what’s in my hospital bag

At the time this post goes live, I should be in the hospital for my scheduled induction, perhaps in the midst of active labor. One thing I never documented for myself with my first pregnancy is what I brought with me to the hospital, and in retrospect, I regret not having that information available to me now. So, in case we do end up having a third child, I wanted to be sure to write down my hospital bag’s contents; plus, I thought maybe some other mamas-to-be might find it helpful (even though I know there are about a million of these type of lists floating around Pinterest!).

To begin, I used this list, although I added/modified it based on my needs and what I know from my first labor + delivery experience. I also did not pack a bag for my husband Seth, because, well, he’s a grown man who knows what he needs better than I do. As for timing, I put this all together by about 37 weeks, although clearly I could have waited a few more weeks!

For me:

Clothing + Undergarments

  • 3 sets nursing-friendly pajamas, preferably a dark color (to hide, um, leaks from various orifices)
  • Slippers (these are Target cheapies…there is a very real possibility they will get stained by you or baby)
  • Nursing bra and/or tank
  • Grannie panties (to hold the gigantic pads the hospital provides, or you can just bring some Depends!)
  • Socks
  • Towel (for that first glorious postpartum shower…or if your water breaks en route to the hospital)
  • Going home outfit (in my case, stretchy leggings + nursing tank + button-up + sneakers)

Toiletries: Don’t count on the hospital to provide anything except soap and a towel!

  • Brush
  • Disposable razor
  • Deodorant
  • Mouthwash
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Micellar water
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Chapstick
  • Prescription medications (although the hospital will likely provide this for you)
  • Coconut oil packets (I use this to moisturize my face, but it’s also good as a natural nipple balm)
  • Makeup (I didn’t bring any last time, and I look a little dead in all the photos following Caleb’s birth)
  • Hair ties

Other Postpartum Essentials: These are items I Amazon Primed from my hospital bed last time that I wished I had known to pack.

  • Waist wrap
  • Nipple shields

For baby: You’ll notice that diapers, wipes, and pacifiers are absent from this list; our hospital happens to provide these.

  • 4 zip-up onesies in slightly different sizes (nobody got time for snaps at 2 am, and different sizes to accommodate a slightly larger or smaller than anticipated baby)
  • Going home outfit (same as what Caleb wore!)
  • Blanket
  • Nursing pillow (still debating whether this is necessary)
  • Car seat

Snacks (not pictured): These items will obviously vary according to preference, but I always struggle to find sources of healthy fats and protein on hospital menus, so that’s what I focused on for our snack bag.

  • Mixed nuts
  • Nut butter squeeze packets
  • Shelf-stable protein shakes (I bought Vega due to moderate carb content and decent ingredients)
  • Bone broth (single servings)
  • Jerky (we like Vermont Smoke + Cure)
  • Tuna packets
  • Whole food bars (I packed RX bars)
  • Snap pea crisps (not exactly health food…we just like them)

Miscellaneous Items (not pictured): Most of these are items I will not pack until the last minute, as they are items I need and use on a regular basis.

  • Camera
  • Chargers for phone/tablet
  • Book(s)
  • ID
  • Insurance card
  • Change for vending machine
  • Cord blood collection kit

Hopefully that provides the necessities (and then some) for our hospital stay. Hoping and praying for a smooth and speedy delivery!

One thought on “what’s in my hospital bag

  1. Congrats on pregnancy. Check out our blog for moms and moms to be and join our community and conversations. Would love to hear your thoughts and advice you can share with other ladies. Comment on some of our various topics we have up ☺️


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