Congrats! If you’re reading this you’re probably planning to welcome your new little one (or little ones!) into this world. Or you are an auntie, uncle, grandma, grandpa, cousin or loving friend eager to meet this new baby and support the parents. Whatever your reason, thanks for reading!

New parents have sooooo many things to consider. And rightly so! You’re preparing to bring a brand new baby into this world. Do we have everything we need? Did we buy the car seat, crib, diapers, wipes, clothes? The list goes on and on… Between worrying about everyday essentials and daydreaming about meeting your little one for the first time, there’s likely some things you may forget! 

If there is one thing you don’t want to forget, it’s packing a bag for the hospital! I repeat, moms and dads, do not forget to pack your hospital bag! You’ll be in the hospital for days and having everything you need on hand will allow you both to focus on your baby.

Don’t forget your hospital bags!

It does not have to be a challenge. I only packed my hospital bag just a few days before our baby boy made his grand entrance (9 days early I might add!). I know, I should have done it sooner but I really thought I had time! I procrastinated so much that I almost didn’t have a bag packed by the time he came. If you’ve been procrastinating, don’t worry, we’ve got a list of must-haves for your hospital stay!

Check out Ken + D’s Hospital Bag Essentials below!

For mom:

  • Comfy Outfit – My personal favorite is a nice robe overtop a loose tank and lightweight sweatpants, or maternity leggings. If you’re breastfeeding, don’t forget nursing tops and tanks (they’ll make your life so much easier). Don’t forget some non slip socks and some slip on shoes, like flip flops, for when you leave the hospital.
  • Toiletries – Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, lip balm, hair products (including a brush and hair ties), face cleansing wipes, lotion, towel and cloth/bath sponge. Also, if you don’t want to wear the mesh undies provided by the hospital, consider bringing adult diapers. Keep in mind, hospitals have the “necessities” but if you have your own products you prefer, definitely bring them. 
  • Pillow/blanket – Most hospitals are not known for their super comfortable pillows and blankets. If you want to simulate your own bed, consider bringing a nice pillow or throw blanket.
  • Wallet with Insurance info
  • Chargers and Portable charger – Outlets are scarce or super far away from the bed so if you plan to use your phone at all, bring a charger with a long cable and a power bank.
  • Speaker and playlist

For baby:

  • Car seat (and cover depending on the season)
  • Outfit for going home
  • Ken + D Swaddle blanket (for pictures of course!)
  • Bottles (if you’re not breastfeeding)
  • No diapers or wipes!

For partner:

  • Things to help stay comfortable – Comfy Clothes, Toiletries and Blankets/Pillow (as mentioned above!)
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Entertainment – Phone, books, tablet, laptop, etc. Tip: Download some shows or music to play offline.

If you pack all the items listed above, not only will you be ready for the baby, but it will make your time in the hospital much more comfortable. Best wishes to you and your family!