The Ultimate Hospital Bag Packing List

For Mom

  • At least one pair of pajamas to wear after your first post-labor shower
  • Nursing Bra
  • Nursing Tank Top — pick one that holds it all in you can wear home too!
  • Going home outfit — just pick something comfortable! Your body is going to feel so weird (and you’ll be wearing a strangely large pair of underwear).
  • Toiletries — You can use what they have at your hospital, but I prefer to bring all of my favorite products. Toothbrush, face wash, shower essentials, deodorant, razor, skincare products, hairbrush, etc.
  • Slippers — the hospital gives you great socks, but don’t forget a pair of comfy shoes to wander around in.
  • Shower flip flops
  • Your favorite pillow + blanket — having a little bit of home is more comforting than you think! Obviously these items stay to the side until labor/delivery is over!
  • OPTIONAL: Bathrobe, bike shorts (to wear over the hospital underwear + pads)

For Dad/Partner

  • Phone Charger with a long cord
  • Snacks (beef jerky, trail mix, protein bars)
  • A change of clothes (plus a sweatshirt + socks in case its cold)
  • PILLOW — I highly recommend bringing your own pillows to the hospital.

For Baby

  • Coming Home Outfit
  • Car Seat
  • Optional: Blanket, birth announcement outfit, hat, pacifier (if you don’t want to try the hospital’s)

TIP: Make sure you have the following AT HOME for YOU after your hospital stay

  • Postpartum Essentials Recovery Bundle — Hospitals have not only been short staffed since the pandemic, but also short on supplies. The Lansinoh Postpartum Essentials Recovery Bundle has three must-have products for birth recovery to provide gentle cleansing, soothing care, and cooling relief for the pain and discomfort caused by birth and delivery.
  • Gel Soothies for Breastfeeding — these are a lifesaver when your milk comes in and your breasts are extra sensitive
  • Nursing Pillow
  • High waisted underwear
  • Extra thick sanitary pads
  • Motrin or Tylenol
  • Lots of water and rest!

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Caitlin Houston

Caitlin Houston

Caitlin Houston is a Mom of two and creator of Connecticut based life + style site Caitlin Houston Blog.