WHAT'S IN MY HOSPITAL BAG? // First Time Mom Essentials

Depending on your personality (go with the flow, super type A over packer, or somewhere in between) your hospital bag might look slightly different from someone else’s - but overall there are definitely a few things that I think are necessary!

I think I am somewhere in between overpacking and under packing - but you might beg to differ if you’ve given birth at a hospital before. Still, I tried to make sure I put everything necessary & then added some “comfort” essentials for myself. I used a lot of different lists to get ideas on what to put on mine and some ideas are originally my own. Take a look at my list below or watch my video to see examples of what I packed!


  • iPhone charger extra long cord

  • iPad

  • Camera, lens, 2 charged batteries, SD Card


  • Toothbrush

  • Toothpaste

  • Body wash 

  • Face wash

  • Shampoo mini 

  • Conditioner mini 

  • Razor

  • Makeup bag

  • Hairbrush 

  • Lotion 

  • Deodorant 

  • Hair ties

  • Dry shampoo

  • Makeup removing wipes

  • Soft TP

  • Nipple cream

For the Baby

  • 2 swaddles

  • Pacifiers

  • Diapers

  • 2 onesies (short sleeve, long sleeve)

  • shirt/pant set

  • Scratch mittens 

To Wear

  • Thinx underwear

  • Brief underwear 

  • Pads

  • Nursing pads 

  • Nursing bra

  • Pjs button up top, shorts and sweats 

  • Sleep shirt 

  • Sweatshirt 

  • Going home outfit (loose fitted, comfortable)

  • Robe

  • Slippers

  • Sandals / shower sandals

  • Socks


  • Bath towel 

  • Soft Blanket

  • Pillow for me & Hubby

  • Snacks for Hubby

  • Hard candy for me

  • Post delivery snacks

  • Sparkling water

  • Prenatal Vitamins

  • Wallet & insurance

  • Blank thank you card to staff 

  • Empty laundry bag


  • Change of clothes and for sleep

  • Underwear

  • Sweatshirt 

  • Phone charger 

  • Toothbrush 

  • Deodorant