hospital bag essentials

Before I get to the nitty gritty details of my labor story (totally unplanned – with my water breaking at 36 weeks at 3AM) – I want to share my hospital bag because I definitely didn’t have much packed. Luckily, my husband was able to leave and come back to the hospital with all the things I forgot to pack. I’m only listing the things I actually used and I am also going to list what you DONT need.

Hospital bag essentials:

Matching robe and outfit for the baby

Honestly, you don’t even need the robe – I only put it on for pictures and took it right back off because I’d rather wear the hospital gowns and get them dirty rather than ruining mine) I got my matching robe and outfit at Caden lane – I also suggest getting a personalized swaddle blanket with baby’s name on it for announcement pictures.

Click on the photo for the link to the website

Phone charger with a long cord

Make sure you get a phone charger with a long cord so you can keep your phone charging next to you

Polaroid camera for pictures

I didn’t think I’d actually use this but it was the first thing my husband pulled out after she was here and I’m so happy we captured those moments

Snacks and drinks

I had my husband go out and get all the snacks and drinks that I was craving after labor. It included Dr. Pepper, Gatorade, waters, Doritos, pretzels, popcorn and starbursts. Because of Covid – only nurses could fill your water so it was nice to have my own stash in the room

Vitamins and medicine

Don’t forget to pack all your vitamins and medicine. If you’re breastfeeding it’s important to continue taking your prenatals. The hospital ended up prescribing me some prenatals the first day because I forgot mine at home.


This is something that we did not have but wish we did. The hospital I was at provided Halo swaddles (the tank top ones) and we ended up having to swaddle her arms down with the hospital blanket and she kept breaking out of it.

Bathroom/shower supplies

Be sure to pack body wash, toothbrush and toothpaste, face wash, lotion, etc. everything you think you’ll need to wash up on day 2.

Cheap slippers

These were so nice to have to walk around in. Don’t bring anything fancy, though. You can pick up germs in the hospital and may want to just throw them out after delivery.

Going home outfit

Remember, you’ll be in a diaper so bring something oversized and comfy. You’re literally just walking from the hospital to your car so no need to get anything fancy. I wore a large oversized T-shirt dress and it worked perfectly! I usually wear a small but got a large in this and it fit perfect and was only $12!

Breast pump

If you’re planning on breast feeding – be sure to bring your pump! The lactation consultant should come visit you every day and help you with how to use it. I went with the Spectra S1 and I love it! I did end up buying the Freemie cups after getting home because I want to be able to pump discretely. I haven’t gotten them yet so I can’t give an honest review but I can say that I’m very excited and heard great things! They’re compatible with all the following pumps AND HSA eligible!

  • Freemie Liberty and Independence
  • Ameda Purely Yours, Ameda Finesse
  • ARDO Calypso
  • BellaBaby Duo Pocket, Bellababy Duo Rechargeable
  • Evenflo Deluxe Advanced
  • Lucina Melodi Prime
  • Motif Luna
  • Philips Avent
  • Spectra M1, S1, S2, S1 Plus, S2 Plus, 9 Plus

Again, click on the pictures to follow the link to order!

What you DONT need:

– Perineal care: the hospital will provide ice packs, witch hazel wipes, dermaplast, diapers, pads and a squirt water bottle for cleaning down there. Be sure to ask for extras before you leave so you don’t have to run to the store right after getting discharged.

– Formula and bottles: the hospital will provide any formula, bottles, pacifiers that you may need

– Baby care: the hospital will provide diapers, wipes, clothes, hats, blankets, everything you need for the baby. We also asked to take a blanket home for the dogs and they let us do that

Please feel free to leave your comments and feedback below! This is an open forum and I welcome any other suggestions.

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