Hospital Bag Essentials

pregnancy and baby care

The whole 9 months of pregnancy, we very eagerly wait for our newborn’s arrival. You just want to see your baby as soon as possible and you’re very excited about how will he look like, and what clothes and other products should we buy for him when he comes into this world. We shop a lot and invest a lot in many baby products. Some parents start packing their hospital bag from 7 months of pregnancy onwards and some pack it in the last month of pregnancy. It is very essential to keep a hospital bag ready in the last trimester because you don’t know when you will go into labor. Many parents are confused about packing their baby products and they pack almost everything which is going to be a mess when you go to the hospital for delivery. The bag should be small and have minimum things and no extra things. Your hospital will provide you with some basic things. So talk to your gynecologist about what facilities will they give after delivery.
In this article, I will tell you all things you need to pack in your hospital bag. The bag contains your products and your baby’s products. If you want you can make a separate bag for your baby or make two compartments in a single big luggage bag. Packing depends on how long you’re going to stay in the hospital. For normal delivery, you have to stay in the hospital for one or two days, and for a c-section, you have to stay in the hospital for 3 to 5 days. It’s always better to pack all the things for a 5-day stay so that you don’t rush for things at the last minute.
1. Hospital File:- This file is very very important for you throughout your pregnancy and also post-delivery. Depending on your pregnancy journey your doctor will decide your treatment. The pregnancy file contains all the health checkups you did for the last 9 months of pregnancy. It will show all the information regarding your pregnancy journey. If you had thyroid, diabetes, high blood pressure, abortions, etc during your pregnancy, they all will be written in it, so that your gynecologist who is doing your delivery knows how to treat you with the correct medicines. Make sure you keep this file well protected without causing any damage to it.
2. Baby Diapers
pregnancy and baby care
  • This is also known as the doctor’s no.1 choice. This is the first preference of every parent for their newborn.
  • They come in the form of pants. When you have to put on diapers for your baby you have to put them just like we put a pant or underwear on our baby. But while removing diapers you have to tear the two sides of the diapers which can easily tear off.
  • These diapers contain aloe vera lotion in it which can prevent rashes and protect your baby’s delicate skin.
  • It absorbs all the wetness and keeps your baby dry for up to 12 hours.
  • It has a double leak guard which can prevent leakage from your baby’s diapers even after 12 hours.
  • Available in all sizes like newborn, small, medium, large, XL, XXL, and XXXL.
  • I used these diapers when my baby was one month old and he didn’t get any rashes and he felt very comfortable in them.
  • But you have to keep in mind that newborns pee and poop a lot so you have to change the diaper immediately after poop and every 3-4 hours to prevent diaper rashes.
  • So no matter what brand of diapers you are using make sure you change them every 3 to 4 hours or else your baby will develop diaper rashes.
  • While choosing the diaper size for your baby doesn’t depend on the age or months of the baby. Pick diaper sizes according to your baby’s weight.
  • The other brands of diapers that I used are MammyPoko pants, Huggies and Supplies. All these three brands are very comfortable and easy for your baby to wear.
  • In all these four brands Supplies are low in cost and Pampers are very high in cost. So choose what you and your baby are comfortable with.
  • Always keep diapers in cupboards. Don’t keep them open to air as dust can accumulate in the diapers and cause rashes and infections in babies.
  • The supply brand of diapers and wipes is not available in Indian stores or malls. So you can buy it online on Amazon.
  • Carry at least 30 diapers for the first five days because newborns poop a lot.
3. Wet Wipes
pregnancy and baby care
  • Wet wipes are very important in your baby’s daily use. You will need it all the time. So I keep it very handy and carry it outside when I go out with my baby.
  • I use it to clean my baby bump and private parts. I also use it to clean my baby’s hands and legs and very light on the face.
  • It is enriched with aloe vera gel and vitamin E which moisturizes your baby’s skin and prevents it from dryness and irritation.
  • It is alcohol and paraben-free and prevents your baby’s skin from rashes, allergies, and infections.
  • It has multiple uses you don’t need to look out for a cotton cloth to clean your baby’s face or hands at mealtime. Just take out a wet wipe and your baby is clean with only one wipe.
  • Keep it in your handbag when you travel outside so that you maintain proper hygiene around your baby and clean him while changing diapers or changing clothes.
  • I also used two other brands of wet wipes. those are Johnson and MeeMee wet wipes. But I felt comfortable with Supple’s brand because it has a natural fragrance in it and its cost is also low. Johnson wet wipes have a very strong fragrance and are high in cost. MeeMee wet wipes don’t have any fragrance and it smells like some chemical is added to them.
  • I also clean my baby feeding chair, potty seat, toys, and other baby products with these wet wipes. They have made my household work very easy.
  • You have to close the sticker on the top after taking out a wipe or else they all may dry up if you keep them open. So if you forget to close it you can buy the same wet wipes with a lid. Those are a bit costly but they are worth buying.
4. Baby Half Sleeve T-shirts and Shorts
pregnancy and baby care
  • If you want your baby to wear short sleeves and short pants then this combo will make perfect clothing for your baby.
  • They can be used in summer for babies.
  • Make sure that you have kept your baby warm and wrapped up till 6 months of age.
  • After 6 months you can expose him to some fresh air outside.
  • They are made up of 100% cotton material.
  • It is a combo of 5 T-shirts and 5 pairs of short pants.
  • It is suitable for both boys and girls.
  • All sizes are available from 0 to 18-month-old babies.
  • Their colors are very vibrant and have attractive cartoons on them.
  • They are perfect for regular use.
  • They may stretch up after some time of regular use.
  • They can be machine washable.
5. Newborn Baby Clothes
pregnancy and baby care
  • These clothes are specially designed for newborn babies for their comfort.
  • It’s very easy to wear for them as it has open buttons in front.
  • They are sleeveless and are made from cotton material.
  • They come in 8 different colors along with single-layer nappies.
  • This combo is for those parents who don’t want to use diapers for their newborns.
  • Since newborns develop diaper rash very often parents prefer to keep them without diapers for some time.
  • At that time this combo perfectly suits your baby and It is low in cost.
  • They are very low in cost and machine washable.
  • This site is for a 0 to 6-month-old baby.
  • It is suitable for both boys and girls.
  • They may stretch out or lose some color after regular wear after a certain period.
6. Baby Bath Towels
pregnancy and baby care
  • A bath towel is a must for every newborn baby.
  • Your baby’s first bath depends on his health. If your baby is perfectly healthy then you can tell your doctor to give him his first bath or you can bathe him after going home.
  • To dry him up after every bath is very necessary or he may catch a cold.
  • So we have to choose baby towels that are soft and comfortable on your baby’s skin.
  • These bath towels are perfect for your newborn.
  • They are perfect for your baby’s sensitive skin.
  • They have super absorption wipes that can quickly dry all the excess moisture.
  • They can also be used for drooling, teething, baby shower, meal times, and for picnics.
  • They are made up of 100% microfibre fabric.
  • You can wash it in a machine.
  • They don’t have any dyes or chemicals on them which can be harmful to your baby’s sensitive skin.
  • You can also buy one towel or two, three, or four depending on your budget.
  • Its size is perfect for your newborn.
  • You can also use this as a baby blanket and a swaddle.

 

7. Diaper Disposable Bags
pregnancy and baby care
  • In the hospital, there are dustbins all over but still you font want to throw those soiled diapers in an open dustbin. If there are dustbins with a lid then you can put the soiled diapers in it. If not then you can use these diaper disposal covers to keep soiled diapers in it which locks smell and leakage. 
  • These bags are very necessary for you when you go outside with your baby. Whether you go to parks, malls, journeys, or other houses, you have to take this packet with you for easy disposal of soiled or dirty diapers.
  • You cannot just throw the soiled diaper in a dustbin in public places or when you visit someone’s house because soiled diapers can smell very bad if they are open to the air. Thatswhy these bags are specially designed to pack all the soiled items. 
  • This packet has a sticker with gum on it. After you place the dirty diaper in it you have to remove the sticker and fold the strap. That all. There will be no leaks and it locks all the odor. 
  • When you travel by train, by bus, in the car, on a flight, or when you have to change diapers outside, you will need this to dispose of the dirty diapers without making any mess. 
  • It doesn’t tear off once sealed. 
  • It is also bio-degradable.
  • The instructions on how to use it are already written on it.

 

8. Babies Night Suit
pregnancy and baby care
  • These night suits are perfect for your baby to keep him warm and cozy all night.
  • They will cover your baby from neck to toe with one single piece of cloth.
  • Very necessary if it’s winter as you have to keep your newborn baby warm for 24 hours every day. 
  • You don’t need to search for a shirt, pants, socks, and a blanket.
  • These night suits are made up of thick fabric for a good night’s sleep.
  • It has front open buttons for easy removal of the cloth.
  • They have very vibrant and attractive colors.
  • They come in different colors like green, black, blue, orange, pink, red, yellow, and sky blue.
  • It is suitable for both boys and girls.
  • All the sizes are available from 0 to 18 months old babies.
  • Can be machine washed.
  • These night suits also come with an extra head cap attached to them. But when I bought it the head caps were small as my baby’s head was a little big. 
  • They come in a combo of 3 and 6-night suits. 
 


9, Baby Wrapper
pregnancy and baby care
  • A baby wrapper is very necessary when you take your baby outside to protect him from cold and to keep him warm.
  • These wrappers are very thick and keep your baby warm and cozy.
  • they are suitable for 0 to 6-month-old babies.
  • they come in a set of 2 wrappers. One is blue and another is pink.
  • For the first 6 months, your baby has to be kept warm all the time. This is very necessary for newborns.
  • It is made up of super soft flannel material which is baby-friendly.
  • You can wash it in a machine.

 

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10. Baby Feeding Bottles
pregnancy and baby care
  • Feeding bottles are very necessary for every baby. Though you’re breastfeeding your baby you might need it to store breastmilk and feed your baby when you go out.
  • It’s very important to choose the right type of feeding bottle for your baby.
  • These bottles are big enough and can hold milk up to 250ml.
  • There are measurements given on the bottle to know how much milk your baby is drinking every time.
  • They can be sterilized in water for cleaning.
  • Its nipples are soft and strong.
  • They have beautiful cartoon characters on them.
  • Their caps are air-tight and prevent leakage of milk.
  • Whenever you feed milk to your baby outside cover the bottle with a cloth.
  • It has a spiral-grooved nipple for a comfortable latch.
  • It is made up of BPA-free material.
  • Remember to change the nipple according to your baby’s age.
  • There are different nipples available for 0month+, 3 months +, 6-month+, and 9 months + babies.

 

 

11. Baby socks, hand gloves, and caps
pregnancy and baby care
  • A must-product for every newborn baby to keep them warm always.
  • This set has 3 caps, mittens, and socks which are very necessary to keep your baby warm for 6 months.
  • They come in beautiful colors.
  • They have cartoons printed on them.
  • They can be washed in a machine.
  • They all are made up of pure and soft cotton material.
  • You can use this for a 0 to 12-month-old baby.

 

12. Baby Feeding Napkins.
pregnancy and baby care
  • You are going to need these baby napkins whenever you feed your baby. Because babies are going to mess up food so you will need either napkins, tissues, or wet wipes to wipe their mouths.
  • You can use it to wipe up drool, food, or your baby’s face and body.
  • They are made up of 100% cotton material.
  • You can wash it in the machine.
  • It comes in different colorful colors with cartoons printed on it.
  • This pack contains 7 pieces of napkins.
  • Its size is small but perfect for your baby.
13. Thermoflask
pregnancy and baby care
  • This is going to be very useful for every mother if she is formula-feeding her baby.
  • When you formula feed your baby you will need warm water to make formula milk. At home, you can do it very easily by putting some water on a gas stove or by using a steamer or an electric kettle.
  • But when you are outside or on a journey you can’t carry a steamer and you will not get warm water very easily.
  • If you put hot or cold water in the flask it can stay hot or cold for 24 hours.
  • This is very useful when you travel by train, flight, car, picnics, etc.
  • It is made up of stainless steel material.
  • It can hold up to 500 ml of water.
  • It is fabricated inside and outside with 18/8 quality stainless steel which is tough and durable.
  • You can wash it with mild soap.
  • It’s recommended to keep the flask open when not in use to avoid the smell that comes when it is closed.
  • It comes with its flask bag which has a long strap to make it easier for you to take it outside.
  • The unique feature of this flask is that it has a flip-top lid that prevents leakage. It will be easy for you to drink through this flip lid.
  • Other flasks don’t have this type of feature. To drink water in those flasks you have to pour water in a cup or a glass and drink as they don’t have a flip lid.
  • You can also use the cap of this flask as a cup to drink water or any other beverage.
  • You can use this flask for tea, coffee, water, and fresh juices. Avoid carbonated drinks in it.
  • Wash the flask before use with warm water for best results.
  • It is available in different quantities like 300ml, 500ml, 750ml, and 1000ml.

 

 

14. Breast Pads
pregnancy and baby care

 

  • Breast pads are very necessary for every new mom because in the initial days of breastfeeding your breasts are going to leak a lot. Because newborn babies drink only a small amount of breastmilk as their stomach is very small. All the extra milk comes out of the breast automatically and the breasts again make milk.
  • So your bras and Kurtis will become wet and you have to keep changing your clothes continuously.
  • Thatswhy you can wear these breast pads inside your bra to absorb all the extra milk that comes out of the breast.
  • They are super absorbent and have long-lasting protection. You can wear it day and night.
  • They are very soft, comfortable, breathable, and are made up of cotton.
  • It prevents leakage and comes in free size.
  • It has a waterproof protective layer to prevent blotting from trapped milk.
  • It has non-slip double-adhesive tapes to keep the pads in place.
  • They are ultra-thin and very lightweight.
  • It has a honeycomb lining that causes excess milk to spread evenly throughout the pad, ensuring leakage gets trapped quickly.
  • They are disposable and the box contains 24 breast pads.
15. Feeding Dresses
pregnancy and baby care
  • Perfect long gown for your pregnancy. Women usually wear these types of gowns during pregnancy so that their baby bump doesn’t look big or weird when they go outside.
  • It is made up of cotton material and is very lightweight and breathable.
  • It is easy to wear and remove.
  • It looks stylish and royal.
  • Its length is full till your ankles.
  • It has open buttons on the front. This is very useful to nurse your baby after delivery.
  • There are many colors and sizes available.
16. Maternity Pads
pregnancy and baby care
  • These maternity pads are specially designed for new moms because after delivery your going to bleed a lot and for that normal sanitary pads are not comfortable to wear and they are short in size too. You need more large and wide pads to absorb all the period blood and keep your vagina dry.
  • These pads absorb large amounts of fluid and convert it into a gel-like substance to keep the skin dry and clean.
  • Prevents back and side flow.
  • Its elastic side gathering prevents leakage.
  • It’s super lengthy and super wide.
  • Just attach it to your underwear and change it once it becomes full.
17. Nursing Bras
pregnancy and baby care
  • Very a very necessary product for mothers who wear Kurtis, t-shirts, gowns, etc. Because every time you want to nurse your baby you have to pull your top or remove your bra.
  • These bras have an extra layer of cloth to open up to nurse your baby very easily.
  • They are non-padded.
  • Made up of cotton material.
  • Come in a pack of 3 colors. Black, white, and beige.
18. Head Scarf
pregnancy and baby care
  • Elders say that a new mother should cover her ears and head after delivery for 40 days to prevent air from going inside their ears and causing cold.
  • Thatswhy these head scarfs make your day look perfect.
  • They look stylish and royal.
  • They are made up of cotton material and suit well on every dress.
19. Slippers
pregnancy and baby care
  • A must-product for all pregnant women. In pregnancy, your feet will become sore, swollen with water, and heavy due to the extra water. You may also have cracked heels and it will become difficult for you to walk barefoot even at home or outside with shoes.
  • These slippers are specially designed for any foot problems that occur in both men and women.
  • They are extra soft and very comfortable for walking and you can use them daily at home.
  • It has a good rubber grip that enables you to use slippers even on wet floors, tiles, and marble. It doesn’t slip.
  • It has an extra soft insole for full-day comfort.
  • They are long-lasting, durable, and extremely lightweight.
  • Helpful to relieve foot pain, knee pain, back pain, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, arch pain, heel pain, cracked heels, diabetic patients, and ortho pain.
  • It’s skin-friendly, breathable, biodegradable, non-allergic, and 100 percent recyclable.
  • It avoids scars, blisters, and sweating of the feet.
  • They come in various colors and different sizes.
  • It has small holes in the upper part of the slipper for better air circulation.
  • Your doctor will recommend you these slippers if you suffer from foot pain or any other leg pain.
20. Nursing Shawl
pregnancy and baby care
  • You are going to need this shall when you go outside and want to feed your baby in public places like trains, buses, flights, malls, functions, etc.
  • It is very helpful as it covers half of your body.
  • It is made up of cotton material.
  • It provides 360-degree full coverage of your body along with four adjustable buttons.
  • It’s super soft, cozy, comfortable, very lightweight, and breathable.
  • You can use it as a scarf, shawl, baby blanket, or dress.
  • It is eye-catching and very stylish to wear outside.
  • Its length is 76 inches and its width is 34 inches.
  • If you dint want to wear it you can easily fold and carry it in your purse or diaper bag.
  • The shawl is durable and long-lasting.
21. Baby Grooming Set
pregnancy and baby care
  • This is also one of the most useful things for your newborn baby.
  • Newborn baby nails are long and sharp. They gro their nails when they were in the mother’s womb and thrashy it’s important to cut the baby’s nails after 3 to 4 days of delivery so that the baby doesn’t hurt himself with those nails.
  • They scratch their face and body if they have long nails.
  • And of course, cutting baby nails is not an easy task. You are so much afraid to cut those small tiny tails fearing you might cut his little chubby fingers.
  • But now you shouldn’t worry about that because nowadays nail cutters are specially designed for babies and toddlers.
  • They are very small in size and do have not too sharp nails.
  • In the olden days, elders used their hands or mouth to cut their baby nails without using any scissors or nail cutters. Since baby nails are soft they come out easily if you remove them with your fingers.
  • This tiny lit contains 4 items. Baby Nail cutter, small nail scissors, nail trimmers, and soft-tipped tweezers.
  • You can use tweezers to remove mucus from your baby’s nose and ears.
  • You can also use scissors to cut your baby’s hair or other things.
  • With the nail trimmers, you can trim your baby’s nails after cutting them with a nail cutter or nail scissors.
  • They all come in a plastic oval-shaped box to protect them from dust.
  • The blades of the scissors and nail cutter are made from stainless steel, rust-free, and non-blunt material.
  • It’s travel friendly due to its small size.
Other Things you need:-
  • Your Toothbrush, toothpaste.
  • Hair comb.
  • Underwears.
  • Dettol sanitizer.
  • Bath soap.
  • Phone and phone charger.
  • A good camera to capture your newborn.
  • Tissues.
  • Snacks.
  • Cotton.
  • Handkerchief.
  • Water bottle.

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