The Ultimate Packing List for Your Baby Hospital Bag

Packing your hospital bag can be a challenge.  You don’t want to overpack yet you don’t have the ability to run out and get what you need.  I’m sharing what I packed in our hospital bag and what you don’t want to miss out on.

For You

You’ll be in your hospital gown and mesh undies nearly the whole time unless you want to change.  Also, whether your planning for a c-section or not, I’d pack as though you’ll be there for a c-section.  With that, plan for 3 days in the hospital.  I’d highly recommend packing:

  • A super comfy robe (I love the one from Storq)
  • 2 pairs of leggings
  • 3 nursing tops
  • 3 pairs of undies (although you most likely won’t need them)
  • Lanolin nipple cream
  • Face wash, basic makeup and other toilet trees
  • An outfit for any in-hospital photos
  • An outfit to come home
  • Socks or slippers

For Baby

Baby will most likely be swaddled naked in their diaper the whole time.  However, I packed 2 onesies just in case we needed them. We didn’t use them although I’m still glad I had them.  If you plan to take photos in the hospital, you’ll need clothes for that as well as something warm to leave the hospital.

  • 2 onesies – ideally kimono so it does not rub against baby’s belly button
  • Outfits for in hospital room photos
  • Going home outfit

For Dad

Dad probably needs the most amount of clothes because he has the ability to get dressed every day!  Plus, if baby spits up, he may want a change of shirt.  For dad, I’d pack the following in your hospital bag:

  • 4 shirts
  • 2-3 pairs of pants
  • 3 pairs of boxers
  • Sweatshirt in case it’s chilly
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • Sandals
  • Baseball cap
  • Outfit for hospital room photos

Do your best to keep it simple.  We packed everything in a roller bag as well as a backpack, and it was perfect.  Also, be sure to leave room for items you bring home, too!  More tips like that on my pro tips post.

Affectionately known to her friends as Millennial Martha for her love of DIY and decorating, Jen can’t help but pour her heart + soul into everything she touches. She’s loved to entertain since acquiring a table and chairs, and giving gifts is one of her favorite hobbies. Jen is the creator of Girl Meets Party. Her dream is to share her passions with the world in hopes to inspire others by making the seemingly unattainable attainable.

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