I’m checking my list and checking it twice. My hospital bag list that is. And when it’s time to go, I don’t want to worry that I am forgetting something. Especially for the baby. My state of pregnancy has been so up and down these days – I do not do well with the unknown. So, the sooner I can get this bag together, the better I will feel.hospital checklist

For the mommy to be:

Robe for when they make me get up and walk around. Seriously, I do not plan on wearing that lovely blue gown they give you everyday. And this robe is perfection! It’s the perfect length, super soft and stretchy enough to go around my belly now yet lie flat for later days. Win/win!

robe collage

Nursing pjs and bras – I traveled to Motherhood Maternity this past weekend and bought a few new bras. The Jessica Simpson bras are very comfortable and great for those in between sizes (before and after the milk comes in – and then after my breasts have gone down a bit). These Natori bras were surprisingly comfy and lifting all at the same time. The cup sizes grow with you as well (once again, win/win!).

Nursing pads because I don’t want to ruin my new pjs and bras

No slip socks to keep my feet warm and so I don’t bust my ass on the floor

Those tasty vitamins I’ve been choking down for the past 3 trimesters…

Pumping bra = life saver. And you will want more than one! Those things can get ugly.

Flops for the shower/towels from home

Dress to go home in

Makeup/lip balm and toiletries

Dry shampoo (and cleansing cloths) in case that showering thing doesn’t work out quite as planned

Lotions/coconut oil (I use coconut oil to take my makeup off every night as well)

Hair ties/brush/dryer


For dad: (not sure if I should be jealous his list is only so long…)

Change of clothes

His toiletries

Pillow and blanket from home


For Baby:

Car seat – installed in car

Going home outfit

Nursing pillow

Swaddle blanket/blanket

Extra clothes/hat/mittens

Diaper bag – see this post, but of course you will not need every single item straight out the gate!

If you’re having a photographer come to the hospital, any items you want captured with you and your new addition(s)



A radio/iPod and headphones would be awesome so you could have your soothing tunes playing in the room while you try to stay calm(ish) and in your zen space


Camera/phone and accessories

Chargers and maybe an extension cord for extra plug in capability

Breath mints or those tiny disposable tooth brushes – because your ass isn’t brushing that often right now

Snacks/cash for vending machine

Mirror to apply/take off your makeup

Bottle for water refills

Bag for laundry

You can find cute hospital gowns on Etsy

And remember to think about other things like the fact that hospitals can be cold and smelly. Should you take a sweater/cardigan? Maybe your essential oils for your body and diffuser will help with pain and aromatherapy. Certain teas or coconut water. Some big ole panties, because, you know…

Hopefully your “birthing plan” works out! But, always prepare for the unexpected because those tiny humans don’t care about your plans really.

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  • Carrie Mitchell - Thanks for the list! It’s super helpful for this first-time mom!ReplyCancel

It takes a village. Seriously. If I could, I’d have a whole squad behind me for everything. Diapers. Naps. Feeding. Playing. Feeding. Naps. More feeding…. More diapers. But, my village consists of me and the hubs. Not to mention twin boys that are almost 6… so this child is gonna be covered. Right? Rough around the edges? Absolutely. But, alive and taken care of.

I keep trying to replay life 5/6 years ago over and over in my head but memory fails me. I want to remember all of the things I did that made life somewhat easier. Now? Pshhh… it’s a breeze! But with an infant if you forget one thing, ONE THING, the world can crumble around you. “Did you remember the wipes?”, “NO! I thought you did” yadda yadda yadda…  I was that mom who had a big pad check list titled “DIAPER BAG ESSENTIALS”. Never even used the damn thing. But, once you get into your routine and you have all of your little compartments, it gets easier to pack for the day. It’s amazing at all the shit we carry around for another human, isn’t it?!

During my registering process I kept thinking about that damn diaper bag and all of its contents. What did I use? What was a waste of space? So, I’ve put together a nice little list for you, and for me. I have based this on the assumption that I will breastfeed this time around – so no pumps or bottles required. But, obviously, this is not an end all be all list! Need makeup, throw it in. Need more than just one bar, add the entire fridge if you’d like! When I would pack for the boys, I had to take bottles because I could not nurse. So I would take breast milk from the freezer and let it thaw in a small cooler. What ever works, right?!

diaper bag essentials

No. 1 – Baby Wrap – I ADORE every single thing about this company based in Australia. Their diaper covers, wraps and little clothes are to die for! It’s a good thing this baby is not a girl or I would be in some serious trouble with the hubs…

No. 2 – Baby Carrier

No. 3 – Disposable Nursing Pads – You don’t really want to take ones that you need to wash around with you all day. You’re going to have enough on your plate to worry about. These pads are biodegradable and won’t hang around in the dump for years to come… Just something to think about.

No. 4 – Nursing Cover/Scarf/Car Seat Cover – How versatile are things these days! And you can find these covers in all kinds of cute patterns to fit your style.

No. 5 – Toys – Sophie is a must.

No. 6 – Extra clothes for baby because, you know, blow outs. And not the I just got pampered by my hairstylist kind.

No. 7 – Soiled diaper baggies – These little bags were the BEST! And they’re biodegradable which is a win/win.

No. 8 – Diaper “clutch” – This little diaper bag also comes with a travel changing pad. Score! There is this one too that is just too adorable to be a diaper “clutch”

No. 9 – Diaper rash/Skin cream – Don’t leave home without it

No. 10 – Wipe Carrying Case – Nicer on the environment if you don’t keep buying those little 40 count wipe bags… Got it!?

No. 11 – Blanket – You never know when you’re cold, baby is colder than you, you want to stop at the park or just to have for other reason and this blanket is just too pretty to pass up.

No. 12 – Burp Cloths

No. 13 – Little bags to compartmentalize all that shit for yourself! Trust me, if your bag doesn’t have pockets say goodbye to your phone and keys because there is a black hole in that little bag of yours.

No. 14 – THE BAG – It’s essential for your sanity, baby’s sanity and everyone else’s around you that you actually keep yours and baby’s belongings in one nice, organized space. I love Matt&Nat. They are 100% vegan and this bag is just what I’m looking for. It has upright sides, a flat bottom, pockets, and enough space for everything you’ll need. I also found this one from Fawn Design that I could even see my hubs carrying. And this one from Sole Society. Who says you can’t have more than one! I plan on it because they can get down right nasty and you’ll want to change your look of course… Plus, all of these that I’ve mentioned will carry over into an actual mommy’s bag one day.

No. 15 – Water bottle, that is reusable, for yourself because breast feeding, or just taking care of kids in general, can deplete you of all hydration. And, once again, taking care of the Earth is a big important part of your everyday lives as well, right?!

No. 16 – Food for mama – These bars are my absolute favorite! I keep some on me at all times. They are good for you and delicious…

No. 17 – Lip balm – This lip balm is AWESOME! It moisturizes and colors your lips naturally. It’s really freaking great and I suggest you buy some.


What would you add, or take away? Tell me your thoughts! Everyone could use a little extra help 🙂