Real moms share what you really need to pack for the hospital —and what you don’t!
Get the inside scoop on packing your hospital bag from the moms who’ve been there
Easy to take on and off, a robe makes for a quick coverup to look decent for visitors.
Going-home clothes for you and baby
One outfit for the little bundle and one (loose-fitting) outfit for you. That really covers it as far as daywear goes.
Deep breaths, post-push exhales, the sweetest first kiss ever—your lips are going to see a lot of action that day. You’re going to want to show them some love.
Upgrade your shower with a travel pack of your favorite necessities like shampoo, conditioner, face wash, toothpaste, toothbrush, a hairbrush and hair ties.
From first pics to announcement texts to feeding trackers, your phone will be cradled almost as much as your newborn. A full charge is a must.
Beyond feedings, a nursing pillow can provide extra support as you become more comfortable adjusting baby into the perfect position.
Because there’s just no need to be hangry *and* in labor.
In case your hospital bedding falls short, literally, you’ll want to keep your tootsies toasty during your stay.
A Cuddly Blanket
Make every moment of rest count with a blanket from home that you can snuggle up with.
That cute nighty just isn’t going to cut it. We’re talking elastic waistbands and breathable fabrics.
Whether it’s a nursing variety or simply sans wires, your bra should be the last thing on your mind, so be sure to bring a super comfy one.
Whether you’re shuffling around the halls between contractions or psyching yourself up for your first post-delivery shower, flip flops will surely come in handy.
The only thing more adorable than your newborn is your newborn wrapped in a swaddle with camera-ready prints.
Multiple Outfits for You
Embrace the hospital gown! It’s all the rage on the maternity floor.
Granny panties are where it’s going to be at for a while.
Multiple Outfits for Baby
The hospital keeps your newborn clothed and comfy.
There likely won’t be time to get glam, but if the thought of being bare-faced makes you nervous, perhaps only pack a few desert-island items.