Hospital Bag Essentials
The complete guide to packing your hospital bag to include all the essentials for mom, dad, & baby.
I don’t know how I could possibly ask this baby to come out of my body any nicer! We are at the end yall & I’m ready to sing that Salt & Pepper push it song. This is not my typical post but I thought I’d share with you the final product of my crazy nesting phase, my hospital bag essentials checklist. I did lots of research to compile this list & received tips from veteran mommies on their must-haves. If you have anything you would like to add feel free to leave me a little note in the comments.
Obviously as the person doing the most work, you’ll need the most stuff.
- Robe & Pajamas– You will want some super cozy
pjs, at least two pairs. Something you can nurse in easily if you are going that route. I found a super cute set that had a matching newborn gown!
- Nursing Gown– You will want something cute because of all the visitors you will be having but also functional. This one feels super soft & still keeps me nice & covered up so
noonewill be getting an accidental show.
- Nursing Bras– These have great reviews online & come in really cute colors. I bought the pastel set of three & they are super simple to clasp & unclasp for easy feedings.
- High Waist Panties– Just because you will be in granny panties for a bit doesn’t mean they have to be ugly. These ones are super cute, soft, & also work for c-sections!
- Slippers & Cozy Socks
- Delivery Gown– Obviously this is just preference but this is our first born & I may be a little extra. I just wanted something cute for the photos especially since I probably won’t be feeling super cute at the time.
- Boppy/Nursing Pillow– We got the Boppy pillow at our baby shower & many moms swear by it.
- Nursing Essentials- You will want a good nipple cream, nursing pads, & milk savers.
- Nursing Cover– I like this one because it can also be a car seat cover.
- Not So Cute Essentials-
- Dermoplast– I hear this is an absolute must to help those lady parts feel less on fire, & I for one am all for that.
- Stool Softener– For obvious reasons, start taking these a few days before your due date.
- Depends– A lot of moms told me these are great for at night & to bring my own to the hospital because theirs might be a bit itchy
- Industrial Size Pads– I’m kidding on the industrial part, kinda. The hospital will probably provide you with some but you’ll want your own for home anyways.
- Cold Packs– These are for your lady parts also or anything else that needs some TLC.
- Going home Outfit– A maxi dress was suggested to me or something lose you wore when you were 6 months pregnant.
- Blanket/Pillow- My mom made me & Eli matching quilts for the hospital. I think they will be super cute for photos plus make it feel a little more like home. Definitely bring your own pillow too because you deserve to be comfortable after all your hard work!
- Hair Brush/Bands
- Dry Shampoo
- Wet Wipes
- Body Wash/Loofa
- Socks/Tennis Shoes
- Sweat Pants
- Comfy Shirts & One for Photos
- Cash for Snacks
- Phone Charger
- 2-3 Onesies
- Going Home Outfit– Something with pants because you will be putting him in a car seat & the nurses will judge you if you don’t have pants for the baby apparently.
- Baby Blanket
- Burp Cloths
- Plush Blanket for Photos
- Letter Board– For the photos of course
- Door Sign- For the hospital door, obviously completely optional
- Pacifiers– These are the ones we are using because they are the same brand as our bottles & I wanted to be consistent
- Diaper Bag– I really love this one, there is so much room in it for all the essentials & its easy to keep everything organized
- Carseat– This is essential, I did lots of research & I was really happy with this brands safety ratings & overall reviews.
Thats my list! Here it is in a printable version for you & feel free to let me know if I’m missing any other essentials you couldnt live without.