Once moms hit the eight month pregnancy mark, they usually start panicking about their hospital bag. You hear it over and over again “get that bag packed!” When I was pregnant with my first, I had packed my bag just a day or two before I ended up going to the hospital, and even then, the bag wasn’t fully packed! My husband had to run home to grab clothes to take the baby home in. So as your due date gets closer, the car seat has been installed, you can pick one of these bags to pack to keep by your front door for your rush to the hospital.
Customizable Favorite Things Tote Bag
A friend of mine gave me one of these bags at my shower, with four of my favorite things, and it seemed like the perfect bag to pack for the hospital. It’s roomy enough for your essentials, plus adds a personal touch, after all, even when you become a mom, you are still YOU.
Vera Bradley Large Travel Duffle Bag
You’ll be helping the environment with this duffle bag, made with 100% recycled cotton. The roomy interior has a spot for everything you need, plus one zippered outer pocket and 3 outer slip pockets are perfect for your charger and other items you’ll want easily accessible.
Herschel Novel Duffle Bag
Keep your shoes separate with this duffle bag from Herschel. The side-access shoe compartment means your shoes won’t mix with your clothes and other items, getting them dirty or contaminated. The bag also features reinforced handles for ease of carrying, and an inner mesh pocket for smaller items you don’t want to get lost in the main compartment.
Oflamn Weekender Bag
You’ll fit everything you need for your hospital stay in this weekender bag. Made out of canvas, it’s durable, plus the bottom completely zips open to reveal a second compartment for shoes and other items you may not want with the rest of your clothes. It has two inner pockets and one inner zippered pocket for smaller essentials.
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TOMULE Travel Backpack
This is a great backpack to use as a hospital bag—it’s roomy, lightweight and durable. It has plenty of pockets to store all of the smaller items you’ll need, plus a side pocket to keep your water bottle.
CallMidWives Pre-Packed Hospital Bag
If you really don’t want to think about what you need to pack, try this pre-packed hospital bag. It comes packed with nearly twenty items you’ll need at the hospital, including toothpaste, a toothbrush, disposable slippers, and even a granola bar! Granted, you may still have to pack your own bag as it doesn’t come with a change of clothes or clothes for the baby!
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Morhua Lightweight Tote Bag
Nothing says “mom” like an oversized tote bag, and this one is perfect to take to the hospital. It has a large capacity, an interior zippered pocket, and is made out of waterproof nylon. Available in over twenty different colors and patterns.
What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag:
- Insurance card/baby’s pediatrician information
- Baby’s going home outfit
- Nursing Bra
- Cell phone charger
- Lip balm
- Shampoo and Conditioner
- Toiletries: Deodorant, lotion, toothbrush/toothpaste, hairbrush, hair ties
- Flip flops (for shower)
- Comfortable clothes
- Glasses/Contacts – cases for both and solution for contacts
- Wireless headphones (I recommend headband headphones or over the ear headphones so people are less likely to disturb you)
- Water bottle
- Small lamp/light (I brought my himalayan salt lamp, and it was perfect for those late night feedings when you don’t want the harsh hospital lighting on)
Things that won’t fit in your bag but you will want:
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