What to Pack for the Hospital

April 21, 2015

Hi friends! I'm super excited about my rapidly approaching due date, and wanted to share some things that I plan on taking with me to the hospital. Since I'm a first time mom, I'm sure some of this stuff will be excessive/I won't need it all at the hospital, but I'm of the mindset that it's better to be safe than sorry! Even if you're husband's carrying a couple extra bags for you ;)

Because I'm an organization freak, I separated this post into two sections - what to pack for mom, and what to pack for baby! I just used a typical [well, it does have pink polka dots] suitcase and duffel bag for my hospital things, and I decided on a Tory Burch 'Ella' tote as my diaper bag. I'm in love with the nylon material, and it's still stylish enough to wear with my outfits!

List of things I put in my hospital bag: 
- insurance cards, birth plan, hospital documents
- my own hospital gown: I adore the pink polka dot one I got from Baby Be Mine Maternity.
- 2 pairs of nonskid socks
- a book to read while you're waiting for labor to progress: I'm reading The Happiest Baby on the Block, and Bring Up Bebe (for the second time!)
- iPod with birthing playlist/speakers
- 2-3 maternity/nursing bras
- 2 nursing gowns and/or robes to wear after delivery
- nursing pads for leaking/soothing
- Lalabu soothe shirt: I can't wait to try this out. It's the ultimate way to 'wear' your baby. I've been doing lots of research on baby wearing! 
- 2 comfy outfits to wear in the hospital
- toiletries (face wash, make-up remover, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush, etc.)
- hair dryer/flat iron
- my own pillow (with a distinguishable pillow case)
- my own towel (I hear hospital ones can be rough and tiny)- make-up bag (I know we'll be taking pictures, and I want to look nice!)
- Milk & Baby Belly Bandit compression top: this is a nursing top, and it helps start trimming your waistline! I am super excited about this item!
- camera with battery and charger
- a going home outfit: I chose this comfy, cute dress from Pink Blush Maternity
- baby wearing wrap: I may try this out at the hospital so the nurses can help me, but I know I'll be using this amazing wrap ALL THE TIME! I love the Happy Baby Wrap because they've got such amazing prints and patterns! 
List of things I packed in baby's diaper bag:
- 3 onesies in newborn size
- 3 onesies in 0-3 months size
- 2 pairs of mitts for baby's hands
- 2-3 pairs of baby socks
- 2 Aden + Anais Muslin swaddle blankets: I've heard such great things about Muslin blankets!
- adorable headbands/infant hats (these ones below are from Infanteenie Beenie - @infanteeniebeenie) 
- a few extra diapers
- Hemmed in 3-in-1 infant accessory: this piece is a nursing cover, carseat canopy, and play mat/blanket (items like this seem super mom-friendly so I don't have to carry around a million things... it serves multiple purposes.) Have I mentioned how excited I am about nursing?!
- installed car seat: we chose the Uppababy Mesa car seat
-stylish nursing scarf: I'll probably wear this one home! I love my chevron scarf from Kismet Love Collection (@kismetlovecollection)
Like I said, it may seem like a lot of stuff, but I'd rather be over-prepared than under-prepared! What are some things you took to the hospital that you maybe don't see on my list? Let me know in the comments below, I love hearing from other mama's! 


  1. I love how organized and overly prepared you are- I'm the same way, usually. And I am in love with those little pink moccasins!!!


  2. I absolutely love the muslin blankets from Aden & Anais! I still have all of the ones from my first daughter & am going to use them for our second as well. Good call bringing two sizes of clothing too! You never know what will fit & won't!

  3. Looks like you are all set, Elle. Looking forward to little princess' arrival. I will keep updated here on your blog to see when she comes in. Good luck with everything and you both stay healthy!

    <3 Ada.

  4. I would be the same in your situation, love the organization factor, being a fellow neat freak! Good luck with everything, hope it goes smoothly :)

  5. how exciting!!

    xx nikki

  6. Dang, girl! I don't even remember what I packed-in fact, I don't even remember packing! But I'm pretty sure all you'll remember is that beautiful little girl too ;) Best wishes!!


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