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9 Oct

What I’m Packing in My Hospital Bag

As a first time mom and type A planner, I did a lot of research about what to pack in my hospital bag. I asked all of you in this post {and received SO much feedback, thank you!}, watched YouTube videos, read articles on my favorite pregnancy sites {the bump, what to expect, etc.}, chatted with girlfriends, family members, and more! I wanted to know what helped, what was a waste of space, what I really needed, and what I might want. 

Below is my comprehensive list of what I have packed and ready! I realize I probably still overpacked, but better safe than sorry. I’ll update this list post-hospital and let you know the details of what I really needed/used. I’m linking what I can below! 

*As soon as i started filling my bag, I realized I needed a slightly larger one than a roller carry-on, so upgraded to my medium size Calpak. That way my towel + cozy blanket could fit. 

As of 3/17/2020, I have updated the below to what I actually used/was glad to have/could have left out/etc. Updates will be bolded or slashed out below!

what i'm packing in my hospital bag | sassy red lipstick

For me:

-Photo ID
-Insurance card
-My own pillow – SO glad I took this!!! Hospital pillows are so flat.
Favorite cozy blanketRobbie used this more than me since he didn’t have any real bedding. Glad we brought this!
Eye mask
Adult depends {sooo many of you suggested wearing these over the mesh panties the hospital gives you} – Another item I was so thankful to have in the hospital! Much easier to manage than the bulky pads.
-Snacks {rX bars, Chomps beef sticks, goldfish, etc.} — I’m not going to slash this out because most might want these, but we really just ate hospital meals and treats our family brought.
-My own hospital gownLoved having something much more cozy! I did throw it away after because it was very bloody.
-Socks {one pair of non-skid, one pair of fuzzy, and one pair of compression} – Used them all! Threw away the pair I labored in because I got blood on them.
-Robe for Fresh 48 photos – Loved having a cute “outfit” for photos!
Lip mask {use it as my chapstick} – Hospital is SO drying, a must!
-Toiletries {mini shampoo + conditioner, skincare items, tooth brush, tooth paste, deodorant, lotion, etc.} – I did end up taking one shower while there and so glad I had all my own toiletries on hand!
-Make-up bag – We took Fresh 48 photos, so this was needed to me.
Reusable nursing pads My milk didn’t come in until after we got home from the hospital, so definitely didn’t need these.
Handheld fan – This was a MUST, but mine died half-way through labor and Robbie then used a hospital menu to fan me the rest of the time… so next time I’ll also add in spare batteries!
-Nursing bra {bringing this one and this one} – Must-haves for sure!
Jockey joggers + a tee shirt Definitely didn’t wear pants post-birth at the hospital
-Comfy, breastfeeding lounge dresses {bringing this and this} – Lived in these in the hospital!
Belly wrap Didn’t need in the hospital… and didn’t end up wearing regardless.
-2 pairs of slippers {an old, dirty pair + a new pair for Fresh 48 photos} – Loved having two pairs! Threw the old pair away before we left the hosptial!
-Disponible flip flops for showering – SO glad I brought these! Also threw these away.
-Refillable water tumbler I’m constantly drinking water from my tumbler, but the hospital will provide these!
Extra long phone cord charger {bought these this past January and have loved them!} – Loved having the extra length since outlets weren’t really close to the hospital bed!
Nipple cream Once again, since my milk didn’t come in while we were at the hospital, didn’t need this.
Perineal spray Hospital will provide all the postpartum care items while you are there! Definitely good to have on hand once home though.
My own bath towel Our towels are white and I didn’t realize how bloody I’d be {first time mom}, so I just used the thin, scratchy hospital one. BUT, Robbie did use mine, so that’s an option for your SO!
-Headphones + playlist {also threw in my earbud headphones} Playlist was KEY, but we just listened to the music out loud on our portable speaker my entire labor. Didn’t even touch headphones.
Tea tree body wash {per the suggestion of my SIL/doula Shannon} Didn’t need in the hospital, but used once at home!
Portable speaker SO KEY FOR MY LABOR
Portable white noise machine Loved having this for sleeping at night!
Portable phone charger Wasn’t necessary since our long charging cords worked great.

what i'm packing in my hospital bag | sassy red lipstick

For baby:

Infant car seat {ours is red, sadly sold out}
Fresh 48 outfit
Going home outfit
Pediatrician contact info – Important to have!
Swaddle blanket
Paci – Personally did not use in the hospital.
Baby book {to stamp footprints in} – Sadly forgot to have the nurses stamp his feet! Will definitely call this out before pushing next birth.
Boppy nursing pillowForgot to bring this in from the car our entire stay and I wish I would have! Always had to stack a million thin hospital pillows up to feed Taz.

For robbie:

His own pillow
His own towel
2 changes of clothes
Cozy blanket
Laptop + cameras + chargers
*All these things were necessary and used!

what i'm packing in my hospital bag | sassy red lipstick
what i'm packing in my hospital bag | sassy red lipstick
  • Khira Duitsman

    This is PERFECT. I’m a planner too and wish I had overpacked more ?. Excited for you!!!

    October 9, 2019 at 7:39 pm Reply
  • Yvon Gonzalez

    I was definitely not this prepared! Lol…yes you definitely over packed but also yes, better safe than sorry! Haha I’m definitely using some of these next time around! ?

    October 9, 2019 at 7:55 pm Reply
  • Anabella Ramos

    So great! I took notes of all your items and links for when my day comes in a few months.

    October 9, 2019 at 8:37 pm Reply
  • LeAnn C.

    Don’t forget snacks for hubby

    October 9, 2019 at 8:39 pm Reply
  • Johanna Laboy

    Definitely did not over packed. I brought the same things. I think is a good idea to be safe then sorry.

    October 9, 2019 at 8:59 pm Reply
  • Jacquelyn Rios

    I wish someone told me to pack my boppy!!! You’re definitely not over packing! I’m not sure if you’re into essential oils but I loved having them during labor! Peppermint and lavender! Just a suggestion :)

    October 9, 2019 at 9:29 pm Reply
  • Sara Haller

    Omg this is so great!! You really nailed it and I’d only suggest some favorite foods and drinks. I loved having coconut water, almonds, dried fruit, and other favorite goodies…possibly chocolate related. I’m so excited for you guys!!!!

    October 9, 2019 at 10:30 pm Reply
  • Amy

    That’s just mean.

    October 10, 2019 at 12:14 am Reply
  • Amy

    Do people bring multiple size onesies? I was thinking a couple of newborn then maybe two premie just to be safe. I’ve had friends have babies all over the map weight-wise and weigh 3+ pounds less than the doctors predicted.

    Oh! And I’ve heard you should basically take everything you can from the hospital. They can’t reuse any of it and then you can be like Ross from Friends!

    October 10, 2019 at 12:18 am Reply
  • Anastasia

    Such a small list for the baby, you really should add some diapers, baby cream, baby powder, water bottle(s) for the infants, pacifier, baby rattle.. maybe they give you all of this’s hospital in the US, but if they don’t – all of this is really helpful.

    October 10, 2019 at 1:10 am Reply

    Awesome list. I would suggest some newborn diapers and wipes. Our hospital didn’t provide them sadly. My husband ran out to buy some mid hospitsl stay.

    October 10, 2019 at 4:46 am Reply
  • Mandy Mracek

    Great list! I just had a baby myself, and the only thing I would add is a package of newborn diapers (hospital only has size 1) and maybe an outfit that is smaller than you think he might need. My baby was swimming in the clothes I brought for him. He’s a chunk now haha! Prayers for you and family, and that you have the delivery that you’re dreaming of having. Xo

    October 10, 2019 at 4:27 pm Reply
  • Darian Dutton

    Hi! What exactly did Shannon recommend the body wash for? Just a normal body wash? Or to soak?

    October 10, 2019 at 5:59 pm Reply
  • Luna Camilla

    Congrats! As a L&D RN, I am impressed. I get so many unprepared mommas that expect the hospital to provide all of these things. A little forethought and planning goes a long way. Great job!!! ??

    October 13, 2019 at 6:05 pm Reply

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