What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag (first time mom!) (2024)

I’ve seen so many lists, videos and gotten a ton of advice about what to pack in my hospital bag for labor + delivery. Use this detailed blog for what to pack in your hospital bag!

I packed what seems like EVERYONE recommends. Of course, everyone has different needs but I wanted to show you what I am personally packing for myself, my husband and our baby! Leave your hospital bag must-haves in the comment section!

Better to be prepared than not at all. Even if you overpack a little (which is bound to happen), it’s so much more comforting to feel as though you have exactly what you need + more. Of course, the hospital offers a lot of items to you but they are the bare basics. If you’re like me and you enjoy the comforts of home and your own personal things when you go places, this is for you!

When is the best time to pack a hospital bag for baby’s arrival?

It seems like 34 weeks is a great consensus on when to have the bag packed and ready to go. It might take a while for some items to come in so start to order around 32 weeks pregnant. If you’re at risk for early labor, you might want to pack further in advance, for example, around 30 weeks.

Furthermore, tell your partner to pack their bag too or pack it for them if you know it will never happen on their end. I think the most organized way to do it is to have three bags, one for the person giving birth, one for the partner and one for baby. If you want to keep your items more contained, pack a bag with your partner.

Lastly, the best time though is whenever YOU feel is right and what will give you peace of mind. Are you a planner? Do it earlier! Totally overwhelmed and need help? Ask an organized friend or your mom to help you sort it out!

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For Mom:

Cute hospital bag: I love this one from Childhome. It’s so chic and HUGE and can fit so much!

Clear toiletry bags: so that you can see clearly what items are in what bag.

Going home outfit: I wanted something cozy + comfy. I decided to go with the Hatch Hospital Departure Bundle. It’s pricy but it’s so soft, comfortable and will be perfect for postpartum as well. I love this for a more affordable option!

Gown for labor and birth: This Frida Mom hospital gown is PERFECT. It opens in the back for epidural access, it opens in front for easy skin-to-skin or nursing, and it is so soft and luxurious feeling. It’s a one size fits all so don’t even worry about sizing! It’s big, spacious and comfy for any size mama or bump! So much better than the gown you’d be given at the hospital and it’s only $29.

Grippy socks: for that slippery hospital floor!

Flip flops for shower: Because hospital shower floors should never touch your bare feet (lol). These are cushy, waterproof and the best shower or walking around the hospital shoe.

Slippers: so that your feet can stay warm if you are walking around. These smiley slippers are beyond cute and cozy. Only $19 too!

Nursing bras: I can’t get over how comfortable these nursing bras are!

Postpartum underwear: this is an option if you don’t want to use disposable ones. I wanted to have the option of both. The material is so soft.

Silverettes nipple protectors: apparently, these are every Italian woman’s secret to saving their nipples while breastfeeding. This in addition to the nipple care set below should help a lot with the breastfeeding journey

Nipple care: This set seems great. Breastfeeding can really take a toll on your nipples. This comes with two steps. Step 1: Soothe with Cracked Nipple Saline Spray . Sterile saltwater in a convenient spritz Step 2: Hydrate with No-Mess Nipple Balm. Lanolin-free oil that’s easy to apply for mess-free relief.

Eye masks: the hospital lighting can be bright and overwhelming, use these!

Lip balm: to combat the dry hospital air! The last thing you want is dry lips during your stay at the hospital. This one is natural and vegan.

Bath towels: one for you and one for your partner. Hospital towels are thin and small. Bring your own if you are a little extra like me.

Car seat: We got the Nuna PIPA lite RX! Heard amazing things about it. It is so well-made. What I love is that this one comes with a base for your car BUT you don’t need the base necessarily. The car seat can be buckled in without the base too (great for grandparents and easy transferring!)

Electrolyte packets: giving birth is a lot of work, mama. Stay hydrated with these packets – they are sugar-free, vegan and non-GMO and they taste like yummy pink lemonade.

Nursing pillow: if you plan to breastfeed, check out this nursing pillow for easier nursing.

Waffle Robe: if you don’t want to get dressed fully at the hospital but want to have something on, a robe is perfect.

Peri bottle: this one comes highly recommended. Pee more comfortably postpartum with this.

Instant ice pads: for soothing your V after birth! A more comfortable, pain-free recovery will be much needed. Instant cold therapy for instant relief. Life-saver!

For Partner:

Phone chargers: it is important to get extra long chargers that are 10+ feet so that you can easily reach.

Snacks: bring snacks that don’t need to be refrigerated in case they don’t give you a mini fridge in your room.

  • granola bars
  • cereal
  • dried fruit
  • apples
  • clementines
  • bananas
  • crackers/chips/pretzels
  • peanut butter packets
  • popcorn

Toiletries to share: Toothbrushes, toothpaste, mini shampoo + conditioner, body wash (add this to a travel size bottle), deodorant for mom, deodorant for dad, hair gel

(we are sharing everything except deodorant!)

Our own pillows

Outfit to sleep in, going home outfit

Sweatshirt

Extra Blankets: the room might be cold and the hospital blankets are thin, bring an extra or 2!

For Baby:

Diaper bag: I packed all of the items for baby in my diaper bag from caraa sport. It’s so chic and it’s vegan! It has so many compartments, pockets and its super well-made.

2 outfits for baby (1 smaller 1 bigger): ya never know what size your baby will be so bring a few different sized outfits for them. I love the clothes from Monica + Andy! This set is so cute (shirt, pants, hat).

Sleeper: bring something soft, warm and cozy, for your baby to sleep in.

Onesies: bring a few onesies, they could come in handy. This organic cotton 8-pack is $15.99. What a steal!

Going home outfit: I am bringing a couple options from Monica + Andy and Colored Organics.

Socks: don’t let baby’s feet get cold.

Formula: Also, planning on formula feeding? Bring an option with you if you don’t want to use what the hospital offers.

Burp cloth: bring a few burp cloths, these are the softest, nicest burp cloths. I love muslin material.

Swaddle: these gorgeous, breathable, bamboo swaddles are softer than any swaddle I have felt – they are luxurious and perfect for wrapping up your new baby.

Baby blanket: OMG. Best baby blanket ever. It’s not too heavy or too thin and it’s buttery soft (and affordable!) $22 for this amazing blanket, and the colors are so earthy and neutral. Double love.

Nail file: baby might be born with long nails, we don’t want them scratching themselves!

Hope this is helpful for what to pack in your hospital bag, from a first time (vegan) mama!

Are you a vegan mom too? Make sure to check out this blog on whether breastmilk is vegan!

xoxo,

Danielle

What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag (first time mom!) (2024)

FAQs

When should you start packing your hospital bag when pregnant? ›

At around 36 weeks, pack your bag so you're ready to go at a moment's notice. Even if you are planning a home birth, it's a good idea to have a bag packed in case you need to go to hospital for a premature birth, or if you have pregnancy or birth complications.

What should a woman pack in her hospital bag? ›

2 or 3 comfortable bras, including nursing bras if you're planning on breastfeeding. breast pads. 2 packets of super-absorbent sanitary or maternity pads. your wash bag – with toothpaste, toothbrush, hairbrush, flannel, soap, lip balm, deodorant, hair bands, hand sanitiser, body lotion and anything else you need.

How many outfits to bring to hospital for baby? ›

Here's what not to bring to the hospital when you're ready to deliver: Too much clothing for you or the baby. Choose one outfit each and leave the rest at home.

How many maternity pads do I need? ›

Most new mums will bleed for up to 6 weeks after giving birth so Maternity Pads with wings for extra protection are recommended throughout this period. Maternity Pads will require changing as needed, or every 4 hours, so it's likely you'll need around 250 maternity pads over this period.

Is 32 weeks too early to wash baby clothes? ›

You should definitely wash baby's clothes, blankets and other washable items that will come in contact with their skin. It's not necessary to do it before they're born, but it's a good idea to do it before they wear them.

What to wear when giving birth? ›

We'll need some other things for you when you're in labor. You will need something cool and loose to wear, whether you choose to wear your own clothes, whether you choose a loose cotton nighty, a large t-shirt. It's entirely up to you and the hospital can provide loose cotton gowns if that would suit you better.

Is 27 weeks too early to pack hospital bag? ›

You can start packing whenever you want to. But it's a good idea to have your bag ready at least two weeks ahead of your due date .

How many maternity pads do I need for a hospital bag? ›

maternity pads (two packets) an extra five pairs of knickers. towels. one or two front-opening or loose-fitting nighties or tops if you're planning to breastfeed.

How long do you stay in hospital after giving birth? ›

After normal vagin*l delivery

In the event of an uncomplicated birth you will usually be able to go home from 6 hours after you have given birth. Average length of stay in the unit is one day after a normal delivery and 1–2 days after an instrumental vagin*l delivery.

Do you wear a bra during labor? ›

Studies suggest giving birth is the equivalent to running a marathon in terms of energy output, (and can actually result in similar injuries, but let's not go there right now!) so it makes sense to wear a bra and/or clothing fit for exertion and perspiration.

What does the hospital provide after birth? ›

Most hospitals offer complimentary items like pads and non-slip socks for mom, as well as caps, shirts and swaddles, as mentioned above, for baby. These basics are all you'll need while focusing on caring for your post-birth body and newborn.

How many outfits to pack for mom in hospital? ›

Too many clothes.

You'll likely be in your nightgown for most of your stay, so you won't need a lot of clothes. Pack a going-home outfit that is comfortable and easy to put on, like leggings and a loose shirt.

What do postpartum moms need? ›

Postpartum Essentials For Mom
  • 1) Pads. This is a part of postpartum that no one likes to talk about, but it's super important! ...
  • 2) Witch Hazel Pads. ...
  • 3) Peri Bottle. ...
  • 4) Sitz Bath. ...
  • 5) Heating Pad Or Ice Packs. ...
  • 6) Pain-Relieving Spray. ...
  • 7) Nursing Pads. ...
  • 8) Breast Pump And Breast Milk Storage Bags.

Do I need to bring my breast pump to the hospital? ›

You do not have to bring your breast pump to the hospital — one will be provided to you while in the hospital if needed. However, if you would like help learning the set-up and use of your breast pump, you can bring it and a lactation consultant can assist you.

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