What's in my hospital bag

Outfit Details:

Cozy Pullover (runs oversized, wearing size small) // Maternity Boyfriend Jeans (size down) // Tassel Flats (7 colors – these are “taupe”) // Earrings // Pendant + Adjustable Chain // Weekender Bag (4 colors)

While Hadley DESPERATELY wants to make the cut, I am not sure we will be able to sneak her in this time around, ha! I give her an A+ for trying though! It is funny how many people have asked us “do you think Hadley knows?” and our response has always been “I don’t think anything has phased her, she seems her same ole self.” Ironically though, as I was packing and shooting this post, she was SO CLINGY (as you can see). Literally curled up in my lap and would not move (she usually hangs close by, but not right on top of me).


I always loved reading these posts even before I was pregnant (better to be prepared) and have made a running list in my phone for what seems like an eternity! Through the help of that list, other blog posts and connecting with you all via Instagram in this post, I think I can say I have a pretty solid list built of what I am packing and bringing along. Although, a day doesn’t go by where I hear about something new and find myself ordering it on Amazon! Needless to say, I likely will be able to help out any and all ladies on the Labor & Delivery floor with the amount of stuff I am packing “just in case,” but I am one who likes to be prepared! I also plan to update this post POST baby with what I ended up using! This post is lengthy, but hopefully you find it useful!

Let me know if I missed anything! Because this post did me in, I am letting Matt fend for himself minus the snacks I will be supplying, haha!

Hospital Bag Must Haves

Lets get to it!….

pregnancy hospital bag
what to pack in your hospital bag

– For Mama –

  • The bag itself – I LOVE Sole Society’s weekender bags and knew this one would be perfect for storing everything I need. I am anticipating a 2-night stay, so didn’t need anything to over the top. I love that this bag has handle and shoulder straps, comes in 4 colors, is under $100 and can easily be tossed in the bottom of the stroller (Matt will walk home with the baby…I will attempt to or hop in a cab/Uber).
  • Button Down PJ’s + Button Down Sleep Shirt – The darker the better I have been told, so black it is! Being button down is key for easy access while learning to breast feed and I also heard some people prefer pants, while others find them uncomfortable and rather be in a sleep shirt. So why not bring both?! The top + bottom set is from Eberjey, but Target has an identical version with shorts (I also own and have shared and tested out) for like 1/10th the price. That is also where I picked up this sleep shirt! I likely will end up tossing in a robe as well.
  • Thermal Button-down Top (brought in 2 colors) + comfy pants and joggers for daytime wear while we have visitors.
  • Robe – Lightweight, soft and dark in color.
  • Nursing Tanks (2)
  • Nursing Bra (2) + Nursing Sleep Bra (soft and comfy)
  • DARK Granny Panties – Legit have never bought so many pairs of granny panties in my life. Picked up a bunch from Target and a few from H&M and tried to keep the colors dark (aka black)…no need to say more.
  • Cozy Socks – Hospitals are cold, I know this first hand from working in one for many years. We legit would wear coats in the summer!
  • Slippers – So I actually “permanently borrowed” the slippers from our last hotel stay and thought they would be perfect to pack in my hospital bag. They are lightweight, work for a few short days and then I can toss them instead of bringing them back home. Something about hospital floors sort of gross me out, so this way I have slippers to wear, but then can leave them when we leave.
  • T-shirt Dress – For when we leave the hospital, I am hoping the temps are warm enough to toss this dress on with a cozy cardigan and head out. I plan on being as comfy as possible and hoping this option is the answer!
  • Slip-on Flats – All about comfort and ease and while it is still a little bit chilly I have been leaving these by our door so when it is go-time I can easily put them on and head out.
  • Pillow – Picked up one for under $5 from Target incase it gets left behind in the chaos. This was on so many lists, and once again from working at a hospital I see why you would want the comfort of one of your own.
  • Flip Flops – shower necessity!!
hospital bag must have items

– Toiletries –

  • I picked up a bunch of travel size products to bring with me and then toss whatever is left, if anything. These included: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, dry shampoo, deodorant and toothpaste.
  • Mints/Breath Spray – I read somewhere that you may throw up during labor and all you will want is to quickly get that taste out of your mouth. You better believe I tossed in both of the above asap after hearing this.
  • Bath Towel – I know this might sound like an unnecessary luxury, but SO MANY people recommended to bring your own. The last thing I would want after being in labor is to shower and dry off with a small, rough towel that the hospital provides. I picked up a dark colored one from TJ Maxx and called it a day. $5 well spent if you ask me!
  • Face Wipes – Anything to feel fresh 🙂
  • Prenatal Vitamins – Just read this on someone else’s list and would of 110% forgot!
  • Face Cream, Body Cream + Lip Therapy Chapstick – My skin has been next level dryness lately and I know hospitals are dry in general, so these two items were a must! A lot of these products come in travel size as well making packing your pack simple and easy!
  • Toothbrush
  • Brush
hospital bag must have items
hospital bag must have items

– Random Items –

  • Christmas Lights – Hear me out before you knock this! So this is one of those things I saw years ago when @louisroe posted on her Instagram Story after giving birth to her daughter. These are not intended as a “prop,” for any photo, but to make the sterile, bright hospital room much more cozy and comforting for you and the baby. She had all the big overhead lights off and just tossed a strand on the floor plugged in and something as simple as that made the room look magical and I wrote down this tip ASAP. It is similar to us at home, we keep the ladder in our living room wrapped in white lights year round and as soon as nighttime hits that is the only light source we use and turn on. It instantly creates a relaxing and inviting atmosphere.
  • Portable Speaker – I LOVE this thing and you all know we don’t travel without it! I plan on playing tunes to get me through childbirth from the moment we arrive and then switch to more calming music once the baby is here.
  • 10 Foot Phone Charger – GAME CHANGER. I mean we use these in our house non stop and I have heard that there is never a close outlet in the hospital rooms so this is a must! Packing two, one for Matt and I.
  • Travel Diffuser – Just a personal thing I enjoy and find relaxing and would like to have going in the room. Lavender is my favorite essential oil!
  • Clip On Fan – One of you who are a L&D nurse actually recommended this to me the other night and I am so happy you did! Even now I am constantly going back and forth between being hot and cold and she said that post baby your hormones are going crazy and when you get hot it is nice to have on hand as fans are hard to come by in the hospital…and from my experience I think nearly impossible to find in a city hospital!
  • Eye Mask – Matt’s cousin who just gave birth not long ago said this came in handy when “attempting” to get a little shut eye. It is small and light weight so why the heck not toss it in!
  • Yeti + Straw With Lid – I can’t get enough water as is, I am constantly thirsty, and so many people have said to bring your own Yeti with a straw. It will keep you hydrated and water cold.
  • Snacks! – For me when I can eat and to fuel Matt throughout.

– Lady Part(s) –

Saved ya the photo on this one. To be honest this is what I am most scared about, so don’t laugh as I list out anything and everything anyone has ever suggested! I am going in with every possible item that might be of assistance. I honestly should just copy and paste a screenshot of my Amazon order over the past month because I am ordering supplies daily, ha!

  • Motherlove Nipple Cream – To help while adjusting to breast feeding.
  • Disposable Nursing Pads
  • Witch Hazel Pads – Layer these babies up (2-3) on top of your pad, helps with soothing
  • Earth Mama Perineal Balm – I’ve been told to use this on top of the witch hazel pads (mentioned right above)
  • Dermoplast Spray – Relieves burning and itching… 🙂
  • Fridababy Fridet Momwasher – I heard this gadget is a must have item during recovery and going to the bathroom. Fill it with warm water and a few drops of witch hazel and use instead of toilet paper. I also remember reading to lean forward as you pee so the burning isn’t as intense. We shall see…
Sole Society Weekender Bag

– For Baby –

I have heard from friends that the hospital provides pretty much everything he or she will need, but I tossed in a few things just in case. Let me know if I am missing anything super important!

  • Tote (size large) – I decided to get a separate bag for the baby’s items and a few of my extras if need be. I know we will use this bag all the time to transport baby K’s items for weekend trips, etc. and I love the top zipper detail. I added a monogram of just the first letter of their name (the letter is the same wether it is a boy or girl…I feel like I just gave so much away, ha!) and felt like the large size was perfect for our and the baby’s needs.
  • Boppy Pillow – For nursing assistance, but also a nice item to have on hand for any family that wants to use while holding our little babe!
  • A boy outfit + girl outfit
  • Short + Long Sleeve Basic Onsie – I heard the hospital provides this, but tossing one of each in just in case
  • Zip-up Onsie
  • Socks
  • Cozy blanket
  • Swaddle
  • Hat
  • Mittens – The lightweight kind so they don’t scratch themself