what to pack in a baby bag hospital birth

One of the most exciting times in a new mamma’s life is giving birth. There is so much excitement in getting ready to pack those must-have items for the hospital or birthing place of your choice, and even shopping for them (what a bummer that “Babies R Us” is gone!).

One thing we often do (and I did!) is over pack. As I’m trying to make our life more balanced like the Swedes do using the concept of “lagom,” and having just enough of the right thing, I’m going to give you my must-have “hygge” list for your baby’s cozy bag.

These items will help you feel prepared for when you take your newborn baby home from the hospital (more on your hospital bag in a future post!):

WHAT TO PACK IN YOUR HOSPITAL BABY BAG:

  • baby’s going home outfit (all seasons except the summer a hat is encouraged)
  • 6 baby footed onsies with sleeves that fold over as mittens for hands (just in-case something arises and you’re in the hospital longer than expected or they get soiled)
  • 2 baby blankets or swaddles or receiving blankets
  • 3 pacifiers
  • 4 burp cloths
  • if you have a specific preference for your baby bring these as well: diapers, wipes, soap, baby wash cloths, diaper rash cream (I recommend free and clear as often as possible and most hospitals don’t provide this)
  • car seat with base already attached (have it car seat checked by certified person beforehand)

Less really is more when going to the hospital. You will most likely leave with flowers, gifts and items from the hospital, and you don’t want to have to bring three car loads down to the car with volunteers. The other issues (the nurse in me) sees with bringing more things into the hospital is the risk for germs. Nosocomial infections are acquired in the hospital, and the less you bring into the facility environment, the less you need to worry about washing when you first arrive home.

- Kate

About Kate Wallace

I’m a Boston nurse with over twenty years of infant and childcare experience. I love incorporating my Scandinavian heritage into this “hygge baby” model of care for mammas, pappas and their babes. I believe that every mamma and pappa deserves the support of experts in the coziness of their own home over a cup of delicious coffee to help them easily and comfortably transition into new parenthood.

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