Top 15 Must Haves to Pack into Mom’s Hospital Bag During Pregnancy

What Items Do I Need to Pack in my Hospital Bag for Delivery of BabyWhat items do I need to pack in my hospital bag when preparing to have a baby?  Most new moms tend to over pack their own hospital bag and most of the items that they take with them are safely tucked away in their bag and are not used.  Most of the time the hospital will supply your basic supplies such as soap, lotion, sanitary pads, disposable underwear, and shampoo/body wash combo.  I remember not being prepared with my first two babies (I didn’t have my hospital bag pre-packed like experts suggest having ready around 36 weeks), I didn’t have a hospital bag packed and I had to rely on someone else to go to my house and get me things that I wanted or needed.  I was a bit more prepared with my third baby, after I realized that I was having braxton hicks contractions around 35 weeks and they were happening pretty frequently.  So I packed a few of my items into my baby’s diaper bag.  I knew that I only needed a few items and I didn’t want to carry a bunch of bags into the hospital.  During those last few weeks, I left my son’s diaper bag in the back of the car because I was afraid that I was going to go into labor at any time; however, I ended up making it to my due date.

Disclosure:  All opinions reflected in this post are my own and I compiled a list of based on my own experiences. 

What should a new mom pack in her hospital bag?  Remember that you should pack as lightly as possible because anything you take to the hospital has to come home.  Use this list of items to carefully pack your hospital bag.

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22 Responses

  1. This list pretty much sums everything a mom would need. :)

  2. Felicia says:

    I will have to bookmark this list so that I have it when I’m ready to have children. This is one thing I’m always concerned about; that I’m going to forget to bring something when I go into labor.

    I have plenty of time to plan though considering I’m not even pregnant yet, haha!

  3. Great list of items to take not to bring to the hospital. A must for all moms who are delivering soon.

  4. I would add that while pajamas with a button down top make nursing easy, the elastic waist band on the pants might not be comfy, so buying a nursing night gown is worth the expense. Also, pack a pair of roomy slippers. If you have a long labor or are induced you will take in a lot of IV fluid. i had to wear flip flops home in the middle of winter because i couldnt get my bloated feet into any shoes.

  5. DelSheree says:

    I think I forgot half of these things my first time around :) The second time, I was just glad we made it to the hospital in time. This is a great list. I’ll have to pass it on to my niece who is getting close to delivering. Thanks!

  6. Andrea says:

    Great tips! Wish I had read this before having my kids as I probably forgot about half of these items!

    • Christy says:

      I wish I blogged while I was pregnant, but I didn’t get started until after I already had my baby. I would love to share my journey with others but my factory is now closed. ;)

  7. WOW! This is an excellent list! I know this will be so helpful for soon to be moms.

  8. Sharon says:

    And be sure to take some of those adult diaper/pad things with ya!

  9. I don’t remember what my best item was in my hospital bag. I DO remember that I got a bag of M&M’s after delivering my second son! :)

  10. Meire Weishaupt says:

    Very good tips, they are so important! When the time to go to the hospital comes it is an excellent idea to have all the paperwork filled up, to avoid the stress, isn't it?

  11. Katrina says:

    Fantastic! I know have a resource for when I get to this stage in my life. Thank you for sharing!

  12. Rosey says:

    So many great tips. With my first one I was so not prepared. I actually took my pre-maternity jeans to the hospital thinking I’d fit into them, hahaha. That’s painful to admit out loud. :)

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