Packing for Interstate Adoption


Part of our adoption package included information on what to have when you pick up a baby from the hospital. The list was sadly vague. It listed Car Seat and Going Home Outfit. That is perfect if you are no more than 15 minutes from your home. We however, have a higher chance to travel more than 2 hours from our home. That trip will also include a night or two at a hotel.

The list needed some help. I searched high and low on Pinterest and other blogs, but so many packing lists referenced traveling overseas to pick up an older child. Here are my recommendations of domestic infant:


  • Pack(s) of Diapers, Size 0 & 1
  • Changing Pad
  • Sleepers
  • Onesies/Outfits
  • Sleep Sack/Swaddler
  • Mittens
  • Socks
  • Hat
  • Burp Cloth (1-2)
  • Blanket (1-2)
  • Bottles (4-6)
  • Bottle Warmer
  • Formula
  • Fingernail Clippers
  • Pacifiers
  • Baby Soap
  • Washcloths
  • Towel


Quantities of these items depend on the number of days that you will be away from your home. If you are going to be far from home for a long time, you might want to think about sleeping arrangements. Perhaps you would need a pack and play, portable crib or for the baby to sleep in their car seat. I dont recommend the car seat but others have. If you are crashing at a hotel or rental home for more than 3 nights, you might want to pack the following items:


  • Quarters (vending machines and washing machines)
  • Dish Soap for bottles
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Trash Bag


My last tip for  infant domestic adoption packing, is to pack the parent items sooner vs later. You can run into Walmart or Target to get what you need for the baby, but will you recognize in all your daze and glory that you forgot your toothbrush or that you hubby is wearing the same socks 3 days in a row? Pack a bag with items that you can live without for a month or so and leave the bag off to the side. Save yourself the headache!

Happy Packing

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