We’re getting closer and closer to welcoming our baby girl, and I figured that it’s about time I got around to packing my hospital bag! I definitely feel a little bit more prepared this time around now that I have a better idea of what to expect and what we will all need while we’re at the hospital.
One of my absolute favorite brands for all things pregnancy, postpartum, and motherhood is Kindred Bravely. Kindred Bravely designs maternity and nursing clothes that are both useful and comfortable—not to mention absolutely gorgeous! They so kindly gifted me some amazing pregnancy, maternity, and hospital items. One of my favorite items is their Universal Labor and Delivery Gown. I absolutely love the adorable pink color and I know it’ll make me feel so much more comfortable in the hospital. Thank you so much, Kindred Bravely!
Okay so before we start this list, I’m fully aware that it seems like I’m packing for a week long vacation rather than 2 nights in the hospital! I have to admit, I stress over the hospital bag like no other and the irony is that I’ve done this before and know you don’t really need much of anything!!!! I’ll touch on a few of my MVPs and then list everything else that I can think of that’s coming with me.
What I’m Bringing
My own pillows and blanket.
This was probably my “most used” from my delivery with Chase. I went into labor around 11pm, so it was really nice to get a nights rest while I was progressing. I was super cozy with my own pillow and blanket. I’m bringing my barefoot dreams blanket
Everyone says this and it’s basically a given. I’m also bringing my portable charger that I’m obsessed with just in case
This is something I mentioned in my stories that’s a little different then the norm. Someone suggested this and I loved the idea since in general my back is always sore – especially with a baby in my belly! I’m a huge fan of hesting pads, heated seats, etc etc so this will give me some good relief in the hospital if I’m having back labor or waiting on an epidural
Another most used item for obvious reasons. I brought everything I would need for a shower plus my own towel and wash cloth. You’ll want your own towel since the ones the hospital provides are super tiny and flimsy. I also bring things like dry shampoo, mouth wash, nipple cream, facial mist etc. Basically anything I would need if I was going away for a few nights.
This was another big suggestion from everyone I spoke to. A lot of girls said they hooked theirs to the hospital bed as they were pushing. Personally I think this is genius since I remember sweating my little tush off as I was pushing. It’s also great if you get nauseous easily to have a little wind blowing on you.
Postpartum belly band.
This was something I really wish I had in my bag last delivery with Chase. If you followed me back when I had him you know we had a pretty tough time. I had to deliver him within 15 minutes and wasn’t even 10cm! Needless to say my body was SHOT beyond belief after that delivery. I remember every single muscle in my body being sore down to my fingers – not kidding. After you have your baby your core feels like mush, it’s such a strange sensation. For me, I really could have used the extra support so I could get around better myself. I ordered it from the hospital and let me tell you I’m obsessed. Not only does it provide excellent supper postpartum but it helps get everything back in the right places. It’s easy to adjust and you don’t need help putting it on and tightening it. This one is 10/10!
I packed a little snack bag at the suggestion of my doula. Last time I wasn’t able to eat or drink, jokes on me after a 23 hour labor I basically felt like I was stranded in the Sahara desert for a week. My doula explained that you definitely can have some light things to snack on especially if you don’t have your epidural. I also brought sugar free suckers so that in the event I can’t eat, I at least have something to suck on.
I really like this for nighttime feeding since the baby has to stay in your rooms due to Covid. It’s also really nice to have some ambient lighting instead of turning on the harsh hospital lights every time someone comes in or if you need something. This is a must have for nursing at home too!!!
I’m bringing way too much so take this with a grain of salt. The one thing I do love bringing though is a barefoot dreams cardigan! It’s such an easy thing to throw on after your cleaned up and when you’re having guests. Of course it’s also the coziest thing ever. I’m also bringing a few pairs of pajamas with me although with Chase, I didn’t end up changing into my own pajamas since we had a different experience. Dark colors are key here!
You really don’t need much of anything in this department. The hospital is going to send you home with BAGS of stuff so no need to buy anything here. This time I’m bringing my own pads since I hate the super thick pads the hospital provides. I’m also trying the Always Discreet “Underwear” for the first time so I’ll keep everyone updated on how that works out.
How I Pack
In terms of how I pack everything, I sort of went through this on my IG stories which I saved in a highlight. I love packing cubes as you know if you follow me and honestly this is an easy way for you to keep everything organized and direct people on where to find things. Since if you have an epidural you’ll most likely be bed ridden, your husband will need to grab your things for you. I have all my clothes and baby girls things organized in cubes and packed in a duffel bag. Personally I like a duffle bag rather than a full size suitcase but that’s just me! I keep all my toiletries, devices, makeup, in a carry on size Away rolling bag. Toiletries are the heaviest part of my packing so this works best!
As I mentioned above, I have to admit I’m bringing a lot of things that I more than likely won’t use, but I always want to feel as prepared as possible! I’ve also listed some additional items below that are in my bag. I’ll do an update on things I actually used once I’m home with my little peanut!
If you’re getting ready for labor & delivery remember, you really don’t need much of anything. Good luck to all my soon to be mamas! I hope this helped.
I linked everything that I am packing in my hospital bag here:
- Barefoot Dreams Cardigan
- Soft pajama pants
- Nursing cami
- Pajama set
- Kindred Bravely Everyday Lounge Jogger
- Kindred Bravely Bamboo Maternity & Postpartum Lounge Pants
- Kindred Bravely Sublime® Adjustable Crossover Nursing & Lounge Bra
- Kindred Bravely Simply Sublime® Nursing Bra
- Kindred Bravely Sublime® Hands-Free Pumping & Nursing Bra
- Kindred Bravely Ultra Comfort Smooth Classic Nursing Bra
- Kindred Bravely Universal Labor and Delivery Gown
- Kindred Bravely Clea Bamboo Long Sleeve Classic Pajama Set
- Kindred Bravely Grow with Me Maternity & Postpartum Hipster
- Rib Tie Waist Robe
- Rechargeable Makeup Vanity Mirror
- Mini Handheld Personal Fan
- Heating Pad
- Klorane Dry Shampoo
- Labor and delivery socks
- Portable charger
- UpSpring Baby Postpartum Belly Band
- Tumbler Mug With Straw
- Jolly ranchers
- Always pads
- Always discreet high rise underwear
- Wooden Baby Announcement
- Ugg slippers
- Vava nightlight
- Barefoot dreams blanket
- Lou Lou & company swaddle and bow
- Paty inc gown
- Stoney Clover Classic Large Pouch
- Stoney Clover Ruffle Tote
- Stoney Clover Ruffle Pouch
- Drybar mini hair dryer
- Pink Packing Cubes
What are you packing in your hospital bag? I’d love to know your recommendations.