Packing Your Hospital Bag

If you’re worried about packing your hospital bag, don’t. It should be very simple and doesn’t need a ton of planning. 

If you’re like me, you will come up with a list of what you need and maybe a few little extras to be comfortable. And then when you get to the hospital you’ll realize you barely needed a lot of those things and you ask your partner to take it all back and bring you something else when they goes home for a shower, to eat, or to nap. 

The hospital provides a lot of essential things so you don’t really need a lot.

Packing Your Hospital Bag

What the Hospital PRovides for You

Gown, blankets and pillow, socks, special underwear and pads (its weird but so necessary), 3 meals a day, cup for water or ice, and some a few bathroom essentials. 

They can provide you with a hospital grade breast pump as well and bottles and parts during your stay, some of which you get to keep. 

Your room should also have a TV if you need some background noise.

what the Hospital Provides for Baby

Pretty much everything! 

Your child will be diapered, clothed and swaddled at all times without you needing to bring or provide any of these things. They can also provide formula for baby. 

If your child ends up in the NICU, they will provide everything. They may even let you take some extra onesies and blankets home and they will definitely send you home with diapers, wipes, and formula if your baby needs it.

Your Packing Essentials

What you really need to pack are things for yourself.

On average, mommy and baby will be at the hospital for 2-3 days and you will be wearing a hospital gown for most of that time.

You can bring clothing for after the delivery to be more comfortable but its not like you’re going to look your best anyway, unless you plan on doing professional photos while at the hospital.

You will, however, want socks, slippers or sandals, and a good jacket.

Bring your addictive devices (phones, tablets) and chargers for all those baby pics and to watch Netflix of course.

Pack your basic toiletries, like your toothbrush, deodorant, and things for the shower if you choose not to use what the hospital provides for you.

And you will need some essentials for nursing if you plan to nurse (things like nipple cream and nursing bras- check out my nursing essentials post). If you need to pump they will provide everything you need for that.

You can bring a few snacks and water for you and your partner. 

Essentially your bag should cover the basics of a sleepover and a comfortable outfit to go home in for you and baby. And don’t forget the carseat!




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I’ve been using it for 3 years now with both my kids, including both hospital births, and I love it because it fits a lot, is lightweight, and leaves me handsfree.


What were your favorite things to have at the hospital with you?

What things did you bring that were useless?

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Ahhhh. I remember packing my hospital bag. I was so excited. I packed it at least 3 times before I got it right. Great guide

Mahogany Daughtery

I was so eager to meet my little one that I packed my hospital bag well in advance. I did however manage to forget the charger to our camera but luckily it remained charged.


Very helpful info for the first time mama to be’s! I totally overpacked with my 1st kid and then under packed for baby with my 2nd because I thought they would have everything that my 1st baby did at the hospital. Like onesies. So I sent my husband home Toby… Read more »


This is a great list! Looks a lot like the list I made when packing. 🙂


Such a good list! My most important items were a phone charger and jogger sweats so they didn’t hurt my c section incision!

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