Are you one of those people who likes to be extra extra prepared? If you answered ‘yes’, then this is the best, most comprehensive hospital bag list for you!

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Even though my children are now 3 and 2, I remember both days of their birth like it was yesterday. And, looking back, I definitely remember wishing I had brought certain items with me to the hospital (as well as leaving some things at home!).

The following is the best hospital bag list I can think of, based on my own personal experience. The minimalist in me would die if I actually brought all of these things; the ultra prepared part of me would rejoice in the fact that I left no stone unturned and wanted for nothing. LOLOLOLOL!!

For Mama

  • Photo ID, credit card
  • Labor/delivery gown
  • Robe
  • Slippers
  • Shower slippers (this was something I wish I had brought the first time!)
  • Your own pillow, with a non-white pillow case (so it doesn’t mistakenly get left behind with the hospital’s pillows)
  • Outfit for professional photos
  • Outfit for going home
      • If you are having a c-section, avoid things that are tight around your belly. Think loose, flowy dress or loose pants
      • Comfortable footwear —> my feet were so swollen, they looked like 2 loaves of bread and would not fit in any enclosed shoe! Even though they are horrible as far as support, flip flops ended up being my shoe of choice.
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, tooth brush, deodorant, pads, etc.).
  • Nursing pillow (if planning on breastfeeding)
  • Nipple butter 
  • Belly band
  • CHAPSTICK!! Because it gets so darn dry in the hospital!
  • Makeup/Hair items
  • Glasses/contacts/case/solution
  • Extra long phone charger and your phone
  • Entertainment items —> books? Firestick? iPad?

For Baby

  • Outfit for wearing in the hospital (hat, onesie, socks?)
  • Outfit for going home
  • Outfit for professional photos
  • Receiving blanket
  • Plain white blanket (for photos)
  • Car seat — not a “hospital bag” item, true, but you WILL need one to get little one home!

For Partner/Support Person/Other

  • Change for vending machine
  • Change of clothing

*Not sure what the rules are post March 2020. Check with your hospital ahead of time!*

Have I left anything out? Is this or isn’t this the best hospital bag list ever?! Honestly, I don’t think you’d want to bring much more with you. (More to keep track of and more to lug home!)

Want a more pared down version of this list? Check out my Must Have Hospital Bag Items – Minimalist Version.

Here’s wishing you the most amazing birth experience,


The Best Hospital Bag List Ever