What You Actually Need In Your Hospital Bag

Per your request, today I’m sharing what I packed in my hospital bag and actually used. I really felt like we were prepared (maybe overprepared) and that we used the majority of the items we brought with us. I didn’t feel right getting this post up pre-delivery, as I wanted to be able to share from my own experience. I personally felt very overwhelmed when packing my own bag and reading through numerous blog posts, so I wanted to make a list of things you actually need.

what you actually NEED to pack in your hospital bag when having a baby
  • Long charging cord
  • Pillows & blanket
  • Delivery Nightgown (I didn’t change into mine until after delivery)
  • Dry shampoo + makeup bag + deodorant, toothbrush/paste
  • Swaddle for 1st baby picture
  • Going home outfit for baby
  • Going home outfit for mom
  • Slippers (I wore these during postpartum care, but they also give you the grip socks so these aren’t completely necessary…just preference)
  • Silver nipple shields (I swear on these! I know they are an investment, but TRUST ME. If you plan to breastfeed, start using these after the first feeding and they help so much!!)
  • Bluetooth speaker (the speaker for the TV is the one on your hospital bed remote — which sucks! We used the app Tunity to connect the TV to our phone and play it through the bluetooth speaker. That way Kyle and I could both watch with good sound)
  • Chapstick
  • Sleep mask (Nurses are constantly coming in handout of your room. You will definitely want your rest prior to baby coming)
  • Babybook for footprints
  • Carseat
  • Diaper bag

Keep in mind that they provide a towel, washcloth, and body wash for you when you shower (some people don’t, but I felt so gross and couldn’t wait). They also provide the following items during your stay: baby diapers & wipes, nipple cream, water jug, grip socks, hospital gown, plain white t-shirt for baby, blanket to swaddle baby in, beanie, and postpartum essentials (pads, dermaplast, mesh underwear, perineal bottle). I’m probably forgetting a few small items, but these are things I thought I needed to pack and didn’t know the hospital would be providing.

I hope this post is helpful if you’re a mom-to-be and packing your hospital bag! Remember, I only included the items I thought were 100% necessary after my experience in the hospital. If any of you mama readers can think of essential items I forgot to include, please share in the comments below!


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