What To Pack In Diaper Bag For Birth?
You’ve been waiting for this day for a couple of months now and it has finally arrived. It is a very exciting time for you and your family, but can also be a source of stress as you prepare for the birth of your child. There’s usually a lot to organize and get ready and one of the main questions you might have is what to pack in your diaper bag if you’re having a hospital birth.
This could be quite a daunting task, especially if you’re giving birth to your first child and haven't packed a diaper bag before, so I’m going to run through some of the essentials you need to have in your diaper bag for your big day.
A good tip is to have everything prepared beforehand to reduce the stress of preparation. The last thing you want to be doing is scrambling at the last minute to pack your cute diaper bag for your hospital visit.
Before you start packing your diaper bag, it’s always a good idea to call the hospital to find out what items will be provided, that way you are not packing any unnecessary items in your bag.
Now it’s time to go over the essentials!
- Light Blankets
Hospitals are typically not the coziest or warm places so make sure you pack in some light blankets for your newborn. Newborns are very sensitive to the cold, especially when they’ve just been freshly born so a light blanket or two will ensure they stay nice and warm.
It’s important to have light blankets because you don’t want a blanket that is too thick that will smother your baby, they don’t require a whole lot to keep warm so light blankets will do just fine.
- Newborn Sized Binky/Pacifier
This is the item you don’t want to forget to pack. Binkies can serve to calm your baby and prevent them from sucking their thumb and could work wonders in calming a crying child. Getting your baby to sleep can be one of the most difficult and frustrating tasks especially when you’re worn out, so a binky will help soothe your baby to sleep. Babies are born with the inherent urge to suck so having a binky on hand will definitely give you some reprieve.
Binkies are useful in getting your baby back to sleep if they wake up during the night and can also be used as a distraction during vaccinations.
- Newborn bodysuit/onesie
This is also one of the important ones you don’t want to forget. These items of clothing serve several purposes. They don’t just give your baby the comfort and warmth of wearing clothing, but unlike some styles of clothing you don’t have to worry about a onesie or bodysuit riding up and causing your baby discomfort.
If you opt to use cloth diapers then a onesie will prevent the cloth diaper from sagging or falling down during the day.
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- Wet Wipes
Wet wipes can be used for a variety of things, but their main purpose is to keep your baby clean and hygienic. During a diaper change you will want to have your wet wipes ready to go and you always want to pack an extra, you’ll find that they get used up pretty quickly.
Another use for wet wipes is to keep your hands clean. You can also use them to sanitize different surfaces around your hospital bed, like the table surface and the railing beside the bed.
You also want these wipes to be easily accessible when you need them so it’s best to keep them in the outer pockets of your diaper bag, within reach and not bury them deep within the abyss of your bag in between all the other items. Trust me, this will save a lot of frustration. The last thing you want to be doing while changing your baby’s diaper is searching for wet wipes. This could potentially lead to a big mess if you don’t get to the wipes in time.
- Baby Powder
Baby powder does a great job of keeping your baby's diaper area dry, which will prevent the horrible diaper rash that some babies experience. You’ll want to be careful when applying the powder to prevent your baby from inhaling a large amount of it.
- Newborn sized diapers
Diapers can be a tricky one, especially for newborn babies. You may need to test out a few sizes and brands to get the best fit and comfort for your baby. The key aspects to take into consideration when choosing diapers is to make sure that the diaper is super absorbent and comfortable for your baby to wear.
Finding a good fit will help prevent leaks and discomfort for your baby and also stop the diaper from falling off all the time. There’re two options for diapers depending on your preference, disposable and cloth diapers. If you are looking for the easiest option then disposable is the way to go, but cloth diapers can be more cost effective. It’s all up to you on this one.
- A Going Home Outfit
You’ve conquered the birthing experience, survived the hospital stay, and welcomed the newest member of the family. Now it’s time to go home! This can be a very exciting time and you may have your whole family at home waiting to meet the little one.
The going home outfit can be simple or stylish, but the main goal of this outfit should be to keep your baby warm and comfortable. When packing this outfit, make sure you have more than one option and in different sizes to ensure that it fits correctly.
- A baby hat
Depending on the time of year you’re making your visit to the hospital, you’ll want to pack a comfortable hat for your baby, especially in the winter time. It’s important to keep your baby’s head warm to prevent him/her from catching a cold or reducing their body temperature too much.
Babies get cold very easily, so packing a baby hat will ensure your child stays warm, comfortable and in a good mood. This will bode well for you because a happy child equals happy mom. The last thing you want is for your baby to be miserable and crying all the time. This will definitely ruin your hospital experience.
There’re lots of options in materials when it comes to baby hats. However, cotton hats are highly recommended for great warmth and comfort.
- Baby Face Cloths
Feeding your newborn baby can be a messy job so having some baby face cloths handy will help you keep your babies face clean. When choosing the best face cloth to buy, be on the lookout for highly absorbent and easy to clean materials. It’s also a good idea to buy several, that way you always have on hand even if the rest are being washed.
You also want to make sure these face cloths are easily accessible in your diaper bag, because your baby could make a mess at any time and you want this on hand to clean up after them quickly.
- Newborn Pajamas
Newborn babies need a lot of sleep. Dressing your baby in cool and comfortable pajamas keeps will keep him/her cozy and allow them to get the much-needed rest. Pajamas made out of cotton or any cotton blend are the most comfortable for ensuring a good night’s rest or a sweet nap during the day. You’ll want to reduce the amount of times your baby wakes up during the night so anything you can do to keep baby comfortable and cozy is always a plus.
It’s also a good idea to have a couple of size options when it comes to pajamas since it’s hard to guess the size of the baby before birth. Having options will ensure you have a close or accurate fit when baby arrives. Also, being on the big is better than having a size too small. Newborns grow pretty quickly in the first couple of weeks so they’ll quickly fit into clothing that’s slightly bigger.
Pajamas are especially important during the cooler months, so the type you decide to purchase will be dependent on the season of birth of your child.
These are another essential item to pack in your cute diaper bag. They’re also very popular baby shower gifts so you may not even have to buy them yourself.
Baby booties are typically thick and knitted and help to keep your baby’s feet warm and also provide protection for the feet and toes.
Sizing can be a difficult thing here, but since your child won’t be walking around right after they are born, they just need to fit reasonably well and not perfectly.
It’s a good idea to have a pair that doesn’t cause your baby’s feet to sweat as this can cause a lot of discomfort. If you’re giving birth during the colder periods then you don’t have to worry about this too much.
- Bottles and sterilizing equipment
Feeding bottles are an essential especially if you do not intend to breastfeed at the hospital. Some hospitals and doctor’s offices may provide you with bottles so you might want to check with the hospital in advance before packing these. Keeping these bottles clean after use is very important so you might want to pack some baby safe soap that you can soak the bottles with as well as a cleaning brush and a clean cloth or napkin to dry off the napkin and teat.
It’s a good idea to pack the cleaning soap in a plastic bag, that way if it leaks it won’t get all over the rest of the items in your bag and ruin them. These plastic bags also come in handy for disposing of dirty diapers.
In conclusion, this article summarizes the key essentials to consider when packing a diaper bag for the hospital. You can use this as a starting point to get some ideas on where to begin. I’ve definitely found my list of essentials changed with my second child based on my experience with my first and the same might happen with you with each subsequent child.
One final tip is to make sure your diaper bag is packed, in sight and ready to go a couple of days before your due date because your bundle of joy may choose to arrive at an unexpected time.
These cute diaper bags are just the thing you need for your hospital trip