Hospital Bag Essentials

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It’s crazy how fast time is going by…only 7 weeks left in my pregnancy! Well, that’s if baby girl decides to arrive on time.

During our prenatal class this week, we discussed what to pack in our hospital bags.  One of the first things that I read on many online  lists was to pack your Birth Plan. Ha! What birth plan?

The plan is to have no plan, because who knows how this is all going to go down. The best thing I can do for myself, my husband and the baby is to just be open to the process and take each step as is comes. I know that not everyone will have this outlook, but my husband and I think this approach will work best for us. What I can do to feel prepared and ready for labor is to thoughtfully plan my hospital bag.  I am planning to use my So Young Charlie Diaper Bag as my hospital bag. With lots of handy compartments and a simple stylish look, it’s a multi-use bag that my husband won’t be embarrassed to carry.

After lots of review here are some items I came up with. I hope you’ll have a look and leave a comment below with any recommendations or suggestions you can think of or found useful from your own experience.

1. My own pillow, or pillow cases

2. Flameless candles to help set a relaxing and calm environement

3. Bose docking station and iphone ( and charger) with planned playlist.

4. Baby tracking app, like Baby Connect, downloaded on to my  iphone.

5. Button down jersey knit PJ’s from Victoria Secret. Easy access for breastfeeding and having skin to skin contact with the baby.

6. Cozy bath robe and slippers

7. Socks

8. Hair ties or headband to keep my hair out of my face

9. Flip flops for the shower

10. Lip balm or chap stick that my partner will have on hand during the labor

11. Massage balls in case back labor ensues

12. Heating pad or cold compress

13. Earplugs

14. Canon Rebel SL1 Camera for capturing those first amazing moments

15. Toiletry kit with shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, dry shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, hairbrush, facewash, and moisturizer.

16. Zoe Organics Nipple Balm

17. Cotton and disposable nursing pads

18. Nursing Bra

19. Solly Baby Wrap for use during nursing and to securely keep baby close to maintain skin to skin contact. Some people prefer to bring a nursing pillow, but I think it will be a hassel to bring and store it. The wrap is super compact and can fit right into my bag.

20. Organic cotton receiving blanket, VONBON of course! I will also be packing my YarningMade blanket for the car ride home

21. Baby girl’s home from the hospital outfit, including a VONBON knotted hat, cotton sleepers or long sleeved onesies, as well as socks and scratch mits.

22. Snacks and drinks in case it is too late at the hospital or the local cafe is closed

Last but not least, don’t forget to bring the car seat!


Can you think of anything I am forgetting?




  • Lynne
    September 26, 2014

    12, 16 & 18 i found totally not needed.

    12 because hospital staff catered to my hot/coldness with blankets and ac.
    16 because small sample sizes were provided for me by the lactation consultants and it was one less thing to lug around.
    18 because i just stayed in my hospital gown sans bra. milk didn’t come in until we were home! :)

    pack light. the last thing you’re gonna want to do is haul a bunch of crap home with baby and unpack! :)

    • Jennifer
      September 30, 2014

      Thank you for all your suggestions! It’s hard to know what the hospital will provide. Great advice!

  • Lynne
    September 26, 2014

    i didn’t bother with #17 either for the same reason as the nursing bra. hope that helps!!

  • Steph
    September 26, 2014

    Don’t forget your phone charger – my hubby and I were at the hospital for a lot longer than we anticipated and we were happy to have a charged phone to stay connected with family and friends :) GOOD LUCK!

    Oh, and on the more personal side ..(some full bum undies that you wont mind parting with after..)

    PS – we brought our babe Sophie home in a Vonbon pink knotted hat.. Adorable!

    • Jennifer
      September 30, 2014

      Yes, the phone charger is a MUST! Full bums, gottcha! 😉
      So happy to hear VONBON was part of your babe’s home from the hospital attire! XO

  • Erin
    September 26, 2014

    I know it sounds crazy but the hospital towels were the worst- so small and scratchy! I brought a cozy big beach towel for that all important ‘first shower’ and it was worth it! AND a few pairs of comfy black undies- just being practical here (I liked the briefs from Gap) and black leggings and a nursing tank to wear home. Have a beautiful birth!

    • Jennifer
      September 30, 2014

      Would have never thought of the super soft towel! Great suggestion. Thank you so much for commenting!

  • Alyssa Laughlin
    September 27, 2014

    I personally splurged and got myself a pretty pushers maternity gown! They are super adorable, easier to breast feed baby in and lightweight. I also am thinking about bringing a warmer blanket for myself. When I delivered my son in 2012 the blanket they provided at the hospital was ok, but not really warm or comforting.

    • Jennifer
      September 30, 2014

      Great to know, Alyssa. Thank you so much for the suggestions!

  • mimi
    September 27, 2014

    i am delivering in 7 weeks too!!! may i please ask where the darling white long sleeve onesies came from? i couldn’t figure it out from the post

    • Jennifer
      September 30, 2014

      Early Congratulations! Wishing you a wonderful labor! The onesies are from H&M. :)

  • Sarah
    September 30, 2014

    Couldn’t agree more with you on the no birthing plan! You never know what is going to happen the important thing is to have faith and stay positive:) Im due in 10 weeks and our lists match up exactly. I also added dirty laundry bag (I assume things will get messy), prenatals and all my vitamins since who knows how long ill be there. And I heard baby nail file is important supposedly they come out with pretty long nails:) Congratulations!!

  • Marjolaine
    October 4, 2014

    I’m due in 6 weeks and I was looking for a list of things to bring! Thank you for this post and everyone who commented below! :)

  • Nataly
    October 8, 2014

    My little man is 6 weeks old, 2 you probably won’t get around to using, 17 you won’t need until a few days after, 1 and 3 are musts! Don’t forget lots of diapers for baby, a receiving blanket and antibacterial hand gel for guests who visit and more swaddle blankets and onesies than you can imagine (these little munchkins sure can dirty themselves!). I suggest a second pj bottom for yourself cause things can get messy down there at times and you don’t want to be stuck without a fresh pj bottom! Wishing you a smooth and safe delivery!

  • Andrea @ Mama in the City
    October 30, 2014

    Don’t worry about bringing your nursing pads. Milk comes in day 3-5 and hopefully you are far gone from the hospital! I like to suggest to my prenatal families to also bring their own towel. Hospital towels are notoriously small and scratchy. If you are planing to labour in the bath, having your own big towel to wrap up in is seriously perfect. Even for that first shower post birth.
    In my own experience I found bringing a large water bottle really helpful. Not just for labour but you get really thirsty post partum and in those early days of nursing (oxytocin!!).
    Lastly, bring your own pillow and your husbands too. You will be so thankful about that last one!

    -Andrea (maternity nurse and mama to 2!)

  • Karyn Robbins
    January 29, 2015

    Did you end up using your Solly wrap at the hospital?

    • Jennifer
      January 29, 2015

      Hi Karyn,
      No, I didn’t. But I use it daily now. Esti loves being in it.
      I highly recommend bringing your own pillow and slippers you can throw away after.
      Bring some nursing tanks you can wear to bed, that will just pull down when you need to feed.

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