Wednesday, March 9, 2016

What's Hap-pinning Wednesday: Hospital Bag Essentials for Mom & Baby

When I was packing my hospital bag for Walker two years ago, I'll readily admit that I overpacked. I'm an over-packer by nature, and this was no exception. I'd never had a baby before (duh), so I wasn't sure of what the hospital provided for me or for him, and I threw a bunch of stuff in my bag that I didn't end up using. 

This time around, I plan to be a lot more minimalistic in my approach to packing for the hospital. (I think I'm already sensing a pattern for #secondchild here…) I'm having Baby Boy #2 in the same hospital that I delivered Walker in, so I'm familiar with them and what they do and don't provide. 

Because I'm super Type A, my hospital bag is already packed and ready to go -- save for the things like cosmetics, toothbrush, phone charger, etc. (And that stuff is listed out in the "Notes" section of my iPhone in case I go into labor at home and need to reference it!) 

Our hospital provides diapers, wipes, hairbrush, a swaddling blanket, white infant shirt, infant cap, and nasal aspirator/bowl for babies; maxi pads, big "underwear," and Lanolin for moms; and things like bath towels, wash cloths, etc. for mom and dad. And even though you pay out the whazoo for it, I like to just take the pain medication and/or stool softeners the hospital provides as I need them and not pack them. 

So here are my hospital bag essentials for mom and baby with the full list below: 

*Full List:
For Mom: 
-Driver's license
-Insurance card(s) 
-Proof of payments for OB (if necessary) 
-Hospital registration paperwork 
-Folder to keep documents in (You'll have a lot to go home with!)
-Nursing bra (These are my favorite!) 
-Cheap flip-flops for shower (I buy the cheapies at Old Navy and just toss them when I get home)
-Non-skid slippers or socks (These slippers are my fave!) 
-Pajamas (I like long-sleeved sets that button; they're warm for the cold hospital & easy to nurse in)
-Cozy robe
-Underwear (briefs -- trust me, you'll need them…for a while) 
-Outfit to go home in (I like these maternity pants and this comfy maternity shirt
-Cosmetics and toiletries (I like to bring travel-sized stuff to eliminate the bulk) 
-Ponytail holders/bobby pins
-Pillow in a bright pillowcase (so you don't forget it when you're leaving) 
-Phone charger 
-Earplugs and/or sleep mask (if you're a light sleeper)
-Boppy or equivalent nursing pillow 
-Gifts for nurses (if you desire)

For Dad: 
-Driver's license
-Blankets & pillow (in a bright pillowcase) for the hospital "bed"
-Toiletries (I like to bring travel-sized stuff to eliminate the bulk) 
-Phone charger 
-Earplugs and/or sleep mask (if he's a light sleeper) 
-Snacks and bottled water (and change for the vending machines, if needed) 
-Change of clothes, shoes
-Cheap flip-flops for shower 

For Baby:
-1-2 long-sleeved, footed sleepers (I love these
-Hat (This is what Walker wore and what Baby Boy #2 will wear, too) 
-Coming home outfit 
-Sleep sack (if your hospital doesn't provide one) 
-Pacifiers (if you/your hospital are pro-paci) 
-Swaddle blankets (if you don't want to use the hospital's) 
-Pages from baby book (for footprints/handprints and for first visitors to sign) 
-Gift for sibling from baby (if necessary)

Linking up with Jessi and Jenn 


  1. Sounds like you are ready to go! Making a list is such a good idea!

  2. Oh yeeah! I've been OBSESSED with reading what's in my hospital bag post this past week so this is perfect!! Saving this entire list for when I'm ready to pack my bag! Which is not quite yet ;)

  3. I definitely overpacked for my first as well!-haha Looks like you have all the bases covered with this list!

  4. Ugh I need to think about this as well, but just can't quite get it on my radar yet! Thanks for the good list though!

  5. I love this so much! This exact time last year I was reading these posts like a champ! (wipes tear) I'm so excited for ya'll!

  6. Perfect list! I definitely overpacked last time, but I wish I would have brought stuff for the baby footprints!

  7. Old Navy seriously has such cheap flip flops. Can't go wrong. :]

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  8. Will definitely be referring to this in the future and I'm just like you - I see myself overpacking! I love that your bag is packed early!