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You've lovingly handpicked each piece for the nursery, transforming it into a serene sanctuary. The baby gear? Curated. That infant car seat? Installed like a pro. Now, with the big day whispering sweet 'any moment nows', it's time to pack that oh-so-crucial hospital bag. Want to know what to tuck in for your comfort and sparkle, and what to skip to keep the clutter at bay? The Nursery Design Studio's 2024 Hospital Bag Checklist is your chic cheat sheet.

So, are you ready for an easy, breezy packing experience? Surely you are! And because we love to spoil you, we've drafted a downloadable Hospital Bag Checklist PDF just for you! Talk about a checkmate to packing confusion, right? It's just the right mix of necessity and luxury – the signature touch we love to add to everything we embrace.


When to Pack a Hospital Bag

While timing your "pack-the-bag" moment is crucial, it depends on individual circumstances.
Imagine you are an expectant parent of twins or you are otherwise considered high-risk - your OB might nudge you to have your go-bag ready at around the 35-week mark. In other situations, consider the 37 to 38-week window as your sweet spot. This way, you're prepared with all the essentials should your tiny plus-one decide for an early entrance, and you can always tweak and twist things if the need arises.

However, our advice to you is: don't let the 38-week mark pass you by without a loaded bag. You'd rather have your bag all set and waiting by the door, because, when the baby decides to turn up the glam, you want to be primed for the action.

Hospital Bag Checklist for Mom

All right, style-savvy moms-to-be, it's time to focus on you! Let's be honest, amidst all the baby-prep hustle, it's easy to overlook the superstar of the show - Yes, we're talking about you! Let's dive into the chic necessities you'll want to pack for your moment in the delivery suite.

Birthing Plan: It'll guide the doctors and nurses, ensuring your preferences for everything, from pain management to after-birth procedures, are considered.

Birthing Gown: Don't settle for standard-issue hospital gowns. Slip into your own chic birthing gown that marries comfort and style in one easy piece. Choose one that's soft, stretchable, and oh-so-elegant for those first baby photos.

2-3 Nursing Tanks & Bras: These are the LBDs of maternity fashion - solid, practical, and always flattering. You'll want a couple of each, designed for easy feeding and superb support.

2-3 Yoga Pants: Hello, maternity wardrobe workhorse! Opt for lounge-worthy yoga pants that are breathable, stretchy, and dressed-up enough for those surprise visitors. Trust us – a couple of these and you’re pretty much sorted.

Slip-On Shoes & Slipper Socks: Allow your feet the loving comfort of stylish slip-ons or cushiony slipper socks. Perfect for padding around the maternity ward.

Shower Flip Flops: Think of these as the unsung heroes of your hospital bag. Ideal for maintaining hygiene during your hospital showers.

Headband/Hair ties: Keep those locks stylishly in place during labor with headbands or hair ties.

Robe & 2-3 Pajamas: Chic meets comfort in your choice of robe and cute pajamas.

Going Home Outfit: This is your grand exit look. Think cozy, stretchy, and photo-ready.

Big Undies: Don't underestimate the comfort of spacious undies post-delivery. They'll accommodate maternity pads, they’re light, and they help keep you comfortable during recovery.

Nipple Cream & Lip Balm: Soothe your skin with good quality nipple cream and keep those lips hydrated with a lip balm you love. After all, a little self-care goes a long way!

Toiletries: Your favorite toiletries can transport a sterile hospital room into a personal spa. The familiar scent of your preferred products will make you feel right at home.

Glasses & Contacts: For all our vision-impaired beauties, don't forget these essentials. 

Hospital Bag Checklist for Dad

For the dapper dads-to-be, its their turn under the spotlight! While they may not need to pack a birthing gown, there's a trove of items you'll want close at hand to make their stay in the delivery ward as smooth and comfortable as possible.

Change of Clothes:  Bring a change of clothes that speaks to their personality while exuding comfort and ease. So go on, pick that checkered shirt, chambray button-up, or comfy linen tee and hit the right balance between cozy and chic.

Sweatshirt: A sweatshirt is just what you need to layer up in those often chilly hospital rooms.

Toiletries: Their favorite products create a sense of home away from home, transforming a functional bathroom into your very own en-suite sanctuary.

Pajamas:  Opt for sleepwear that's snug yet breathable and suites the new dad aura they effortlessly display.

Camera & Phone: Being the shutterbug on duty, make sure to have a camera or phone at the ready to capture life’s most glorious moments.

Batteries: Make sure you have enough juice to keep your devices powered up.

Laptop or iPad: Staying connected to your loved ones has never been more essential. Bring your must-have tech gadget to keep everyone in the loop or pass the time creatively.

Glasses & Contacts
: Keep the fashionable frames and contacts handy.

Hospital Bag Checklist for New Baby

Grab your most darling diaper bag, and let's pack it with all the newborn swag your little one will need. This the most adorable capsule collection you've ever curated – a mini-wardrobe, if you will, that's flush with newborn necessities boasting that unbeatable combo of form and function.

Car Seat: Opt for a car seat that's plush, chic, and professionally installed – safety done stylishly for your little one's first cruise.

Going Home Outfit: Ah, the spotlight-stealing ensemble for your baby's debut in the world. This calls for something adorable, yet practical. Think soft textures, soothing colors, and oodles of snugness wrapped up in one little outfit. And why not toss in some charming details for those "going home" photo ops?

2-3 Gowns: Bring along a few cute-as-a-button gowns that boast both heart-melting style and easy diaper access.

Newborn Cap, Mittens, and Booties: Baby's first accessories! Consider these the ‘finishing touches’ to your tiny treasure's outfits. Soft hues, gentle fabrics, and designs that scream cuteness overload.

2-3 Swaddles: They offer a snug embrace that recreates the coziness of the womb for your newborn, easing them into their new world. And their secure snugness is not just about comfort - it doubles up as a safety feature, limiting a baby's startle reflex and reducing the risk of them scratching their cherubic face.

Burp Cloths: Consider these your chic mini clean-up crew. Opt for absorbent, soft, and durable ones that clean efficiently without compromising on style.

Baby Blanket: Your newborn’s first blanket! 

Sleep Sack:  It bundles up warmth, comfort, and safety in an adorable package.

Bottles:  Opt for easy-to-clean and ergonomically-designed babies' bottles. Look for ones that prevent air bubbles to keep your tiny one happy and colic-free. (optional)

Pediatrician Contact Info: Last but not least, have your pediatrician's contact info on hand. You will need to be able to reach out to your trusty pediatrician at this momentous time.

2024 Hospital Bag Checklist PDF

We present to you a chic, handy, and totally printable 2024 Hospital Bag Checklist PDF - your ultimate lifesaver amidst the flood of pre-baby tasks.

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