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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. 

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

for me:

photo ID
insurance card
my own pillow
favorite cozy blanket
eye mask
adult depends {sooo many of you suggested wearing these over the mesh panties the hospital gives you}
snacks {rX bars, Chomps beef sticks, goldfish, etc.}
my own hospital gown
socks {one pair of non-skid, one pair of fuzzy, and one pair of compression}
robe for Fresh 48 photos
lip mask {use it as my chapstick}
toiletries {mini shampoo + conditioner, skincare items, tooth brush, tooth paste, deodorant, lotion, etc.}
make-up bag
reusable nursing pads
handheld fan
nursing bra {bringing this one and this one}
Jockey joggers + a tee shirt
comfy, breastfeeding lounge dresses {bringing this and this}
belly wrap
2 pairs of slippers {an old, dirty pair + a new pair for Fresh 48 photos}
disponible flip flops for showering
refillable water tumbler
extra long phone cord charger {bought these this past January and have loved them!}
nipple cream
perineal spray
my own bath towel
headphones + playlist {also threw in my earbud headphones}
tea tree body wash {per the suggestion of my SIL/doula Shannon}
portable speaker
portable white noise machine
portable phone charger

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
swaddle blanket
baby book {to stamp footprints in}
boppy nursing pillow

for robbie:

his own pillow
his own towel
2 changes of clothes
cozy blanket
laptop + cameras + chargers

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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