Packing Your Hospital Bag : A List of Must Have Items

when it comes to packing your hospital bag, everyone will tell you what must haves you will need to bring.  at first, it seems a little overwhelming because you feel that you are going to wheel six suitcases into the hospital with you, but really it’s simple.  for me, this is my second baby and i will be delivering at the same hospital only 20 months apart.  i say this to say…i know my hospital and i feel really prepared this time.  which means, this mama will not be overpacking.  there are definitely some essentials that i will be taking with me for nostalgia and comfort, but for the most part i will also be realistic and know that the hospital pretty much has everything i will need.  honestly, that’s their job.

when packing your hospital bag, think of items that will make you comfortable and will make things easier for you.  diapers, wipes, mama pads, and bedding are all provided for you (or at least they should be), so try not to overthink and overpack.  my hospital supplies all the diapers and post birth supplies for mama, so i am not going to run out and buy a bunch of that stuff to take with me.  instead, i am focusing on what is going to help me and baby the most during our stay and during our travel home.

as i worked towards beginning to build my hospital bag, i collaborated with a lot of beautiful companies to bring this bag together and am grateful to the shops that sent items to be featured within this post.  at the end of this post, you will find a list of all the shops that sent things for my hospital bag so definitely go check out their beautiful products!

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Packing Your Hospital Bag : A List of Must Have Items

Packing Your Hospital Bag : A List of Must Have Items | Bethadilly Photography

Hospital Bag Source List

some of these shops sent items for free to be featured within our hospital bag.  a huge thank you to these shops!

mama bundle courtesy of Tubby Todd

lace nursing bra purchased from Motherhood Maternity

lactation bars courtesy of Oat Mama

multi-use cover courtesy of Copper Pearl

leather changing mat courtesy of Gathre

pacifier clip courtesy of Ryan and Rose

lace trimmed swaddle courtesy of Charley Charles

going home outfit purchased locally

Other Recommended Items To Pack

lip balm

essential oils

overnight items for parents

going home clothing for parents

spare clothes parents


slip on shoes (or walking slippers)

your own pillow

camera/memory cards/batteries


car seat

diaper bag prepped for ride home

don’t feel like you need to bring your entire home to the hospital.  once your baby is born, you will be so focused on him or her that those one or two items that you forgot won’t be a big deal.  and more than likely, the hospital has everything you need during your stay.  focus on what unique items will make you to most comfortable, what items you want your baby to have during the first hours/days, and what items will get you comfortably home.  and by golly, don’t forget the carseat.  in fact, just put it in your car around 35 weeks pregnant…you will be happy that you did.

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  • RKR - Love your reassurance to only bring what you comfortably need. It’s overwhelming to see so many lists with too many things! May I ask where you found the going home outfit? It’s just perfect!ReplyCancel

    • {beth} a-dilly - yes, i agree that it can be overwhelming to pack! the outfit was from BuyBuyBaby, I believe it is Planet Cotton. 🙂ReplyCancel

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