Eat Drink & Be Mary: Hospital Bag - What You Really Need


Hospital Bag - What You Really Need

Y'all asked to see what I packed in our hospital bags and then an update of what we actually used.  And the time is here.  I have to say I am overall really pleased with what I packed.  I knew I over packed, but honestly don't regret it..I'll probably adjust a little the next go around BUT - again - I'd rather have over packed then have forgotten something.  

Also, it may be good to keep in mind that we ended up staying 2 nights due to some events that happened during delivery so that plays a factor into this all as well.

So let's hop right into it.  Below is a list of what I packed in my bag and it Cole's diaper bag and I'll break it down to what I used/didn't use and if I forgot or wished I had brought anything else.


  • black maternity leggings (these and these are my faves) + loose pajama pants
  • loose tshirts - I've heard black and loose are key for post-delivery
  • nursing tanks + bras
  • nursing pads
  • cardigans
  • my own towel
  • toiletries/make up bag
  • camera + iPad
  • all the chargers (camera and phone with a 10ft cord)
  • baby book
  • large pads and depends (I've heard depends are like THE. BOMB. so we shall see?)
  • snacks
  • boppy
  • robe
  • slippers
  • "if you can read this bring me wine" no skid socks 
  • cheap flip flops for the shower
  • water bottle


Alright, so I marked everything that I didn't use above.  That being said, I definitely think slippers/non-skid socks would be fantastic to keeping your feet warm and not falling I just totally forgot I even brought them until I was packing everything up to leave. 

Also, cheap flip flops I also forgot I brought when I went to shower..mainly because standing and moving was quite the struggle at the time and hey I lived despite the germs that may have been in that shower #ohwell. 

I thought I'd love a robe for easy nursing when visitors were there, but nursing tanks were really where its at. 

And they brought me HUGE waters with the. best. ice. for our entire stay so although I had a super cute water bottle there really was just no need for it.  


Everything not marked out I used in the hospital, but some items ended up being much more essential than others.  My absolute favorites that I will 100% be bringing next go around are: 

+ nursing tanks and leggings  -- I lived in these.  Appropriate for guests and still easy access to the boob.  And leggings because comfy, duh.  

+ nursing pads -- I wasn't quite to the level of leaking that I am now, however, I found my nipples would stick to my tank top if I wasn't wearing them.  ouch.

+ boppy -- So I know this is usually used for nursing BUT I found this to be the second BEST thing we brought.  Why?  Well, sweet Cole was not into his plastic box for sleeping in at the hospital, and I was pretty freaked out to sleep with him in my hospital bed.  So I'd pull the boppy up around me like you would for nursing and I'd hold him on that while I dosed between feedings.  I honestly hardly slept at all but it gave me peace of mind knowing if I did nod off there he would go rolling off anywhere.  Thomas also, used the boppy for a pillow (the pillow they had for him sucked) part of the time.

+ 10ft charger cord - Thomas and I both used this and it could reach from the wall to my hospital bed.  MUST. HAVE.  The end.

+ Cardigans and loose tees were good for going home but next time I'll probably only bring one of each instead of having options like I did this time.

+snacks were key inbetween the meals they gave me (which were actually pretty dang good) and the food my parents brought me..because hello breastfeeding #givemeallthefood

Lastly, I packed pads and depends because I didn't know which I'd use.  Obviously the hospital had the mesh panties and pads for me to use while I was there.  So next time I don't plan on bringing the pads, and while I didn't use the depends at the hospital I did wear them going home and are so perfect for post-partum once I got home.


[shop my diaper bag here]
  • Coming Home Outfit and Hat (in newborn and 0-3m just in case)
  • extra outfit in both sizes just in case as well -- I was suggested to me that we bring footless outfits due to the foot bracelets baby wears while in the hospital
  • premie outfit -- I really doubt he'll wear this considering 3 weeks ago he was measure 6lbs9oz but again just in case.  Plus, I don't want to unpack the bag at this point.
  • Personalized Baby Blanket and Hat
  • Baby mittens and socks
  • Pacis - although I'm not so sure how early I want to introduce them yet
  • burp cloths
  • nursing cover -- I won this in a giveaway and probably won't use it but plan on keeping it in the diaper bag anyways
  • diapers and wipes -- again the hospital should have these for us, but I plan on just keeping them in the bag


+ extra outfits - So given our sweet boy was 8lb4oz at birth (7lb13oz when we left) we obviously did not use the premie outfit and ended up not using the 0-3m ones either, but I don't regret bringing them at all.  They are all so tiny they hardly took any room and I would've been really bummed if we didn't have anything that fit him.

+ nursing cover - I ended up not using this, however, I did use the large personalized blanket to cover up when family members were visiting so I can see this being a good asset to have

+ diapers and wipes - I mentioned in the original post I knew they'd have these at the hospital but threw them in so I'd be ready for future use.

his poor little hat is SO SO big 


+ personalized blanket and hat - We used these everyday (wed-fri) we were there.  Cole loved being swaddled and hated being cold so the blanket worked out perfect.  And like I mentioned above I also used the blanket to cover up while nursing if we had visitors. 

Also, we accidentally shrunk the hat when washing it beforehand and our little dude had such a tiny head it fit him perfectly and was the only hat I brought that fit.  

+ coming home outfit - This really is up in the air for me.  I loved having a special outfit to bring him home in and will probably keep it forever.  BUT he was covered up in his blanket so much you probably wouldn't have even noticed it.  Bascially, I'm glad I ended up choosing an outfit from Old Navy and not spending an arm and a leg on some custom outfit.



+ soap/washcloth - Although I remembered my own towel I forgot soap and a washcloth - or maybe I assumed they'd have some.  But they don't.  Luckily, my parents brought it to me the next day when I was ready to shower.

+ stuff for Thomas - I also mentioned this in the original post, but when I suggested Thomas pack a small bag or add stuff to mine he didn't want to.  And although, his sister ended up bringing him a change of clothes for the next day it would've been nice for him to already have them and not have to wear his work uniform the first day/night.  (this could've been because we had to stay an extra night though)  I also wish we would've brought a pillow from home for him.  I didn't mind the pillows they had for me - and I had two - but Thomas only had one and it was pretty maybe next time?


And that's it folks.  I know that was a lot to read and take in, but I really wanted to make sure I was detailed and in depth enough for all you curious, first time moms packing your bags or if its just been a while.  I'm thinking this post will come in handy for me in the future when I'm bound to have forgotten how I felt the first go around #mombrain.  

Keep in mind, that of course this is just worked for me and my preferences and that we did end up staying an extra night.  But I hope this post was helpful for all of you that requested it.  And just for fun, if you have done this before leave a comment with your must have items for your hospital stay.  

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