We are just a few days out from my due date, and our bags are all packed up for the hospital. Like WHAAAT! It’s mind-boggling to me that we are actually about to meet our baby. My emotions have been at an all-time high the past week, and I seriously tear up every time I think about holding her in my arms. I have to keep a box of tissues five feet away at all times. But, back to the topic at hand 🙂 I think everyone stresses out about what to pack in your hospital bag, but I’ve heard from so many people that the hospital provides ALL the necessities you need and all of the things you bring from home are purely for comfort. So don’t stress too much about bringing the “perfect” items! Who knows if I will even use half of the items I’m bringing (if you guys want, I can write a separate blog post after the birth on what I actually used from my hospital bag).

I am pretty proud of myself, though: I packed every single item into two bags, a rolling suitcase and this baby backpack (except for my pillow and blanket, since we will grab those on the way out the door). As a chronic over-packer, I think this is quite an achievement, haha. Here are a few photos of what’s in my bags, but read on for the specifics!

My Bag

Clothes & Shoes

  • Pajamas (A lot of you guys said to bring dark-colored pajamas. I got this sleepshirt and this pajama set in the black color, and they’re SO soft. I’m also bringing a pink and white pajama set that I already owned.)
  • Robe (a short robe that doesn’t take up too much space in my bag)
  • Going home outfit (I heard that you don’t feel like wearing ANYTHING tight-fitting on your way home from the hospital, so I’ve packed a loose black dress for the ride home. It is January and freezing outside, so I’ll probably wear a big coat on top. I’m not too concerned about looking “cute” for the 15 minute drive home!)
  • Underwear
  • UGG slippers
  • Shower sandals
  • Four sets of fuzzy socks with grippers (so that you don’t slip or fall in the hospital!)

Postpartum Items


  • Makeup bag (I think if you want to bring makeup to the hospital, then do it! I’m bringing my makeup bag cause I know I’ll want to take pictures with the baby after birth.)
  • Lip balm (Heard this was so important because your lips dry out in the hospital!)
  • Prenatal Vitamins
  • Hair brush
  • Body wash
  • Toothpaste & toothbrush
  • Eyeglasses, contact Solution & contact case
  • Mini micellar water
  • Cotton swabs & cotton pads
  • Mini razor
  • Shower cap
  • Silk hair ties

Miscellaneous Items

  • Drivers license and insurance card
  • Extra-long phone cord (This was your #1 recommendation for the hospital! Chris and I found 10-foot iPhone cables at Target, so we have those packed in our bag!)
  • Blanket and Pillow (We are going to grab our own blankets and pillows on the way out the door. Our doula told us that this was a necessity because the hospital’s blankets and pillows are tissue thin!)
  • Larabars
  • Organic hard candy
  • Water bottle
  • Mini bluetooth speaker
  • Treats for the nurses

Baby’s Bag

  • Diaper bag
  • Going home outfit (in a few different sizes because we don’t know how big or small she’ll be!)
  • Barefoot Dreams baby blanket
  • Two swaddles (an Ollie swaddle and one with her name on it)
  • Burp cloths
  • Onesies (we’re bringing three plain white onesies and one cute one)
  • Baby wipes (I know the hospital provides these, but I want to use our own!)
  • Mittens (so she doesn’t scratch herself if her nails are long)
  • Socks
  • Headbands/bows

I think that’s about it! 😀

I’d love to hear from you mamas what you actually used in your hospital bag, and if there’s anything important I’m forgetting!!