Second Time Around: What’s In My Hospital Bag

This week was bag packing week! I unpacked our bags from D.C. and filled up my duffle and diaper bag with all the essentials, which also made me realize that I actually have to give birth in 4-6 weeks yeeee! I am more nervous about this birth experience but also more excited. I feel more prepared since I already know in general what to expect during and after labor, but at the same time that also makes me more anxious! Especially because this time I also have a toddler who is suddenly very attached to me. Last time, I packed a lot of unnecessary items such as my bose music player and an inflatable exercise ball…both of which went untouched, and didn’t bring things like nursing pads! I had a birth playlist all picked out and a printed out birth plan. Ha!! Granted, I had a very quick labor (4 hours) so there just wasn’t the opportunity to even want music, and my birth plan was very open but all of that goes out the window the moment the baby’s heart starts to decelerate. The point: I have lived and learned, and therefore the contents of my hospital bag are quite a bit different than the first time. With that in mind, in this post I will tell you all the lovely things I am putting in my bag (for me and for baby)! 


Mama’s Bag

  • Stretchy and comfortable cotton maternity lounge pants
  • Two lightweight pajama nursing tops
  • Light sweater 
  • Maternity leggings and shirt for going home (Soft, spacious, and casual cute!)
  • Sticky-bottomed socks
  • Nursing bra 
  • Nursing pads (I like the Madela ones)
  • Lanolin nipple cream 
  • Toiletries Bag:
    • Travel shampoo, conditioner, soap, facewash
    • Razor
    • Hairbrush and hair ties 
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste 
    • Deodorant 
    • Makeup–powder, blush, mascara, makeup remover 
    • Contacts and eye drops/glasses 
    • Hand cream 
    • Cough drops (dry hospital air makes my throat hurt)
  • Gum, blueberry BelVita bars, snacks
  • Nursing Pillow
  • My favorite pillow (I’ll take when I go to hospital)
  • Toiletry Bag for H 
  • Gift from the baby to Nesrine 

Baby’s Bag

  • Two muslin swaddle blankets 
  • Two long sleeve onesies (the ones that cover their hands…newborns have tiny sharp finger nails!)
  • Soft pants 
  • Two sleepers (I like these)
  • Halo sleep sack 
  • A pair of socks 
  • Hat 
  • Diaper rash Cream, such as Desitin 
  • Cute but comfortable one piece outfit and moccasins (for going home)

Items the Hospital Provides

Note: These are items I would need to pack but I know the hospital provides them {Local mama’s: I will be at West Penn}. Check with the hospital where you are going to deliver to see what they provide. Most hospitals offer tours where they show you the delivery rooms and tell you all of that info! 

  • Extra large and long pads 
  • Ice Packs
  • Witch Hazel 
  • Numbing Spray 
  • Sanitary squirt bottle 
  • Sitz bath 
  • Bath towels 
  • Newborn diapers and wipes 
  • Pacifier (if needed) 

I’d love to hear from you! What else did you pack (or didn’t pack) compared to my list? Share with me your thoughts and hospital experiences in the comments! 

xoxo, D

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