What to Pack in a Diaper Bag for the Hospital? You Will Need

You are on the last stretch of your pregnancy. You already know what your baby’s gender is, what birthing plan you will have, and you have already bought all the things that your baby needs. Is there something you are missing out on? Yes, there is! That is packing your hospital bag. What to pack in a diaper bag for the hospital? This is one of the most common questions that new moms have, and I am here to give you the answer and information you need!

What to Pack in a Diaper Bag for the Hospital?

pack baby item for the hospital

The truth is, I have been in the same situation as yours. I don’t know what I should bring in my hospital bag, and I have asked many friends about it. But their answers varied.. a lot! And so, I ended up bringing lots of, things in the hospital, most of which I didn’t use. So instead of giving you the answers I have gotten, I will give you answers that are based on my experience. With that in mind, here are the items you should pack in your diaper bag:

For the Baby

1. Infant car seat

You will need this when you bring the baby home. Make sure that your car seat dimensions and features coincide with the standards set forth by the government.

2. Burp cloth

baby clothes

You will definitely use this after you feed your baby.

3. Pairs of Pajamas

I recommend going for the button-up ones because these are a lot easier to remove and put on. But if your baby is quite thin and small, the lace-up ones would be better as it can fit him well.

4. Pairs of hats, mittens, and socks

Babies get cold easily, so you need to bring these items to help them keep warm.

5. Boppy Pillow

baby pillow

This will make breastfeeding a whole lot easier for you!

6. Going Home outfit

Of course, you would want your child to be dressed in something special when you take him home, right?

7. Baby bottles

baby bottle and pacifier

If you plan on formula feeding your baby, you will need to bring these. You may also want to bring a sterilizer so you can clean them while you are in the hospital.

For the Mommy

packing a hostpital bag for mommy

1. Birth plan, hospital forms, ID, and insurance information

Preparing these things in advance can help make the check in process a lot easier.

2. Pairs of non-skid socks

These will allow you to walk the hospital halls during labor and after giving birth.

3. Sugar-free candies

These will help keep your lips and mouth moist while you are in labor.

4. Cellphone and charger

This is pretty self-explanatory.

5. Cozy clothes and sleepwear

You may not find hospital gowns that comfortable, and you may want to wear something that you are comfortable with. Just make sure that you bring clothes that are roomy and will allow you to move around.

6. Roomy slippers or footwear

After giving birth, there’s a chance that your feet will swell, so you need slippers that are comfortable to wear.

7. Camera and baby book

This is a great milestone in your life so make sure that you can record every important detail about it.

8. Toiletries

In addition to the basics (shampoo, soap and your skin care products, toothpaste, toothbrush, and lotion), you should not forget to bring hair ties and lip balm too. You will need both during the labor process.

9. Nursing aids

If you plan on breastfeeding your baby, make sure to bring breast pads and cream.

10. Nursing bra

The bra should be wireless so that it won’t hurt your engorged breasts.

11. Underwear

This is basic, but you will be surprised as to how many women tend to forget about it.

The Important Things You Wouldn’t Think of Bringing

In addition to the basics (the things mentioned above), there are three other things that you need but will most likely forget to bring. Here they are:

Soothing music

You will need all forms of calming and relaxation techniques when you go into labor so make sure to bring with you your phone or any gadget with a playlist filled with calming music.


Many professionals will advise you not to eat anything before giving birth, but you are free to eat anything you want after delivery and rest assured, you would want to eat a ton. And the sad part is, hospital food will not be enough reward for all the hardships you went through so bring your own comfort food.


You will need something to pass the time while you are waiting for contractions.

When to Pack Your Hospital Bag?

Many experts advise preparing your hospital bag in advance, and it makes a lot of sense. After all, packing your hospital bag in advance will help you ensure that you have everything you will need. But when is the right time to pack your bag?

According to the Bump, it is best that you pack your bag on your 35th week if you have a high-risk pregnancy or there’s a chance that you will go into labor or deliver earlier than your due date. But in general, you can pack your bag as soon as you hit your 37th-week mark.

But if you want to start packing earlier than the recommended schedule, then by all means, do so! Just make sure that you will not leave the packing later than the 38th week. That would not be a wise move.


There are many things that you will need when you deliver your baby. It is a must that you prepare these things in advance so you can make sure that you will be able to bring all the essentials that you need.

I hope the list of what to pack in a diaper bag for the hospital that I have provided above will be useful to you. If it is, then please feel free to share it with your friends. You can also leave your questions and suggestions in the comments section too!

Josephine Lesley

Hi! I am Josephine G Lesley. I love children! In fact, I am an obstetric nurse and my passion is to ensure that each and every child on my watch will receive the proper care and utmost love that they deserve. I treat each child that I meet as my own and I am happy to be always surrounded with cute and loving children not just at work but also at home. I am actually a mom to a 4-year-old child and I am preparing to welcome another child soon! Because of my work and my family life, I believe that I have gained some amazing insights on child care and rearing and I want to share with you all of my knowledge through this blog. I am doing this in the hopes that I can be able to help other people in their motherhood journey! I hope you will enjoy reading my blog as I enjoyed writing it for you!

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