With my due date just around the corner, I thought I’d share what I have packed in my hospital bag for baby, mama, and papa. I’m a first-time mom, so I know I overpacked, but for the most part, I feel like this will make us feel comfortable. Of course, everyone has their own idea of what they need and don’t need, and I commonly hear women say that they barely used anything out of what they packed.
Where you give birth is also a big factor in some of the things you might want to pack. I’m giving birth in the United States, but I know that other countries with different healthcare systems provide more or less than what my hospital will be providing. Also, some women have specific preferences for bringing their own pillows, towels, pads, custom hospital gowns, and even birthing tools and doulas, while others don’t mind what’s provided. Please keep this in mind when checking out my list, and let me know if you think I’ve missed something vital for a hospital birth in Southern California in the comments below. Hope this list helps you pack your bag(s) easier if you’re also expecting!
Nightgowns // I prefer my black Cosabella nightgowns, which still fit my pregnant belly and make me feel somewhat attractive.
Nursing tops // I have two by Boob and one by Ripe Maternity. With leggings and a cardigan, I could use one as part of my going-home outfit. I’ll likely come to the hospital already wearing a cardigan.
Wallet // Make sure your health insurance card and some cash and change are in there.
Phone // Obviously.
Chargers // Obviously, again. An extension cord or extra-long chargers could be good too.
Snacks // Sometimes the cafeteria is closed when you’re hungry, so having a few snacks in your bag could hold you over until your next meal.
Toiletry bag // See contents below.
Makeup bag // I’m not planning to look and feel like a swollen zombie the whole stay, so some minimal makeup is definitely a must-bring for me. I’ll quickly pack this when I think I’m in labor, since I’m using some of the products daily.
hair product, toothbrush, deodorant, and cologne (samples). He doesn’t mind a bit of stubble, so no shaving products. Also, since I have a lot of travel-size minis that I’ve collected, I can get away with bringing almost everything that will make me feel like I’m at home. And I know I’m a bit of a diva, but that’s just how I am, even while camping.
Body wash (and/or soap bar)
Body lotion (and stretch mark cream)
Hair powder (or dry shampoo)
Serum & moisturizer
Toothbrush & toothpaste
Q-tips & facial cotton
I understand the only absolute must-bring is a going-home outfit for baby since my hospital should provide most baby basics during our stay, but I would like to take a few extra little things to make baby and me feel more comfortable. I like having a couple options. Plus, a cute headband won’t hurt for pictures.
Car seat blanket // This thicker blanket may stay in the car.
Swaddling blanket(s) // I’m planning to use these for practice, pictures, and as a breastfeeding cover.
Hats // I have soft ones and one that matches the vintage cardigan.
Scratch mittens // I likely won’t be able to trim her nails, so we’ll use mittens to hopefully prevent scratches. I’m bringing the ones my aunt from Ukraine brought over for me.
Headbands // Ok, I’m bringing 4; don’t judge me – they’re tiny and take up no space!
Basic onesies/pants or sleepers // I probably won’t use these, but I want the option in case the going-home outfit I have planned doesn’t work out or something.
Baby shampoo/lotion/diaper cream // Not a necessity, for sure, but I want to try to use some of my own safe, organic products.
Nipple butter/bottom spray // A few mama products for after delivery.
Mama & papa’s bag // I’m using the roomy Roma diaper bag by 7 A.M. Voyage. It also has a good amount of pockets inside. So far all of my things are in there, but I’ll be adding some clothing basics for daddy as the time to go nears. I’m not too flustered about his things, since he has the ability to go home to shower and feed our kitty.
Extra pillow // Either Mr. Bond or I could use it if the hospital pillows are as bad as they say. Or I could just leave it in the car and have Mr. Bond get it if we really want it. Put on a patterned pillowcase so it’s not confused with hospital laundry.
Baby record book // I’m not sure I’ll be up for filling out lots of details, but I am going to do my best since it’ll all be fresh in my mind.
Car seat // You need one to be able to take baby home, of course. It’s been installed in my car for a few weeks.
Again, I know this seems like a lot and you don’t have to bring all of this yourself, but this is what makes me feel comfortable for my first time. Hope this list helps with your packing as well!