Wednesday, May 1, 2013

All My Bags Are Packed...

...I'm ready to go! Or, at least, as ready as you can be! We are certainly ready to meet this precious baby boy.

As I get down to the final days, I find myself racing around the house trying to get everything as organized and prepared. I think it’s a combination of nesting and panic that I won’t have time for anything with two little ones in the house!

I figure I'd better start getting stuff together for the hospital. This time, I should be a pro at packing but I still find myself scratching my head remembering what I wished I had last time. So I made a list for myself, and everyone else out there, of my top hospital bag items.

The hospital provides onesies, hats, swaddle blankets, diapers, wipes, and pacifiers for baby, and well as a hospital gown, disposable panties, and sanitary pads for you, and a hospital sheet and pillow for Dad. But it is nice to have some of your own items at the hospital - especially if you are planning to do pictures or have a lot of visitors.

We have a big sister gift bag ready to go for Emma, with a new BIG SISTER shirt, coloring books, stickers, bubbles, a few board books, a soft ball, and a few snacks and "quiet time" activities for her to do at the hospital. I know Emma will love having something little to take home after a visit in the hospital…and at least it’ll make me feel a little bit better about sending her home without me.

Hospital Bag Checklists


  • Wallet with ID and insurance card as well as any other hospital paperwork
  • Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, face wash, lotion, chapstick, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, soap, hair tie, brush, dryer
  • Essential makeup: whatever you need for new baby photos and visitors
  • 2 sets of comfy nursing pajamas
  • Robe
  • Nursing bra and nursing pads
  • Granny panties (or use hospital disposable ones)
  • Maternity sanitary pads (hospital will also have some)
  • Nipple cream
  • Slippers or cozy socks
  • Comfy (maternity) clothes to go home in - you will still have a bump!
  • Phone and charger


  • Toiletries: most men can survive with a toothbrush and a bar of soap
  • Change of clothes
  • Swim trunks if you are planning to labor in a tub or shower
  • Snacks
  • Blanket and pillow
  • Phone and charger


  • Comfy hospital outfits (onesies, sleep sack)
  • Baby hats and mitts
  • Burp cloths 
  • Going home outfit and hospital photo outfit
  • Receiving blanket
  • Infant car seat (installed)
  • Gift for big sister(s)/brother(s)

Good to have

  • Birth plan
  • Nursing pillow
  • Camera and charger/batteries
  • Bible: take a moment to thank God
  • Entertainment: magazines, book, music
  • Notebook and pen to record nursing and diapers, nurses names, and anything else you'd like to remember
  • Thank you note/gift for nurses
  • Money for parking and vending

I’m sure I’m forgetting things…what are your top hospital bag items?


  1. Replies
    1. Yes! I have an appointment this week to talk about induction, but hopefully he'll pop out on his own before then!!

  2. extension cord to able to plug phone in from hospital bed

  3. Sleep mask. With my first labor, I could hardly sleep in the hospital at all because of the light from the window, from the hallway, and various machines. A sleep mask made a huge difference the second time.