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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

hospital bag checklist

pack it

  • Robe
    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.
  • Chapstick
    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.
  • Toiletries
    Upgrade your shower with a travel pack of your favorite necessities like shampoo, conditioner, face wash, toothpaste, toothbrush, a hairbrush and hair ties.
  • Phone Charger
    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.
  • Nursing Pillow
    Beyond feedings, a nursing pillow can provide extra support as you become more comfortable adjusting baby into the perfect position.
  • Snacks
    Because there’s just no need to be hangry *and* in labor.
  • Cozy Socks
    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.
  • Practical Pajamas
    That cute nighty just isn’t going to cut it. We’re talking elastic waistbands and breathable fabrics.
  • Comfortable Bra
    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.
  • Flip Flops
    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.
  • Swaddles
    The only thing more adorable than your newborn is your newborn wrapped in a swaddle with camera-ready prints.

leave it

  • Multiple Outfits for You
    Embrace the hospital gown! It’s all the rage on the maternity floor.
  • Cute Undies
    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.
  • Makeup Kit
    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.

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