Is your due date approaching? If yes, it’s time to pack a hospital bag for your newborn baby to avoid a last-minute rush. As both a newborn photographer and mom, I would love to share some useful tips with you to prepare the hospital bag.
Pack a going-home outfit for your baby. Two sets of open-body clothes (100% natural cotton) in newborn size – one for use and one for standby – are sufficient for your baby.
Blankets will also come in handy to cover up your newborn baby when bringing your baby home. The hospital may provide blankets, but just in case they’re getting dirty. At the same time, the nurses may teach you how to properly swaddle your little one.
Bring a hat and pairs of socks to prevent your newborn baby from catching a cold and to protect his/her delicate new skin.
Don’t forget to prepare NB-size newborn diapers. They are consumed quite a lot at the beginning – at least ten pieces per day.
5. Baby Wipes and Tissues
As we know, the newborn baby’s skin is delicate and sensitive, the special baby wipes and tissues are essential for your hospital bag.
We suggest don’t forget the baby lotion! Baby lotion without harsh ingredients is a good helper after bath time to lock moisture by forming a skin barrier.
7. Bottles, Formula, Cleaner, And Brush
After your baby is born, you may need one or two days to have breast milk. Hospitals might provide bottles and formula for your newborn baby, but you can pack several bottles and your formula of choice (just in case).
Should you choose to breastfeed your newborn, a nursing pillow will be your saver! The nursing pillow props up your infant and supports his/her head providing extra support for you while nursing.
Whether you’re driving or riding, a baby car seat is a security guarantee when you’re bringing your baby home from the hospital.
10. Pediatrician’s Contact Information
Your doctor and nurses may ask you for your contact information. Hence, it’s good to have it handy.