I have read no less than 20 lists of what to bring in one’s hospital bag – some are extensive, others are more minimal. I tend to overpack, so I’m probably in the former category (especially with all of Isla’s outfits – whoops). Whenever I travel, I pack outfits into gallon size Ziploc bags – helps keep me organized! So naturally, Isla has 12 outfits organized in baggies.

DSC_0960Ready to go!

It’s hard as a first-time mom to know what to pack, so it’s helpful to read others’ suggestions on what to pack when heading into delivery!

Some of my favorite lists:

Hook Thread and TinkerSimply Sadie Jane, and Workman Family

So, what’s in my bag? And Isla’s? And Sasha’s? Well, some things are still ‘to-be-packed-when-contractions-start,’ but the lists are as follows:

My Hospital Bag

1 old throw-away robe

2 pairs of pajamas (one Target nightie and one cute pair from Anthro, which I will likely regret?)

6 pairs of Hanes full-coverage underwear

2 Bravado nursing bras

1 pair of Lululemon Still Pants (per Mara’s suggestion!)

1 Motherhood nursing tank

1 pair of Old Navy yoga shorts

1 pair of Gap maternity leggings

1 Pickwick and Weller t-shirt (so comfy)

1 Loft maternity t-shirt

3 pairs of old socks


Rainbow flip flops (from college! Still love them)

Belly Bandit (judge me if you wish!) – will be wearing this Wink one after a few weeks!

Travel Size Toiletries (Toothbrush, Soap, Deodorant, Toothpaste, Shampoo, Conditioner, etc.)

Hair Brush, Hair Dryer, Curling Iron, Headbands

Makeup (including Eos Lip Balm)

Aveeno Lotion

Lansinoh Soothies Gel Pads, Lanolin and Nursing Pads

Kotex Maxi Pads

Boppy Pillow and this cover

Non-white pillow cover and comfy pillow

Isla’s Hospital Bag*

Honest Co. Diaper Wipes

Honest Co. Newborn and Size 1 Diapers

Mittens (these J. Crew ones in different sizes and colors and plain white ones)

Heart J.Crew onesie and Stripe J. Crew onesie (Newborn and 0-3 Months)

Assortment of Gap Baby onesies

2 pink caps

Infant nail file

Newborn Aspirator

2 Aiden + Anais swaddle blankets

1 Summer Infant SwaddleMe

*Packed in my Kate Spade Stevie Diaper Bag

Sasha’s Hospital Bag

Blanket (in case hospital is cold!)



2 iPads

iPad, iPhone, Camera chargers


Snacks (Sugarfree candy, gum, crackers, water, etc.) and change for vending machines

Any experienced mothers out there with suggestions on things to remove or add? I have two weeks left (convinced it’ll be more like three), so plenty of time to order additional items or repack! It is helpful to bring your own pump to the hospital with you? Any and all advice is welcome.





  1. For you – don’t forget a hair tie and face cleansing wipes

    For Sasha – he will want a pillow and maybe long sleeves – it tends to be cold. 🙂

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