My Hospital Bag

September 24, 2014

Bed rest is not ideal, you guys. I've found that even working from home and being on a computer all day is something that's not really allowed for an extended period of time so it's been interesting working through all my last clients before I start my official maternity leave! It has given me the opportunity to check and recheck my hospital list so I wanted to share everything I've packed along with some splurges to make the experience a little more calming and peaceful!

-tank tops
-oversized cardigan
....whatever will make you comfortable and easy to nurse in
-button up would be good for nursing
  • PANTIES (4-5 pair and ones you don't mind ruining)
  • NURSING BRAS (I am bringing one and 2 bralettes)
  • SOCKS (2-3 pair)
-tooth brush & paste
-face wash
-shampoo & conditioner
-hair brush & ties
-body lotion
These are the basics, obviously! Something I recommend having no matter what because either you'll really need them or the hospital might supply them but they aren't ideal. When it comes to an extended stay away from home, I want to be as comfortable as possible so if that means you bringing your own goodies, do so! You know what will make you happy and less stressed so take the time to think through if any and all of these items are something you'll require as every person is different.

*** Don't forget your honey will need all their goodies as well so pack one bag together or one for each of you. Andrew and I always share a bag and I went ahead and made him a little "daddy survival kit" with his favorite snacks and things to keep him busy if labor is long and uneventful.

-I'm bringing peppermint for my migraines & for nausea
-I loved creating this and will share soon!
-This only applies if you'll have visitors which Andrew and I don't plan to have anyone but family so I thought when they did come by, they could sign a "guest book" and leave a little love letter to Emery.
-bb cream
-mascara (waterproof)

Now these items come down to what will make your stay more peaceful and like home. Again, labor could be something very easy and quick or it can be an experience that is chaotic, long and hard so I want to be prepared for either scenario. That being said, these items just seem like a good buffer for if there's a lot of down time and I need to get my mind off contractions or simply making me more comfortable while staying away from home.

On the same note with splurging, I decided to get a new bag for our time there to lug everything in. I wanted to have a little treat and something to get excited about when we were whisked (haha- I'm sure it'll be quite dramatic) away about to welcome our angel baby so I chose to get a fabulous black leather duffle bag and a new toiletry carrier from Hudson and Bleecker. With all these little items I was packing, I knew I needed something simple yet functional so I wasn't going through ziploc after ziploc looking for deodorant. That being said, my new case from Hudson and Bleecker is perfection. First off, it's a lovely snake print which I'm obsessed over and carries two clear storage bags inside and one smaller printed zipper pouch. I was able to contain all my toiletries, along with some of my splurge items into this little unit with room to spare. Talk about perfect for packing! Once I'm done using it for the hospital stay, I plan to use the clear bags for our diaper bag and the smaller pouch for a card/key holder for my personal things to also throw in Emery's diaper bag.

I know being a first time mom, this could be an outrageous list but I was really trying to be prepared and feel this is what will work for Andrew and I. If I missed something, please let me know and I'll make sure to pack it away for our delivery day!


  1. What camera are you using? I am hunting for a new one and noticed the Nikon. :)

  2. I highly recommend that the socks you bring have the no slip pads on the bottom! They we're really helpful to me because you have to shuffle as it is so these just make it less likely for you to fall.

  3. I'm impressed your list is so simple for a first time mom! I shake my head when I see new moms packing nearly everything they own or packing tons of pillows and blankets. They get stained really easily and hospitals are icky. I would say pack a pair of cheap rubber flip flops for the shower. I would wear them in the hospital shower and then toss before we left.

  4. Girl - you are going to L-O-V-E the mesh undies! ;) But - I took about the same stuff and really was glad I didn't overpack because let me tell you...take everything in that room! The swaddling blankets are perfect burp clothes, there is desitin, diapers and everything in between. You pay for it - pack it away in your bag! Best of luck. I loved labor and delivery so much...Weird - but I hope and wish every single woman enjoys the day(s).

  5. I just posted mine not to long ago and we had a lot of similar items! You can check it out at or! Mine is focused a little more on a c-section mom but it is well rounded for everyone! Love yours!

  6. Holy moly, I bet this makes it all so real!

  7. Looks like you have a lot of great things! From my two experiences in labor and delivery, I would definitely say bring a bath towel. They will have a cheap little towel, but take something bigger and softer! I brought my own pillow also, with just a pilowcase over it that I didn't care about. I also loved the mesh undies and didn't wear my regular undies until I was leaving the hospital, and even then I wore them over the mesh one. And I agree, take everything in the room! The diapers, pads, hoo-ha spray- take it all, you paid for it and you're gonna need it :) Good Luck!

  8. Yes I second your own towel! And snacks. I got to my room around 11pm and was happy to have snacks and like body wipes since I couldn't shower until the next day. Wishing you a quick & painless delivery ;)