What’s in Your Hospital Bag? The 5 Mama-To-Be Essentials

newborn baby stuff

Feel like you’ve been pregnant forever? Don’t fret! Your little one’s birth will be here before you know it. One of the best ways to prepare for your babe’s arrival day is to start packing your hospital bag. 

In addition to newborn baby stuff, bring items to make you and your birthing partner comfortable. A copy of your birth plan, snacks, electronic devices & their chargers and reading material should make a sterile hospital feel homier.

Read on for more of the fashionable mama’s hospital must-haves.

Newborn Baby Stuff

Newborn Baby Outfits
Newborn Baby Outfits

Blankets for Babe

A newborn baby item you should never be without is a soft and warm blanket. Newborns can catch a chill very easily, so always keep a blanket or two within reach.

Your hospital will likely provide blankets during your stay. Although, you may prefer to use your own during nursing and cuddle time. You can also use a blanket as a nursing cover. Give yourself a little extra privacy as you get used to breastfeeding.

Throw a cozy blanket over your babe’s car seat for the ride home. Protect your newborn’s sensitive skin from harsh surfaces.

Camera Ready Hospital Accessories

The first of millions of adorable pictures of your little one will be taken at the hospital. Pack a few cute accessories with your newborn baby items. Give your photos an extra special spark of sweetness.

A hospital hat is a necessity. You don’t want your babe to be cold. Grab this soft and sweet hospital hat adorned with a precious butterfly bow. 

This silver bow headband is too cute for words! You’ll get some great photos of your little one snoozing in her very first accessory.

Welcome Home Outfit

Newborn & Infant Clothing
Newborn & Infant Clothing

You should check your hospital’s baby clothing policy before delivery. Some hospitals allow mamas to bring clothes for their babes to wear in the hospital. Others require babies to wear the clothes provided until your little one is discharged.

You will need a special going home outfit. As this is your babe’s first car ride and first time seeing their home, plan for lots of photos. 

A buttery-soft footie makes a great welcome home outfit any time of the year. Add a hospital hat to keep your babe warm. Bring a jacket if it will be cool outside. You can easily add layers depending on the weather.

Cozy Items for Mama

You’ll likely be spending a few days in the hospital post-delivery. So packing some nice and soft clothes of your own is a game-changer when it comes to comfort. 

An old robe is a great addition to your hospital bag. Throw it on when you’re walking around. You’ll be glad to have an extra layer for warmth and modesty. No one wants to wear a hospital gown longer than necessary. Stash a soft, dark-colored nightgown in your bag. A nightie that buttons down the front will be a lifesaver if you’re breastfeeding. Pack some slippers and plenty of socks for yourself. 

For bonus points, bring your own pillow with a high-quality pillowcase and plushy towels.

Mama’s Favorite Beauty Products

Let’s be real here. Almost no one is going to be wearing a full face of make-up while in labor. But bring some of your favorite skincare and beauty products. This way you can try to make your hospital room feel a little more like a spa.

Pick up travel size bottles of your usual soap, shampoo and conditioner. The hospital provides these, but wouldn’t you rather enjoy your preferred products? Bring along your favorite moisturizers and lip balm — hospitals are notoriously drying to your skin. 

Some calming essential oils like lavender and chamomile can help you relax even though you’re not in your own bed. Every mama knows — get as much sleep as you can before your babe comes home.

Ease some of your pre-birthing anxiety and start packing your hospital bag now!