This isn’t going to be a super fancy or “pinterestable” (that’s a totally made up word, right?) post, but I always enjoy seeing what other Mama’s are planning on taking to the hospital with them so I thought it would be fun to put together a little something so you could see what I’m going to be bringing with me for my THIRD labor and delivery hospital stay!
I kind of had to wrack my brain a bit before I started packing like…whattt….do I even bring…? and I actually ended up using Marisa’s Hospital Bag checklist to get me started! Thank goodness for that lady 🙂
I didn’t want to over pack and honestly, use most of these items daily already- so I keep a list in my phone, in the event of a hurried rush to the hospital(which is pretty likely…) so we can toss these things into my bag quickly and be out the door!
What To Pack In A Hospital Bag:
- Nursing tanks
- Nursing bras
- Pajama pants
- Socks and/or flip flops
- Going home outfit
- Toiletries and makeup
- Pony tail holders and bobby pins
- Nursing cover (will probably NEVER use it, but bringing it along just in case)
The majority of things we’ll be bringing with us to the hospital will be for me! I guess I’ll be the one requiring the most stuff 🙂 I’m bringing lots of postpartum clothing options just because I’m not sure how I’ll feel after- I pretty much plan to wear nursing tanks with cardigans or kimonos over them, paired with either comfy pants or leggings. And I plan to wear home something similar!
I’ll shower at least once while I’m there, so I’ll need all of my daily toiletries along with shower and hair supplies as well.
Since breastfeeding is my top priority, and likely the thing I’ll be doing the most during our stay, I’m making sure to bring our boppy pillow(with it’s new adorable KB Cute Designs cover!), my new Copper Pearl Multi Use Cover, and I’ll probably bring some gel soothies as well. The hospital provides lanolin and nursing pads- but I have always loved the soothies in the early nursing days as well!
- 2 outfits(including underwear and socks- let’s not forget that)
- Phone and charger
- Blanket and/or pillow (if so inclined)
- 2-3 outfits
- Going home outfit
- 2-3 swaddle blankets
- 2-3 burp cloths
- Pacifiers & Pacifier Clips
- Nail clippers
Abigail helped me pack Finn’s bag and it was SO sweet to do together. We went through his newborn clothes drawer, picking out our favorite items and matching them to little hats, blankets, and pacifier clips. He pretty much doesn’t need anything other than a special coming home outfit, but I wanted clothes and blankets of our own.
And, admittedly, totally over packed for him- but wanted to have lots of options for pictures! Plus, everything is just so dang cute.
- Birthing Ball (someone- won’t name names- but it rhymes with “him”- forgot to bring this with us for Mabel’s birth)
- Boppy Nursing Pillow
- Laptop and cord
- Camera and cord- along with both lenses and back up batteries!
- Car Seat for baby!
The technology will all be in a laptop bag together, the ball and boppy can be tossed in the back of the van quickly, and we will be installing Finn’s car seat here pretty soon! (We’re going to be using the Evenflo car seat from this post!)
I’ve tried to include the links to everything that I’m bringing with me, so you can add them to your hospital bags too!
What are some of your hospital bag must haves?