(Closed) Can you please help with my hospital bag for baby?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
1663 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You can do without a water bottle, hospitals give you that, you can also cut out undies for yourself, again, they take care of that. I didn’t bring clothes to wear while there, I just used their gowns incase I bled through (which I did). I didn’t want to ruin my own stuff. 

For baby, they should provide diapers, wipes, any butt creams baby might need. 

Post # 3
6425 posts
Bee Keeper

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sharontobemarried:  Having given birth  8 months ago, I don’t think you’ll need half that stuff.  My hospital provided us with diapers, butt cream, formula (because she refused to latch and didn’t eat for a good while), wash clothes for bath (not submerged baths), hats, blankets for swaddling, lots of pillows for me.  I packed a hospital much like yours.  I walked out in my hospital gown and a sweater and slippers, yes you read that right, slippers.  My hospital bag sat untouched.  But that was my case, we didn’t need any of the stuff I brought because my hospital had it, and it turned out that I had way overpacked.  They gave me mesh undies to wear, grandma pads, tucks, derma plast or spray something.  We also didn’t need that much.  Could you ask your hospital what they provide so you could maybe not pack that stuff?

Post # 4
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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sharontobemarried:  For yourself, I would cut it down to this:

1 outfit to wear while people visit<br />1 set of pj<br />1 going home outfit.

The hospitals here provide maternity pads and undies.  You are going to be nursing a lot at first, so I just skipped the bra until I went home.  The basic toiletries you will need, and flip flops and socks.

For the baby:

Bath oil or mosterizur if you really want it, but you wont miss it if you don’t have it<br />going home outfit (including a blanket socks and hat)<br /><br />

Again the hospital here provided diapers, shirts for baby, swaddling blankets (both of which they were happy to change out if baby peed, spit up or otherwise got them dirty) 


Post # 6
2837 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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sharontobemarried:  I think you’re right– you overpacked LOL

I ended up going to hopistal WAY early for my first baby and never had a bacg packed- and I did just fine.  


You don’t need a waterbottle- the hospital will provide you with cups/water.  You likely don’t need a thermometer- I’m sure if the hospital is equipped for water birth, they will have anything they now is a necessity.


You’ll likely wear a hospital gown, and won’t change but once or maybe twice while you are there.


Post # 7
118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Okay I just have to poke in and say thank you for starting this thread!  I’m about 2 months behind you, and this is helpful!

Post # 8
1119 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

With both babies, I brought clothes for myself, but both times I ended up just wearing the hospital gowns.

Also, seems crazy but it was a life saver for me.. but Depends! I ended up with an unplanned c-section the first time around ant the high wasted undies I had hurt.. Depends were high wasted but also covered the wound pretty well without moving on the scar like the giant pad did. It was also easier to change and keep clean.

Try to be prepared for unplanned scenarios.


Post # 9
2192 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would bring your own blankets.  The hospital blankets are bleached and not good for babies skin. Same goes for the clothes.  Put the baby in your clothes right away.

Your own pillows and blanket too.  Helps to have your own things to comfort you in labor.

Music?  Snacks? Baby book for foot prints? Journal? List of numbers to call.  Birth plan.

Cheers!  Enjoy the moment!

Post # 10
192 posts
Blushing bee

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sharontobemarried:  I just had a baby in January so it’s all still fresh to me.

Towels. Hospitals have the smallest roughest towels. You’ll want one for each day, you won’t want to use the same towel twice without washing.

metamucil. They’ll want you to have a bowel movement before you leave. It can be rough, something to help that long will be something you’re thankful for. I also brought Smartwater. I love Smartwater, it hydrates me like nothing else.

Pants that are NOT leggings. I brought leggings. Big mistake. With the giant pads you wear after a vaginal deliver you look like you’re wearing a big diaper, even with a long sweater or shirt it’s still not attractive and I didn’t need any attention paid to that region.


I was thankful to have my own toiletries and my husband was thankful for the celebratory special beer I snuck in for him 🙂

Post # 11
192 posts
Blushing bee

Oh and I brought DH’s pillow from home and he appreciated that, and I made him bring his slippers.

Post # 12
9818 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Things I brought and used:

hair ties

hair brush



nursing bra (a SLEEP nursing bra)

flip flops

going home outfit (for both baby and mom)

my own pillow

maybe a baby nail file (i didn’t bring one, but could have used one)

cell phone/ipad/camera and chargers

clothes for dad


hospital provided: diapers, baby blankets (lots of them to cycle through), baby outfit (gown+hand cover), baby hats, pacifiers if requested, baby lotion (not sure it was a great brand though?), hospital gowns, mesh underwear, all the pads and that great stuff, water cup.

Hospital also gave me daily vitamins and stool softeners.

I just wore a hospital gown…you don’t want to ruin your clothes that first day!  Also they had me labor in the hopital gown, definitely don’t wear your own clothes lol.

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