What’s in my hospital bag?

I’m due in mid-July, as most of you might already know (if you’ve been reading my posts regularly!). I know it’s a bit early for me to be getting a hospital bag ready but hey, I’ve had a lot of free time lately!

Here’s a couple of things I thought we’d absolutely need in the hospital at the time of delivery. I’ve made it in the form of a check list because that helps me – feel free to print it out and use it for yourself too.
And ofcourse, if you think I’m missing anything please feel free to add to the list in the comments below.

  • All hospital paper work
  • Medical reports; stem cell paperwork and kit (if you are opting for it)
  • Medicines (that you’ve been taking throughout your pregnancy)

  • Nursing/maternity dresses (2 to 3 dresses) front zipper preferably, so you aren’t struggling with buttons while feeding.
  • Going home outfit – I would say either pants and a comfy top or a dress (I’ve carried both)
  • Socks
  • Slippers for the hospital
  • Underwear
  • Nursing bras
  • Sanitary pads/maternity pads
  • Breast pads
  • Sweater or shrug incase you feel cold
  • Nipple cream
  • Toilet kit + deodorant/perfume + hair-ties
  • Make-up kit with basic products
  • Lip balm
  • Lotion + stretch marks cream or oil - (I have been using organic shea butter and it's been working really well so far)
  • Disposable maternity bed mats 
  • Towel
  • Nursing bras
  • Phone (obviously!)
  • Phone charger (spare); battery pack
  • Polaroid camera and extra film sheets (any camera even your phone will do honestly! I just wanted to get polaroid shots)
  • Water bottle
  • Snack - dry fruits or prunes 
  • Pillow if you need; butt pillow/donut
  • Maternity stomach belt - super important 
  • Breast pump - preferably an electronic one

  • Onesies (3), preferably full sleep suits
  • A going home outfit (I’ve carried two cute options to choose from)
  • Socks (3 pairs)
  • Mittens (3 pairs)
  • Hats (3)
  • Swaddles
  • Burp cloths (2)
  • Bibs (2)
  • Napkins (2)
  • Feeding pillow; preferably one with a belt so it latches on to you
  • Pacifiers (if you plan on introducing them)
  • Bottles (at least one); also I recommend using anti-colic glass bottles
  • Blanket
  • Head shaping pillow (I’m still on the fence about whether I need this, but have packed it for now)
  • Grooming kit
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Wash cloths
  • Small mul towel
  • Lotion (use only if needed)
  • Car seat (installed in car)
  • Basinet to carry the baby (if needed)
  • Check out the app, baby connect 




  • T-shirts (2)
  • Shirt (1)
  • Jeans (1)
  • Pajamas (1)
  • Track pants (1)
  • Undergarments
  • Slippers 


  • Toilet Kit
  • Deodorant/perfume  


  • Wallet
  • Water bottle 
  • Phone 
  • Phone charger (spare)

Covid19 Edition essentials to add

  • Hand sanitizer, Disinfectant hand wash and Surface disinfectant kit by Steri360 (really good product, I have been using it all through the lockdown and have stocked up on their kit for the nursery as well. Check them out!)
    You can buy the kit on amazon.in, Flipkart and Firstcry or read more about them on Steri360.com (not an ad; I genuinely have been using the product and like it)
  • Face masks (carry extra)
  • Gloves (for you and dad) 
  • Carry a  bottle sterilizer (so you can avoid using the one at the hospital for hygiene reasons)
Most of the baby’s things have fit into the diaper bag. And a few of the bulky items I have placed in a medium size bag in which I’ve also placed all my things and the covid19 essentials. For dad, we've packed a separate weekender bag.
I hope this was helpful. Feel free to add to the list in the comments below.
- Veronna D

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