A friend is expecting and asked me to draw up a hospital bag checklist for mom and baby. The hospital bag checklist has been due for a long time, so here it is.

Hospital Bag Checklist for Mom

  • Your favourite face cream
  • Moisturiser
  • Hand Cream
  • Maternity Panties
  • Old nightdress or T Shirt and pyjamas to wear in labour
  • Lip Balm
  • Socks
  • Super absorbent longest pads for postpartum bleeding
  • Front open night gown
  • 2 X Change of clothes including comfortable pants and maternity top
  • Nursing cover
  • Feeding pillow
  • Maternity Bras x 3 – See a list of the Top 10 brands of maternity bras in India.
  • Kindle / Books
  • iPod / other device for music
  • Clean Slippers
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Comb
  • Makeup for the first hospital photo
  • Snacks and Drinks for your time in the hospital
  • Pillows
  • Hairbands / Clips
  • Mobile phone charger
  • Camera if allowed and if you wish to take pictures
  • Breast pads
  • Lace edged panties or any other panties you find comfortable. Avoid elastic.
  • Deodorant
  • Maternity Belt

Hospital Bag Checklist For Baby

  • Burp cloth X 5
  • Coconut Oil (use as nipple cream or diaper rash cream)
  • Baby cream / lotion depending on weather
  • Wash Cloth x 5
  • Jhabla / Comfortable front open full sleeved vests for baby with press button or ties X 5
  • Lowers with footies are most comfortable
  • Onesies / Sleepsuits X 2 with full sleeves preferable with foldover mittens
  • Mittens X 2
  • Baby Nail Clipper
  • Cloth Nappies X 20
  • Taped diapers X 5 for the trip back home
  • Cotton Swaddling cloth x 4-5
  • Liquid talc (not necessary)
  • Dry sheet
  • Baby Body wash
  • Baby Shampoo
  • Mustard seed pillow
  • Booties x 3
  • Cap x 2
  • Comb with rounded teeth
  • Baby blanket
  • Change of clothes for your trip back home
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby car seat (Not necessary in India but I had bought one and used it from Day 8 onwards as you will be making a lot of hospital trips with a newborn.)

I hope this is an easy list to follow. Let me know if you need any more information.