Pack Your (Hospital) Bags!


Preparing for the arrival of your little one is marked by simple moments that begin to make your baby’s imminent arrival feel even more real. Things like choosing your registry items, painting the nursery, building the crib, installing the car seat, washing baby laundry and packing your hospital bag.

As you get closer, you may begin wondering what you’ll actually need to bring with you to the hospital. To help you out, I’ve compiled a list of the most commonly used items that are needed. Most labor and delivery wards have plenty of mesh panties, pads and medical supplies, but you will want all of the comforts of home in your L&D and Mama/Baby room.

Birth Packing List Basics:

  • Birth Plan (2 Copies)

  • Comfortable outfit to labor in (if you don’t want to wear a hospital gown)

  • Slippers or sandals

  • Nursing bras

  • Nursing pillow

  • Clothes for your partner

  • A comfy robe

  • Headphones

  • Phone chargers

  • Bluetooth speaker for music

  • Laptop + charger

  • Immediate birth announcement list

  • Toiletries (hairbrush, hair ties, toothbrushes/toothpaste, cosmetics)

  • Lip balm

  • Snacks + drinks (fresh fruit, power bars, nuts & dried fruit, popcorn, instant coffee, gatorade, coconut water, etc. are all great ideas)

  • Energy chews (Clif Bloks are great!)

  • Coconut oil (for nursing balm and easy meconium diaper changes)

  • Bluetooth speaker

  • Baby’s car seat

  • Going home outfits for baby, mama + daddy!


Wondering what real moms used from their hospital bags? I asked mamas on Facebook and Instagram to find out what they found they needed.

here are their words of wisdom:

“Pillows!!!!! Love having all my own pillows! Also I overpacked all my make up and regular outfits the first time around but learned simple and less is better, let’s be honest who feels like doing a full face of makeup right after giving birth.” –Lurana

“Chapstick!!!! A thousand times YES to chapstick! Aaaaand comfy house shoes.” –Anna

“A hdmi to lightinging cable — you think I’m kidding but it allowed us to watch Netflix, Hulu, etc AND at our birth we were able to put up a sonogram photo of baby and play music! Our own blankets for myself and baby. Tinted face moisturizer — it wasn’t a full face of makeup but at least it was coverage and light weight. A donut pillow for the wheelchair rides, chapstick, waters, a comfy robe, essential oils, & diffuser.” –Brittany

“Those stick-on disposable heated pads for your lower back. They were SOO amazing especially early in labor. It took so much of the labor pain away and relaxed my muscles.” –Leila

“Nursing gown! It was so much more comfortable to wear after giving birth.” –Lydia

“1) 6ft long cable (or longer for phone (since the plugs are inconvenient for the bed), 2) our own pillows & blanket (also for my hubby who slept on pullout), 3) several nursing bras! 4) Depends underwear and extra long pads with wings for heavy flow (so much better than the mesh ones they provide), 5) headphones (so helpful to tune out noise when needed), 6) easy slide on slippers for walking or shower.” –Jacque

“Hand held night light for nursing.” –Angel

“Outside food! [My husband] went home after dropping me off and came back with pasta.” –Amy

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