Packing Your Hospital Bag (For Mom, Dad, & Baby)


Two weeks ago today we welcomed our brand new baby girl! You can read her incredible birth story here.

Months before her arrival, I started writing out a hospital bag checklist because I wasn’t going to be caught unprepared for a second delivery. Little man had made his grand entrance 2 weeks early and I was convinced little girl would be the same. If you haven’t read her birth story yet, you know I was so wrong since she came out on 41 weeks 2 days. Just proving each pregnancy, baby, and birth is 100% unique.

With my husband’s blessing, I bought my “push present,” a Vera Bradley Weekender Bag, ahead of time during a HUGE sale. I wanted just one bag to try to simplify life for my husband as much as possible since, while in labor, there was very little chance I was going to pack mule things to our L&D room with him.


The hospital go bag checklist went like this:

For me:

For my husband:

  • Underwear (3)
  • Socks (4)
  • Pajamas (2)
  • Pair of Jeans
  • T-Shirts (3)
  • Sweatshirt
  • Therapeutic Socks for his Plantar Fasciitis
  • Flip Flops
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Swim Trunks for Shower/Birth Tub

For me & my husband:

  • Toiletries
    • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
    • Contact Case, Solution, & Replacements
    • Shampoo & Conditioner
    • Glasses
  • Essential Oils
  • Pillows (2)

For Baby:

**I put a direct link to my favorite baby gown set. It comes with an organic cotton knit hat, blanket, and gown with the mittens. Once little girl got here and we realized she was too big for a bunch of the newborn items I had packed, this gown proved invaluable!

While we definitely didn’t use EVERYTHING that was packed, I was grateful to have it all. I wanted options for my comfort before, during, and after birth. My husband felt the same way, and actually ended up using most of his items. I had every intention of using my postpartum underwear and cloth pads in the hospital, but held off until we came home two days later. It was easier to just use the hospital supplied throw away underwear and pads than to try to tangle with mine because I forgot to pack a wet bag and my bathroom didn’t have a shelf for extras. I didn’t want to have to cart everything to and from the bathroom everytime I needed to pee. However, once I started using my cloth pads at home, I realized that they are a 100 times more comfortable since they’re so much thinner and softer. They feel much better against a traumatized lady business while still being super absorbent.

If you’re curious about my postpartum recovery tips & tricks, read about them here! 🙂

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