Are you wondering what you need in your hospital bag for mom and baby? Here’s a simple hospital bag checklist that you can easily print out and use yourself.
Our little girl will be here before we know it! My hospital bag has been packed since about week 35, and this 2nd time around I feel like I know exactly what I need!
With my first child, I packed things I didn’t use, and didn’t pack things that I wish I had! It was a learning experience, and now I’m fully prepared this second time around.
There are so many different lists out there for what to bring in the hospital bag, and I think a lot of them are way too complicated, at least for me. I’ve kept mine super simple and even created a free checklist printable for you. You can also scroll to the bottom of the post to print it off there.
If you are wanting to keep your hospital bag simple and minimalist, this is a great list. You’ll be glad you didn’t over pack because that means there is less stuff to have to keep track of and you’ll have more time and energy to bond with your newborn baby!
Simple Hospital Bag Checklist and Printable
For Labor and Delivery:
You really don’t need much for delivering your baby. The less you have, the less you’ll have to keep track of during an already pretty intense time.
Of course, if you are planning on using specific laboring supplies like essential oils or sitting balls, you’ll want to add those to your list.
But I found that I wanted socks to keep my feet warm, hair ties to keep my hair pulled back, chapstick for chapped lips, and my phone while I waited for the labor to progress.
-2 or 3 maternity bottoms (fit at 6-7 months pregnant)
-2 or 3 maternity t-shirts/tanks (fit at 6-7 months pregnant)
-sweater, robe, or lightweight jacket
-2 nursing bras (day and night)
-toothbrush and toothpaste
After you give birth, it takes time to get back to the size you were before pregnancy. Your belly will still be big. Instead of stressing over it and trying to fit into clothes that don’t fit, bring comfortable, strechy clothes that fit you when you were around 6-7 months pregnant.
The last thing you want to be is uncomfortable in your clothes while you are dealing with and learning so many new things as a new mom.
My advice is to wear your clothes instead of the hospital gowns if the hospital allows. You’ll feel so much better in real clothes. You don’t have to bring a bunch of different outfits or your whole makeup stash. But just doing a few things to make you feel human again will make a huge difference. So be sure to bring basic personal hygiene products like your hairbrush, deodorant, and toothbrush.
As far as makeup goes, I brought just a few things that were easy to put on. I wanted to feel good when visitors came, but certainly wasn’t decked out. I brought CC cream, blush, and mascara. That’s it!
The hospital will provide you with pads, ice packs, underwear, and all the other personal things to help you heal.
-going home outfit
-socks or booties
Your baby really doesn’t need a lot, other than you! The hospital will provide diapers and wipes, blankets and a onsie. My hospital even provided a swaddle sleep sack which was so easy to use!
I hope this list is helpful. Be sure to print out the free printable checklist below. And much God bless you as you give birth to your newborn. You’ve got this, Mom!
Get the hospital bag checklist printable here.
In the VIDEO below I shared some more details and show you exactly what I have in my hospital bag for mom and baby.
Products Mentioned (affiliate links):
Vera Bradley Diaper Bag
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