The Minimalist Hospital Bag Checklist for Moms:
What You Really Need
by APTO, April 11, 2023
Congratulations, soon-to-be mom! You're about to embark on an incredible journey into motherhood, but before that, you have to go through the joys of packing your hospital bag. And let's be real, with the overwhelming amount of products and lists out there, it's hard to know what you actually need.
Who knew giving birth would require so much planning and preparation? Don't worry though, we've got you covered with a minimalist hospital bag checklist for moms. Because let's face it, who wants to lug around a giant bag filled with unnecessary items and stress themselves out even more during labor? We're here to help you pack only what you really need, so you can focus on the important things like breathing through contractions and preparing to meet your little one.
Packing Your Maternity Hospital Bag: Keeping It Safe & Clean
Before we jump to the hospital bag checklist printable, we quickly want to stress the importance of products that are safe for your kids and pregnancy. Of course, all moms want the best for their babies but double-checking can help you catch unsafe items you've missed.
Ensure all clothes and products in your bag are clean and child-friendly while gathering everything together. Skincare is a key area to check, as you don’t want to end up with harsh chemicals around your newborn. Skin peels + babies = a big no no.
That’s where APTO skincare comes in. We provide eight streamlined skincare products designed with moms in mind.
Our minimalist products are clean and sustainable, ensuring you can refresh your skin minus any unsafe ingredients (and without wasting any precious mom-baby time, too!)
10 Hospital Bag Checklist Essentials
1 || Hospital Paperwork & ID
Pack the boring bits first. Bring your identification, insurance card, and any necessary medical documents. You may also want to pack a birth plan if you have one.
2 || Comfortable Clothes
You'll need comfortable clothes to wear during your hospital stay, such as loose-fitting tops and pants. Consider bringing a nursing bra and nursing-friendly pajamas if you plan on breastfeeding. Pack a few pairs of underwear and socks, as well as a robe or cardigan for when you want to cover up. Comfort is always the aim for a hospital stay, so pack loose loungewear |/a
Pro tip: Opt for lightweight fabrics. Hospitals can get hot.
Non-slip socks are also essential for navigating the hospital before and after birth.
3 || Electronics
How else will you let your loved ones know your bundle of joy has arrived? Bring your phone and charger, as well as any other electronics you may want, such as a tablet or laptop. Pack headphones or earbuds to listen to music or watch movies.
Pro tip: Take a portable power bank in case the hospital doesn’t have any handy outlets.
4 || Refreshing skincare
Okay, no one has time for a 10-step skincare extravaganza. But minimalist skincare is vital to keep you feeling fresh and grounded. Try our Turmeric Oil with Rosemary or Tumeric Mist with Witch Hazel for mom-friendly picks that promote healthy skin without unnecessary steps.
Hospitals can leave you feeling dry, so slip a lip balm into your maternity hospital bag. Our Orange Blossom Lip Balm with Coconut Oil is here to keep your lips hydrated for those first mom and baby smiles.
5 || Basic Toileries
Pack your favorite toiletries, such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and deodorant. Bring your makeup if you wish. Don't forget to pack hair ties, a brush, and a hairdryer.
6 || Baby Clothes and Essentials
Pack a going-home outfit for your baby, as well as a few extra onesies and socks. Bring a baby blanket and a hat to keep them warm. Don't forget to pack diapers and wipes, as well as any necessary baby toiletries.
7 || Snacks and Drinks
Pack some snacks and drinks to keep you energized during labor and postpartum. Consider bringing some healthy options like fruit, nuts, and protein bars. Don't forget to bring a water bottle and some sports drinks to stay hydrated.
The minimalist hospital bag checklist for moms includes all the essential items you need to make your hospital stay comfortable and stress-free. By packing only the necessities, you'll have less to carry and more time to focus on your new bundle of joy. Remember, the most important thing is to enjoy the experience and cherish those precious moments with your new family.