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What To Pack in Your Hospital Bag When Having a Baby

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Hi friends! As most of you know I am due to have this baby any day now. These last couple weeks are going miserably slow!! While I feel like I have most of what I need packed in my hospital bag, I would love to hear from you to make sure I am not forgetting anything. Thanks in advance!

PS…how cute is this Petunia Pickle Bottoms Weekender Diaper Bag? I don’t see my exact print, but there’s lots of cute ones. I am in love with it!

Here’s What I have packed so far:

  • Change of Clothes for coming home
  • My Make-up bag
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Camera
  • An outfit for baby to come home in
  • Car Seat ready in car

What else might I need?



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  1. 1
    Debbie says:

    Lotion – hospital air tends to be very dry – and cough drops – I got sick after delivering both of my boys – are a must for me. Good luck!

  2. 2
    Carrie says:

    2nd the lotion and add chapstick and a pair of super soft, fuzzy socks. I hope all goes well!

  3. 3
    Rosie says:

    Bathrobe, comfy clothes to wear at the hospital if the gown is uncomfortable, slippers/fuzzy socks, an extra pillow or two, shampoo & conditioner/other toiletries, Boppy/other breastfeeding pillow if you think you might need it… Good luck!

  4. 4
    Becky B says:

    I love that your list isn’t too long. You really don’t need a lot. The only other thing I’d say to bring is a nursing cover if you are expecting a lot of visitors.

  5. 5

    Shampoo if they let you shower there…my hospital didn’t have any and washing my hair felt heavenly!

    A pair of shorts to wear under your gown. They won’t really want you to do this right away, but the next day once they’re done checking you out, I loved that. Also made me feel more confident walking around on the floor and having visitors.

  6. 6
    Jenny says:

    Warm socks for labor, hard candies to suck on, Hair ties to braid your hair, phone charger!

  7. 7
    Jenny says:

    Nursing pillow! I was so glad I had mine while there. I also brought a nursing gown and nursing cover so when visitors came I wasn’t still in my hospital gown and could cover myself when needed.

  8. 8
    Carley says:

    Nursing tank tops and nursing cover

  9. 9

    Oh yeah — a notepad or something to write on. I had my husband write down different events of the day so that I wouldn’t forget things. Like when I started dialating, what meds, when I started pushing, etc. It made it easier to tell the baby story later AND it gave him something to “own” and he didn’t feel so out of the whole proces.

  10. 10
    TidyMom says:

    suckers! I sucked on suckers when I couldn’t have anything to eat, it helped make my mouth not so dry!

    So excited for you Jenny!

  11. 11
    Heather says:

    Don’t forget your phone charger!! You will be making lots of calls and texts! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. 12
    Kristy says:

    I always brought a couple of different ‘bottoms’ to an outfit, because you might be a couple of different sizes, you just don’t know. I also brought a few diapers and wipes that I like in case the hospital doesn’t use ones you like.

  13. 13
    Lexie says:

    With my first child I wore hospital gowns. For my second, I brought some comfy maternity clothes, and I felt 100 times better – like a normal human being. I didn’t have to worry about flashing guests when I moved. I brought pajamas and yoga pants – clothes that I didn’t mind washing (or tossing, if needed). But it really improved my mood, and I love the fact that I was wearing my favorite pink t-shirt in those hospital photos.

    • 13.1
      Stacy says:

      I second all of Lexie’s suggestions—I bought a cute (but cheap) pj set at Target to wear so I’d not be in the “gown” and so I’d feel more dresses. I did this with all 3 of mine and the yoga pants thing is a must. No one knows what size they’ll be after the sweetie pie arrives.

      ON a similar note, as soon as you can, take a shower. It is slightly embarassing b/c you’ll need someone to stand at the door with you, but honestly, it makes you feel so much better.

      Good luck and congratulations!

  14. 14
    Pauline Haden says:

    Something safe to carry baby in as you leave hospital.

  15. 15
    Sandy says:

    Loose fitting PJ’s, Battery charger, an outfit for baby’s pictures, & the baby book (our nurses were great about getting the little foot print stamp in their books for us).

  16. 16
    Robin Chesser says:

    Snacks…you’re going to be starving.

  17. 17
    Sheila says:

    I just had my baby on the 23rd so this is really fresh in my mind. Definately lip balm, granola bars for snacking between meals (sometimes the hospital meals take a long time), honey sticks for energy during labor, and a nursing pillow if breast feeding. Good luck!

  18. 18
    Robin Chesser says:

    and if you have a dog, pack a blanket you can put in the baby’s bassinet so your husband can bring it home before you get there so the dog can become familar with the babys scent.

  19. 19
    Rachelle says:

    Chapstick, don’t really bother with your own clothes to wear while recovering, things are still kinda messy. Heck you know, you’ve got 2 boys, babies haven’t changed over the yrs. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. 20

    A pacifier for the baby. The hospitals that I delivered at here in San Diego do not provide them. Best of luck…such an exciting time!!!!

  21. 21
    bonnie says:

    It’s been way to long so I shall say. Congratulations.

  22. 22
    Emily says:

    the only things that i really used other then what you have listed were my comb and brush (i felt much more human with my hair done after 32 hours of labor) and a nursing bra because i quickly started soaking my gowns after my little sucker started nursing

  23. 23
    Emily says:

    Your own shampoo/shower stuff and possibly a nice towel. I know after delivering both my babies all I wanted was to clean all the crud off and my own shower stuff made a hospital shower much better than the standard 2 n 1 stuff that they gave you.

  24. 24
    Stacy Stevens says:

    Any toiletries that you can’t live without. Shampoo, conditioner, etc. Comfy clothes, snacks, and some form of entertainment (books, magazines, etc.). Good luck!!

  25. 25
    Tracy says:

    Slippers in case they have you walking the halls and back up batteries for the camera!

  26. 26
    Kindra says:

    Granny panties…that aren’t too tight but that you can use pads with and you don’t mind throwing away later. A pair of nursing jammies, more comfortable then the hospital gowns but still easy nurse in. I always liked my own clothes and lotion so my baby could smell my “smell” from the start. Your own pillow too.

  27. 27
    Errin says:

    These are things that I wish I had brought with me when I had my son last April:
    1. Mints – I was sick a few times and these would have helped me feel a little less gross
    2. Hair elastics and Headbands – Sweaty hair in your face doesn’t help any situation
    3. Food/Snacks – After labor it was like I hadn’t eaten in days, and the hospital was a little slow bringing the scheduled meals
    4. Comfortable clothing – I had to change a few times and it was nice to be in my own clothes

    I hope this helps!

  28. 28
    Cindy says:

    Magazines and books. It kept my mind busy while in labor and afterward when I was itching to go home. A Bathrobe and warm socks. If you plan on walking around, buy some cheap fuzzy slippers to wear while you’re there, then throw them away when you leave. Hospital floors are icky LOL! Your favorite skin lotion and comfy PJ’s too ๐Ÿ™‚ Sneak in some snacks if you can…hospital food isn’t the best!

    Yay for babies!


  29. 29
    Brenda McCracken says:

    I packed most of the things mentioned as well as nursing bras,underwear and pads.

  30. 30
    Jessica says:

    I always brought a portable DVD player with a new movie to watch!

  31. 31
    laura says:

    SOCKS! If you have an epidural sometime you get uncontrollably cold. My last baby came very quickly an I had to beg my mother in law to bring me some socks because I was just so cold.

  32. 32
    Cathy says:

    I ended up having a c section and it was painful to move around too much, I brought face wipes to wash my face with and was so glad I did. And warm socks!! Good luck!

  33. 33
    Ambrey says:

    I just had my son 7 weeks ago and I would recommend a robe, some nursing tank tops, and phone/camera chargers.

  34. 34
    Anne says:

    A cute pillowcase for all those photos! Congrats and good luck!

  35. 35

    I say bring some cozy slippers with rubber soles…in case you need to walk around.

    Also, some type of lotion that smells good. Sometimes good lotion helps when you don’t feel so great.

    Good luck and can’t wait to see the baby!!

  36. 36
    Julie says:

    Lip balm for sure! Best wishes for an easy delivery & a healthy baby!

  37. 37
    natalie says:

    Love Petunia Pickle Bottom- their bags are awesome! I use mine all the time! When I had my son someone suggested bringing a robe in, and it worked really well (a lightweight one, not the heavy terry cloth kind). I ended up with an emergency c-section and was glad that I packed yoga pants for the trip home! One thing that I ended up calling my sister to bring in for me was actually pads-the hospital ones were a lot bulkier than what I needed! Next time I’ll definitely remember to bring in some extra hair ties as well as some face wipes!

  38. 38
    Kristy Fife says:

    Hi Jenny! Can’t believe that you’re already at 9 months. I have 10 more weeks to go! ๐Ÿ™‚ Loved reading all the comments. Thanks for the post! I second soft socks, stretchy pants (pj type), a few magazines and your laptop (if safe in the room)!.

  39. 39
    Lisa says:

    Your own pillow and gown. And a boppy!

  40. 40
    Melanie says:

    Flip flops to wear in the shower & your own pillow with a brightly colored pillow case so it doesn’t get mixed up with the ones at the hospital.

    • 40.1
      Dee W says:

      I second the shower shoes. I just CAN’T get in a foreign shower, even in a hotel, without something on my feet. :/

  41. 41

    The Petunia Pickle Bottoms Weekender is adorable! I had a PPB bag and it was a splurge but I loved it!

    You’re on baby #3 so you know about how it is after giving birth. Yeah, stock up and bring on your own supplies rather than rely on what the hospital gives you ๐Ÿ™‚

    And snacks! Things that are going to appeal to you after the birth b/c lets face it, hospital food isn’t exactly what I’d want to dig into when I’m starving and I was starving after delivery!

  42. 42
    Emma says:

    Your own towels! Much better than hospital towels that are tiny and rough! And your own pillow with cute pillowcase since it’s going to be in lots of pictures! Good luck!

  43. 43
    emma says:

    I am due very soon too and I know the next few weeks are going to DRAG…I really hope my little one comes a little early. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I was told by my doula to bring hard candy/gum and if you are having a vaginal birth bring Depends to wear instead of the pads from the hospital (I guess they are easy to slip on and off w/no ruining of panties).
    I personally am going to take some Coconut water for energy!
    Congrats and best of luck!!

  44. 44
    jodi says:
    Joking of course ๐Ÿ™‚
    I wanted my own hair brush, head band to keep my hair out of my eyes, snacks, a pillow from home, boppy, and my own PJs/stretchy pants. Best of luck!

  45. 45

    Sooo excited for you, Jenny! I looooved wearing my cozy nursing gown from BellaBlue ( It made me feel a little prettier and was super practical, too. I wore it afterward, at home, too, when Clara was nursing a lot.

    Sounds like a great list here…

    All the best.

  46. 46
    Christine says:

    A picture of your other kiddos…While I was in labor, helped to remind me what it was all about ๐Ÿ™‚ And an excercise ball, if you plan to be up and about!

  47. 47
    niki says:

    Camera charger. Phone charger. (our nurse actually told us to bring a power strip so my husband and I could be charging while we were waiting). Lip balm. Some undergarments you don’t care too deeply about. Pillowcase (colored one so you don’t confuse it with hospital white).

  48. 48
    Jenelle K. says:

    A couple change of clothes for baby. Ours turned out to be allergic to whatever laundry detergent the hospital used (they give you a “shirt” for baby to wear) so we were glad we brought extra clothes besides what she was going home in.

    You might want a phone card if you need to make long distance calls. Sometimes cell phones won’t work inside the hospitals.

  49. 49
    Amiee says:

    Wow, no one said a laptop or a tablet (like Ipad)! That is like my #1 thing to bring! I’m due in 3.5 weeks and I’m already packing up stuff! Plus I have cesarians, so my list is a little bit longer than yours since I’m in the hospital for like 4 days (it gets old). Let’s see, what else…I second the person who said they bring makeup remover/face washing cloths (so you don’t have to get up with a hurty tummy)…Cell and charger for sure, favorite swaddle blanket (for cute photos of baby–like aden & anais) and cute hat for baby…I bring my own favorite binnkies with me as well–and a bottle that I use specifically for baby (i mostly nurse but i do one bottle of formula a day). Oh and a couple burp cloths for spit ups!

  50. 50
    Michelle says:

    I am not a mommy yet, but I helped my cousin pack for my Godson’s arrival.
    Chapstick, fuzzy socks, robe, cell phone, chargers for all electronics, iPad or iPod (with a playlist with relaxing music), blanket (for a touch of home), hair brush and hair elastics, Aveno body lotion and body wash (your skin maybe more sensitive than usual), a towel ( hospital towels are a bit rough), Popsciles (since you cannot eat during labor).

    Good luck and Happy Motherhood!

  51. 51
    Susan G says:

    I would definitely bring some music and headphones! Load it up with play lists of classical & some good mood tunes!!
    Maybe also some water bottles so you don’t have to rely on anyone to get you water after.
    Good Luck!

  52. 52
    Linda says:

    Your favorite brand of sanitary napkins. I am a brand snob, I didn’t like the ones the hospital provided. Congrats!!! I hope all goes well.

  53. 53
    Zeta says:

    dun forget comb/hair cream! or just wear snow cap hehe

  54. 54
    Becca says:

    I actually did a series of blog posts on this right before my second son arrived almost 4 months ago. I had googled “what to pack” but never found a comprehensive list, so I made one myself…

    Hope it helps!

  55. 55
    Lori says:

    Although they have some at the hospital… I always bring my own lanolin cream. I slather that stuff on in the beginning stages of breastfeeding and it saves a lot of pain. Also…you might want to bring nursing bras, a laptop or tablet (to kill time during those up all night kind of nights) and SNACKS! If you are nursing… the hospital food wont be enough ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. 56

    Chapstick and your favorite pillow!

  57. 57

    I’ve never had a baby but I would have said an iPad and I would definitely take my Kindle! I never leave home without it!

  58. 58
    Julia says:

    Slippers are great and all the other wonderful suggestions! You must bring a pair of sandals to wear in the shower! I had an old pair of crocs that were a last minute decision and so glad I brought them to walk in the hospital and while showering! Also, if you have to share a room with someone EAR PLUGS!

  59. 59
    Liza says:

    don’t forget your hairbrush ๐Ÿ™‚ … and I second the bathrobe (or you can ask for a 2nd hospital gown to wear backwards and cover the rear), slippers/flip flops/socks (so you don’t have to touch the hospital floor with your bare feet) and your nursing pillow (if you’re nursing), after my first c-section I told my husband to bring it and it made a world of difference. good luck and congrats

  60. 60
    Mrsblocko says:

    Music. Make up a playlist of relaxing or uplifting songs to listen to. Seven years later and I still remember what song was playing as my daughter was born.

  61. 61
    Laura says:

    An emory board small enough for baby ~ those babies come out with long nails and they tend to scratch themselves. And using the baby clippers is an art that must be learned… but an emory board can file them down!

    A “Soothie” brand pacifier — it’s the kind newborns like! And don’t believe in the “nipple confusion” thing. Babies need to suck… and not always on you!

    Be sure to have Mylecon drops at home as soon as you get home. Babies have gas. It makes their tummies hurt. Which makes them fussy. Mylecon works WONDERS.

  62. 62
    Heidi says:

    I just had a baby and in addition to what you are taking I brought my eye mask and ear plugs because hospitals are bright and noisy. Your hubby can bring you anything you decide you need after. Good Luck!

  63. 63
    Julia S. says:

    Definitely bring some slippers and bathrobe. If you stay overnight and you want to go to the nursery to see your baby, you’ll need something comfy. Also bring some big overnight maxi pads. I know, TMI but the hospital ones are not comfy and they tend to be on the cheap side (so not as absorbant). Trust me, you’ll thank me later!

  64. 64

    I brought my own pillow, shampoo/conditioner, lots of Larabars (you’ll get hungry in the middle of the night), lanolin or motherlove nipple cream. Congratulations, so excited for you!!

  65. 65
    Danielle Livingston says:

    How about an extra, empty bag to bring home all the free supplies from the hospital!

  66. 66
    Suzanne says:

    My favorite thing that I brought when I had #3 is my own clothes to wear. I despise the hospital gowns. So, I brought my own comfy clothes to wear and it’s amazing how much better I felt!

  67. 67
    Sarah P says:

    Depending on how long you will be there, an electric razor for your legs. I was on bed rest for 2 weeks, no tub in the room, and it was embarrassing when people came in to see me and it looked like I was hiding sasquatch under the blankets. I made my husband go buy me something to shave with. Electric is less dangerous than regular razors when you can’t see everything.

  68. 68
    Jessica N says:

    Dermoplast! It si a numbing pain reliever spray. You can get it in most pharmacies. I had to have stitches and my mom bought it for me. It was a life saver! Next baby I am definitely bringing a can with me.

  69. 69
    Kim in MD says:

    I couldn’t have made it through labor without my favorite relaxing music. Good luck, Jenny! I know you can’t wait to meet your new little guy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  70. 70
    Lisa S. says:

    When I had my daughter, I took a gift to give her older brother…. So when he came to visit us he’d feel include in the celebration of his new sister!

  71. 71
    Miranda says:

    All I know is, for my first pregnancy I packed WAY too much! This time I am trying to pack only what I used (or wished I had) the last time around… Here is what I decided to pack in my bag:

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