The Ultimate FREE Hospital Bag Checklist for Baby

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Recently updated on February 21st, 2024 at 10:25 pm

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Are you looking for a hospital bag checklist for the baby? As a first time mum,  I know how difficult and overwhelming it is to pack a hospital bag when you don’t even know what you actually need.

First of all, let me tell you congratulations!

You’re almost at the end of your pregnancy. That’s literally when you start wondering what your life with a baby looks like. This is also the time to start packing for your newborn baby. Therefore, I am going to share with you what I packed for my baby’s hospital bag.

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When to start packing your hospital bag?

There isn’t a specific rule when to start packing your hospital bag, but I would recommend starting packing as early as possible. Specialists advise starting around 35-36 weeks just to be prepared.

You never know when it’s time to rush to the hospital. Babies are very unpredictable and not many are born at their exact due date! Trust me, when labor starts, your mind will be way too busy to think about what to pack for the hospital and you’ll end up forgetting lots of things.

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Things to keep in mind before packing

Just a few specifications before sharing my hospital bag checklist:

  • initially, I packed for 2-3 days to stay in the hospital but I ended up having an emergency C-section. I had some complications and we had to stay in the hospital for 7 days. So I doubled up some of the things.
  • my baby was born in summer (August) so I packed some light clothes. But because we live in the UK, I added some warmer clothes too. The weather changes a lot around here
  • this list is a result of the list from the hospital and personal research – several youtube videos & blog posts
  • the hospital won’t give us any baby clothes, nappies or other baby stuff, but be sure to double-check with your doctor/midwife. Your case might be different.
  • I’ve added some more stuff after my whole birthing & hospital experience – things I wish I had packed initially. Thank God I had my parents and my husband bring in more stuff because my initial list wasn’t enough.

baby clothes

Hospital Bag Checklist for Baby


baby clothes
  • 5 newborn bodysuits
  • 2 up to 1-month bodysuits
  • 4 newborn sleepsuits
  • 1 up to 1-month sleepsuit
  • 2 newborn hats
  • 2 pairs of socks
  • 2 pairs of scratch mitts (x2)
  • 1 jacket/cardigan
  • 2 going home outfits

Nappy Changing

baby toiletries
  • changing pouch & a waterproof sheet
  • pack of newborn nappies (x2)
  • 20 nappy bags (which I didn’t even use)
  • pack of wipes, I use the ones from Water Wipes (x2)
  • 1 pack of cotton wool pads
  • nappy cream, I used Sudocrem

 Other Essentials

  • swaddle blanket – I’ve got them from Aiden & Anais
  • pram blanket
  • lightweight blanket
  • 2 burp cloths
  • toy (optional)
  • “Welcome to the world” board (optional)
  • 2 pram pegs (optional) 
  • dummy – I didn’t use it (optional)
  • I would have loved to have added some formula, as I had some issues after birth with my milk supply.

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