What I Actually Used In My Hospital Bag

Weeks before I was due with my first baby, I packed my hospital bag. Well, more like bagS plural. By the time all was said and done, we had 4 bags to bring with us, as well as a giant exercise ball that I planned to use while laboring.

Long story short, we packed WAY too much. But going into a hospital birth for the first time, it’s hard to know what you’ll really need!

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If you’re packing your hospital bag soon, be sure to check with your hospital about what will be provided to you, and what will be on you. Most hospitals (mine included) will provide you with a reusable water bottle, diapers and basic clothing for the baby, a swaddle and hat, and postpartum supplies for your recovery.

But that still leaves you with some things you’ll probably want to bring for the 2-3 days you’ll spend at the hospital (or possibly more).

If you want to find out ALL of the things I packed for my hospital birth, check out my post:

What’s In My Hospital Bag.

Of all those items, here is what I actually ended up using during my hospital stay:

For Baby:

  • 1 Boppy Nursing Pillow

  • 1 0-3 Months Coming Home Outfit (I had packed newborn clothes, too, but they were too small in my case!)

  • 2 0-3 Months Zip-Up Sleepers

  • 1 Handmade Hat (Made By Mommy)

  • 1 Swaddle

For Me:

  • 1 Box of Disposable Nursing Pads

  • 2 Nursing Bras

  • Toiletries (Mini Shampoo, Conditioner, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Deodorant)

  • Lanolin

  • Hair Ties

  • Chapstick

  • Comfy Robe

  • Nightgown

  • Going Home Outfit (1 Pair Stretchy Pants and 1 Loose Tee Shirt)

  • 3 Pairs Socks

  • Flip Flops

  • Birth Plan (Hah! That didn’t go as planned, but oh well. Read about it here.)

  • Phone Charger With a Long Cord

  • Phone

  • Insurance Card

  • Drivers’ License

  • Glasses and Case

For Hubby:

  • Clothes For 3 Days

  • Meds For 3 Days

  • Phone Charger

  • Snacks (We were so glad we brought tons of snacks because my labor was over 30 hours and my husband only had time for one actual meal during that process! Plus, the hospital food was terrible, so we lived on snacks for the most part once our baby was born.)

  • Toiletries

  • Phone

  • Wallet

Looking back on it now, there really wasn’t anything that I thought, “oh no! I wish we would have brought… x, y, z.” We had our bases pretty well-covered, and then some.

I hope you find this helpful in packing your own hospital bag!

For me, the biggest takeaway was that it wasn't necessary to pack so many clothes for my baby and myself, since my focus was on getting to know my baby, feed her, change her, and keep her happy, not on dressing her up in something new every few hours. Resist the urge to overpack in the clothing department, and know that your hospital will likely provide clothes for your baby, as well as all the basic necessities. As for your own clothes, if you're like me you'll probably just end up wearing a robe most of the time anyway.

Keep it simple, and enjoy the ride! Birth is crazy, but it's amazing.

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