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Labor & Delivery Prep: What I’m Packing in My Hospital Bag

They say you’ll only ever be so ready to have a baby.

That’s entirely true. But it sure didn’t stop me from trying to be as ready as possible, at least physically. There’s a whole host of changes (physical, emotional, and otherwise) that I’ve learned to deal with one day at a time. However, when there is something I can prepare for, you’d better believe I prepare.

Which is exactly why I made my hospital bag packing list — and began packing — as soon as I hit 36 weeks.

Here’s what I included:

For pain relief

  • My essential oils arsenal & Young Living diffuser (order one right here and get wholesale prices on all of Young Living’s products)
  • Tennis ball (or something similar) for back massages

I had my great birth plan in mind weeks ago. It involved plenty of oils, no pain meds (ha!), and a few other things that I’m totally going to have complete control over. (I know, I know. Medical professionals and experienced moms, you’re rolling your eyes at me right now.)

Then my sister, who has two boys, gave me some advice about creating a birth plan: Write it down. Rip it up. Throw it away. I’m a planner, so that was kind of hard to hear. But the more I thought about it, the more liberating it was. Yes, I love to have everything planned to a T, but birth doesn’t always go as planned. It’s okay to have an ideal in mind. But the BEST plan is to be as open-minded and relaxed as possible, keeping the single most important goal in mind: getting your sweet new one here as safely as possible.

For personal hygiene

  • Cleansing face towelettes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Dry shampoo (here’s my favorite)

I’m not worried about looking glamorous in the hospital, so the false lashes and red lipstick will, sadly, stay home. 😛 That’s probably the last thing I’ll be thinking about. But I do want to feel as clean as possible, especially after all of that hard (but highly worth it) work!

For Husband

  • A change of clothes
  • Deodorant, toothbrush, and toothpaste
  • Snacks

My dude is pretty low maintenance. Most of the time he’s happy with a good t-shirt or two and some food.

For Baby

  • Boppy pillow
  • Coming home outfit, including a hat and some socks
  • Extra swaddling blanket
  • Car seat (Husband & I are thrilled with the travel system we found!)
  • Her very first essential oils roller


  • Phone charger
  • Ningxia Nitro packets for extra energy boosts during labor (and for Husband, in case he needs it, too)
  • More snacks (I’m thinking some trail mix and Luna Bars)
  • Shower flip flops
  • Some soft socks (in case the hospital room is a little chilly)
  • A couple of sports bras and some cheap underwear
  • A comfortable, stretchy outfit to wear home
  • Supplements (for me, it’ll be my prenatal vitamin, a high-quality magnesium, and YL’s Life 9 probiotic)
  • Our cutest-ever Hip Cub diaper bag

I did treat myself to a couple of cute nursing gowns, but I don’t plan on taking them to the hospital with me. I’ve been told NOT to plan on wearing any clothes I value right after giving birth, so I plan on making do without them until I get home.

Also, I don’t plan to bring much for entertainment. Even if we have time to kill, I’ll be too distracted to focus on reading or getting any work done. I might bring my Kindle, but that’s about it.

Of course, this is all the plan. (There’s that word again.) Will I have the luxury of gathering every last-minute item before strolling casually to the hospital between contractions? Or will we have to grab whatever’s packed and go in a hurry? Time will tell. Either way, I trust that everything will be okay.


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Organized changing table and diaper bag brought to you courtesy of iced coffee. (Mostly decaf, of course.)

I plan to do a follow-up to this post detailing what I didn’t actually need, as well as what I wish I’d packed (or packed more of!) but didn’t. You know, after Husband and I survive those first few sleep-deprived, bleary-eyed weeks at home with a newborn. 😉

What are you packing in your hospital bag for baby’s birthday? Did I leave out anything really important? Let me know in the comments! And before you go, don’t forget to join the WAHMoms Unite community on Pinterest for daily tips on being an effective, sane work-at-home mama! 


  1. Kelsey Anderson

    One thing I’d recommend packing is some lip balm or chapstick. With all the breathing in and out through the mouth during labor, my lips got really dry.

  2. Meghan Post author

    Good call, Kelsey. Thank you! I can’t believe I forgot that, considering I use it obsessively throughout the day anyway.

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