The Hospital Bag Dilemma

From the moment I hit my second trimester with my first baby, I knew the hospital bag situation needed to be placed more in the front of my already overloaded pregnancy brain. I kept saying that I needed this and this, I would mentally make lists and swear that I would pack it on the upcoming week. I started this at about 24 weeks and kept meaning to pack it as time got closer.

Now I was 37 weeks without a bag in sight. I was indecisive. What was I going to need? What could I not live without?

Then at 38.5 weeks my water broke spontaneously. Was my bag packed? Of course not. Being in nursing school and enjoying my last free moments of being newborn free, the bag had slipped my mind. As we casually got things ready to go meet our new baby girl, I threw some stuff into a backpack and off we went.

After my 4 day hospital stay, I can truly say I am glad that I didn’t have a full blown bag. The hospital offers so many things and it’s nice to not have to remember anything else because your mind is already at overload level.

The things I brought:

  1. My pillow: Okay I am a total freak about my pillow. I think it is almost 15 years old and hardly has any stuffing left but its the only one I can sleep on. I had slipped a bright pillowcase on it and it was magical to have something that relaxed me while I endured an almost 18 hour labor.
  2. Ugg slippers: I absolutely hate hospital socks. By having slippers with a non skid bottom, I was allowed to wear those as I walked through the halls. They were the perfect warmth yet easy enough to just walk without much thought.
  3. Our newborn outfit: Harley had a customized outfit I ordered at 5 months pregnant. This outfit was what she wore coming home. I took pictures of her in it and now it is sitting in our baby box because I refused to allow her to ruin it with spit up and blowouts!
  4. My laptop/Kindle: My laptop was my savior between contractions. At one point, my husband, mom and I had all piled into my bed to watch Penny Dreadful. It was a great distraction and provided me hours of endless entertainment while I waited to meet my little girl.

The things the hospital provided:

  1. Toothbrush and toothpaste
  2. Soap, Shampoo and Conditioner
  3. An endless supply of pads, mom diapers, newborn diapers, and outfits for your baby to wear
  4. Hospital gowns which I found more comfortable than a robe
  5. Nursing bands, nursing pillow, and endless help from the nurses

Now that I have had a baby and also completed a rotation in labor and delivery for nursing school, having a big bag is more of a hinderance to everyone involved. With labor and postpartum, you are moving around a lot and the bag is one more thing to remember. The hospital is there to provide you with a comfortable stay. And trust me when you have a newborn, the last thing you will be thinking about is wearing the 5 changes of clothes you brought!


  • Alexandra

    I always assumed you had to bring everything with you in your hospital bag, I had no idea the hospital provided you with stuff. I’m a long way off having a baby, but have defiantly learnt something for when the time comes.

  • Bianca

    Bloggers often have a “what’s in my bag” post but this was a nice change of pace LOL toothbrush and toothpaste a must!

    • admin

      After being in nursing school, I realized how much of the stuff is just a hinderance to everyone around us!

  • Luci

    Very informative post. I haven’t had a child yet but I keep hearing that you always need to prep a bag for the hospital.