregnancy weight and shape. Well, I have bad news for you…you’re still going to have a belly. That means your pre-pregnancy clothes still aren’t going to fit. So bring some comfy maternity clothes to wear in the hospital as well as for the trip home. Trust me, the last thing you want is anything tight around your stomach (especially if you have a c section) or anything tight “down there.”

4. Full Beauty Bag

I know we all have wonderful aspersions to look like those beautiful mamas we see on Pinterest after they’ve given birth, but the reality is you probably won’t have time, or energy, for that matter, to shower, shave your legs, blow dry your hair, then curl it, then do a full face of make up. I was in the hospital for 3 days after I had my son because he came via C-section and guess how many times I was allowed to shower? ONCE! Just bring a few makeup essentials and maybe a curling iron to style your unwashed hair. But don’t think you’ll be doing full glam, because you won’t. There just won’t be time to do all of that between taking care of a newborn and getting rest.

5. Feminine Pads

I’m sure you already know that you’re going to bleed after birth. A whole lot actually. As a first time mom you might automatically think you need to pack some pads to soak up all that blood. Well guess what? The hospital gives you these giant pads that are the most amazing thing ever for after birth. Trust me, you’ll need the biggest pads you can get, and they have them already there for you. You can also take a bunch when you leave, so take as many as you can because you’ll need them for a few weeks.

6. Your Bed Pillow

Okay, I’m sure there will be lots of moms that disagree with me on this but honestly, the hospital has A MILLION pillows for you to use. If you like having your head more elevated, then ask for more pillows. Don’t waste space in your bag or in your hands to bring your pillow from home. I do, however, suggest that you bring a nursing pillow, especially if it will be your first time nursing. Nursing can be really difficult and confusing and having a nursing pillow to help support you and your baby will make it much easier.

7. Entertainment

So, I know you’re probably thinking you’ll need to pack a few books and movies to occupy all that down time when you’re in the hospital, right? Well, let me clue you in on something – there is no down time. Okay, so technically there is, but when you do have a few minutes when you’re not taking care of your new baby, you should be SLEEPING. You will be so tired after you’ve had your baby and when you go home you won’t have nurses there 24/7 to take care of you and your baby. You’ll be doing a lot more of the work yourself the second you walk out of that hospital, so you’ll need all the rest you can get. If you want to bring like one book, then go ahead, but don’t bring so many books and movies thinking that you’ll be on a vacation for a few days with nothing to do, because, trust me, you won’t.

8. No Extra Room

I know you can’t technically “pack” this but trust me you will not want to pack your bag so full that you don’t have any extra room to take anything home. While at the hospital you will get diapers, wipes, pads, underwear, nipple cream, a bugger sucker, a water cup, gifts from visitors, etc. You will need extra room in your bag, or even a separate bag for all that stuff, otherwise you’ll be making a million trips to and from your car and your hospital room.

What Should I Pack In My Hospital Bag For Delivery in Nigeria?

What To Take To Hospital For Delivery In Nigeria

These hospital essentials for delivery are meant to cater to your immediate needs during and after the delivery process. It also includes important items for the baby. It is vital to note down and get these hospital items for baby delivery in Nigeria.

What To Take To Hospital For Delivery In Nigeria

If you’re planning to deliver your baby in a private or public hospital in Nigeria, here is the list of items you need to get. We have divided them into things you will need yourself and things you need your baby.

Items for Mothers:

  • Nightgown
  • Medications and supplements you are taking
  • Soft flat slippers
  • Bra and nursing bra
  • Massage oil
  • Creams for nipple soreness e.g lanolin
  • Breast pads
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Snacks and beverages
  • Clean wrappers
  • Hair ties
  • Olive oil
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hairbrush
  • Lip balm
  • Vacuum Flask
  • Cup & spoon
  • Body lotion and deodorant
  • Comfortable and loose-fitting dress to wear home
  • Hospital bags (Buy on Jumia)
  • Phone charger and power bank
  • Phone list of emergency contacts
  • Delivery mat (Buy on Jumia)
  • Hospital admission card
  • Pregnancy medical file.

Items for Baby:

  • A comfortable outfit for baby to wear home
  • Shawl or baby blankethttps://447003d840f78a59e3ff7b9a1106fc4c.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
  • Baby Towel
  • Flannel Gown
  • Methylated spirit and cotton wool
  • Baby Wipes
  • Baby combs and hairbrush
  • Pacifiers and bibs
  • Baby toiletries
  • Soft sponge for baby
  • Baby mosquito net (Buy on Jumia)
  • Baby oil and Lotion
  • Baby socks
  • Umbilical cord clamps (Buy on Jumia)
  • Infant mucus extractor (Buy on Jumia)
  • Baby car seat (Buy on Jumia)
  • Baby hat.
List of Items Required During Delivery in Nigeria

Other Items Required for Delivery in Nigeria:

  • Spare cash
  • Items that comfort you, such as prayer beads, a bible, a stress ball, and photographs.
  • Books and magazines
  • Cameras
  • Music player
  • Rechargeable fan.

Having this list of items required for delivery in Nigeria will ensure that you are fully prepared for delivery. You should start purchasing and getting them ready at least a month before your expected date of delivery.

We wish you a safe delivery and a healthy baby!

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