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What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag (with FREE Printable!)

The Complete Guide: What to Pack in your Hospital Bag (with free printable!)

The day your baby is born will be one of the most exciting days of your life. You’ve been looking forward to this day for months, and it’s almost go time! I’m sure if you google this, you will find lists upon lists of a million things that people will swear that you need to take… I did that, and I took everything I could EVER. POSSIBLY. NEED. So much stuff! However, once you are actually there, you suddenly realize that you don’t need half of it. I was in the hospital for a week, and still didn’t use a fraction of the things I brought. There was literally a pile of bags in the corner of my hospital room. You know, just in case… 🙂 The following is a list of the things I actually needed and used. Obviously, you may find a few other things important and add those to your list, but this will give you a good base to work with! Here is what you need to pack in your hospital bag, and don’t forget to sign up for the convenient free printable at the end! (Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase through my link, I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you.)


Your own pillow
Nursing pillow
Comfy loose fitting pants/gown
Granny panties
Nursing bra
Nursing tanks
Non-slip socks/slippers
Clothes to wear home (maternity- 6ish months)
Hair ties
Makeup face wipes
iPad or Book
Camera/ extra memory card
Your own cup with straw
Extra bag to carry stuff home in (gifts/supplies)
Nursing pads
Soothies gel pads
Overnight maxi pads

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Extra pillows
Change of clothes
Cash for vending machine

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Car seat- installed
Going home outfit
Small warm blanket
Swaddle blanket
Burp rags
Newborn pacifier
Stocked diaper bag
Baby book

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Driver’s license
Insurance card
Social Security card
Hospital admission papers (pre-register if possible)
Contact info for Ped/OB
Call list
Thank you cards/pen


The Complete List of What to Pack in your Hospital Bag with FREE Printable!

What do you think about this list?  Is there anything you think should be added?


  • 2017-12-15 at 10:11 AM

    I’m loving your checklist – thank you, I’ll be looking at this for baby #3 😉

  • 2018-02-12 at 8:59 PM

    I love your list! We totally missed carrying an extra empty bag with 🍼 👶 baby #1. We had soo much stuff! Smh

    • 2018-02-12 at 9:40 PM
      Shawna | MISHMASH MOMMY

      Thank you! I’m lucky a friend had told me to bring one or else I’d have never thought of it! They sent us home with sooo much extra stuff. It took my husband at least a couple trips to get everything out to the car. 😳

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