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Hospital Bag Essentials

April 4, 2017

So it’s almost time to have your baby. Have you packed your hospital bag yet? If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking you have tons of time to do so before baby comes. But you never know when baby might make her arrival, so it’s better to err on the side of caution and prepare early. Incorporating my experience of having two kids, and polling a bunch of mamas, here is a list of hospital bag essentials to help make packing easier.

For You

  • ID and insurance card – even if you pre-registered, it’s still a good idea.
  • Comfy clothes to wear in the hospital – think nightgowns and/or tops that are nursing-friendly, robes, slippers or slipper socks, and maybe even your own hospital gown. Don’t forget to pack a loose, comfortable outfit for you to go home from the hospital in.
  • A comfort item from home, like your pillow or a blanket.
  • A great nursing bra and nursing pads, like these or these.
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste and floss.
  • Face wash and moisturizer.
  • Contacts and/or glasses, if needed.
  • Shampoo, conditioner and body wash.
  • Hair ties and hairbrush.
  • Body lotion and nipple cream, if you’re planning to nurse.
  • Makeup (including chapstick!), and any other beauty products that make you feel comfortable.
  • Camera, phone, iPad or computer (for watching movies) and their respective chargers. Also, headphones for listening to music or labor affirmations.
  • Books or magazines – especially if you’re planning on having an epidural, these are a great way to relax before baby comes.
  • Your favorite snacks. (And your partner’s, or whoever else is present at the birth.)

For Baby 

  • 2-3 Swaddling blankets – these are my favorite.
  • 2-3 outfits or jammies (if you want to dress your baby in the hospital), plus a going home outfit, plus a few onesies.
  • Hats, hand covers and socks, if wanted.
  • Pacifiers, if you want to use a different brand than what is provided at the hospital.
  • Car seat (for going home) and car seat cover. I love this cover because it can also be a nursing cover.

Is there anything you packed that we missed? What are your hospital bag essentials?


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Lauren Soderberg

Wife of one tall drink of water. Mama of two spunky kids. Lover of awkwardly long hashtags and unicorn emojis. And babies, obviously.

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4 thoughts on “Hospital Bag Essentials



Nursing pillow/boppy!





alyssa nelson

And snacks/change of clothes for hubby!


Niki Bulger

Your owlet