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hospital bag essentials


The Saturday before Miss Ellie was born I figured it was high time to get my hospital bag all packed up. She really could arrive at any given time and I had completely slacked off in the packing department. So I got off my rear and started packing away. Here’s a little peek into our hospital bag.

For mom:

I packed a few comfortable outfits for the hospital stay. The first day I stayed in my hospital gown the entire day (partly because half the day I was hooked up to IV’s giving birth and partly because after the birth, well, you know, the fluids). The next day I was tired of my backside being exposed to the whole world, so I changed into some comfy sweats and a t-shirt. So much better! I threw in some socks last minute and boy was I glad! (I got super cold during labor after my epidural.) Nursing bras, flip flops, and a going home outfit were also thrown in there. And as unattractive as they might be, the mesh underwear from the hospital are the way to go. Seriously so comfy. As far as toiletries go, I brought the usual (travel sized shampoo, toothbrush, razor, makeup, lotion, chapstick, etc) Showering and getting ready made me feel fresh and clean (again, the fluids)! Oh, and a hair brush would have been nice. Totally forgot about that! My favorite thing I brought: my pillow! The hospital pillows are flat as can be, so having my own pillow was ah-mazing!

For baby:

I packed Ellie’s things in her diaper bag. (We love this Skip Hop diaper bag, it’s nice and roomy!) Since the hospital provided diapers, wipes, and a little onesie for her to wear everyday, I only brought a going home outfit, headband, socks, and a few cute blankets (for pictures). I also brought some hand sanitizer (so nice to have for visitors), and since there was extra room, snacks for me and daddy! Having snacks for the middle of the night nursing was great! Having the boppy pillow was nice too.

For daddy:

Daddy’s original plan was to go home during the night, so I didn’t pack much for him. Just some snacks and electronics (tablet, phone, camera, etc). B ended up staying both nights at the hospital and coming home in the morning to shower and change. Next time I’ll remember to throw in a pair of pajamas and a toothbrush just in case. We also packed a season of Friends to watch, it kept us and the nurses entertained!

(Next time I think I’ll throw in some type of thank you for our nurses. We seriously loved our nurses!)

Alexa Zurcher




  • Unknown

    loved this! thanks for sharing!

  • Amy

    Love the picture! And the post. Great ideas!!

  • The Naulus

    This is so adorable and will be extremely helpful when labor comes my way! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Kristen

    Love your blog – I'm your newest follower! Congrats on your new little addition, she is adorable!

    Where did you get the little felt flowers (shown in the picture above)?? I've been trying to find some for our little one!

  • Rachel

    My hospital bag was a bit ridiculous. Firstly we ended up having to rush in to hospital and I forgot some really important things (like underwear!) but had far to many changes of PJs. Secondly my labour was so quick I didn't need all the books, games, MP3 player, chapstick and all the other things the books suggested! Better to have them than to be sorry I suppose!

  • Chelsea

    Wow, this needs to be on pinterest! 🙂

  • Sierra @ Sierra's View

    Hey cutie!!
    Come to a blog party in Provo next week!
    Read my blog to find out 🙂
    hope all is well.
    Oh, Just Living the Dream

  • Cindy Sharkey

    All first time moms need to read this!

  • Annie

    Ohh I love your blog! You have such adorable pictures. Congrats on your beautiful baby girl! You two are the cutest parents. I can tell she is SO loved.


  • Kelsi Strong

    Love this. I feel like I want to pack my bag already and I'm only 22 weeks! lol There's just so much to do, and I have no check marks on the list yet.


  • Celeste

    Great info girl! I will be pinning this for future use 🙂

  • Randi Gardner

    Wow! It's like you've done this all before! I love the thank you idea. I am definitely going to start looking for some cute cards or gift ideas! Also, you are so nice… i didnt even think about packing for the husband haha

  • Karli at Girls Traveling

    hey girl hey! i stumbled on your blog via pinterest. i borrowed your "1" picture for an inspiration board and then i saw a picture of your little gal and thought she looked the same age as my little gal…yep…they are three weeks apart! she's such a doll. anyway…glad i found your blog!

    karli @

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