15 Essentials Every Mom Should Pack In Her Hospital Bag

It’s time to pack your hospital bag and naturally, your main focus is making sure you have everything ready for baby’s arrival. But what about you, mama?

It is important to remember yourself and your comfort when packing your hospital bag so you can cut some of the stress out of labor and the time you spend there.

That time has come for me to pack my hospital bag and I thought I would share what I can’t do without. With it being my third time around, I pretty much have my necessities memorized.

Keep reading to see 15 things you should pack in your hospital bag for yourself… Because if mama is comfortable, it makes the experience that much better for everyone.

It's time to pack your hospital bag and naturally, your main focus is making sure you have everything ready for baby's arrival. But what about you, mama? 

1. Robe- Because hospital gowns are NOT cute or comfortable.

2. Eye Mask– For napping during the day or when the nurses need to turn the lights on in the middle of the night to check on you.

3. Slippers/ Heavy Socks– For walking comfortably through the hospital or your room and to keep your feet warm.

4. Underwear & Pads– I don’t know about you, but I am not a fan of the oversized undies and gigantic pads they give you at the hospital. At least if you bring your own, there is less mess and hassle. I don’t have experience with C-sections, but I have heard pads are also great at adding extra protection to your incision.

5. Flip flops– For the shower.

6. Chapstick– No explanation needed.

7. Makeup- If you don’t wear makeup, you can skip this one. I personally bring concealer and mascara so I don’t look as tired as I feel. Plus, I like to be visitor and picture ready.

8. Hair products– a headband to keep you hair out of your face during labor, hair ties, a brush. I usually bring hairspray, too.

9. Money– One word: Cravings. Have some cash on hand so you can get snacks, drinks or -if you’re like me- a huge plate of tacos. Or you know, stuff from the vending machines in the middle of the night.

10. Extension cord– This way you can charge your phone and be able to grab it without getting up.

11. Extra bags– Because you will leave with more stuff than you came in with. The hospital gives you things to take home and also, your visitors may bring gifts with them.

12. Going home outfit– We always think of one for baby, but don’t forget to bring something comfortable for yourself, too.

13. Your own pillow– Sometimes hospital pillows just don’t do the job. Having a pillow you already love helps you relax so much more quickly.

14. Boppy Pillow– Technically, this one is for the baby. But it does make nursing/feeding more comfortable on you and your body.

15. Your own toiletries– deodorant, toothpaste, lotion, bodywash, shampoo, etc. Nothing compares to smelling and feeling like yourself after labor.


This hospital bag list can definitely be added to or minimized based on your personal preferences and lifestyle. What did you pack for yourself in your hospital bag? Tell me in the comments below!

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