What’s In My Hospital Bag

I know a ton of bloggers have written about what’s in their hospital bag; I found it really helpful to hop around to different lists and choose the things I thought I’d need- so I wanted to share mine as well. This is a mixture of items from Live Like You Are RichFloraspeed, a list from our lamaze teacher and items I felt like I would want. I should add that I’m bringing a lot of things you might not need at your hospital; that’s why I thought the hospital tour was so helpful. You might be comfortable with the baby and toiletry items provided to you for free- which is great! My insurance is through a large hospital and I decided to bring items from home that would make me more comfortable and could be left behind. Am I crazy? Yes. Have my bags been packed for 3 weeks already? Yes. Are some items excessive? Probably. Do I care? NOT. AT. ALL.


Let’s start with this awesome bag I nabbed at Target. Yes, it was a little expensive- but we will definitely use it a ton in the future. I found 3 little plastic containers that fit perfectly inside it (also at Target).


I love that everyone’s stuff can get packed without getting smushed (especially with so many snacks and liquids) and that my hubby can easily find what’s his…not that he has a history of ripping apart my perfectly organized bags or anything….

This bag is the one that will come up with us right away, and then we have another small bag for overnight stuff once we get moved into a recovery room. Here’s what’s inside:

For Mommy:

  • Hard candy/gum for dry mouth during labor
  • Lip balm for dry lips during labor. My lamaze coach suggested petroleum free, so I bought Eos.
  • Notebook/Pen to keep track of milestones, write down gifts that people drop by, write birthing haikus….you get it.
  • Going home outfit I’ve talked to a lot of mommies about this one, because it’s hard to anticipate what will fit and be comfortable when you’ve never done this before. A lot of women go home in what they arrive in, others have told me to pack loose fitting yoga pants or maternity leggings and a comfy top. I didn’t buy anything new- I’m just bringing my Target maternity yoga pants, a boyfriend tee and hoodie.
  • Make-up wipes
  • Make-up bag
  • Hair brush
  • Hair dryer I packed this to be an over achiever, but did you ladies really give yourself a blowout at the hospital? Bravo!
  • Towel I’ve heard the quality of the hospital towels isn’t great, so I packed 2 towels from home that can be left behind.
  • Unscented lotion for massage during labor. My lamaze coach also recommended corn starch because it glides across the skin and doesn’t have a scent. I bought this.
  • Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, contact solution)
  • Glasses I put a big note on the outside of my bag that says “DO YOU HAVE TRACY’S GLASSES?”. Obviously this is something that I can’t pack ahead of time…but I’m so blind, I can just imagine squinting at my newborn baby wondering what he really looks like.
  • Contacts I threw in a brand new pair of contacts in case we end up going while I’m already in glasses. That way I just know they’ll be there. I really want to be able to see, you guys.
  • Hair Ties 
  • Robe I wanted a robe that was super comfy, but something I wouldn’t feel horrible about ruining. I found this Hanes robe and I’m really happy with the quality and color.
  • Nursing pajamas I found this set on Amazon and I really love the quality. Sizing wise, I would suggest buying one size up from your pre-pregnancy size. I got a medium and I can wear them below my bump now, but they’ll also fit once baby comes.
  • 2 nursing bras I grabbed this one and this one. I’ll update this list with how I liked them once I’ve used them.
  • Nursing pads
  • Undies (aka granny panties) to hold those ginormous pads in place.
  • 3 pairs no skid, comfy socks I bought these.
  • Slippers I grabbed some cheapies at Walmart. Again, I wanted items that could be left behind- nothing super expensive.
  • Flip flops for the shower.

The Fun Stuff:

I bought almost every single one of these items on Amazon. It takes the embarrassment out of shopping for more personal items (not that there’s any reason to be embarrassed). If you want more detail on each item from a mommy who’s actually used them, click here. Items are linked to where I bought them.

For Daddy:

  • Snacks
  • 2 extra shirts
  • 2 pairs socks
  • 1 pair of sweats
  • Tylenol 
  • Sweatshirt
  • Board shorts/Flip flops

“Where are you going and why is this room filled with doggy toys I’m not allowed to play with?”

For Baby:

  • Breast feeding pillow I got this one.
  • Swaddle blankets I’ve heard amazing things about these by, Aden and Anais, so that’s what I packed.
  • Swaddle sack mine is also from Aden and Anais.
  • Wipes hospitals will provide these, I just brought a very small pack of my own.
  • Warm blanket for car
  • Carseat/base I was told about the most amazing service if you live in California. Last weekend I had my carseat checked for free by trained professionals by Carseat.org. Although they said we did a really good job of putting it in, there were a couple of issues with the placement and tightness. I have such piece of mind knowing that it’s in properly, plus they showed me how to belt in the baby once he’s arrived. I can’t recommend this service enough, even if you have to pay a minimal fee!
  • Diapers again, hospitals provide these- I just wanted a handful of my own.
  • Socks
  • Mittens So the babe doesn’t scratch his face.
  • Hats
  • Going home outfit I got my going home outfit from Anne Everett Rae on Etsy, and I’m so beyond happy with it. It arrived so fast and is such wonderful quality. I also love that the sleep gowns snap into pants, so the baby can be buckled in to the carseat.


  • Thank you for the nurses and doctor This is the one thing I still need to do. I have received such amazing care from the nurses and doctors during this pregnancy, and I’d love to show my gratitude with a little something. I’m sure they get a ton of sweets, so I need to think of something I can pack ahead that would be nice. If you’re a healthcare professional, please comment below and let me know what you love to receive!
  • Camera and battery charger
  • Pillows that can be trashed I bought 2 pillows for less than $8 each at Target! Something about bringing a pillow back from the hospital didn’t sit right with me, so these can just get left behind.
  • Baby book if you want to get the baby’s feet stamped directly into it.
  • Insurance card/ID
  • Phone charger

Taking the time to build this bag was actually therapeutic for me. I know that may sound weird, but every item I packed has purpose and is preparing me for what’s to come. I was actually sad when it all went into the back of the car.

I would love to get a conversation going in the comments below. What were your must haves? What did you bring that you didn’t use? What do you plan to pack in your bag, first time mamas?

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