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What To Put In Your Hospital Bag

Posted by Live Love Mom on April 14, 2020 at 7:35 AM

by: Stephanie McEndree



As a mother of two, I know a thing or two about packing a hospital bag, or even a bag for a birth center. It's good to have everything on hand when you're leaving your home to give birth. Pack the comforts of your own home. You can pack up to three days worth of items for a vaginal birth, and about five to seven days worth for a c-section. Here are the essential items I brought with me.

  1. Diapers
  2. Bottles and formula if formula feeding
  3. Nursing bra if breastfeeding
  4. Nipple cream if breastfeeding
  5. Breast pump if breastfeeding
  6. Breast pads if breastfeeding
  7. At least 3 baby outfits per day you'll be away from home; 2 day outfits and pyjamas
  8. 6 Recieving blankets, or 2 per day
  9. 3 Warm blankets, or 1 per day
  10. 3 pairs of socks, or 1 per day
  11. 3 pairs of mittens, or 1 per day
  12. Car seat
  13. 3 Hats or 1 per day
  14. 3 Changes of clothes for mom or 1 per day
  15. Chap stick for mom
  16. Granola bars or other snacking items
  17. Juice bottles or water bottles to stay hydrated
  18. Warm socks for mom
  19. Snacks for dad 
  20. Changes of clothes for dad, 1 per day
  21. Reading materials for dad
  22. Toothbrush & toothpaste for each parent
  23. Camera
  24. Mobile phones
  25. Phone chargers
  26. Camera chargers
  27. Hair brush
  28. Deoderant
  29. Travel-sized shampoo, body wash and conditioner bottles
  30. Winter coats if it's winter
  31. Burp cloths
  32. Old underwear
  33. Adult diapers or maxi overnight postpartum pads
  34. Q-tips
  35. Nail file
  36. iPod for music
  37. Mints for a sugar boost and to freshen breath
  38. Tennis ball for massaging the mom's back
  39. Pyjamas for the parents
  40. Slippers for the parents
  41. Birth plan
  42. Makeup to make you feel better

Can you think of anything else you brought along that helped you? Comment below!

Categories: Pregnancy, Birth, Postpartum

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5 Comments

Reply Jen
11:21 AM on April 15, 2020 
Great advice! It was stressful trying to decide what to pack, and I ended up bringing a bunch of random stuff I didn't need.
Reply Melinda Cummings
9:31 PM on April 15, 2020 
Great list.
I didn't bother with slippers and just wore socks while I was in the hospital.
And I always packed the most comfortable and stretchy outfit for me to go home in.
Reply Nicole
11:22 AM on April 16, 2020 
Such a great list, with my daughter we completely forgot about packing stuff for dad!
Reply Melissa
4:19 PM on April 16, 2020 
This is a great list! I always worried I didnt have enough stuff with me and sent my hubby home for specifics!
Reply Sonia Seivwright
3:12 PM on April 17, 2020 
These are great lists for all pregnant women who need a reminder.