What I’m Packing for the Hospital for Baby #2

When you have a baby for the first time, it’s impossible to know exactly what you’ll want or need when you go to the hospital to give birth. When I was packing for my hospital stay with James, I read a few lists of new mom essentials online and did my best to pack minimally but effectively. I ended up packing more than I truly needed but somehow less than I wanted. There were a handful of things I regretted, like my makeup bag!, and a few things I wished I’d had for my own comfort, like a lightweight bathrobe. So knowing what I know now, here’s how I’m packing the second time around:

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My favorite Nordstrom Moonlight pajamas are packed and ready to go.

Thin knee-length robe
I’ve written before about how much I love my UGG bathrobe (OK, bathrobe(S)). They’re plush, warm, and just the coziest thing to wrap yourself in, but they’re not ideal for labor and delivery. I didn’t bring a robe last time I gave birth but I wished I had. It would have been nice to have a lightweight cover up, something easy to take on and off, that opens in the front, and adds a bit of warmth. This one, which is under $30 from Target, is perfect.

At the risk of it being gross to bring your own blanket into a hospital, I need to do it. I’m someone who HAS to have a pretty significant blanket/quilt/comforter to actually sleep, and the “blankets” at the hospital are truly just heavyweight sheets, with no real warmth or weight to them at all. This time I’ll be bringing a blanket from home that I like but can live without (if I need to part with it when we leave).

Roomy boy short underwear
The postnatal mesh underwear they give you in the hospital are wonderful and I expect to wear them for pretty much my whole hospital stay, but I’ve been wearing these super soft and roomy boy shorts in my final trimester of pregnancy and I have a feeling they’ll be very comfortable after giving birth, too.

Outfit for when we leave
All my maternity finest: stretchy pants, long tank top, oversized cardigan

I bought this travel set of toiletry bottles and jars and it’s perfect. I’m packing shampoo, conditioner, facewash, facial moisturizer, body lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, a toothbrush…

Prenatal vitamins
When I had James, I stopped taking my prenatal vitamin the second I gave birth (not really on purpose; I just forgot pretty much everything from that point on), and I have to think that it was both unwise and a little disturbing to my system. I’ll be bringing them with me this time. I use these ones, by New Chapter.

Phone charger with an extra long cord
Since I can’t be certain how far away the outlet will be, it’s always wise to bring an extra long charging cable.


2 footed onesies for baby boy
We’ll probably only use 1 (for the ride home), but an extra outfit for baby is always wise—speaking from experience :)

Easy velcro swaddle
We used these SwaddleMe velcro swaddles with James and loved how soft, quick, and easy they were.

I’d love to know: What are your hospital packing list must-haves?



13 thoughts on “What I’m Packing for the Hospital for Baby #2

  1. Shannon

    Things I didn’t bring for baby 1 but will bring for baby 2:

    1. Velcro swaddle
    2. Snacks
    3. My Brest friend nursing pillow
    4. Hands free pumping bra. My first baby was born with low blood sugar so I had to pump in the hospital. I would have loved to have those 30 minutes to eat or snooze instead of having to hold the bottles.

    I definitely brought too many clothes the first time. I was really glad though that i brought earplugs and one of those blindfold/sleeping masks.

    1. Andie Mitchell Post author

      Even though I wasn’t able to breastfeed long, I DID think the My Brest Friend was amazing and wished I’d had it in the hospital instead of just rolling the pillows up under my arm! Also, that pillow is so much better than the Boppy!

  2. Megan

    My must have was a cheap $7 massage roller ball to work out the knots and muscles during contractions. BEST PURCHASE EVER!! I put it on my blog post for what was in my hospital bag. And saline spray too! For the dry hospital air.

  3. Laura

    Flip flops/slippers – I bought super cheap pairs to throw out after
    Nursing tanks
    Instead of the mesh undies and pads the hospital gave I wore depends incontinence undies and they were amazing. I wore them for weeks. Even the labor and delivery nurses loved them.
    Good luck!

  4. Lacey

    1. Rice bag/heating pad. I always had low back & low abdominal pain. This helped so much.

    2. My water bottle. The dang straw cups the hospital gives didn’t hold enough water for me & I hated waiting for refills.

    3. Breast feeding pillows.

    4. Swaddle blankets for babe. The small ones from the hospital are ineffective. Ha.

    5. Snacks. The things they have on hand in the middle of the night weren’t ideal. And after pushing out a human & then feeding them from your body, you get HUNGRY! Haha


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