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

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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sharontobemarried:  Since you are so close to the hospital, why not split it up.  Pack on bag for labor/ one outfit for in the hospital and your supplies like diapers.  Pack a separate bag with going home clothes for you and baby and leave it at the house or in the car until the day you are discharged.

Post # 17
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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sharontobemarried:  Not sure if it’s any different in the UK (where I am), but I’ve been told not to take too big/thick a dressing gown because they keep the post-natal wards pretty warm (babies take a while to learn to be able to regulate their temperature themselves).

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I second the bee who said Depends! They were much better the first couple days than the massive pads because they didn’t leak and didn’t feel as bulky. My hospital provided pretty much everything for the baby, but keep in mind they don’t poop/pee that much the first couple of days so I wouldn’t bring a whole pack of diapers or anything. I don’t know if this is practical for you, but I packed 2 bags: a duffel that we brought in when we arrived with everything I needed for labor, and a small suitcase with everything we needed later (clothes for me and DH). We left the suitcase in the car until we were settled and needed things out of it. 

Oh, and I can’t remember if you mentioned this, but I was glad to have my Boppy (nursing pillow).  

Post # 19
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

These are the things I used:

Light robe-this ended up being my lifesaver.  I didn’t wear any clothes when I was there other than the hospital gown and mesh underwear and I just threw my robe on when company came.  I also threw it on when I had to go for walks around the halls.


Going home outfit (yoga pants, nursing tank)

Hair ties

Hair Brush

Toothbrush and toothpaste





For the baby:

picture outfit (2 sizes)

going home outfit (sleep n play) (2 sizes)

Light blanket

Car seat

My husband packed a bag for him with a couple changes of clothes, his laptop, blanket, pillow, camera, phone charger, cash for vending machines and cafeteria, empty bag to bring home the free stuff from the hospital (pads, mesh underwear, peri bottle, diapers, wipes, baby bath, sponge, baby bath wash, knit hat, steri strips, etc) and then a folder for all the paperwork


Things I didn’t need:


towels (I only took 1 shower there, I had a cesarean)

makeup (I ended up being too tired to put any on, and I didn’t really even think about it)

clothes for the hospital

nursing pillow

nursing bras (I wore a tank home that had a built in bra)


diapers, wipes, multiple hats for baby, socks (all her outfits had feet)

Post # 20
604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Narrawallee reserve/beach & Mollymook golf club

What you need will vary depending on season and your particular hospital. I packed WAY more than I needed, and a few things I should’ve packed I didn’t.

#1 : Can the water bottle – If your hospital doesn’t provide you with amole clean drinking water then they are not meeting their duty of care.

#2 : I too packed the big shirt – my midwives told me not to bother with it because I’d end up tearing it off mid-labour anyway. They were right. I just had one of those ah-bra type things on and that was plenty!

#3 : Nobody will look at you and think “Goodness that woman is hairy!” so you won’t need the razor unless you’re uncomfortable. People will only have eyes for your beautiful little baby and be amazed that you brought that little bundle of love into the world.


Things I packed too much of:

– Sleepers for baby. I took 3, we only stayed 2 nights. 

– Day time clothes. He would’ve been content in his sleepers. There was at least 1 outfit he never wore.


Things I should’ve packed more of:

– Snacks. I hated hospital food and while I didn’t want to snack during labour, I gave birth at an hour where DH couldn’t just duck out and grab me something better to eat afterwards.

– Going home outfits for him. I had a super-cute little outfit picked out to take him home in. Then he spewed all over it. It was white and pale blue – with an orange patch of spew. Luckily I had a baby jacket to cover the stain. For the next one I will have a back-up going home outfit.


You’ll need that dressing gown. It’s worth the space. <br />Make sure whatever you bring for day time for yourself is not clingy around the tummy area and looks good if it’s a little loose. 

Post # 21
164 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Double post 

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Post # 22
164 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

For myself, I only brought a going home outfit, socks, toiletries and a robe. I wore the hospital gowns during my entire stay (so I didn’t stain my own stuff) and I just wore my robe over it. (It was a knee length jersey material robe that I got with a nursing pj set, so it was lightweight. The hospital provided all of the mesh underwear/pads/nipple creams/towels etc.  

for the baby, she only had a going home outfit in the bag. The hospital provided diapers, creams, hats, swaddle blankets, and a longsleeve kimono style shirt. She was swaddled most of the time, so you wouldn’t have seen any of her cute clothes on her anyway. 

Post # 24
1138 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I didn’t use any clothes for baby–just the going home outfit. Up until then, she wore the hospital onesies. I didn’t bathe baby myself, so I wouldn’t bring baby toiletries at all. The hospital provides baby blankets, hats, etc. 

I myself was buck naked during labor… though I started out wearing the hospital gowns. A swim top doesn’t take much space so go ahead and bring it, but I’d be surprised if you use it. PJs for the postnatal room is fine. I’d bet the hospital will provide a towel for you to use to shower, too. 

Post # 25
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bump! saving this thread. thank you all for the suggestions! 

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