We get it; the moment you learned that you are pregnant, you get all excited to the point that you panic-buy stuff for the baby. There’s just a lot of things to buy and get done to be ready for your little one. But of all these preparations, having your hospital bag ready should be among those on top of your list as it is possible that your baby may come out earlier than your due date. But, what to pack in diaper bag for hospital admission?
Usually, expecting mothers are advised to have their diaper bags for hospital admission ready around 30 to 34 weeks of pregnancy, but we suggest you do it earlier when you’re peanut is just sized as that, and it’s easier for you to move around.
What to Pack for the Baby?
Babies need a lot of things, and these are among the most needed items that should be in your hospital diaper bag:
The hospital may provide one, but it is also a good idea for you to pack a few. It can be used as a receiving cloth for the baby right after he or she gets out of your womb, as a wrap for when you want to hold your baby during skin to skin time, and as a blanket to keep your little one warm on your way home.
- Baby Clothes
It is best to pack a couple of pairs because you would not know how long will your hospital stay be. But make it a point to check with the hospital because they usually have recommendations on what clothes to bring. Clothes that fasten up at the front is also convenient for newborn babies. Also, consider what your baby will wear when it is time to come home. Make sure that it is suitable for the weather in your area.
- Hats, Socks, and Mittens
Babies got used to the warmth inside a mother’s womb. So, it is easy for them to feel cold during their first few days or even weeks on Earth. It is a good idea to bring sets of hats, socks, and mittens to keep their tiny hands and feet warm. The mittens will also prevent them from scratching their faces.
- Diapers and Wipes
Like adults, babies will need time to adjust to everything. So, it is likely that you may or may not have to change your little one’s diaper often, depending on their feeding routine. Bring around 20 pieces of diapers and two boxes of baby wipes. These may or may not be enough for three to five days, again depending on your baby’s feeding routine.
- Bottles and Milk
These are optional. Some mothers have medical conditions that prevent them from breastfeeding their babies. More often than not, a mother would know this ahead of time especially if she doesn’t skip her checkups. Regardless, some mothers opt to bring a bottle or two and formula milk in case breastfeeding becomes impossible.
What to Pack for Mom and Dad?
Of course, moms and dads have their needs, too. Here are some of the things to pack for the hospital:
- Important Documents, IDs, and Cash
Giving birth is not a walk in the park. There are important documents that you need to bring, fill up, and file such as mom and dad’s marriage and birth certificates, insurance documents, and government forms, to name a few, along with your identification cards to make sure everything gets processed correctly in the backend.
You may also need to buy or pay for something before and after the delivery, and it is possible that you may not have time to go to an ATM, so make sure you always have cash with you.
Unless scheduled for C-section delivery, your baby may not come out exactly as expected–perhaps a day or two late or early, so some expecting parents opt to be admitted to the hospital earlier especially if there might be an issue in going to the hospital. If this is the case for you, then you may want to bring comfortable clothes to wear while waiting.
More importantly, make sure to pack sets of comfortable clothes for you to wear after you’ve given birth. Feel free to include socks because you may feel extra cold during your hospital stay.
- Sets of Underwear
Make sure to bring clean and comfortable pairs of underwear that you can use before and after delivery. Moms have to consider that after delivery, they will need high-waist panties or slightly bigger panties since they will use maternity pads for a couple of days after birth. Maternity bras can be considered, too, so that it is easier to have the baby latch on the breast during feeding time.
- Binder and Maternity Pads
These are for the moms. After giving birth, your belly will have to adjust to the drastic change in your body. You might want to wear a binder to support it and avoid discomfort in that area as well.
You will also experience massive discharge, heavier than your usual menstrual period, so make sure to pack boxes of maternity pads because you may need to change twice or thrice a day.
- Food, Gadgets, and Chargers
It is a great idea to bring gadgets and chargers to keep you entertained and connected to the outside world because you might need to stay in the hospital for a couple more days than expected. You also want to make sure that you have food to eat anytime, especially for moms who do not have anyone else with them aside from their husbands who can be very busy filing the baby’s birth certificate and other legalities.
What to Pack in Diaper Bag for Hospital: Final Thoughts
We hope to have enlightened you on what to pack in diaper bag for hospital admission through this detailed article. Remember, you are not required to bring the entire nursery; you just have to pack a few of these essential items. And it’s okay if you forget to bring one or two in this list, it doesn’t mean you’re a terrible parent. After all, you’re bringing another life into this world. That alone is already a miracle.
You got this!