While we’re preparing our own Hospital bag must-haves! So it’s just one last thing to worry about.
It feels very fitting that I’m sharing my hospital bag must-haves on my actual due date. There’s still no sign of baby, but I feel prepared for whenever he’s ready to make an appearance.
Did I mention this is my second baby? you would honestly think I would have this down-packed by now. But I know I would have forgotten so many things if I didn’t write a list first.
So hopefully you’ll find this list helpful and really easy to follow. The last thing you want is to be stressed because you forgot to pack a bag for your husband (it happened to us last time). Or imagine forgetting the baby’s car seat? because we definitely did and had to get my SIL to bring one to the hospital.
Keep reading for all my hospital bag must-haves!
Hospital Bag Must-Haves
Large Weekender Bag
I love bringing this weekender bag on trips to the cottage or as my carry-on. It’s big, there’s room to expand and the best part is it has wheels so you don’t have to carry it. (I couldn’t find the exact one but I’ll share a similar option below).
A good diaper bag can look different depending on your preference. I personally like using a backpack because I can be hands-free which is perfect when you have two or more kids. But I am bringing this bag as my “diaper bag” because I wanted extra room for my laptop, camera, and all the cords.
An extra long phone cord
Speaking of cords, you’ll need an extra-long phone cord that you can use from the bed.
Another thing I forgot to bring when I had Penelope was a water bottle. I was so thirsty and those little cups of water and ice they give you are horrible. Also, Belly Bottle sent me their pregnancy water bottle and I love using it! You can track your pregnancy with the stickers and keep track of the amount of water you drink everyday.
Flip Flops or Slippers
Disposable flip flops are great to have! Im always freaked out by hospitals in general and I hate having to wear my nice ones there. Especially during a pandemic, I would rather be extra careful just in case. Not to mention I personally wear them in the shower! I grabbed my flip-flops from the dollar store, but you can also bring slippers if that’s more your preference.
I forgot a robe the first time and I felt so uncomfortable in the clothes I brought. Actually, we ended up staying a few extra days because Penelope had a few breathing issues from the crazy long delivery. We were in the same clothes for what felt like a lifetime.
Extra Clothes for your Support Person
Speaking of being in clothes for a long time, I totally forgot to pack for Tony! Poor guy was in the same clothes for like three days! I wish I brought him a toothbrush at least.
Tooth Brush, Tooth Paste and Skincare
- Tooth Brush
- Tooth Paste
- Face Wash
- Night Cream
- Day Cream
- Eye Cream and Serums
A great tip is to get yourself mini products for free using this hack.
Something to Watch Shows on
We brought my laptop last time and while you’re there recovering and can’t sleep it’s comforting to have. It was nice to have a show to zone out on while I breastfed and focused on taking care of our new baby.
Everyone said to get yourself some adult diapers because they are way better than using pads. They were so right! nowadays there are pretty cute styles of depends that don’t look or feel like diapers.
Breast Feeding Pillow
Some hospitals have breastfeeding pillows you can use but I think with the pandemic it’s changed a bit. You can call your hospital to double-check and make sure.
I was so hungry after I had Penelope, but at that time we were allowed to have family in to visit who brought me food. Now things have changed a bit because of the pandemic. We’re only allowed one support person and you can’t leave the hospital and come back. So we have to be prepared to bring our own snacks this time.
Your own Pillow & Blanket
These are the simple luxuries you need in a hospital! I don’t know how I slept without them, to be honest. The hospital blankets are always either too cold or too rough, and the pillows are always too small. As soon as I got home I threw them both in the washing machine right away.
FridaBaby Mom Upside Down Peri Bottle + Set
Consider this your absolute must-have if you’re having a baby! I’m still waiting on mine to arrive but honestly, I promise it will make things so much easier for you after you give birth.
Breast Pads, Nipple Covers & Nipple Cream
I can’t remember if I needed them while I was in the hospital but I’m bringing them just incase. But also, I’m sure most hospitals will have some you can use. I’m also trying Silverette’s Nipple Covers to heal cracked and sore nipples. I will update you on what I think but I’m excited to use them! Along with nipple covers and nipple cream just incase.
Coming Home Outfit
I’m sure this is one of the first things you thought about, I know I did. I can’t wait to show you all his cute outfits!
Hat, Mittens, and Socks
The other essentials all newborns need. I know those early days we had Penelope in just a diaper, socks, mitts, and a hat.
If we weren’t doing skin to skin our newborn was happily wrapped in a swaddle. I’m bringing more than one this time, just in case we end up staying longer.
We grabbed two binky’s, because the first time I didn’t think we needed any. Instead, we found that the soother really helped her when she was being monitored for her breathing.
Bottle if you plan on bottle-feeding
Even if you plan on breastfeeding I would still bring a bottle in case things change. You can never be too prepared.
Hakka or Breast Pump
I am so excited to use the Hakka this time. I’ve heard so many good things about it from friends and family. But if you feel more comfortable or you want to pump then definitely bring one. Before the pandemic hospitals used to rent them but I hear that’s changed. The best thing to do is to call your hospital to check. Don’t forget some breast milk bags!
Don’t do what we did and forget to bring a car seat! This time we have it ready to go, it’s already installed!
Diapers, Wipes and Diaper Cream
Diapers, wipes, and diaper cream are all hospital bag must-haves! I’ve been using Young Living’s diaper cream and wipes for a long time. For diapers we usually stick to honest, because they were the only diapers that didn’t give her sensitive skin a rash.
Can you think of anything else we would need to bring to the hospital? If you do leave it in the comments below and good luck mama!