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How to pack your first hospital bag

How to pack your first hospital bag

As your due date approaches, you may feel increasingly excited about meeting your newborn baby. In preparation for the big day, packing your hospital bag is an essential task that can help ease any overwhelming feelings. Don't worry, Doona has you covered. It's recommended to pack your bag several weeks in advance, typically by 36 weeks or 37 weeks, to avoid any last-minute stress. Every mom's experience is unique, so customize your checklist to your needs. 

For Mom:

Comfortable clothes are key 

When packing for your postpartum stay, it's important to prioritize comfort. Pack comfortable and loose postpartum clothes, including nursing friendly tops and pajamas that are loose or have built in straps, side zips or hidden panels that you can pull aside. If you plan on breastfeeding, don't forget to bring a nursing bra or tank top. Avoid wearing anything too tight or restrictive, except for a supportive bra, and consider packing a few options in the case of a C-section. Postpartum leggings are also a great option for gentle compression. If you plan on laboring in water, pack a dark-colored sports bra or a bathing suit top. For footwear, slipper socks are great for keeping cozy and gripping slippery hospital floors. You should also bring slip-on shoes or flip-flops for going home because your feet may swell from IV fluids, and you'll be glad to have shoes that are easy to put on. Plus, pack a robe for easy access and warmth. 


Bring essential toiletries such as a hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, and deodorant. For quick freshening up, include items such as lip balm, moisturizer, extra hair ties, and face wipes. If you wear contacts or glasses, pack those along with your essentials. Other postpartum care products, such as nipple cream, are key for those breastfeeding and perineal spray. Most hospitals will supply pads and mesh underwear, but you can also purchase your own along with adult diapers, such as Depend, for maximal security and comfort. You can buy a complete kit of delivery and postpartum supplies from Frida Mom

Comfort items

Make your hospital stay more comfortable by bringing personal items that create a soothing environment. Bring your own pillow, a plush bath towel, and a cozy blanket for comfort. Pack a portable Bluetooth speaker and a playlist of your favorite tunes for a calming ambiance. Consider bringing a diffuser or portable fan for relaxation. These thoughtful additions will contribute to a peaceful atmosphere, allowing you to focus on the important moments during your hospital experience.

Other Essentials

Pack multiple copies of your birth plan, snacks (bars, pretzels, dried fruit), and a reusable water bottle. As a nice to have, include an extra long cell phone cord, considering that hospital plugs are often inconveniently located. Keep your identification, insurance information, and hospital paperwork easily accessible. Most importantly, don’t forget your mobile phone or camera to keep your loved ones updated and capture precious moments.

For Baby: 

Baby’s first ride: car seat 

One of the most crucial preparations for your baby's arrival is ensuring you have a properly installed car seat, such as the Doona Car Seat & Stroller. When selecting a car seat for your infant, choose a group 0 car seat, which is specially designed for newborns, providing the utmost protection for your little one during the journey home. It's essential that the car seat is rear-facing, because this position is the safest for newborns, offering optimal support for your baby’s fragile neck and spine. Before the big day arrives, double-check the car seat's security. Familiarize yourself with the installation process, making sure it is snugly and correctly fastened in your vehicle or consult a car seat technician for proper installation. Understanding the intricate details of how the car seat operates ensures a seamless and safe transition for your newborn from the hospital to home. 

Clothing essentials and baby’s first outfit 

Pack a variety of onesies, sleepers, and hats in different sizes to accommodate your baby's needs. These cozy items will keep your little one comfortable and snug during the journey home. Don't forget to include soft and warm receiving blankets for swaddling and providing an extra layer of warmth. Also, pack scratch mittens to protect your baby’s delicate skin from accidental scratches.

Feeding necessities

If you plan to breastfeed, it’s a good idea to bring a nursing pillow for added comfort during feeding. Pack burp cloths and bibs to keep your baby clean and dry. Additionally, include pacifiers if you choose to use them, and bottles if you plan to bottle-feed. Having these feeding essentials on hand will make feeding time more convenient for both you and your baby.

Pediatrician's information

Keep your pediatrician's contact details readily available. This information is crucial in case you have any concerns about your baby's health or need to schedule appointments after leaving the hospital.

Diapers and wipes

There’s no need to pack diapers and wipes. You can find comfort in knowing the hospital provides diapers and wipes, easing one less worry for you as a new parent. With these baby essentials organized, you can focus on the joy of welcoming your little one into the world.

At Doona, we are dedicated to simplifying your parenting journey. As you prepare to welcome your newborn, let our comprehensive hospital packing list be your guide. Our Doona Car Seat & Stroller is designed to make the first steps of parenthood effortless, ensuring convenience during hospital trips and beyond. From essentials like clothing and feeding items to other necessary items, we have thought of it all. With us, you can focus on bonding with your little one, trusting that your preparations are in expert hands. For additional tips and insights for newborns, explore our Parenting Tips, where you can find helpful information and advice. 

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