(Closed) Hospital Bag: what are you packing?

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
2299 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Looks like a pretty complete list. I would offer that the hospital will probably provide you with the baby’s diapers and any other needs, and every hospital I’ve heard also provides you with the mesh panties and industrial sized pads. You might also want to bring some books/magazines.

Post # 4
2142 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I just started compiling mine, what’s on mine that’s not on yours

  • toothbrush/toothpaste
  • cellphone/charger
  • camera/video
  • flip flops (for bathing!)
  • comfy socks
  • car seat ( Iknow it’s a given but doesn’t hurt so we don’t have that “duh” moment)
  • “going home outfit”
  • Birth Plan

Post # 5
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

@miss-spunkin:  the hospital will give you maxi pads, newborn diapers, wipes (although they use dry so you might want some wet wipes of your own), baby clothes (you just need one outfit to go home in), blankets to swaddle, and disposable undies for the first few days

I would add slippers or some other sort of easy on/off shoe, a cell phone charger and a camera πŸ™‚  and don’t forget your toothbrush πŸ™‚

Post # 6
1550 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Man, I have not even started thinking about this but I am dreading the industrial sized maxi pads that they give you…. UGH! I wonder if they will let you use your own!

Also, don’t you leave a couple hours after birth if you are going to a birthing center?

Post # 7
5654 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

The only thing I would add would be preps for possible cesarean:

Nightgowns or long T-shirts for 3-4 days (I think the usually stay is 3 but sometimes you can ask for 4 depending on how you’re doing)

  • When I had DS I had to have a cesarean and putting on pants was OUT OF THE QUESTION I was very glad my momma brought me comfy gowns.

Clothes for baby for the same amount of time & maybe a few onsies/gowns per day.

And just pack all your panties… you may go through more than 1 pair of those a day as well. (just in case)

Post # 8
2142 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010


I remember after my SILs gave birth they used Kotex Maxi Pads (the thick overnight ones) for DAYS. Anything else just did not absorb enough.


oohhh good tip.

Post # 10
5654 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@miss-spunkin:  How ever many of something you think you should pack I’d double or even triple (like for baby’s clothes & panties)… just to be on the safe side

Post # 13
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

@miss-spunkin:  Your list looks pretty good. I’d add bringing clothes for the baby in NB and 0-3 just in case.

I’m delivering at a birth center, too. My birth center recommended big pads AND Depends πŸ™‚

Post # 14
1188 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

This is my list:

For the car:

-waterproof pad for car ride to hospital, or pillows with garbage bags over them

-barf bag (I’ve heard many women in labor get nauseated)

-car seat installed in car


For me:

-ID, health ins. card


-cards or games

-loaded iPad, magazines

-iPhone charger

-birth plan

-roomy clothes (sweatpants/ yoga pants), long shirts, zip up hoodies

-slippers, socks, bathrobe, 2 nightgowns with front access and with short sleeves

-several pairs of maternity underwear

-belly bandit

-big maxi pads

-stool softener

-breast pump, bottles

-nursing bra and breast pads

-nipple cream

-glasses, contact solution and case

-toothpaste, toothbrush


-brush, hair dryer

-shampoo and conditioner

-moisturizer, chapstick





-towel and washcloth

-bag for hospital gifts

-hairbands and bobbies


-shower flip flops



For baby:

-baby going home outfit and hat, 3 newborn sleepers

-nail file for baby’s fingernails

-paper and ink for footprints

-receiving blanket or two 

-diapers and wipes


Post # 15
959 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

This is great, we are on the same page!! This means I am on track since you’re my due date twin πŸ™‚ I was literally going to make this post yesterday but instead I searched for old posts with this question and compiled a list. I made my list and now will start packing this week/end. I’ll let you know if I think of anything you’re missing but I think you’ve gotten some great advice (which I’ll be stealing some of!)

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