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10 Items That Should Be In a Hospital Sample Bag

For years parents have had complaints about the ‘hospital sample bag’, which normally includes formula,  a diaper, creme, baby shampoo and a parenting publication. Studies have shown that moms want a sample bag when they are discharged, but is formula really something that is useful to all families?

We have put together a list of items that should be included in the sample bag sent home with parents. In 2009, it was found that 87.5% of women between the ages of 15 and 55, who gave birth in Canada from 2005 to 2009 breastfed their most recent baby.

Knowing this, the sample bag should include items that will help these moms succeed like,

  • Nipple cream
  • Breast Pads
  • Bum Cream
  • nursing tea
  • a onesie
  • chlorine free diaper sample
  • chemical free bathing items; shampoo, body wash, body lotion
  • thermometer
  • starter pack of soap nuts
  • Colic remedy such as Boiron Cocyntal

In a cotton tote.  While all these products don’t have to be together they would be useful to any new parent. The brands shown here are also not specific but ones we like.

What do you think? Is there something you would add?

About the author

Lisa Arneill

Mom of 2 boys and founder of GrowingYourBaby.com and World Traveled Family. When I'm not running around after my boys, I'm looking for our next vacation spot!


  • Great list. A sample bag should have products that a mom might not have and also some new products she may not know about. What about biodegradable wipes?

  • There should definitely be coupons inside for items that parents will need later (toys, clothes, gear). I bet a lot of companies would love to have their coupons inside a good sample bag.

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