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Here’s what I packed in my hospital bag for labor and post-delivery, along with what I packed for our baby and what my husband brought.
Time has FLOWN by since we had our sweet baby boy! But we loved loved loved being new parents. It’s hard to believe it’s already been three years since we were putting our hospital bags into our car right around my due date (I ended up delivering late)! And hard to believe we’ll be doing it again soon for baby #2!
When I was planning for our hospital stay, I found other blog posts with hospital bag packing lists helpful, so I wanted to share my list as well. I mostly referenced the hospital bag packing list from my doula since she’s been along for thousands of births, and then added a few other “nice to haves”, e.g. slippers, some makeup, blankets, based on what I saw other people pack. (Just like pregnancy must haves, hospital must-haves are also subjective!) I just wanted to be comfortable. Plus, I figured I could always leave stuff in the car as well and then just have my husband or doula grab it if I wanted it. I think I liked packing for the hospital even more than registering for the baby! We ended up staying in the hospital for five days so I was extra grateful for some of these comforting items!
Hospital bag packing list for mom, baby and dad
My doula had great advice to pack two bags: one for things I’d want during labor and one for things I’d use after delivery. That way, if/when you move rooms, it’s less to pack up. So I packed all my labor stuff in my large weekender bag and my post-delivery stuff in a smaller tote when I was getting close to 37 weeks pregnant so that I’d be ready whenever baby was! BTW, doula’s are AMAZING. Ours helps us create a great birth plan, and also helped us a TON after I delivered.
If you’d like a PDF checklist that you can print emailed directly to you, click here!
I packed things for the baby in another separate bag (in my diaper bag, actually) and since it wasn’t much, that left room for me to take home any supplies the hospital gave me (e.g. postpartum things). And my husband had a bag as well. So, four bags total, along with my nursing pillow which didn’t fit into a bag.
When we arrived at the hospital, and after we got settled in our room, we brought in my weekender bag and my husband’s bag. We left the post-delivery stuff and the diaper bag in the car.
Okay, here’s what I brought! And since labor and delivery is now behind me, I added a few notes about what I didn’t use!
Hospital Bag Checklist for Mom
Everything in this bag is what I took into the hospital with me for labor. And my Barrington Captain Travel Bag fit everything perfectly! (Side note: I love love love this bag – it’s bigger without being enormous, it comes in a million colors and patterns and is incredibly high quality, like all their totes and purses.)
Here’s what went in it!
My Favorite Amazon Toiletry Bag with the following – UPDATE: I was VERY glad I packed all of my toiletries and makeup since the hospital didn’t provide anything other than hand soap
Comfy tank + Denim Jacket to wear home. The tank is super soft but be sure to size up since it runs super small! And that denim jacket is surprisingly soft and cozy.
Nursing pillow – UPDATE: this was TERRIBLE. I was having SO many issues breastfeeding in the hospital, for a few reasons, but once I got home and used the other breastfeeding pillow I had, things improved dramatically. The one I packed was soft and cozy, but did NOT help with positioning. So I would definitely recommend taking a breastfeeding pillow, but take this one instead!
Sound machine – UPDATE: This was AWESOME. We stuck it by Thomas’ bassinet and I think it helped all of us sleep!
Soft blanket – UPDATE: very glad I took this! My hospital bed had decent blankets but Tommy needed one!
Undies (these are huge and I sized up, but I’ve heard it’s necessary to accommodate the hospital size pads) – UPDATE: I used these over the mesh underwear in the hospital to help hold things in place better. I’m glad I took my own for that reason.
Pump – I planned to breastfeed but I brought this to keep in the car just in case I needed to pump. The hospital has pumps, but this way the lactation consultants could help me with the pump I’d actually use at home. You can also discuss how to bottle feed with your lactation consultant to make sure you feel confident when you leave the hospital.
Hospital Bag Checklist for Baby
Car seat – this obviously stayed in the car but I put it on my checklist for sanity’s sake. Don’t forget this!
Diaper bag – go ahead and add diapers and wipes to this so you don’t have to think about it later.