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?




Related Posts

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. Danielle Livingston

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

  7. Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana

    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!!

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. Laura

    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.

  11. Mrsblocko

    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.

  12. Liza

    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

  13. 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!

  14. Renee Valentine

    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!

  15. 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™‚

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. Michelle

    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!

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. niki

    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).

  22. 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!

  23. emma

    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!!

  24. 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!

  25. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    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!

  26. Melanie

    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. :/

  27. 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)!.

  28. natalie

    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!

Welcome to Picky Palate!

Picky PalateWelcome to my online kitchen! Picky Palate is where youโ€™ll find family friendly recipes along with the best Disney eats, tips and copycat recipes! Read More...

Recipe Categories

Picky Palate Disney Hungry

Never Miss an Update!

Sign up to get easy recipes or Disney tips delivered to your inbox for FREE!