What to Pack in Your (and Baby’s) Hospital Bag

What to Pack in Your (and Baby’s) Hospital Bag

Editor’s Note: I was kindly sent several complimentary products featured in this post in exchange for writing about them – all are designated with “c/o”. All editorial and opinions are my own.

At around six weeks prior to my due date, I started feeling the need to pack my hospital bag. That may be really early by some standards but knowing how early babies can sometimes come, I wanted to be prepared. I knew I’d want to pack one bag for myself and one for Baby W so I just plopped a weekender and a tote in the nursery and would add things to them as I thought of them. By about four weeks out from my due date, both bags were bursting at the seams and I had to do some intense editing. Here’s what I ended up deciding was completely necessary to bring with us:

In my hospital bag:


  • 2 sets of button-down pajamas
  • Personal toiletries: Make-up, shampoo/conditioner, body wash, hair ties, toothbrush and toothpaste, hairdryer, straightener
  • Going-home outfit
  • Short waffle-weave monogrammed robe c/o LovinglyOurs (these would also make the most adorable bridesmaids gifts!):


  • Breast pump (even though we kind of learned how to use this in our nursing class, I decided I’d bring it and hope that one of the lactation consultants would help me to get more familiar with it before going home as it seems pretty complicated!)
  • Cozy moccasin slippers and toasty warm socks
  • Lavender room spray. I picked this gem up when we visited the Cape Cod Lavender farm during one of the long weekends we spent on the Cape this summer (it was the cutest little farm and totally reminded me of our Provence trips!). I’m hoping the peaceful scent brings a sense of calm to the delivery room.
  • Wellmom Nipple Balm c/o Upspring. From what I’ve heard, some sort of nipple moisturizer is a necessity if you plan on nursing and I love that this one is organic and made with coconut oil – one of my favorite things on Earth!
  • Shrinkx Belly Bamboo Charcoal c/o Upspring. I’m planning on wearing this as soon as possible after delivery as it’s supposed to help shrink your uterus and eliminate excess fluid – yes, please! The bamboo charcoal is said to also help increase blood flow and speed healing in addition to shrinking swelling. And the built-in boning provides lower back support which I think will feel great and it helps improve posture while nursing. Win win win!
  • Nursing cami and bras
  • Nook Niche feeding pillow


  • The Birth Gown in Pink Harper c/o Della B. I’m packing this chic tunic-style birth gown and I’m so glad that I’ll have this instead of one of the icky hospital gowns to wear. I think it will feel so much nicer to be wearing something pretty and something I chose. I’ve tried it on and it makes me feel more like I’m headed on vacation to Palm Beach than the maternity ward which is definitely a happy thought.  I also love that because this gown is designed for the active phase of labor and delivery, it includes a hidden zipper in the front (which will be great for skin-to-skin contact and nursing) and snaps along the back, sides and sleeves for ease of movement.


In Baby W’s tote:

dsc_1381dsc_1388I essentially packed W’s diaper bag (formerly known as my everyday regular ol’ Lacoste tote) with all the things I thought he might need or that I had read that he would need as a newborn in the hospital (plus a few adorable keepsakes that I just had to bring along!).


  • ToteSavvy c/o Life in Play Co. This insert is pure genius. It transforms any favorite tote into a perfect diaper bag in a flash! It’s exactly what I needed especially after shopping around for diaper bags and not being impressed with the selection. I was seriously planning on just stuffing Ziploc bags in one of my favorite totes to “make it work” as a diaper bag but thankfully a friend mentioned ToteSavvy and I was immediately sold! My favorite thing about it is that you can easily slide the insert in and out so if you want to change bags for a new look, it’s super easy. I went with a black ToteSavvy in the original size and it fits inside my canvas Lacoste tote and my Longchamp Pliage bag perfectly. ps. Use code CLASSICBRIDE to save 20% off on your ToteSavvy purchase!
  • Seersucker sash and swaddle c/o Southern At Birth. I am so excited to swaddle W in his very first monogrammed swaddle and I know he will look adorable in this for his newborn photography session! By the way, this Etsy shop has the cutest things and Becky, the shop proprietress, also has a beautiful bridal section that includes the prettiest flower girl sashes! Don’t take my word for it – go take a look!


  • Newborn pacifier
  • Going home outfit c/o Little Me (shown below)
  • Adorable hand-knitted hat a church friend from Virginia made and gave us at our baby shower


  • Burp cloths
  • A few newborn diapers (even though I know the hospital will have these!)
  • An extra swaddle 
  • A canvas for W’s footprints
  • Lamb Booties 
  • Receiving blankets

I can’t wait to share some photos of little W with you soon! Stay tuned for his newborn session!

Photography and styling by Sarah Darcy of Classic Bride blog.