What's in Our Hospital Bags

July 25, 2018
Much like our baby registry, I relied heavily on other mom's suggestions of what to bring to the hospital - for me, Gary and the baby. Thankfully we're very close to the hospital, so if anything is forgotten, Gary can always go back to get it! I'm an overpacker by nature so perhaps some of this is excessive, but I honestly have no clue what to expect, so better over prepared than under!
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What's in my bag 

I'm packing a weekender bag and I feel like the more space I'm given, the more I'll bring. If I was really trying to limit myself, I'd probably pack everything in my LV Neverfull, but I'm nervous that I wouldn't have what I needed. 
  • Grippy socks & cheap flip flips for the shower (leaving these at the hospital)
  • Boppy Pillow - for me & visitors 
  • Packed a couple night lights -mainly for the bathroom so that we don't have to turn the bright lights on in the middle of the night
  • Toiletries - a lot of this is for going home / photos
    • Makeup Remover Wipes
    • Visine because I know my eyes are going to be so red
    • Lip Balm 
    • Travel shampoo, conditioner & moisturizer
    • Hand held mirror
    • Hair brush 
    • IT CC Cream & blush
    • One shadow stick 
    • Mascara / eye liner
  • Robe, nursing tanks & nursing bras - I purchased them all from Amazon and I'm bringing one of each to the hospital.
  • These PJ's for the next day / when visitors are there
  • Leggings, slides & top to go home in - I want to be as comfortable as possible and I've heard that you're pretty swollen after so the slides are a must. 
  • Towel & our own pillows
  • Some heavy duty underwear

What's in Gary's bag

Gary definitely had the easiest packing job and everything fit into a backpack for him.
  • Tasked him with bringing all our chargers (extra long so that they reach from beds) and electronics (iPad & Phone) 
  • The folder with all our important information
  • Toiletries
  • Snacks - he is ravenous all the time so this is very necessary
  • Change of clothes / clothes to go home in - as I mentioned we're really close to the hospital so I'm sure he'll be able to go home, shower & then come back to get us. 

What's packed for baby

I decided on the Skip Hop Chelsea Diaper Satchel for her diaper bag and once I get the hang of what I really need, I plan on doing a "what's in the diaper bag" post! I'm 100% sure I packed too much for her, but to be fair I have no clue how much she's going to weigh, so the girl needs options!
  • Packed our own diapers and wipes - I know that I'll end up using most of what the hospital provides us with, but I like these water wipes more than what they showed us they use. 
  • I have a special swaddle & hat for some photos
  • Two newborn onesies and two 0-3 month onesie depending on her weight 
  • Socks, mittens, extra hats and some pacifiers in a little ziplock bag
  • Extra blanket for the way home
  • Brought her baby book to get her hands and feet stamped - we'll see if I remember this  
  • Car seat is an obvious one, but Gary will bring it back once we're ready to go home. 

Is there anything I'm missing? Anything I should leave at home?


  1. Eee you're so close!! I like that diaper bag.

  2. You covered all the bases for the 3 of you, so fun to say 3! I lived in leggings for a month after babies. Hope you’re feeling good...baby watch ON!!

  3. Another post I feel like I should bookmark for the future! I'm no help on this one but it sounds like you are covered!! SO EXCITED for you!!

    Rosy Outlook

  4. SOOOO close!!! Yes to the boppy pillow, my husband thought I was ridiculous for lugging that to the hospital but it came in handy while learning how to breastfeed and position the baby. Also, don't be afraid to ask for help from the on staff lactation consultant, they are amazing and so helpful! On official baby watch <3
    Green Fashionista

  5. I can't offer any suggestions but it sounds like you are ready to go mama!! I'm so excited for you and Gary :-)
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  6. pack your favorite blanket! It was such a nice thing to have there!

  7. This is perfect! I cannot believe y'all are at this point! SO exciting!

  8. Looks like a great list! My daughter was early so I didn't even have one packed...ooops.

  9. Packing light is key! I packed a ton for Tatum and barely used any of it - they have so much stuff there for the babies - we kept him in the hospital shirt and diaper (because easy) other than for an outfit newborn pics and an outfit for going home. The long phone cords are the best - we use ours all the time now - we also took an extension cord just in case!

  10. It's amazing how much better I felt when I put a little makeup on after having my babies, so I definitely recommend some makeup. I can't believe you are getting so close. Very exciting.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  11. Sounds like you are prepped and ready Biana!! Now it's waiting for Go Time! :)

  12. Great list! I know that this may sound ridiculous but I brought and used depends for that first 2 weeks after I had my last baby. It was SO much better than the big pads they use at the hospital. I didn't have to worry about leaking either! Good luck and congratulations!!!

  13. Looks like you have everything you need! Lip balm and comfy undies was a big one for me. Also double check and see if your hospital has a hair dryer. I don't think we used half the things we packed for the boys but it's good to have them in case you do want them.
    Sierra Beautifully Candid

  14. Ok, you are a first time mom and this list is SO not excessive! I'm so impressed by it!

  15. Looks like you're all set. Its so close now! I'm super excited for you :)

  16. Just an advise, if you plan to breastfeed, it is better to leave the pacifiers at home.

  17. Your ready to go, congrats you are almost there! Sooo exciting

  18. This was really interesting to read! So excited for you guys!! Almost there!

    Katherine | www.oneswainkycouple.com

  19. I can't believe it is time to pack a hospital bag already. The day my girls were delivered, I had shopped for my hospital bag, but never got to put it together. So crazy. Lots of great items in there.

  20. It's like packing for vacation, isn't it :)

  21. As you know, I had to have an emergency c-section. I cannot tell you how thankful I was that I had this nightgown https://www.target.com/p/women-s-nursing-seamless-chemise-gilligan-o-malley-153/-/A-51812229?preselect=52431869#lnk=sametab to wear. The waistband from pants and a c-section opening do not mix. I wore maternity leggings on the way home, which was fine. I felt comfortable in the nightgown and my robe when I had visitors, and the straps from the nightgown were easy to let down for feeding without exposing too much if there are other people in the room. Dont forget chapstick!!! My lips were SO dry!

  22. You are PREPPED and I absolutely love it! Won't be long now. ;)

    Le Stylo Rouge

  23. You are ready to go girl! I'll have to bookmark this for when I am preggy!

    xx Leah / www.leahbehr.com

  24. Sounds like you have it all organized and ready to go! I am so excited for y'all!

  25. Your list sounds pretty great!! I took flip flops for the shower too - always a great idea! Eye drops too, and makeup - that and some nice toiletries for after your first shower give you such a boost! I packed a ton of bottled water too as the hospital just give you tap water from a plastic jug over here. This might be TMI but I packed nipple balm as I breastfed straight away, and suffered straight away! I am so glad you mentioned your husband packing a bag too - I think Andy just went as he was last time which is silly really - you have added a go prompt! Sooooo excited for you!! You sound like you are going to be such a great and super organised Mom xx

  26. You are SO close, girl!! I know y'all are so excited!!

  27. The nursing pillow is definitely a must for the hospital, along with snacks! I ended up eating pretty much just hospital food, and I was mad at myself for not bringing snacks with us!

  28. Can't believe you're so close, I can't wait to see the pictures of your baby! Amazing post! ❤

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  29. I took an iPad just so I could watch Hulu while killing time.
    The only thing I asked my husband to bring back was a velcro swaddle because they're so much easier to use than a swaddle blanket.
    Also, take a water bottle! I drank a ton over those couple of days.

  30. Thanks for sharing this lovely post
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  31. This is a great post! The diaper bag looks lovely and great essentials to be packed for the week :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2018/07/fall-preview-rise-of-ankle-boot.html

  32. This is really perfect dear. You have everything you need in your bags.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  33. You've got a great list here~! I also recommend getting some Depends. I know it sounds strange, but it's so much easier than having to line up multiple heavy pads, and all the extra stuff you will have to do. Plus then you can just toss them when you're done.
    xo Lisa, Mom Wife Design Life


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