If you're going to be welcoming a new little bundle of joy into the world soon, then you'll definitely be needing to pack that hospital bag! Don't put it off to the last minute: click through for the ultimate list of things you need for your hospital bag (including a list of must-haves for mamas who are exclusively pumping!)

Hospital Bag List: Your Ultimate Guide

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Pregnancy is one of the most exciting times of our lives! It’s also one of the most forgetful times of our lives. Between lack of sleep from backaches & the ever-present “pregnancy brain”, it’s all too easy to overlook things.

Before you know it, you’re 39 weeks pregnant and the bags aren’t packed and you go into labor and you’re throwing things in the nearest grocery bag and your partner is driving to the closest Walmart four times to pick up random things you forgot. No one wants this experience!

As a first time mom, I way overpacked and at the same time didn’t pack enough of the right things. So with the help of some mama groups, we’ve decided what you need in your hospital bag.

If you're going to be welcoming a new little bundle of joy into the world soon, then you'll definitely be needing to pack that hospital bag! Don't put it off to the last minute: click through for the ultimate list of things you need for your hospital bag (including a list of must-haves for mamas who are exclusively pumping!)

Hospital Bag Checklist

For Mama

  • Comfy robe (Check out this adorable floral robe!)
  • Maternity yoga pants or pajama pants
  • 2-3 nursing bras (Kindred Bravely bras are highly recommended in my mama groups)
  • 2-3 nursing tanks (Walmart has some that are comfy & cheap!)
  • 5-6 pairs of large granny panties (sorry, it is what it is)
  • LARGE pads or adult diapers
  • Slippers or comfy socks
  • Disposable flip flops for the shower (Get these at the Dollar Tree)
  • Hair ties (super important)
  • Chapstick (Don’t forget this! Trust me, small comforts mean so much during this time.)
  • Tummy binder in case of C-section (The hospital may provide one!)
  • Blanket & pillow from home (be sure that it isn’t white so it doesn’t get mixed up!)
  • Extra-long phone charger (you’ll thank me later)
  • Water bottle
  • Heating pad in case of back labor
  • White noise machine to drown out hospital noise (This one is nice!)
  • Towels & washcloths from home (Our hospital’s towels were awful..)
  • Travel size shampoo & conditioner
  • Toothbrush & travel size toothpaste
  • Dry shampoo
  • Comb
  • Snacks
  • Prenatals
  • Insurance card
  • Birth plan
  • Going home outfit (I absolutely loved having a swing dress like this to wear. SO comfy & still looked halfway decent!)

For Hubby/Support Partner

  • 3 changes of comfy clothes
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Glasses or contacts & solution
  • Blankets
  • Pillow
  • Headphones or speakers for music/motivational podcasts/whatever
  • iPad, laptop, Kindle, or some other device to pass time while in labor (Believe it or not, I was bored for a while after my epidural! I was happy to have my laptop.)
  • Snacks

For Baby

  • Swaddles (I highly recommend the Halo velcro swaddles!)
  • Pajamas/gowns in NB and 0-3 month sizes
  • Burp cloths (2-3)
  • Wipes if you don’t want to use the hospital’s
  • Going home outfit
  • Pediatrician information
  • Car seat (And please take it out of the box)
  • Birth announcement door hanger (Check Etsy or make your own)

If You’re Breastfeeding

  • Nipple gel pads
  • Nipple cream
  • Breast pads
  • Boppy (I used a hospital pillow to feed & it was awkward! I regretted not having my boppy!)

If You’re Formula Feeding

  • Check & make sure your hospital provides bottles & formula! Some do not!
  • Breast pads (You’re still going to leak!)

If You’re Exclusively Pumping

  • Your pump, of course! (Yes, many hospitals will provide a pump, but lactation consultants can show you how to use your personal pump for maximum output!)
  • Extra parts (You’ll thank me during those MOTN pumps!)
  • Milk storage bags
  • Bottles (5-6)
  • Drying rack for parts
  • Nipple gel pads
  • Nipple cream
  • Breast pads
  • Pumping bra (I used this one)

Check to see if your hospital supplies these:

  • Peri bottle (SERIOUSLY a lifesaver…)
  • Witch hazel pads
  • Dermiplast spray

You may also consider bringing a small gift for your lovely hospital staff!

Just remember while packing that it’s all about comfort and convenience! Your visitors will not care that you’re in a robe & your hair’s in a half-braid/half-bun/all mess, I promise! They’re just excited to celebrate with you.

What’s on your packing list that I missed? Let me know! Maybe I can use it when I decide it’s time for baby #2!

And as always, I’d love to have you join the Rookie Mama tribe for updates, future freebies, & other fun stuff!

XOXO

If you're going to be welcoming a new little bundle of joy into the world soon, then you'll definitely be needing to pack that hospital bag! Don't put it off to the last minute: click through for the ultimate list of things you need for your hospital bag (including a list of must-haves for mamas who are exclusively pumping!)

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