Hospital Bag Checklist: What You’ll Really Need

I’m now 36ish weeks pregnant, and with baby number 3 quickly making her debut, I have started to get our hospital bag prepared! We are so excited and nervous, but one thing we want to make sure we can be prepared for is the hospital. I’m sure you have seen many a posts done on this, but I have yet to see one similar to ours, we want to pack light and practical. We’ll be reviewing the items that really matter! So today I’m sharing a Hospital Bag Checklist with everything I’ve packed and hopefully it will help you when you get ready to pack your own. There’s a fun giveaway at the bottom of the post, so keep reading!

Hospital Bag Checklist

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1. Steve Madden Babybag

I have really amazing sister in laws who love to spoil my kids and they gifted me with this beautiful Steve Madden back pack. You can find a similar one here Steve Madden Backpack.  I intend to pack this with some diapers, her going home outfit, a few sleeper gowns, and some muslin blankets. After trying many a diaper bags from messenger style bags, walmart brand to Eddie Bauer, I think the most important feature of a diaper bag is that it be a backpack. This will free up your arms whenever you are out and about and provide good support for your back.

2. Motherhood Maternity Nursing Bra

With my last 2 pregnancies, you could say I easily overpacked for the hospitals. I was entranced by all the glamorous looking mommy blogs that pack the high end going home outfits and lush hospital supplies. But with this baby the goal is to pack light and practical! So in the spirit of keeping things simple, I will be packing this comfortable nursing bra by Motherhood Maternity. This bra was recently awarded the Mom Must-Have award in 2017 by What to Expect, it has eay clip downs, it’s lightly lined, full busted coverage, ideal for someone like myself who is above a D+ cup size and its got a good support while still comfortable to sleep in. Once your milk comes in if you’re like me, you need a good sleeping bra that gives you a little support and breathing room while you sleep.

3. Bathrobe

I have always thought bringing a bathrobe to the hospital wasn’t necessary, but the more I read on from other Moms out there, I’ve been convinced to purchase one this time. I’m thinking it will be much easier to deal with when nursing. I have worn pants, a soft nursing bra and instead of a shirt that clings to my still swollen belly and makes me feel self conscious I’m going to be wearing my new bathrobe. I’m not going to be bringing a super nice bathrobe for fear of bleeding or getting other yucky stuff all over it, so I’m going to use this inexpensive cozy one from Amazon! If you’re looking to treat yourself, this is a beautiful option too!

4. Dark & Comfortable Pants

I will ONLY bring black or dark gray pants to the hospital. As with most moms I have experienced leaking through them in the past. Having a few pairs of dark and comfortable pants to lounge and sleep in is key. Good rule of thumb is to make sure they are loose fitting in the waistband, trust me when I say you will not want yoga or leggings when you’re wearing those cute hospital diapers or depends. For baby number 3 I’m using these Ambrielle jogger pajama pants. I’ll also be wearing a pair of these home from the hospital, because who wants to put on a pair of jeans or jeggings to walk out of the hospital??

5. Slippers/Flip Flops

Slippers and flip flops are a must. Hospital floors are to say the very least, disgusting. If I’m not in my hospital socks I will be in my slippers. I’m bringing these cozy indoor outdoor slippers by HomeIdeas and these Pali Hawaiian sandals. I swear by these sandals, I wear them whenever and wherever I can.

6. Depends

I’ll be honest, I have never tried these before. But when I wrap my head around it, I don’t know why I never thought about it! If you’ve had a baby, you know exactly how uncomfortable and disgusting those hospital diaper pads can make you feel, and if you are a first time Mommy please trust me when I say you don’t want to wear them. I will be packing some of these Always Discreet Depends to see how well they work, but after reading so many suggestions from you moms out there, I’m expecting them to be great!

7. Dermoplast, Nipple Creams, Breast pads

All these items have been provided to me in the past, and in the spirit of keeping my bag light and practical I will not be packing my own. Many moms swear by these products and if your hospital doesn’t provide them I would recommend these brands:


Earth Mama Herbal Perineal Spray

Mother Love Nipple Cream 

Bamboobies Washable Breast pads 

8. Electronics & Chargers

I remember my husband forgetting our charger to our phones and not being able to take pics of our newborn unless our visitors would let use their chargers, SMH. Plus the TV channels suck in the hospital, so we will need our Mac and charger so we can watch Netflix! Haha

9. Going Home Outfit for Baby

Maybe because this is my 3rd baby I don’t quite understand the hype with picking the cutest going home outfit. Baby will literally wear this outfit from the hospital room to your car and to your house. You probably won’t see very many people along the way, and when you get home baby is going to sleep. I swear by the sleeper gowns, and have purchased these ones to bring baby home in. I’ll also be bringing little mittens to keep her from scratching and hats because the hospital ones aren’t very cute. 

10. Going Home Outfit for Mom

I don’t understand why some moms want nice going home outfits, if that’s your cup of tea then no judgement. I myself, will be wearing another pair of these Ambrielle jogger pajama pants and a loose-fitting shirt with a nursing bra underneath and slippers. In the spirit of keeping it light and practical.

11. Toiletries/Hair Items

These tend to be different per preference for all moms, so I’m not going to list them all out, in my bag you’ll find my body and skincare items, my makeup basics and batiste dry shampoo. This way at least I’ll look somewhat decent when family and visitors want to take pictures.


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