What to pack in your hospital bag

By Canada Cloud Pharmacy | Published Wednesday 06 May 2020

Giving birth in every country is a different experience. Hopefully, this article can help guide your hospital experience when you’re expecting a new baby. We’re lucky that in British Columbia, our hospital system is government funded and provides many essentials (such as diapers, formula, and blankets) but there are a few essential items to bring as well as some things that can make your experience more comfortable. 

When to pack your bag

Other than last minute essentials, it’s a good idea to have your bag packed by week 37 just in case your baby arrives a bit early. That being said, if you’re expecting multiples, or if your OB told you that you have a high risk pregnancy, you might want to have that bag ready by week 35. Most moms wouldn’t delay this task any later than week 38 because you would be playing with fire!

What to pack for baby

  • Car seat - the nurses won’t let you leave the hospital until they check for this essential item
  • At least 1 outfit - while you stay at the hospital, your newborn can be swaddled in all the free blankets provided but you need 1 outfit to transport the baby home. Make sure it’s weather appropriate (with hats and socks). If you’re not sure how big your baby is, pack 2 outfits so that you have one available in a newborn size and another available in a 0-3 month size. 
  • Your doctor’s information - you’ll be quizzed on this in the hospital multiple times

What to pack for mom

  • Picture ID, CareCard number, insurance information, and your birth plan
  • Toiletries: Eyeglasses, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, hair ties, face wipes, towel, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Cellphone, charger, and powerbank
  • Maternity bras and breast pads 
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Loose pajamas (make sure you have one button-front top for easy feeding)
  • Going home clothes 
    • And….adult diapers - the hospital will give you big mesh underwear but adult diapers make things easier. 

What to pack for dad

  • Lots of snacks 
  • Laptop/tablet/book - you could be there a long time
  • Sleeping bag and pillow - dad's don't get a bed at the hospital. This will help you be a lot more comfortable!

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