What’s in My Hospital Bag (Labor and Delivery)


It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon here in sunny California. The football game is on, homemade carnitas in the crockpot, and the baby is sleeping peacefully.

That is what brings me here today. For those of you who don’t know me yet, I just had my first baby, and it has been a wild ride thus far. Now that we are on somewhat of a schedule, I have the time I need to dedicate to my writing. And today, I wanted to share some of the things that I found useful during my hospital stay when I had her.

Looking back, I realize that keeping it simple is definitely best. I packed what I considered to be a minimalist bag, and even so, I didn’t use most of what was in there. So, now that all is said and done, I’ll share what I actually used.

For what it’s worth, I had a pretty average labor and delivery, and spent a total of three days in the hospital. And, I cannot emphasize enough that the hospital really does provide all of the important “recovery” stuff that you will need during your stay…

— 1 tank top with a built in bra, for the ride home
— 1 nursing bra, if you want the extra support
— 2 pairs of black yoga pants, just in case one of them gets dirty
— 2 pairs of comfy cotton underwear
— A warm sweater or wrap (I chose a zip-up hoodie for easy breastfeeding access)
— Comfy shoes for going home (I just wore the hospital slippers during my stay)
— A brush and hair ties
— Conditioner and body lotion (my hospital only provided shampoo)
— Toothbrush and toothpaste (my hospital provided these but I wanted my own)
— Deodorant for mom and dad
— Change of clothes for dad
— Phone and charger
— 1 newborn outfit for baby (we also brought a preemie outfit that was too small)
— 1 large swaddle blanket for baby
— Binkies for baby (we actually did use these for the trip home)
— Kleenex (hospital tissue is like sand paper, in my opinion)
Carseat and base installed in car

Now, I will admit that I did bring more than this to the hospital, but I didn’t end up using any of it. Your personal preferences will vary depending on the experience that you want and the type of delivery you have. I thought I wanted to look cute and do my makeup every day, but that changed the moment she arrived. I was very content in my hospital gown with my hair wrapped up in a ponytail. But that’s me!

Also, be sure to check with your hospital about what they provide so that you can be prepared. My hospital provided more stuff than I could ever use, and sent lots of extras home with me.

Congratulations on your pregnancies ladies, and I hope you found this list helpful in making your big day as easy as possible!

*** I am editing this article to add one more necessity that I thought of: lip balm! I always have several tubes of lip balm in my purse, so I didn’t think to put it on my hospital list, but it is definitely an essential.

Written by: Cate Rosales
Date: 1.24.2016


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