Hospital Bag Must-Haves

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Being that this is my 3rd time packing for a 3 night, 4 day stay in the hospital (I have C-Sections), I feel well prepared for what’s to come and know just what I need for our time there!  I wouldn’t say that I over-pack but I definitely like having my stuff with me so I don’t take advantage of a few items that they provide (such as feminine pads and pillows)- I prefer to bring my own.  These are my hospital bag must-haves, tips and suggestions!


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Pillow (not pictured)-  I sleep better with my pillow.  Period.  It may be bulky but it is totally worth bringing; especially for C-Section mamas who are there for more than 1 night!

Toiletry Bag:  In my toiletry bag, you will find- Toothbrush, toothpaste, Q-Tips, face-wash, cream, body & face soap, eye makeup remover, chap-stick, shampoo/conditioner, hairspray, hair ties, nursing pads (Lansinoh is my fav), feminine pads, deodorant, perfume.

Pajamas- Loose pajamas are a must-have and if you plan to nurse, pajamas that have easy access is even better!

Robe-  Nice to have for the early morning and late evenings when visitors aren’t around and you’re just lounging in your room with your new baby!

Clothes-  (Orange Sweatsuit & Yoga Pants & T-Shirt) Bring clothes that won’t make you feel gross about your belly.  You will most likely look around 5 months pregnant after delivery so wraps, cardigans & loose fitting button downs are always nice to have.

Socks- Whatever time of year it is, you’ll want to pack comfy socks; whatever ‘comfy’ is to you.  I like tight, ankle socks and packed 4 pair.

Nursing Bras/Nursing Sport Bras- If you plan to nurse, having a nursing bra with you is good to have.

Full Bum Underwear- Hey thong mamas ; )  It won’t happen.  Buy some cotton full bum underwear.  End of discussion.

Note-Pad & Pen-  You will need this next to your bed for little notes, reminders, info, etc.  Even to use as a temporary journal for yourself!

Your Favorite Snack- Though you won’t be able to eat during labor or for some time after a C-Section, you’ll find yourself wanting your favorite snack when the time comes to eat!  For me, I wanted a pack of Lance Toasty Peanut Butter Crackers and packed a box for our stay!

Make-Up Bag- Yes, I’m one of ‘those moms’ that has to have my make-up bag with me.  I’m there for 3 nights, 4 days and a little make-up goes a long way in how I feel so I definitely suggest to other moms that they bring it along!

Flip-Flops- While some say to pack slippers, I say pack flip-flops!  For my first delivery, I brought slippers and ended up throwing them away when I got home because of how dirty and germy they felt from walking around in the hospital in them for 4 days.  For my 2nd birth (& this one), I packed flip-flops.  Not only did I wear them in the shower but I wore them around the room as well when I wasn’t in bed.

Chap-Stick (in little polka dot bag) Hospitals are dry.  Chapped and cracked lips are no fun!  Bring a handful of your favorite chap-sticks; my fav is softlips!


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2-3 Swaddle Blankets- aden + anais are my favorite

Boppy Pillow- Even though I won’t be using this around my belly (to nurse) after having a C-Section, many moms love having it with them to assist with nursing.  I remember Roman laying on it when I got to the recovery room and I was thankful to have it!

Nursing Cover- If you are like me, you may not want to uncover your breasts in front of men and women to nurse every 2-3 hours.  I imagine us having a lot of visitors so I’m bringing my nursing cover that I have from the boys.

Diaper Clutch- You won’t need diapers and wipes in the hospital but its good to have a couple of diapers and wipes with you for the ride home!  If you forget, no worries; the hospital will be more than happy to supply you with some when you leave!

Going Home Outfit- 1 for boy, 1 for girl (Honestly… I packed a few more outfits since I’ll be in the hospital for 3/4 days) but if you are having a vaginal delivery, you really only need 1-2 outfits!  Something cozy for the first day and a going home outfit for the next.

Hat- 1 for boy, 1 for girl

Car-seat & Blanket (not pictured) Make sure your car-seat is properly installed before bringing baby home and bring along a light or heavy blanket (depending on the weather) as babies are much more sensitive to the outside air no matter what time of year it is.


Cell Phone

iPad and/or Laptop


Video Camera (if your camera doesn’t take video)

Chargers: Cell Phone Charger, iPad and/or Laptop Charger, Camera Charger

Extra batteries (if your camera takes batteries)


Did I miss anything?  What else would you include/exclude?  I’d love for you to comment below!


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  1. Amber says:

    Seems like you have all bases covered! I CAN NOT wait to see if this baby is another little boy or a little girl! and the name of course… your guys have such great names! Do you guys have one chosen for one of each? or do you need to wait until you see him/her?


    • Angelique says:

      Thanks Amber! I WISH we had names chosen but we don’t :( Can’t seem to agree nor do either of us really LOVE one name over another. Hopefully it’ll come to us soon! lol

  2. Tiffany says:

    We always take our family Bible and when the baby is footprinted we have the nurse place the footprint in our Bible, too. We have all three of our kiddos in our Bible.

    Also, you may want to consider packing solid colored shirts, etc. for Mama, Daddy and baby. The resident photographer will take newborn photos and it is nice to have all three of you color coordinated.

    • Angelique says:

      Tiffany- What a SWEET idea! I LOVE IT! Never thought of it either and wish we would have done that with our 1st two! I guess I could have a 3 year old, 5 year old and infant foot print in it… not too late 😉 Thanks! And the solid colored shirts are a GREAT idea too!

  3. Mindy says:

    Mindless magazines!

  4. Samantha says:

    You make me laugh so hard… full bum underwear. hahah. That’s my cousin. I love you and am sending you positive thoughts and prayers for a smooth delivery. Can’t wait to see pictures of Baby #3! Xoxo

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