What’s in My Hospital Bag

I was one of those people that had no idea what to expect when I went into labor, so I had no idea what to pack. I thought I’d make this post to help the other soon-to-be moms who are just as unsure and confused as I was.


*Quick tip: If you are thinking about paying for a birthing class, DON’T! I didn’t take one (my doctor also said that it wasn’t too important), and I didn’t need it. Besides, you forget everything you learned in the moment anyway. If you would feel better taking one, either take a course online, or just do your homework.

Hospital Bag: What to Pack for Mom

  • Robe: You’ll want something loose but stylish that will keep you warm in those cold hospital rooms
  • Comfy Clothes: Don’t worry about packing loads of clothes. Just pack a pair of sweats, a comfy shirt, and a loose going-home outfit.
  • Slippers/Thick Socks: Those hospital floors are cold, and something comfy on your feet feels so much nicer than flip-flops.
  • PJ’s: I brought a nice, simple and comfy nightgown, and you really only need one pair.
  • Flip Flops: You will be showering at the hospital, because you’ll feel gross and dirty and a shower will feel amazing after labor. Plus, you don’t want to stand barefoot in a shower where other women’s nasties have been cleaned. This is essential!
  • Pillow and/or Blanket: You want something to make you more comfortable and to help you sleep easier. Believe me, you’re going to want to sleep comfortably for probably the last time in a long time!
  • Nursing Bra: You will be nursing a LOT! Choose a nursing bra that is comfy and a little big, because your boobs will be engorged when your milk comes in (That is, if you choose to wear a bra)!
  • Toiletries

Post-Partum Care

The first few items on the list that are marked with  a * are items that the hospital will give you, but you’ll want to buy them for home. You’ll want to buy them ahead of time, because you wont want to, or maybe be able to, run to the store.

  • Pads*
  • Dermoplast Spray*
  • Boy Short Underwear: These will be perfect for those big pads that youll be wearing for a while. Those mesh undies that the hospital gives you aren’t going to cut it.
  • Coconut Oil: I’ve found that this works a million times better than Lanolin. And trust me, you’re going to need it with how sore and chapped your nipples are going to be. You’re also going to find many uses for coconut oil along the way, like cradle cap, stretchmark’s, and dry skin.
  • Nursing Pads: In my opinion, reusable ones are the best!
  • Nipple Shield: I wish I had known about this beforehand, because Oliver had latch problems at first and my nipples got so sore that I cried every time I had to nurse. Once your baby starts to get the hang of nursing, simply start weaning them off of it by nursing once a day without it, and gradually work up to every feeding.
  • Lip Balm: Birth isn’t easy and chances are that your lips will be chapped. I can’t go anywhere without my chapstick!
  • Hair Ties
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Wash
  • Personal Towel: Hospital towels are more like hand towels and you’ll need about 5-6 just to dry off your body. Trust me, your own towel is best.
  • Camera, Cell Phone & Chargers

Hospital Bag: What to Pack for Baby

  • Swaddling Blanket: The nurses will swaddle your baby, but the Velcro swaddles are so much easier and they will stay swaddled. SwaddleMe are my favorite swaddles, and they are very affordable! I also had this muslin swaddle which is so cute, but once Oliver started kicking and flailing, I couldn’t swaddle him tight enough because he’s a wiggler.
  • Going Home Outfit & Socks
  • Newborn Hat
  • Car Seat: You really can’t leave without it! I would recommend installing it in your car when you hit the third-trimester. It’s better to be ready early, then be running around last minute!

My best advice is, don’t over-pack! You don’t need as much as you think you do! I hope this post helps, because I wish I had found a blog post like this when I was packing for the hospital. I’d pack your bags about a month before your due date, because you never know when you’ll go into labor!  I packed and re-packed the hospital bags about three times, and even then I packed WAY too much! Happy labor!  Xoxo


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