What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag

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I see this question asked a lot. “What did you pack in your hospital bag?”.

With my first I packed way too much, as I didn’t know what to expect. With my second it was the bare minimum and just what I would need. So here is what I packed, and what I would do differently.

What I Packed For The New Baby:

A diaper bag,

I used a diaper bag to pack a few onesies, a going home outfit, baby beanie, baby socks.

I did not pack any pacifiers, because with my first son we were given pacifiers at the hospital. Apparently “baby friendly” hospitals do not give out pacifiers so you may want to pack some just in case.

I also did not pack any diapers, wipes, burp cloths, formula, bottles. Hospitals are usually great about providing everything needed for your new baby and sending you home with a pack of each as well! Less stuff to carry to the hospital is great! Again every hospital is different so you may want to pack just a few, just in case!

What I Packed For Me 

I put my things in the diaper bag as well since there was still tons of room! Trust me, the less you bring into the hospital, the better.

Make sure you bring your phone charger, you wouldn’t want your phone to die and have no way of taking those first pictures! With my first son I took my bottles of shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant. With my second I was little smarter about things and took these sample packs that I had received. If you don’t have samples just sitting in your drawer, I highly suggest that you buy a travel pack or buy the travel bottles and make your own. You don’t want to carry the whole bottle for 2-3 days. I packed a hairbrush, hair ties, toothbrush.

As for clothes,

I bought a pack of cheap boy shorts, a size larger than I would normally wear. This beats the cloth underwear that they give you.

I threw in some bigger shirts, as your not going to want to wear anything tight and clingy.  You may want to pack a sports bra, something comfortable that doesn’t have an underwire. It was also the middle of summer for both of my sons so for shoes I had my flip flops.

Lastly you want to pack chapstick!

What I Packed My Husband

Along the same lines for me, I packed travel/sample packs for his shampoo, body wash, deodorant, toothpaste etc..

There wasn’t a lot of room left for his clothes so his were in a simple sports bag, enough clothes for 2-3 days. Phone charger!! We also brought snacks, because when your up in the middle night and the cafeteria isn’t open, the vending machine snacks are over priced and you’ve gotten tired of the free jello from the nurses station, you will want your own snacks! Pack some drinks to put in the fridge that will be in your room as well.


Now the first hospital I delivered at was kind of enough to provide and also give me two cans to take home, the last hospital I delivered at was not so kind, and did not provide this to their patients. Do yourself a favor and pack this!

Just in case your hospital isn’t kind!

Let me know in the comments what you would pack, what you wouldn’t pack, or what you would have changed/done differently.

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