Maternity bag pack

Preparing for the arrival of a newborn is an exciting yet challenging time for expectant parents.

One of the most important tasks is packing a baby bag with all the essentials needed for the hospital stay and the first few days at home.

To help ensure a smooth and stress-free experience, here’s a comprehensive guide on what to include in your baby pack before delivery.

From baby clothes and diapers to comfort items for the mother, this checklist covers everything you'll need to welcome your little one into the world.

For the Baby:


  • Onesies (at least 3-5)
  • Sleepers or footed pajamas
  • Socks and mittens
  • Hats
  • A going-home outfit

Diapers and Wipes

  • Newborn-size diapers (10-12)
  • Baby wipes


  • Bottles (if not breastfeeding)
  • Formula (if not breastfeeding)
  • Burp cloths


  • Receiving blankets
  • Swaddling blankets

Other Essentials

  • Pacifiers (if planning to use)
  • Baby nail clippers or an emery board
  • Infant car seat (properly installed in your car)

For the Mother:


  • Comfortable, loose-fitting clothes for after delivery
  • Nursing bras and pads (if breastfeeding)
  • Extra underwear
  • Socks


  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hairbrush and hair ties
  • Lip balm
  • Maternity pads or adult diapers
  • Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash

Comfort Items

  • Pillows (hospital pillows might not be comfortable)
  • Blanket (if you prefer your own)


  • ID and insurance information
  • Birth plan (if you have one)


  • Phone and charger
  • Camera or phone for pictures

Snacks and Drinks

  • Non-perishable snacks
  • Water bottle

Additional Items

  • Folder or bag for hospital documents to keep all paperwork organized
  • Cash or change for vending machines or parking
  • Entertainment (books, magazines, or a tablet for downtime)

Having these items ready will help ensure a smoother and more comfortable experience for both you and your baby during the hospital stay.