Hospital bag essentials guide
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Mommy Engineering’s Hospital Bag Essentials Guide

Below is my Hospital Bag Essentials Guide to help guide you on what you need at the hospital. No point in lugging your entire house with you! After all, most often you’ll be only staying in the hospital for 48-72 hours.

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Hospital Bag Essentials Guide

When I was packing my first hospital bag, I spend a lot of time researching what I needed, wanted, and the long list of suggested must-haves. Maybe those were outdated or maybe the hospitals finally researched what moms and dads wanted but I found that most items suggested were already readily available at the hospital, or at least it was at my hospital. Maybe it was the decisions that I made that also made a difference as well. For instance, I chose to breastfeed. That means I didn’t need to bring a bottle of my choosing or my chosen formula. The hospital also provided a hospital grade breast pump so I didn’t need to bring mine. It’s best to ask when you go on your birthing hospital tour what they actually provide. Most will even give you a list to help you pack your hospital bag or you can ask your OB.

For Baby:

  • 1 onesies
  • 1 hat
  • 1 pair of socks
  • 1 pairs of baby mitts
  • 1 swaddling blanket
  • Car seat

+ I was given a little beanie for my son and he was swaddled the whole time so the outfit I brought him was for when we took him home. Nurses and doctors are constantly checking up on you and your baby so baby in a swaddle is so much easier for everyone.

For Daddy:

  • 2 comfy outfits
  • IPad / iPhone / chargers
  • Extra Pillow Camera if not using phone camera
  • Dad’s Bath Kit *

+ This is completely customizable for your significant other. Mine requires an iPad as he’s ADHD and cannot sit still ever.

For Mommy:

    • 2 nursing shirts
    • 1 nursing bra
    • 1 Nursing cover
    • Slippers
    • Mom’s Bath Kit *

+ I forgot my slippers last time and I hated it and made my hubby buy me some at Walmart. Basically you want to bring loose, comfortable clothing. I didn’t bring a nursing cover last time and I felt like I was constantly exposing myself and that made things awkward for me!

* Bath Kits Include in ziplock bag: deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, Chapstick, shampoo and conditioner, lotion.  

What the hospital sent me home with:

  • Stack of diapers
  • Stack of wipes
  • 1 Baby beanie
  • 1 swaddle

Additionally, most items you pack in your hospital bag may be items you use everyday (deodorant, phone, chargers, etc) therefore you should place a note on top of your hospital bag to remind yourself to grab these essentials and put them in your hospital bag before you leave to go to the hospital.  

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Everyone is different when it comes to comfort. You may have a special pillow, toy for the new baby, exercise ball, etc that you may need. The most important thing to remember when packing for the hospital is to bring what makes you comfortable.

Congratulations on your new baby! 

What did you pack for your hospital bag? Add to my guide! Let’s compare notes, leave me a comment 🙂 

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Wife, Stay at Home Mom of two boys, and blogger. Friends and family call me Kaye but my personal favorite is "Mom." I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to be at home with my two baby boys. As an engineer by career, and stay-at-home mom by choice, I write about how to “Invent. Innovate. Design. Mommyhood” and what that entails.

  • tara pittman

    I agree with packing light. It is also a good idea to pack snacks for dad.

    • Katriza

      ABSOLUTELY! Those vending machines are not always stocked! Thanks for the tip!

  • Ivonne

    What a great list, especially for new moms and a refresher for us older ones!

    • Katriza

      Thanks for stopping in! I remember packing and wondering what the heck I’m suppose to be putting in my bag! I know I’m not the only one!

  • Debbie Tom

    Super cool! This is a very concise list!

    • Katriza


  • Evelyn

    I never would have considered snacks for Dad – that’s a good one!

    • Katriza

      Vending machines can be so awful! Just don’t even waste your time, get your own snacks – much cheaper that way! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Iveth (

    Great list… I remember when I was about to give birth to my first kid I brought to the Hospital tons of staff I thought I may need.. but really the Hospital give you almost everything. Thanks for sharing and linking up with #Alittlebitofeverything

    • Katriza

      Thanks! I love getting to know everyone in the linky! Thanks for visiting!

  • Jhanelle

    This is very useful for first time moms. Thank you for the list!

  • Rosie

    It sure sounds like you thought of everything. And then some!

  • Marissa_breastfeeing momma

    This list should be kept handy by every expecting mom. Doesn’t matter if it’s your first or second. There are things which we forget all the time. This keeps everything easy to remember. I am not a very methodical person but my MIL ensured I make a list and it proved me very helpful.

  • Valentina Sorpresa

    There is so much to prep when you are about to give birth. You need to think about so many things, good that the dad is here to help too!

    • Mommy Engineering

      Absolutely! Thanks for visiting!

  • -Joan Cajic

    This is very helpful, thank you for sharing. You’re lucky your hospital sent you home with some stuff and it’s great to remember this.

    • Mommy Engineering

      thank you!

  • Maro Akamatra

    Very nice post! I had the smallest bag in the whole hospital I swear! The only thing others didn’t bring and I did was yarn and hooks, lol! I am a crochet addict!

    • Mommy Engineering

      haha! That’s great! <3

  • Ritika Chakrabarty

    GREAT idea – for everyone, with or without baby! We should all keep a bag ready just in case. You never know when you’ll need to rush off to the hospital!

    • Mommy Engineering

      Very true! We had ours in the car <3

  • Kittys Lifesyle

    Wooo I can totally understand how important it is to get our hospital bags ready before and after the delivery or the baby is born… I just gave birth to our baby a month ago must say it helped me a lot 🙂

    • Mommy Engineering

      Congrats on your new baby! <3

  • AnnMarie John

    It’s been 5 years since I last had to pack a hospital bag! Needless to say, this is the perfect guide! I hope a lot of parents-to-be reads this post!

    • Mommy Engineering


  • Fatima Torres

    Perfect timing on this! We’re getting ready for our third hospital trip and we’re finalizing the items in our bag. This definitely comes in handy.

    • Mommy Engineering

      That’s awesome! Hope you have a great labor! <3

  • Brandi Crawford

    This looks like a really great list. This will totally come in handy for new moms, for sure.

    • Mommy Engineering

      Absolutely! Thanks for visiting!

  • Damond Nollan

    You hit the nail on the head with this one. Thank you for the section for us dads. 🙂

    • Mommy Engineering

      haha you’re so welcome <3 !

  • Emmanuel Damian

    Great baby bag list! I’ll tell this to my mommy friends.

    • Mommy Engineering

      Thanks for sharing!

  • David E

    Ah, I remember the days when we were getting ready to be in the hospital. It ended up turning out we had to have a planned C-section so we didn’t have to rush. We had a week planning in advance prior to delivery.

    • Mommy Engineering

      That must’ve been so nice!

  • Adventures of Super8

    Great list! You got everything a mommy and baby would need. I remember the excitement of packing a mommy bag.

    • Mommy Engineering

      It was exciting for me too! Just signs that the pregnancy was comin to an end! Yes!

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