My Hospital Bag

So… I’m one of those weird people that likes to really research things and make extensive lists especially when it comes to packing. I was the kid that would write out a checklist of what to pack before going on a school trip. Really.

You know those crazy lists of random things they give you before Girls Camp that most people are annoyed by?? Yeah, I loved those! I was in packing list heaven! So obviously when it came time to pack mine and Klara’s bags for the hospital I went all out! I asked for help on what to bring on Instagram. I pinned tons of ‘what to pack’ posts on Pinterest. I made a list and checked and rechecked it.

what to pack for the hospital

I even had high hopes of taking a photo of our completely packed bags ready and waiting beside the front door… But then I went into labor two weeks early and that didn’t happen… We barely talked ourselves into taking the bags with us because I wasn’t sure I was in labor!!! haha… So instead, here’s a list of all the things I packed, needed and didn’t need.

Klara’s Hospital Bag:

  • I was told not to bring diapers and wipes because the hospital provides those and they do, but I still brought a few anyway. At one of my showers I received a SafeFit Portable Diaper Changer. Moms to be… If you aren’t gifted one, they are entirely worth the purchase! It makes organizing the diaper bag so easy! And they’re really handy for just grabbing out of the diaper bag for a quick change, or carrying along with you for a walk. Highly recommended!! I fixed mine with diapers, wipes and baggies (for dirty diapers) and stuck it right in the center pocket of Klara’s bag.

portable diaper changer

  • Two going home outfits. A cute little dress with bloomers and a onesie/pants outfit in case the weather was rainy or something. Plus it’s just fun to have a couple of options.
  • Hair accessories to match her outfits. {I didn’t actually use these because the hospital put a cute little flower in her hair.}
  • A couple of burp rags. You can never have too few of those… Never know when you might need to wipe up something.
  • Swaddling blankets. I packed two, these are our favorite! They come big enough to actually swaddle your little one, some that you buy at the store don’t… And they’re a light weight muslin for the hot AZ weather.

And that’s it… That’s all we needed and didn’t even need all of it. If you’re like us and don’t live far from the hospital, you don’t need much. If you live further away you might pack a little heavier for baby.

My Hospital Bag:

  • A lightweight robe. It’s nice to cover up when you have company and it’s good for keeping you warm in the chilly room.
  • Shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, tooth brush… your normal shower necessities. One thing though… Don’t forget your razor! I didn’t pack mine and went to the hospital with harry pits and legs (TMI, sorry) and really wished I would have taken one! Remember we were caught off guard and went in early, so don’t assume you’ll have time to shower and shave before going to the hospital!!!
  • I really recommend taking one of those hanging makeup bags with all of your bathroom necessities in it! There’s not a whole lot of room in a tiny hospital bathroom, so it was nice to be able to hang my bag on the towel rack and have everything right there, easy to grab.
  • Nursing tanks! I didn’t have these prior to going into labor, so my mom went and bought me one while I was in the hospital. I have since bought more and wear them practically everyday! So much more comfortable than a nursing bra and they keep your tummy covered while nursing!

nursing tank

  • Hair ties! You probably won’t want to take the time to straighten or curl or do whatever to your hair while in the hospital. I didn’t! So it’s nice to just throw it up in a ponytail or bun. You’ll feel like you tried, but won’t waste the time really trying…. hahaha.
  • Going home outfit. I wore a big t-shirt and workout sweats. Comfortable, but a tad better than just pajamas.
  • Some people recommend packing a change of clothes and shower necessities for dad, but we didn’t. We live about 15 minutes from the hospital so Nate just went home to change and shower. BUT I would seriously consider packing dad a sweater. Nate did stay over night with us at the hospital and he was freezing his bum off… Just a thought!

So, that’s what I packed and what I used. Lots of ‘what to pack’ lists suggest bringing entertainment and snacks. I didn’t have them ready before I went into labor, but my labor was so quick it didn’t matter. There was no walking around the hospital, or waiting periods in the room for us so we didn’t need them. After Klara was born there were people in and out to visit, I was sleeping or nursing so I didn’t really need any entertainment afterwards either. The TV in the room sufficed. Oh, and I packed everything in a carry-on sized rolling suitcase, which worked out perfectly!

Your turn: What was the number one thing you were glad you packed when going to the hospital, or what was something you wished you’d taken??

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Kassi @ Truly Lovely


  1. Great list! My “baby” turns 31 in September so I really don’t remember what I packed. He was the only that didn’t catch us off guard as he was induced. My first arrived two weeks early, according to the Dr., and my second was born right on her due date. However, I had a Dr.’s appointment early that morning and didn’t realize I was in labor until she told me. She gave me the option of staying at the hospital or leaving and coming back. I left, went grocery shopping with my 2 year old, then went to my Mom’s to wait it out as we lived about 35 minutes from the hospital. I then called my husband at work as the contractions had begun. So, no bag taken for 2 of them. Hubby brought them later, and I’m not even sure the first time it was all packed. I think he just threw whatever in the diaper bag.

    • Kassi @ Truly Lovely says:

      Yeah, if I would have had to have my husband pack the bags it would have been a mess… He can barely pick out something for Klara to wear on a daily basis! haha. It’s just too overwhelming all those pink onesies I guess. 😉
      Sounds like you were a trooper though! Not knowing you were in labor and then waiting it out!

  2. Fab list – I wish I’d taken baby clothes in different sizes, you just never know how big they are going to be. My daughter was almost 81b but completely swamped by new baby clothes. She looked like a sack of potatoes!

    Would love for you to link up at the Friday Baby Shower – the link party for all things bump + baby,
    Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

    • Kassi @ Truly Lovely says:

      That’s so true!!! At our sonogram the week before they told us she was 6lbs. Then when she was born a week later she was 8. Needless to say the sonogram was wrong!!! Thanks for the invite to link up! I’ll be there!! 🙂

  3. I would suggest a pacifier for the baby. The hospital where I delivered my first surprisingly did not provide them. For Mom, the hospital does provide pads but they are usually huge and very uncomfortable. I recommend bringing your brand of choice so you are comfortable.

    Thanks for joining us for the Mommy-Brain Mixer this week 🙂

    • Kassi @ Truly Lovely says:

      Both great suggestions Nicolette! We were given a pacifier at the hospital but didn’t use it until the last few weeks… I kept hearing not to until baby was good at breast feeding. But I did have some extra at home just in case. And hallelujah on the pads… The ones they give you are so bulky! I still used those the first little while but it was good to have some of my kind at the ready!!