Hospital Bag Must-Haves (My THIRD Time Around)

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I joked on Instagram the other day that my hospital bag still isn’t 100% ready even though I was due Wednesday.  I guess that’s just how worried you are once you get to your third pregnancy.

There are a ton of these hospital bag posts out there but being that this is my third time packing one I feel a little more knowledgable about what you actually DO and DON’T need. So here’s my list of absolute necessities…


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Hospital Bag Essentials

  • Nursing Bras – (If you plan to nurse of course). These are always my go-to, especially for those first few weeks when you’re basically nursing around the clock. They’re soft, comfortable and can be worn through the day and all night. They were the only bras that were comfortable enough for me to wear while sleeping. They provide enough support without any digging underwire or side-spillage!
  • Button-down pajamas/Robe – I’m personally not a huge fan of robes so I packed 2 button-down pajama top/bottom sets. It’s easy access for nursing and makes it convenient to cover up quickly if need be. The quality of these is amazing and they’re great whether you’re nursing or not.
  • Nipple Cream – I will be downright honest with you here – there is NO CREAM on the market that has ever worked for me. I get a compound cream from the pharmacy that requires a script from a Dr. I personally have the HARDEST time nursing and this cream is the only thing that saves my life. I still have some left over from our second so I’m going to bring it with me and then get a new script from the Dr. once baby comes. (I already tried to get it and they refused to until they see I need it – so stupid if you ask me. All they have to do is check my history and see how badly I need it). So if you start nursing and have pain/discomfort ask the lactation nurses about this script!!!! (The cream I linked is very popular and does work for some people)
  • Boppy – If you plan on nursing I suggest bringing your own boppy. Otherwise you’ll be stuck trying to prop up baby on pillows/blankets for 2 days. This one has always been my favorite because you can easily keep it in place with the adjustable buckle.
  • Extra long phone charger – If you want to have your phone nearby this is a must. The outlets in the hospital generally aren’t close enough to the bed to be able to reach you comfortably. You’ll probably have people calling non-stop and you’ll want to be taking picture after picture so you might as well have your phone handy!
  • Nipple Pads – I know the disposable ones might sound/seem really convenient but these ones are SO comfortable, especially if you have cracking/bleeding. Plus, they can just be thrown in the wash and used over and over again so you never have to worry about running out.
  • Flip flops – At some point, you WILL get the opportunity to shower. Unless you like the feeling of your feet on the floor of a hospital shower that’s been used by millions, I suggest bringing a pair! These ones are super cute and can be worn when it’s time to head home, too πŸ™‚
  • Baby Take-Home Outfit – Since we’ll be taking baby home in the dead of summer I packed a simple onesie and leggings outfit but there are SO many cute options out there. If you know baby’s name already this set is really cute!
  • Swaddles – Babies LOVE to be swaddled. It makes them feel like they did in the womb. Our kids never slept without being swaddled. We continued to do it until they could physically get out of it themselves. Getting a few that are nice and tight (aka impossible for baby to get out of) are the way to go!
  • Toiletries/Hair Ties – I know this is a no-brainer but the hospital isn’t the place you’ll find the best shampoo/conditioner for your expensively treated hair πŸ™‚ I suggest packing a toiletry bag with your everyday essentials and DON’T forget hair ties!! You’ll have a new baby grabbing onto any and everything. The last thing you want to be dealing with is your hair in the way! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the toiletry bag pictured above! It has enough pockets for everything and even hooks onto the back of a door. There isn’t exactly a lot of counter space in the hospital!
  • Camera/Charger – Unless you’re only taking pics with your phone I suggest packing your camera along with any necessary chargers/accessories! Although it’s nice to have the convenience of the phone the quality of camera pictures is just so much better!

While this definitely isn’t an essential I did purchase one extra item this time around. This gown ( you can see it pictured above) for delivery seemed like it might be really convenient for nursing in those first few hours after baby is born. It also seems like it might be more comfortable than the hospital gowns that are constantly showing your butt-crack to the world every time you stand up πŸ™‚ Always a plus, right?!

Some people might mention comfortable underwear but honestly… I like the hideous granny panties they provide you with at the hospital.  There is nothing better in those first few days! They also give you the extra long pads so no need to worry about those either! Just to give you an idea – THIS is exactly what you’ll be wearing immediately after baby’s arrival πŸ™‚

I’ll admit I’m an over-packer because I’d rather be over-prepared than under-prepared. But now that I’ve already done this twice I don’t want extra stuff to worry about while we’re there, which is why my list is pretty short!

Do you have any hospital bag essentials you swore by? Anything you think I’m missing? I’d love to hear!

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Lauren is a wife, mom of 3, and personal trainer with a passion for fitness, fashion, and blogging. She shares affordable fashion finds, fitness tips, and helps you learn how to make money with YOUR blog!

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