Hospital Bag Essentials: What to Pack (Plus Tips for a Restful Night’s Sleep)



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Packing your hospital bag for your new baby is an exciting yet daunting task. You want to be sure you have everything you need for both yourself and your little one, but it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the possibilities.

This guide will walk you through the essential items to pack for your hospital stay, with some additional tips to ensure a smooth transition into parenthood.

For Mom:

  • Comfy clothes: Pack loose-fitting, breathable pajamas and nursing bras. Don’t forget slippers and a robe for those late-night feedings.
  • Toiletries: Pack your essentials, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrush, and toothpaste. Travel-sized versions are ideal.
  • Entertainment items: Pack a book, magazine, or your favorite downloaded shows to keep you occupied during downtime.

For Baby:

  • Swaddling blankets: Swaddling helps newborns feel secure and can promote better sleep.
  • Outfits: Pack plenty of newborn-sized outfits in a variety of styles.
  • Diapers and wipes: Pack enough diapers and wipes for your entire stay, plus a few extra for good measure.
  • Car seat: Don’t forget your car seat! This is essential for transporting your baby home from the hospital.

Bonus Tip for Restful Nights:

  • Owlet Dream Sock: Give yourself the gift of peace of mind with the Owlet Dream Sock. This FDA-cleared wearable monitor tracks your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels while they sleep, and sends you notifications if anything falls outside of safe ranges. The Owlet Dream Sock can help you relax and get the rest you need, knowing your baby is sleeping soundly.

Additional Tips:

  • Pack a going-home outfit for both you and your baby.
  • Don’t forget to pack a camera to capture those precious first moments.
  • Bring a lactation consultant contact if you plan to breastfeed.
  • Pack a positive attitude and plenty of love!

Packing your hospital bag ahead of time will help you feel more prepared and relaxed when the time comes to welcome your new baby. By following these tips and packing the essentials, you can ensure a smooth and enjoyable hospital stay for both you and your little one.

And remember, with the Owlet Dream Sock by your side, you can rest assured knowing your baby is sleeping safely and soundly, giving you the peace of mind you need to focus on this special time in your life.

Happy parenting!