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New Moms: Here's what you actually need in your hospital bag

Updated: Sep 15, 2020

When I was expecting my first, I had no clue what I was doing or what I needed (for baby and for me) I was a complete newbie when it came to babies and all things baby related. Now three little blessings later I can say I have got this Mom thing pretty down pat. Here is a guide of must haves for your hospital stay vs. nice to have items.

Must haves-

Robe & Slippers

Phone Charger

Body Wash/ Shampoo & Conditioner

Face Wash

Tooth Brush


Tums (if you have heartburn like I did)

Going Home Clothes (something comfy, a dress would probably be best)

Nightgowns or sleep shirts (if planning to nurse, bring 2-3 nursing nightgowns)

Snacks (granola bars, peanut butter crackers, etc.)

Nice to haves:

Essential Oils Lavender, peppermint, red mandarin, clary sage, bergamont

Pillows/ Blankets

Boppy Pillow if breast feeding

Baby must haves:

Outfits going home outfit and some to wear during your stay

Sleepers zip up is easiest or gowns (also built in mittens)



Swaddle Blanket

Pacifiers I brought a few different brands to try, my favorites are soothies, tommee tippee, and mam (if you don't believe in the pacifier or don't want to give it then disregard) Formula If you know you will not be breastfeeding, but the hospital does have some.

For Hubby or SO:

Bottled water/ drinks


Change of clothes

Toothbrush/ Toiletries

Phone Charger

Pillow & Blanket (the hospitals are not the greatest)

Must haves for natural birth:

Birthing Ball

Essential Oils

Headphones (preferably wireless) I used them to listen to my hypno-birthing app


Letter Board to announce baby

Bows/Headbands for baby girls

Camera most people just use their iPhone or hire a professional

Items that I packed and never needed:



Maxi Pads

Depends underwear

Tucks medicated pads

So call me crazy, but I actually loved the hospital grade pads. I asked for a pack or two before I left with each baby to ensure I had some at home. I also preferred the hospital undies too.They're stretchy and if they get messed up you just throw them away! I also took a handful of those home too. Also, the hospital has little containers of tucks medicated pads that you can line your pads with that help with swelling and hemorrhoids. You can also request benzocaine spray and the nurses will bring you some.

I hope this will help you prepare for your new sweet addition

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