Best Things Moms Brought to the Hospital

You have your hospital bag checklist ready—but there may be some extra, unexpected items that could make or break your stay. Here's the scoop from other moms.
BySarah Yang
Updated
Jan 2020
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Getting ready to pack your hospital bag? Refering back to a handy checklist of hospital essentials is always a good idea, but it can be hard to anticipate which items you’ll really be thankful you thought to bring. Your must-haves will of course depend on your personal preferences and how your birth goes, but there’s something to be said for getting advice from moms who’ve actually been there. Here are the best things other Bumpies brought to the hospital that helped make their stay all the more comfortable.

“I brought refreshing aloe vera face wipes. That was a good decision!” —Della M.

“My iPhone really saved me. I had an endless supply of music that helped me focus on relaxing and working through labor.” —Amy W.

“Socks! The hospital floors are cold.” —Becca G.

“Don’t forget your trusty pillow, because the hospital ones suck.” —Ashley S.

“One thing women might not think about is makeup, but if you bring some, you’ll probably be a lot more excited to take those first family photos with your baby!” —Sandra M.

“I brought my robe; it was helpful to have a little touch of home with me in the hospital. And don’t forget about items for Dad! I packed a special bag for my hubby that had energy drinks, pajamas and a magazine in it.” —Anna R.

“The best thing I packed was underwear because what the hospital gave me was so droopy and uncomfortable.” —Monica R.

“Bring lip balm! During labor, your lips get really dry.” — Shannon G.

“Don’t forget extra batteries for the camera.” —Anahi Z.

“Snacks! I was starving after labor, and my husband was too.” —Colleen U.

“All you really need for baby is the coming home outfit. The hospital gives you diapers and wipes to take home.” —Ellen T.

“Take a towel with you. When I was given the okay to take a shower, they brought me a towel that was as thin as toilet paper!” —Candace M.

“Bring an empty duffle bag to bring home everything you get while you’re there.” —Beth S.

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