Hospital Checklist: From One Mom to Another

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Hospital Checklist: From One Mom to Another


Coverstar and mom of twins  Nicole Vassell shares her hospital checklist for first-time mommies:

Hey mommas!  It’s getting closer to the birth of your beautiful baby (or babies), so that means time to put a hospital bag together.  Your first question is probably, “when should I pack my hospital bag?”  I would say that you should pack it when you feel ready to pack it, but if you’re one who needs an answer, then I’d say by week 36 for a singleton and by week 30 for multiples.  Personally, I needed a lot of the things that I put in my bag, so I had the bag packed with everything except for those things. 

The hospital will have diapers, so no need to pack any.  They usually let you take some home, plus you can always ask for some. They also give you a bulb syringe for the baby, maternity pads (pads for postpartum bleeding), and a squeeze bottle for cleaning your vagina after birth (this is a game-changer, and I suggest bringing it home with you).  Another note I want to make is that you don’t need mittens, hats, or long sleeves depending on what season your child is born.  You can always put a blanket over them in the car seat and make sure you are following car seat safety.  Now let’s move on to the contents of this bag.


  • Toiletries
  • Phone charger
  • Robe and/or comfy sweater
  • Slipper Socks
  • Maternity pajamas or nursing pajamas
  • A set of comfy clothes/ maternity dress
  • Nursing bra
  • Nursing cover
  • Nursing pads
  • Nipple cream
  • Make-up if doing pictures
  • Shower shoes
  • Going home outfit
  • Underwear
  • Birth plan
  • Snacks


  • Onesies (2-3)
  • Hat
  • Mittens
  • Socks
  • Swaddle blankets
  • Burp cloths
  • Pacifier (optional)
  • Car Seat
  • Going home outfit

Extras: things you may or may not want

  • Essential Oils
  • Music Playlist, headphones and/or cordless speaker
  • Thank you cards for staff (if you want)
  • Snacks
  • Pillows
  • Swimwear (if using shower or tub during labor)
  • Birth ball

I hope this list gives you a good headstart or at least the basics for your hospital bag.  Once you pack your bag, leave it where anyone can find it in case of an emergency.  You are one step closer to welcoming your little one(s) into the world!  Stay strong, momma, and you got this!











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