What to Pack in your Hospital Bag

What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag: 12 Essential Items for Expectant Mothers

Pregnancy is a beautiful journey filled with excitement, anticipation, and a whole lot of preparation. As you approach your due date, one of the most important tasks on your checklist is packing your hospital bag. Whether you're a first-time mom or a seasoned pro, knowing what to pack can help ensure a smoother and more comfortable experience during labor and delivery. 

In this guide, I’ll walk you through the 12 essential items to should consider packing in your hospital bag, to ensure you are fully prepared and totally comfortable and confident when that due date comes in hot! 

Comfy Clothes Galore

Loose-Fitting Pj’s

Opt for loose-fitting nightgowns or pajamas made from breathable fabrics like cotton. These will provide comfort and ease of movement during labor and make breastfeeding easier once your baby arrives.

Labor & Delivery Gown

To be honest, the paper gowns at the hospital are just not it. It’s so important to be comfortable and cozy when delivering your little one and it’s just so much better to bring your own labor and delivery gown.This is exactly why I included our own modern labor and delivery gown in our Rubly Hospital Bag Essentials box. Just for you 😉


Keep your feet warm and cozy with a few pairs of soft socks. Hospital floors can be chilly, so having warm socks on hand can make a big difference in your comfort level.

Comfortable Underwear and Nursing Bras

Pack several pairs of comfortable underwear and nursing bras to accommodate changes in your body post-delivery. Choose breathable, stretchy fabrics that provide support without causing discomfort. My favorite postpartum underwear is in our Hospital Box as well…we’ve got you!

Going-Home Outfit

Don't forget to pack a comfortable and loose-fitting outfit to wear when you leave the hospital. Choose something that accommodates your postpartum body and allows for easy movement.

Toiletries and Personal Care

Toothbrush and Toothpaste

You’ll want this at some point. Trust me. Freshening up will help you feel more comfortable post-delivery and during your hospital stay.

Hairbrush or Comb

Keep your hair out of your face and from a scraggly mess with a hairbrush or comb. But do make sure you opt for a gentle brush that won't pull or tug on your hair.

Skincare Essentials

Pack your favorite skincare products, including face wash, moisturizer, and lip balm. This will come in handy if you feel like you just want to freshen up at any point of your hospital stay. (and again, trust me, even if you don’t feel the urge, it’s a game changer).

Sanitary Pads

Be prepared for postpartum bleeding by packing a supply of heavy-duty sanitary pads. Choose pads specifically designed for postpartum use, which provide extra absorption and coverage.

Newborn Baby Essentials

Newborn Clothing

Pack a few sets of newborn clothing, including onesies, sleepers, socks, and hats. Choose soft, comfortable fabrics that are gentle on your baby's delicate skin.

Swaddle Blankets

Bring a few swaddle blankets to keep your baby cozy and secure after birth. Swaddling can help soothe newborns and promote better sleep.

Diapers and Wipes

Don't forget to pack a supply of newborn diapers and wipes. Hospitals may or may not provide these items, so having your own supply ensures that you're prepared for any unexpected needs.

Going-Home Outfit

Many new moms like to choose a special and comfortable outfit for their baby to wear when they leave the hospital. Consider the weather and select an outfit that provides warmth and protection.

Car Seat

Install your baby's car seat in advance and ensure that it meets all safety regulations. Your baby will need to be safely secured in a car seat for the journey home from the hospital.

Just In Case

Important Documents

Bring along important documents such as your identification, insurance information, and birth plan. Having these documents readily available will streamline the admission process at the hospital. And if you’re wondering where you will put all this, check out our Rumbly Pregnancy Organizer! I created the design after learning the hard way through four hospital births.

Phone Charger

Keep your phone charged and ready to use by packing a phone charger or portable power bank. You'll want to capture precious moments and stay connected with loved ones during your hospital stay. But, HOT TIP!: Most hospital beds are positioned far from charging outlets, so be sure to pack an extra long charging cable - or check out our favourite one that we include in our Rumbly Hospital Bag Essentials Box.

Snacks and Drinks

You know, I never thought I could stomach eating anything after going into labor, but to my surprise, I was definitely wrong. Labor can be a marathon after all, and it’s so important that you have the right nutrients to sustain yourself Having a light snack (and particularly when your labor came as a surprise) can give you a great boost of energy you need.

Packing yourself a hospital bag will leave you feeling prepared and confident for when the day comes to grab it and run out the door! All of these beautiful parts of the pregnancy journey should be enjoyed and cherished, even through the nerves. 😌

Sending hugs, 


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