What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

IMG_1883Packing our hospital bags was definitely hands down one of the most stressful things because I HATE packing! Most of the time I overpack, but i’d rather pack too much than too little and need Tom to leave me to run home real quick. I will list what I put in my bag, Tatum’s bag, and Tom’s bag! I also packed a separate bag of all of our toiletries, and then we have a bag that my friend Kristine gave us at our baby shower that has champagne and glasses inside so we can celebrate one night or day! I have heard that you want to leave some space in your bag to bring extras home that they give you, and to take as much as you can before you leave such as the ice packs, and allllll the goodies. We have both car seat bases installed in our car and the car seat by the door so we can just grab it when the time comes.


My hospital bag:

  • Adult diapers or always discreet underwear (I decided to go with the second – I even let Tom pick them out! haha!!)
  • Blanket from home
  • Button PJ set
  • Chapstick
  • Charging cables (people say bring a long one – I don’t care if I need to charge my phone and don’t have it by me)
  • Cheap towels to leave there (showering with our own)
  • Clip on fan (I used the one we got for her stroller – make sure batteries are in it lol)
  • Dermoplast (blue can)
  • Flip flops for shower
  • Frida baby mom washer (I bought this and have it at home in case I don’t like the hospital one that they give me – if I don’t need it I will return)
  • Glade plug in (I can’t stand the smell of hospital)
  • Going home outfit (I opted for leggings and a loose tunic so i’m comfortable)
  • Insurance card
  • Nightgowns (ordered this and this off of amazon)
  • Nipple cream (recommended from my coworker)
  • Nursing bras
  • Nursing pads
  • Nursing tanks
  • Own pillow from home with throw away pillowcase (I may leave this in the car just in case we want it we can run out)
  • Perineal spray (same idea as Tucks but I don’t know which I’d prefer yet)
  • Robe (I brought this to wear over the nursing tanks for days I don’t want to get dressed and in case I don’t want to wear a nightgown)
  • Slippers with grip
  • Socks
  • Snacks
  • Sweater (in case I get cold)
  • Toiletries (listed below)
  • Toilet paper (for Tom and guests)
  • Tucks
  • Tylenol

(Certain things like Tucks, Dermoplast, and Perineal spray, I know i’ve heard they give to you, but I chose to pack them for ease of mind for myself.


Tatum’s Hospital Bag

  • Baby stuff for footprint
  • Boppy pillow (may not bring this – my sister said she didn’t need it, but i’ve heard it’s good for nursing and to sit on if you’re sore down there)
  • Bows
  • Burp rags
  • First picture props (any stuffed animals too)
  • Going home outfit
  • Letter board
  • Onesies (I brought newborn and 0-3 month since I’m not sure how big she’ll really be)
  • Paci’s (I know this is controversial)
  • Scratch mittens
  • Socks
  • Soft blanket
  • Swaddles (2-3)
  • Travel sound machine


Tom’s Hospital Bag

  • Boxers
  • Gym shorts
  • Long sleeve
  • Sheets and blanket for sleeping
  • Socks
  • Sweatpants
  • Sweatshirt
  • T shirts
  • Tank top
  • Toiletries (listed below)



  • Body wash
  • Champagne w/ cups
  • Cologne
  • Conditioner
  • Contact solution with case
  • Deoderant
  • Face lotion
  • Face Wash
  • Floss
  • Gift cards/present for nurses
  • Glasses
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair dryer (I brought my revlon one because I love that)
  • Hair gel
  • Lotion
  • Makeup (minimal)
  • Makeup remover wipes
  • Mouthwash
  • Perfume
  • Razor
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste

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