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


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!



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


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

You'll want your hairbrush, regular or dry shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, lip balm, body lotion, extra hair ties and face wipes (Babylist parents recommend these in case you're not up to showering right away). Remember extra contact lenses (plus contact lens solution) and/or glasses, if you wear them.

What to pack in a hospital bag as a first time mom? ›

You'll want your hairbrush, regular or dry shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, lip balm, body lotion, extra hair ties and face wipes (Babylist parents recommend these in case you're not up to showering right away). Remember extra contact lenses (plus contact lens solution) and/or glasses, if you wear them.

What should I pack in my hospital bag for me? ›

In your hospital bag, make sure to pack:
  • your birth plan and hospital notes.
  • loose, comfortable clothing to wear during labour.
  • dressing gown and slippers or flip-flops (which are also good for wearing to the shower)
  • nightwear – front-opening or loose-fitting if you're going to breastfeed.
  • 3 changes of comfortable clothes.

How many outfits should mom pack for hospital? ›

Usually, you'll only need to bring one outfit for your baby – a coming-home outfit to wear for the trip home. Most hospitals provide a newborn hat, long-sleeved shirts, and swaddling blankets for your baby to wear during your stay. Wear something comfortable to the hospital, such as maternity leggings and a loose top.

What are the best snacks to bring to the hospital for labor? ›

Some of the best snacks for labour include:

Wholegrain toast, biscuits and crackers. Energy bars (be sure to check the sugar content). Breadsticks. Dried fruits and nuts.

How many weeks should you start packing your hospital bag? ›

When Should You Pack Your Hospital Bag? You should have your hospital bag ready to go between weeks 32 and 35 of your pregnancy, in case your baby comes a bit earlier than expected. A good time to start the packing process is around the 28 week mark, or at the start of your 3rd trimester.

What do newborns wear in the hospital? ›

Small babies need little

In the hospital, blankets and onesies are typically provided. If you'd like to bring baby his/her own clothes to wear during your stay or a special outfit, please do so, but it isn't required. Don't forget a seasonally-appropriate outfit for baby to wear home!

How many bags to take to the hospital for birth? ›

Most people need two hospital bags — one for mum and another for the baby. However, you should keep in mind that hospital rooms are often quite small. If you would like an extra bag with postpartum essentials and clothes, you can potentially leave that one in the car and have someone bring it to you later.

How long do you stay in hospital after birth? ›

If you're both doing well, you'll usually be ready to go home somewhere between 6 and 24 hours after birth. You may need to stay a bit longer if: you've had an emergency caesarean section. you or your baby need extra care.

Do hospitals provide towels after birth? ›

Bringing your own can help you get the rest you need before and after you give birth. Towels: Again, the hospital can provide towels but many people find bringing their own to be preferable due to the quality and size of the hospital towels.

Do I need to pack baby bottles in my hospital bag? ›

And, bonus: You won't have to remember when to take your medications because they'll be brought to you! Diapers, diaper wipes, bottles, nipples and (if you decide to use them) pacifiers. Everything your baby will need during their hospital stay is provided. You only need to pack for the trip home.

Should I bring my boppy to the hospital? ›

Make a plan for breastfeeding.

If you desire to breastfeed, bring items to make the process more comfortable. We recommend that you bring a feeding pillow, like My Breast Friend or a Boppy, as well as the breast pump you plan to use.

Should I bring pacifiers to the hospital? ›

Pacifiers. You can bring a few pacifiers if you want to test out the different styles. Hospitals will usually have a few on hand, but they may not have a wide selection.

Do I need baby wipes in my hospital bag? ›

Packing checklist: baby

scratch mittens. socks and booties. lots of nappies for your newborn. cotton wool or baby wipes suitable for a newborn.

What to bring to the hospital for someone who just had a baby? ›

In conclusion, a new mom in the hospital will appreciate any gift that can make her stay more comfortable and relaxed. Gifts like a cozy robe, slippers, nursing pillow, blanket, and compression socks can help her feel more at home.

When should I prepare my hospital bag for pregnancy? ›

“In other cases, I'd recommend somewhere between 37 and 38 weeks. This way your basics are there should labor begin early, and modifications can always be made if needed.” Of course, if you want to get a jumpstart on things, by all means start earlier—when to pack a hospital bag is up to you!

What should parents pack when going to the hospital to have a baby? ›

After all, it takes a village to bring a baby into the world. Some items that might make your support person feel more comfortable at the hospital include a phone and charger for themselves, toiletries, a change of clothes, and some favorite snacks or refreshments.

Do you bring your breast pump to the hospital? ›

The hospital provides breast pumps, so there's no need to bring yours, assuming you know how to use it. One reason to bring it, however, would be if you'd like a lesson in using it.


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