All set to prepare your baby's hospital bag

It is a good idea to make a list in advance of the things you may need during childbirth and the hospital stay

From the 37th week of pregnancy, your baby is ready to be born. Although it is not common, you could go into labor at any time. Therefore, it is a good idea to get everything ready in advance when you are not stressed. That way, if you go into labor, someone else can bring you your bag.

The documents and clothes for the mother and baby are different depending on whether the childbirth takes place in a public or private hospital.

Public hospital

Typically, public hospitals provide the clothes for the mother and baby during their stay. However, there shouldn't be any problem if you prefer to wear your own clothes and bring your own baby clothes.

Your baby will be given a onesie, a hat to prevent heat loss, and diapers.

The mother will get as many nightgowns as they need and postpartum pads.

Therefore, you'll need to take:

Mother:

  • Dressing gown
  • Slippers
  • Breastfeeding bras
  • Cotton or disposable underwear
  • Toilet bag
  • Clothes for leaving hospital
  • DNI
  • Medical card
  • The reports of any tests perform during pregnancy.
  • Cell phone, paper and pen in case you want to write something down
  • Socks (with the stress of childbirth, your feet may get cold)
  • A fan (to help you cool down during childbirth)
  • Chap stick (your lips may get dry during childbirth)
  • A hairband if you have long hair (in case you need to put it up during childbirth) 

Baby:

  • Clothes for leaving hospital
  • Mittens to stop your baby from scratching their face (their nails can't be cut yet)
  • Booties or socks
  • A cotton hat for when your baby leaves the hospital (a hat is provided during the hospital stay)
  • A baby blanket for when your baby leaves the hospital
  • A child safety seat installed in a car to take your baby home
Newborn babies lose a lot of body heat through their head. Therefore, if you give birth in a private hospital, remember to take a cotton hat.

Private hospital

If you plan to give birth in a private hospital, you will need to take more items.

If everything goes well, you will be in the hospital for 2 to 3 days. Therefore, you need to think about what to take bearing in mind that your clothes could get stained with breast milk or discharges following childbirth. However, if you live nearby, the baby's father or another family member can always bring anything that is missing.

Mother:

  • Nightgowns that open at the front to facilitate breastfeeding (2 or 3)
  • Dressing gown
  • Slippers
  • Breastfeeding bras
  • Cotton or disposable underwear
  • Postpartum pads
  • Toilet bag
  • Clothes for leaving hospital
  • DNI
  • Private insurance card
  • Reports of tests performed during pregnancy
  • Cell phone, paper and pen in case you want to write something down
  • Socks (with the stress of childbirth, your feet may get cold)
  • A fan (to help you cool down during childbirth)
  • Chap stick (as your lips may get dry during childbirth)
  • A hairband if you have long hair (in case you need to put it up during childbirth) 

Baby:

  • Long sleeve onesies (3-4)
  • Pajamas (2-3)
  • A cotton hat to cover your baby's head
  • Mittens to stop your baby from scratching their face (their nails can't be cut yet)
  • Booties or socks
  • A cotton hat for when your baby leaves the hospital (a hat is provided during the hospital stay)
  • Diapers
  • Toilet products: wet wipes, soap, sponge, and diaper cream
  • Clothes for leaving hospital
  • Baby blanket
  • A child safety seat installed in a car to take your baby home