hospital bag must haves

When I had my sweet Felicty three and a half years ago, we planned to deliver her at home. I spent the whole day laboring in my bedroom and quite nearly made it to delivery until my blood pressure spiked and I had to be transferred to the hospital. Unfortunately, I was totally unprepared for this change of plans and had packed NOTHING! Needless to say, we ran out the door with my makeup bag, a stick of deodorant, and a change of clothes for the baby. After Felicity was born, I sent my husband home to gather some more essentials, but (let’s be real, ladies) he had no idea what he was doing when it came to packing. Fortunately, we were in the hospital for less than 24 hours, so it all worked out  (although we did have to sneak a baby blanket from the hospital after being told we couldn’t take it home). Talk about a couple of amateur parents! This time around, though, I wanted to be as fully prepared as possible.

With this little man, we planned a natural hospital birth, so I needed to have my bag packed and ready to go. The last thing I wanted to think about while I was in the beginning stages of labor was a packing list. Am I right?

In order to prepare my bag, I spent some time reading Felicity’s birth story, so I could see what essentials I used at home . Then, I went to work taking a look at other packing lists that some fabulous bloggers had put together. I especially loved the one from the Baby Chick. It is super thorough and includes a few things that I’d forgotten. Now, I’m sure this list will change a bit depending on your needs and your birth plans, but I think it’s a great start. I hope it’s helpful as you prepare for your next baby or even when you are thinking about baby shower gifts for friends. It’s always nice to receive an unconventional gift that is super useful. If you have other essentials that you’d add to the list, please feel free to share them in the comments. I’m all ears!  xoxo Jessica

Mom’s Essentials

Delivery Gown

Postpartum Panties

2 Nursing Tops

2 Pair Loose Pants (I found a 2 pack at Costco that I LOVE)

3 Nursing Bras (I like to wear one while I’m in labor)

Post Partum Pads

Nursing Pillow

Peppermint Essential Oil

Portable Speaker

Baby Book

Nipple Cream

Nursing Pads



Phone and Charger

Toiletries (toothbrush/toothpaste, deodorant, makeup, lip balm, dry shampoo, body wash, shampoo/conditioner, hair product, lotion)

Hair dryer and Brush – When you tour the hospital, ask if they provide hair dryers. If not, throw one in your bag. You may or may not want to wash your hair after you give birth, but it’s nice to have the option. Especially if you are having visitors or taking photos.


Extra Socks


Dad’s Essentials


Extra Clothes




Phone and Charger

Baby’s Essentials

Diaper Bag

2 Pair Pajamas

2 Hats

Going Home Outfit

Car Seat

Diapers and Wipes (They’ll give them to you at the hospital but I prefer to bring my own)

2 Swaddles

Cozy Baby Blanket

I definitely wrote this blog way before Dexter was born. He’s 4 months old now and I figured, why keep this fun list hidden!? I may not have posted it before he was born, but it’s definitely going to be useful for so many of you!!

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