What To Pack in Your Hospital Bag When Having a Baby

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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75 Responses
  1. Lisa S.

    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!

  2. Kim in MD

    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™‚

  3. Jessica N

    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.

  4. Sarah P

    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.

  5. Suzanne

    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!

  6. Julia S.

    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!

  7. Heidi

    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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. Julia

    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!

  12. Lori

    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™‚

  13. Linda

    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.

  14. Susan G

    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!

  15. 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!

  16. Amiee

    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!

  17. Jenelle K.

    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.

  18. 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).

  19. Christine

    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!

  20. 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!!

  21. Emma

    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!

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

    1. Dee W

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

  24. Kristy Fife

    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)!.

  25. 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!

  26. 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!!

  27. Ambrey

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

  28. Cathy

    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!

  29. laura

    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.

  30. 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!


  31. Errin

    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!

  32. Kindra

    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.

  33. Stacy Stevens

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

  34. Emily

    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.

  35. Emily

    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

  36. 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˜‰

  37. Robin Chesser

    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.

  38. Sheila

    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!

  39. 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).

  40. Lexie

    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.

    1. 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!

  41. Kristy

    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.

  42. 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.

    1. Ashlee

      Thank for this comment. I am due in a few months and have been trying to think of ways to help my husband feel more involved. This is a brilliant idea!

  43. Jenny

    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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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!

  47. 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!

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