What should be in my hospital bag (for baby, me, and baby daddy) ?

I’m a first time mom and I’m 35 weeks. I know I should start packing my hospital bag, but I’m not sure what to put in it.

  • Lilina
    Oct 29

    Congratulations by the way! You should pack more things for yourself and baby daddy. Clothes, personal hygiene products, and baby clothes, also a blanket for going home. The hospital will provide you with diapers and wipes and formula if needed and they also have a breast pump if you need that as well. I had over packed with baby stuff to find out it was all provided at my hospital.

  • Kieli
    Oct 29

    I had clothes of course, comfy clothes; sweats, baggy shirts, and even got a cheap pack of big underwear so I can just throw them out after. I packed my phone charger, a portable phone charger so I didn’t have to get up and down to keep my phone charged. Tooth brush/paste, extra hair ties, hair brush, gum, socks, shower supplies, and you could pack makeup if you want. I am a photographer so I brought my camera too. My husband had to stay home with our daughter the second time around, but I did pack him a sweater, spare clothes, shower supplies for him, his phone charger, quarters for him for vending machine, wordsearch/ crossword puzzles if labor is long. For baby I brought sleepers (2), day outfits (3), socks (2), mittens (3), swaddle blankets (2 thinner 2 thicker) nail clipper/file, and breastfeeding pillow. I honestly didn’t use most of what I packed, but I wanted to be prepared in case there were complications and I needed a c-section and had to stay longer. The hospital should provide you with diapers, wipes, nipple cream, a hand pump, baby soap/lotion, baby brush and comb and even formula and bottles.

  • Momof2
    Oct 29

    Bring food for you!! I had long labors and having light snacks like popcorn/chips were great during labor.After baby is born you will probably be very hungry after a long labor. If you have a baby in the middle of the night most hospitals cafeterias closed and only offer vending machine items🤮 I only packed a couple outfits for baby. I kept the baby mostly in diapers only and did lots of skin to skin contact on my chest

  • Anonymous
    Oct 29

    I only packed snacks for hubby- he went home to shower and change as he needed. For myself I packed cozy jammies/sweats, slippers, granny panties, charger, bathroom stuff. For baby I just packed jammies and a few outfits and a swaddle. I’m not a huge packer and I always figure we could run and grab what we didn’t bring, I didn’t want to be THAT person with a suitcase 😂 only thing I wish I had was my breast feeding pillow. Other than that I was pretty much set with that list ^^ slippers are important cause I’m a huge walker, I can’t just sit there for days, I walked the halls like I owned the place lol

  • Anonymous
    Oct 29

    I packed SO MUCH STUFF. And used 10% of it. I had an emergency c section, so I stayed in the gowns the whole time. So I didn’t use the clothes and robe I packed or the yoga ball. I packed a pillow, never used that either. Snacks sure, but if you’re at a hospital with decent food, you won’t need them. A brush, hair ties, flip flops/slippers, going home clothes, deodorant (although I didn’t use that either since I didn’t want to overwhelm the baby trying to nurse). Phone charger. Soap, shampoo and conditioner (my hospital provided that too). Baby clothes, but you’ll probably be doing a lot of skin to skin so it’s pointless until you go home. Being swaddled is fine. The hospital provided so much for me and baby. Diapers, wipes, baby blankets, mesh undies, ice packs, food, warm socks. You can check first but they usually have hospital grade breast pumps if you’re worried about that. You’ll probably overpack anyway, it’s such an unknown and it feels like you are in control of something if you pack everything! Happy & healthy labor & delivery!

  • Jenn
    Oct 31

    I brought 8 million things I did not need. I lived in hospital gowns, didn't shower there, and I don't think I even brushed my teeth until the last day 😬🤢. Things I wish I brought: ear plugs (seriously, my husband snored so damn loud), my breast pump, boppy, my own swaddle blankets, and SNACKS. Things I brought and definitely used: deodorant, daddy's clothes, phone charger, hairbrush, hair ties, my childhood stuffed animal, my prenatal vitamin, and makeup (though I'll probably skip that one next time bc it was just for photos).

  • Stacey
    Nov 01

    My son was born a little early so NICU took care of most of the stuff for baby. We packed a small bag for coming home clothes for him. I had comfy clothes for me and a few nightgowns. I had toiletry bag with soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, hair brush and chapstick. My husband went home and picked up both our kindles and phone chargers and pillows. He slept there with me but went home to shower and change clothes. He also stopped by the store to get snacks.

  • Chris
    Nov 02

    Comfortable pj, big underwear, shampoo and conditioner and body wash, hair ties, comfortable slippers and your charger. I brought way more and only used those things.

  • Jenn
    Nov 05

    Normal toiletry travel bag, disposal underwear (like depends), slippers, charger and really good chap stick bc hospital air is dry AF. I didn’t event bring a change of clothes. Before we went to the hospital, I changed into the clothes I would go home w/bc you immediately change into a gown. For baby, we only brought two outfits, they both wore hospital provided tops the whole time (no bottoms bc you change them so often) and hospital blankets (they tend to stay swaddled better bc they’re a bit stiff). I have no clue what my husband packed. Probably his toiletry bag, one change of clothes and charger. He didn’t stay at the hospital once the kiddos were born. This might be controversial but if your hospital allows it, consider having them take the baby the first night, you’ll need the sleep.