Congrats! You're adding to your family! There's so much to prepare for when you're expecting. If you don't plan properly, something is bound to get lost in the shuffle. At Citi Collective, we know that between setting up the nursery and wrapping up baby showers, packing may be the last thing on your mind. No worries! That's why we've put together a master list to make sure that you are still prepared when the big moment arrives. Our goal is to help parents prepare, and to be stylish and confident while doing it. This means knowing you have everything you need, when you need it.
Keep in mind that you'll want to pack things for your baby and for yourself. In most cases, you’ll only be at the hospital for a day or two so it's important that you only pack the necessities. Think about items that bring comfort and will make things easier for you during this time. It's normal to want to pack your whole nursery and then some, but to keep preparation at the forefront, it's important to pack the necessities into your diaper bag well ahead of time. When the big day arrives, you'll want to be able to grab your bag and go without the stress of scrambling.
What to Pack for a Baby
Before packing your hospital bag, there is no need to go out an buy a separate bag. It's important to make sure you have a diaper bag that can also double as a hospital bag. Maybe you love pockets and need a compartment for everything, or maybe you just want something stylish. For new parents, we suggest the Citi Explorer since it is a large capacity bag that allows you to overpack. You'll never have to worry about losing track of items again since this bag has over 12 organizing pockets. You can find ease in fitting your baby's needs by keeping the bottle and sippy cups cold with 4 insulated pockets, as well as a changing mat for diaper changes on the go. This bag is also a great companion because it hangs easily from any stroller with included stroller clips! Now that we have our bag, let’s get to packing.
One thing a lot of new parents underestimate is how many baby items the hospital supplies. During your stay, many of your essentials will be accounted for. Here are some items you can expect to have access to there:
-Baby Soap and Lotion
Now that you have a sense of the basics, here are some more items to add to your diaper bag list.
According to Pampers, hospital policies can vary on what they require newborns to wear. Make sure you check with your doctor on what to pack. Your room might be chilly, so choose items and layers that will keep your little one warm. Remember that convenience is key! Onesies that snap at the front and sleepers that zip are best. That will help aid in quick outfit or diaper changes!
Socks and Mittens
These baby essentials are necessary to keep your little one warm and cozy. Newborns can't regulate their body temperature the way we can, so they need extra help from cozy fabrics. Mittens can also help your baby from scratching themselves. Those little nails are surprisingly sharp! We love the all of the pockets in the Citi Navigator diaper bag to store small items like socks and mittens when you pack it as a hospital bag.
Hospitals will provide blankets but it's nice to have one of your own. Receiving blankets are perfect for skin-to-skin bonding and for keeping the baby warm in its carrier on the way home. Here's a tip: sleep with the baby's blanket before packing it. Not only will it keep your little one warm, but it will also smell like you. Talk about aromatherapy!
Going Home Outfit/Photo Outfit
Some parents want to take advantage of the photo opportunity to capture those first special moments with their little ones. Others like to include a special outfit for when family members come over to meet the new addition. Make sure you keep in mind your baby's body size and the expected weather when packing. A onesie, socks, and a hat may be fine during the summer, but winter weather will require a thicker layer with size options as well.
Now that you have your baby covered, what about you and your significant other? We have everyone covered, so check out these must-haves below!
What to Pack for Mom
Printed Birth Plan
If you have a birth plan make sure that you print out multiple copies to hand to your nurses for reference. Don’t forget to give one to your significant other in case of emergencies!
ID and Insurance Card
You’ll need these items when you’re checking in at the hospital. Make sure they are within reach for easy access!
Hospital gowns can be less than flattering and even more revealing. Pack comfy items that will keep you comfortable during all stages of your stay. The Citi Journey diaper bag is perfect for storing larger items like night gowns because there are several different compartments.
Extra Pair of Socks
This is something that the hospital will give to you as well, but it never hurts to have an extra pair! Make sure that you get fluffy, comfortable socks that have grip for those slick hospital floors!
Slippers and Flip Flops
If you want extra protection while you’re showering and walking around the room, then these items are must-haves!
Don’t forget to pack the items that help you feel like you! Those might include:
-Toothbrush and toothpaste
-Your favorite skin products
Cell Phone, Charger & Back Up Charging Pack
This would be the worst time to forget your phone or have the battery die on you when you’re trying to capture those cute initial photos! Whether it's for photos or to let your family members know that your family has officially grown, you’ll need to have these items within reach.
Heavy Duty Pads/Disposable Underwear
While the hospital may supply these for you, it’s always good to have your own as well!
Make sure you pack enough for the entirety of your stay.
What to Pack for Significant Other:
We can’t forget about your partner. If they’re stuck on what to bring, here’s a little something to help them out!
-Small pillow and blanket
-Drinks and snacks
-Change of Clothes
-Cell Phone and Charger
With our hospital bag checklist, you'll be well prepared for your stay. Until then it's just a waiting game, and while you're waiting, check out the other baby products we know you'll enjoy!
Written by Angelica RichAngelica Rich is a Wife, Mother, and Influencer that strives to create content that helps her audience look and feel their best. For more content on style, motherhood, and beauty, visit her blog for weekly inspiration on www.thestrongsuit.co