what to pack in a hospital bag

When it comes to packing a hospital bag, I believe there are two extremes; not knowing what to pack and over-packing. But after packing for two previous deliveries and staying in a hospital, I’d like to think I know what is actually necessary and what isn’t.

So from first time mamas to veteran mamas, here is an easy list of what I believe to be the most essential things.

round 3


For Mom:


  • Toiletries
  • 2 shirts
  • 1 shorts
  • 1 sweats
  • 1 hoodie
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 1 cute robe
  • Slippers
  • Nipple Cream
  • 3 nursing bras
  • Depends


For Baby:


The hospital provides a lot of what you need for baby, including diapers and wipes. But here are some things I like to bring from home.

  • Bobby Pillow
  • Nursing Cover
  • Burp Clothes
  • Clothes – 3 size newborn + 3 size 0-3 months
  • 2 beanies
  • 2 headbands
  • 2 pairs of socks


For Dad:


My husband is a pretty minimal guy, so I really didn’t pack much for him. Enough clothes for two days and toiletries.

  • Toiletries
  • 2 shirts
  • 2 shorts
  • 1 hoodie
  • 2 hats
  • 2 pairs of socks
  • 2 pairs of underwear
  • 1 pair of sandals



This is the stuff that will likely get thrown into a bag right before you leave for the hospital (if you even want it).

  • Snacks
  • Own Pillows
  • Chargers for all electronics
  • iPad
  • Book
  • DSLR Camera + Charger
  • Polaroid Camera




What did you pack that was super helpful?

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