Hospital Bag 101: What To Pack

It’s always better to overprepare than underprepare, but when the time comes for your little one to greet the world outside your womb for the first time, it becomes absolutely essential. As a brand-new mom (just let that sink in – it’s finally happening!), you’ll want to make your baby’s stay at the hospital as comfortable as possible, while also taking care of yourself. This article will cover absolutely everything you need to pack, but remember to be ready at least two to three weeks before your due date – babies have a habit of arriving when you least expect it.

We’ll cover the baby basics first. Babies are frail and delicate little souls, so they need every possible bit of care and protection, but they can also be fussy little divas, so it’s best to be prepared for every possible situation. Before we begin, make sure you actually have a large, suitable bag to fit everything inside! If you want, you can download our checklist here to help you out.

  • Unfortunately, babies aren’t born with a warm onesie and blankets. Pack light blankets or a muslin wrap to keep your baby warm, as well as a minimum of 5 baby grows and a baby-sized beanie.
  • Babies are sometimes called “poop machines”, and with good reason! Their digestive systems are still small and sensitive, so they will produce a lot more waste than you might expect. That’s why you need to remember to pack nappies! Your hospital may provide you with enough nappies for the duration of your stay, but we recommend packing your own nappies in case they aren’t covered by your hospital.
  • Continuing from the previous point, you will also need to pack some cleaning supplies. Baby Sebamed Oil Wipes and Baby Sebamed Diaper Rash Cream are ideal to help keep your baby clean and calm, as the pH 5.5 formulation will be gentle on the skin while keeping it smooth and healthy. You should also pack petroleum jelly, baby powder, and a baby changing mat.
  • When the time comes to give your baby a bath, you can’t just use any soap, as this may dry out and irritate your baby’s skin. We recommend Baby Sebamed Gentle Wash to make bath time more comfortable (it is important to protect your baby’s delicate skin, after all). Once bath time is over, you’ll need a gentle cotton towel to dry off and Baby Sebamed Lotion to moisturize your baby’s skin.
  • Other assorted items you need to pack include a burping cloth and a dummy, as well as soft cotton balls and surgical spirits to sterilize the baby’s umbilical cord.   

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about YOU, mom! Remember – your baby’s first experiences with the world need to be stress-free and one of the best ways to do this is to look after yourself as well. Stress out the mom, and you stress out the baby! You won’t get the 5-star New York hotel experience when your baby arrives, but you can come pretty close with a few of the below basics.

  • Clothes. Often one of the last things an expecting mommy thinks about, which is why we’re covering it first. You’ll need pyjamas, a gown, comfortable slippers, and socks. You won’t be walking the runway, so no need to worry about appearances.
  • Toiletries and bathroom, supplies. These include body wash (like Sebamed Gentle Wash), a moisturizing cream like Sebamed Moisturizing Body Lotion, a soft sponge or face cloth, a cotton towel, and a toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Personal care. Giving birth can take its toll on your skin and body, so remember to pack some lip balm (preferably a gentle variety, as you’ll want to kiss your new baby all the time!), Sebamed Liquid Face & Body Wash, toner, and cream (pro tip: you can borrow some of your baby’s Sebamed Protective Facial Cream for an extra silky-smooth feel!). Don’t forget your sanitary pads and remember to pack a nursing bra – you’ll be surprised at how sensitive your breasts become during breastfeeding.
  • A change of clothes. You won’t be in the hospital forever – pack a comfortable set of clothes for the day you and your new baby get to go home!

It might seem like a lot of stuff to remember, but this blog isn’t going anywhere and you can always read it again to check if you have everything. We also have a handy checklist you can download here. Keep reading our blog for more useful tips!