What’s in my hospital bag?

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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  • Rosemary Joy says...

    Happy Mother’s Day, Veronna! And to all the mama’s reading this, here’s wishing you all a magical journey filled with a whole lotta love. 🧡💛💚 xoxo

    On May 10, 2020

  • Rosemary Joy says...

    Lol, blame it on mom brain. Do you have a preference in the belts, though? Do let me know which one you liked most.
    So true, takes a village, xoxo 💛✨

    On May 09, 2020

  • Veronna D says...

    Oh wow!!! THANK YOU Rosemary Joy!
    I don’t know how I missed the maternity belt, because I bought 3 and forgot to pack even one. hahaha!
    Thanks for the suggestions on the points, I read up about it all and have added them to the list.

    This is what I love about this platform. Moms helping moms. Such a good feeling when you know you’re part of a community.


    On May 09, 2020

  • Rosemary Joy says...

    Wow, you’re already packed, way to go! For some reason packing the hospital bag is the one thing I’ve been really lazy at getting to. I made a list too, but that’s pretty much it, slowly collecting things for it, so hopefully it’ll be ready soon. Our lists are pretty similar – few small notes I thought I’d add (these are from all the videos and lists I’ve seen online, so please cross check)
    It may be a good idea to carry a sweater or shrug, as some rooms tend to be cold or some women tend to feel cold at certain points during their time at the hospital.
    A lot suggest carrying a pillow from home. I think this is important if like me you tend to get headaches if pillows are not the perfect softness – you’ll need all the rest you can get those first few days.
    I think you can carry whatever you are using for stretch marks too because I’ve heard some women experience more of it just after birth.
    I’ve also ordered for the disposable maternity bed mats from mother care (usually for incontinence, but I’m a little terrified of the whole lochia phase and got it for that mainly). Not really sure if I’ll need it, but I figured, if I don’t use it for the me, we can always use it for the baby later on.
    Another thing most people recommend is taking snacks for the mom to be and partner as well. Sometimes labour can be really long and a lot of people feel really hungry. (of course you may get that at the hospital) People also reccomend carrying prunes as a snack for after delivery.
    Another thing someone highly recommended was the velcro stomach belt – I’ve yet to read up properly on that though and of course can’t be used imeediately if you have a cesarean.
    Baby –
    I did read something about vitamin D drops for baby that they should start taking from day 1, but have to read up more on it and talk to my doctor too.
    Also I heard it would be good to download this app called baby connect. You can log things for the baby in it and its very convenient for keeping track of the baby.

    On May 08, 2020

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