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What Baby Items Do I Need to Pack for a Hospital Delivery?


Updated June 02, 2014

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Question: What Baby Items Do I Need to Pack for a Hospital Delivery?

I am having my first baby in a few weeks and I am nervous about what to pack for baby for hospital delivery.I've read some really long lists of baby essentials to bring with me, but is it all necessary? What do you suggest I pack for a hospital delivery?


More often than not, parents tend to overpack for the hospital trip, especially when it comes to items for their baby. The fact is that the hospital will likely supply for nearly all your baby's needs during your stay - simple t-shirts or onesies, hats, blankets, diapers, nursing and formula feeding supplies, and more. Many hospitals even permit you to take unused packages of diapers and other items with you.

By not overpacking, you can save the hassle of lost items and focus on the things that matter most to you. Be sure that you check the following essential items off before you head to the hospital:

Baby Essentials for the Hospital Stay

If nursing, you may want to bring a nursing pillow. Other breastfeeding supplies, like lanolin and nursing pads will likely be supplied. This one is definitely not necessary, as you might be able to make yourself comfy by using hospital pillows.

If intending on formula feeding, check with your hospital to see if they will provide the necessary supplies. Some hospitals are changing their policies regarding the availability of formula, bottles and even pacifiers.

Scratch mittens are optional, but you may want to consider putting these on if your baby is sent for any needle pricks of vaccines. Occasionally, babies have been known to scratch themselves during intense crying spells following uncomfortable proceedures. You may want to toss in a pair of baby nail clippers as well.

Additionally, you may want to bring a pacifier or a special blanket or heirloom baby item for pictures. Take a list of everything you brought and double-check before you leave the hosptial that you have everything on the list packed in the car.

Baby Items for the Car Ride Home

Many hospitals state that you cannot be released following delivery unless you have an infant car seat. This is not an item you want to leave home without. You should have an infant car seat installed in the vehicle that the baby will return home in, and you might want to consider going to your police office to check that you have installed the car seat properly.

Be sure to take a comfortable, weather-appropriate take home outfit. Use the t-shirts or onsies the hospital supplies during your stay. It makes the constant examinations much easier. You may also want to take an outfit for any newborn photos you take following the birth.

Depending on the climate, pack warm blankets and/or a car seat cover. While little newborn coats can be preciously dear, you want to avoid using heavy coats because of the danger of coat compression. Heavy clothing can cause your car seat harness to function poorly in an accident.

You may also want to take a newborn hat, though many hospitals will provide you with one that you can take home. Your newborn will have a difficult time regulating his tempature, and a hat is key to help keep him warm and comfortable.

Keep what you pack simple. The less you have, the less you will forget, and the less you have to worry about. Allow yourself to focus on your baby, rather than to be distracted with items that are more than likely unnecessary.

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