THE ONLY HOSPITAL BAG LIST YOU’LL NEED

THE ONLY HOSPITAL BAG LIST YOU'LL NEED When having a baby

What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag

I don’t know about you, but when I was researching what to pack in my hospital bag before birth, I found sooooo many lists that were INSANE. Like, who’s bringing that much stuff with them to the hospital?? It was giving me anxiety feeling like I had to bring that much with me! So, I felt the need to create a simple list of only the essentials for the minimalist mama like me. I hope it helps!

For Labor & Recovery

  • Birth Plan, Insurance Information, ID
  • Slippers, socks, birth gown (if you bought one) and robe
  • Hair Ties/Headband
  • Lip Balm
  • Nursing Bra
  • Nursing Pads
  • Nipple Cream (Some hospital provide this, so check with yours)
  • Nursing Tank
  • 1-2 Pairs of comfortable bottoms (leggings, etc.)
  • Basic toiletries (soap, shampoo/conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste)
  • Phone and charger
  • One comfortable going home outfit
  • Some snacks to keep nearby if you get hungry between hospital meals


For Baby

  • Going home outfit
  • Accessories appropriate for the season (hat, blanket)
  • Car seat (should already be installed)


What you don’t need

I suggest leaving the following items at home to keep your bag light and your short stay at the hospital simple:

  • hairdryer
  • make-up
  • jewelry
  • bath towel
  • pillow and blanket
  • breast pump (it can wait until you get home)
  • maxi-pads (the hospital will give you plenty)
  • lotion (your skin will be fine for a couple of days without it)
  • paper, pens, thank-you cards, address book (umm, just no.)
  • pre-pregnancy clothing items (don’t even try)
  • books/magazines (You won’t have time for any of this)

Remember, you’re only going to be at the hospital for a quick couple of days. Once your baby is born, you enter into the cycle of feeding, holding, diapering and sleeping. Everything else just gets in the way! Promise!

I am curious though, how many of you brought everything and the kitchen sink? Let me hear your experiences!