What to Pack in the Hospital Bag – A Comprehensive Checklist

So now you are eagerly awaiting the arrival of your cutie pie and all eager to start packing the bags. Hopefully, you have a few months in hand as sometimes picking the right items takes time and patience.

It’s always difficult to decide what to pack especially if you are on the way to welcome your first child. In confusion or over-enthusiasm you can pack the world but that would cost space and money, right! If you don’t plan well, then even with some crazy packing and towing heavy bags to the hospital you never know till the last moment if you have missed crucial items or made some wrong choices.

And who wants to waste time in the hospital running around rather than enjoying the precious moments?

So let’s get started! The bag needs to be packed for mostly 3 people:

  • The expecting mom
  • The hospital partner (husband, grandparent or whoever will stay back in the hospital with the expecting mother)
  • And most importantly the little bundle of joy that you will bring back with you

Pro Tip: It’s best to pack the items in 3 different bags to make life easier in the hospital.

Packing for mom

Must pack

  • Hospital file (all records, if you have changed hospital during your pregnancy, carry old records also)
  • Insurance papers (keep the forms all filled and ready. If you have a cashless facility, make sure to use it)
  • Government-approved ID card/Aadhar Card (you will need your ID card/Aadhar card for multiple reasons right from admission, insurance to birth certificate)
  • Regular medicines (if any)
  • Cosmetics (Do carry a moisturizer and lip balm. Rest are personal choices)
  • Basic makeup (well some do and some don’t. These are personal choices. Carrying a kajal and tinted lip balm will definitely look good in your first pictures with your little one)
  • Toiletries (soap or body wash, face wash, toothpaste and toothbrush, other items you find necessary)
  • Slippers (must have)
  •       Socks (depending on the weather)
  •       Coming home dress
  •       Nursing bra and comfortable underwear
  •       Phone and phone charger

Optional (provided in most hospitals)

  • Hand sanitizers and hand wash
  • Towels (you can still carry your own)
  • Warm blanket for mother
  • Gowns
  • Maternity pads for the first few days (provided by most hospitals during the hospital stay, you definitely need your own for use once you get home. You will need them for 1-2 weeks depending on an individual case)
  • Food (most hospitals provide a dietician approved diet so no need to worry on this front)

Pro Tip: Do check with your hospital on what are the things they provide to be sure. Policies vary across the cities.

Packing for Your Partner

  • Regular medicines (if any)
  • Cosmetics
  • Toiletries
  • Change of clothes and innerwear
  • Small pillow (many hospitals don’t really provide a pillow. Check yours)
  • Light blanket (hospitals provide bedsheets as blankets, so if that works for your partner then you can avoid packing one)
  • Slippers
  • Phone and phone charger
  • ID card


A book to read while you are in the labour room or OT if the hospital policy does not allow your partner inside.

Packing for the Little One

  • Soft, easy to wear clothes (6 sets)- Onesies or t-shirt and pants or Jhabla (Make sure you check the weather and decide accordingly)
  • Coming home clothes and wrapper
  • Soft blanket (2)
  • Muslin wrap (3-4)
  • Soft cap (2-3)
  • Mittens (2-3)
  • Socks (2-3)
  • Diapers
  • Wet wipes
  • Towel (2)
  • Muslin napkin/wipe (5-6)

Pro Tip: Do check with your hospital on what are the things they will provide to be sure. Policies vary across the cities.

Pack your bag on time to have at least one less thing to stress about on D-day. All the very best moms-to-be!

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