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Practical Items for Your Hospital Bag

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There was a lot of time and effort involved in putting together my “perfect” hospital bag.

I even spent time putting together a bag for my husband (and I think I forgot a few things)!

I tried to consider what things I would really want as I was laboring and then resting after birth.

These are some of the most basic, have-to-have items, as well as a few that I felt were just nice to have.

Drop me a comment and let me know what else is in your bag!


1. Phone/tablet –

I mean, it’s 2019. You need your phone for all sorts of things. Distraction, texting, taking pictures… Don’t forget this!

Mine was actually a lifesaver because I was able to text my friend who was laboring at the same time as me about what was going on!

2. Dressing gown –

Believe me when I tell you, if you don’t already know: hospital gowns are ugly.

I wanted something that didn’t make me look washed out and pasty (but I still did because I was dead tired after birth).

I also wanted something a little cuter and more comfortable than a baggy hospital gown.

So, I bought two of this gown to bring in my hospital bag, and I’m glad I did.

It has access points in the front and back and the straps unsnap and snap together for easy breastfeeding.

My first one was a dark one to labor and deliver in so that if it got ruined you wouldn’t be able to tell.

& I bought a pretty floral one for afterwards.

I wore them when we got home, too. It was just easy.

3. Flip-flops – 

Oh trust me, you WILL get a pair of red hospital socks that are about as stylish as Neville Longbottom’s grandmother.

But just a word of advice, use your flip flops in the shower, and pretty much everywhere else you might go.

Sure, you get a private bathroom, but who knows how well those shower floors were washed (or what was on them)?

4. Pillows –

The hospital literally did not have pillows for me or my husband.

We were glad to have brought four pillows with us.

The nurse kept saying, “I’m gonna try to find you a pillow,” but it just never happened.

Be wise, bring them!

You will want them not only for sleeping on, but for positioning your legs or hips if you get an epidural.

They can also be used to prop your baby on for feeding.

5. Snacks –


My hospital had room service but it wasn’t too awesome and it was only available until a certain time.

I woke up on several occasions in the middle of the night starving and Fig Newtons and Goldfish saved me

The snacks were also helpful for my husband when he didn’t feel like leaving to go get food.

6. Toothbrush/toothpaste & shampoo/conditioner – 

If you want toothpaste that actually has a flavor, and a toothbrush that actually cleans, don’t forget your own!

Let me tell you brushing my teeth felt like being at the spa after delivery. Sooo nice.

They also have hotel quality shampoo, so bring yours for another spa-like treatment.

7. Hair brush/hair ties – 

Chances are you’ll want to put your hair up when you’re laboring & pushing.

& don’t forget your hairbrush to spruce yourself up for all those pictures everyone will want to take of you.

8. Receiving blankets – 

Unless you want the standard white blanket with a blue stripe, bring some receiving blankets to wrap your newborn in!

Plus, you need to get in some swaddle practice with a pro (your nurse) at your side to give you some tips!

Trust me, there are so many more (cute & adorable) options these days!

9. Going home outfit 

newborn baby

You’ll probably want two outfits in different sizes in case your baby is abnormally small or large.

Take your time choosing an outfit; this is one you’ll remember for a long time!

Don’t forget normal outfits too. Bring plenty in case your baby spits up or gets poop on them.

10. Car seat 

OK, obviously this doesn’t fit in a hospital bag, but still!

You have to have a car seat in order to go home.

Most places wont even let you carry your baby out unless he/she is in a car seat.

Make sure the base is properly installed in your car before hand.

& make sure you know how to safely fasten your newest addition into the car seat!

11. Camera

A camera phone will do if that’s all you have.

But I’m of the mindset that you’re gonna want quality photos of your child in the future.

So if you’ve got a nice digital camera, make sure it’s charged and bring it along!


1. Makeup

makeup in bag

I was way way way too tired to even think about putting makeup on.

My newborn photos haven’t even been seen by anyone but me and my husband because I just felt so haggard.

Consider your personality.

If you absolutely don’t want anyone seeing you without makeup, take it.

But if that’s not something you really care about, it’s just not worth it.

2. Underwear

I took a couple really old and ragged pairs, but I didn’t end up using them because the mountain of pads in my pants was just too much for my personal underwear to hold.

The mesh ones they give you have plenty of room, so use them!

3. Music

Honestly, music was the last thing on my mind.

I really wanted to get some sleep the entire time I was in the hospital, and music would have made that harder.

I didn’t really sleep anyway, but you get the point.

4. Birthing ball

So I had this in my car, ready to go when it was time to arrive at the hospital.

But it turns out that when your water breaks, contractions get really real, really quickly.

I went from zero pain (no contractions) to a ten, throwing up and crying in under ten minutes.

So when they asked if I wanted an epidural, I immediately accepted and got it about 45 minutes later.

There was no time to labor without an epidural.

& once you get the epidural, there’s no way you’re getting out of bed.

So, just something to think about.

Let me know if there was something special you brought with you.

Was there something you brought but ended up not using? Drop a comment below!

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