July 19, 2016

Motherhood: What I packed (and used) in my hospital bag

What to pack in your pregnancy hospital bag - Brooklyn Blonde

Throughout my entire pregnancy, I relied on my favorite blogs to help answer any questions that I had about everything and anything. I’m fully aware that one of a mother-to-be’s major sources of stress is “what the hell do I pack in my hospital bag?” If it’s your first pregnancy, you’re probably inclined to pack your entire home, but resist the urge! I packed a ton of crap, but here are the things I actually used:


A friend of mine recommended that we bring our own pillows since the hospital ones are crap! Having our own made the hospital stay so much more comfortable and it felt nice to have a piece of our bed with us.

My Brest Friend:

If you’re planning to nurse, I highly recommend owning the My Brest Friend pillow! I packed mine for the hospital and found it so helpful, more than using a bunch of pillows (what some recommend), in supporting the baby for feedings.

Your favorite skincare products (in travel size):

Some might call me crazy, but I made sure to pack travel sized containers of all of my favorites . Let me tell you guys, after 30 hours of labor, my skin felt gross. It felt so good to be able to take a few minutes and do my skincare routine. I realize that for some people, it might be an excessive thing to pack, but definitely high on the list for me! To this list, I also have to include a bar of soap! The hospital soap is a joke, so I liked having my own.

Lotion, Lip balm, Hair Bands, Shampoo & Conditioner:

After taking a warm shower, I loved being able to slather my body with some rich lotion and use a quality shampoo and conditioner. It was a quick way to be able to pamper myself after what my body just went through. Also, the hospital is so dry that having both lip balm and body lotion was a must.


This might sound shallow and probably not important for everyone, but for me, it was nice to be able to put on some makeup once Nate arrived. I didn’t do much, but a little under eye concealer, lipgloss and blush went a long way, especially since so many photos were being taken. I also go a  manicure/pedicure before I went into labor, which I’m so thankful for! There are so many unclose hand photos, I’m happy that I had manicured fingernails. Like I said, might sound superficial, but just being real!


Throughout the labor and then the two days after, we loved being able to play our music! Especially when friends and family visited, having something playing in the background made the hospital room seem a little more lively. We packed our bose speaker (cannot live without this in my life) and used our phones with our Spotify playlists. Just make sure they’re downloaded before in case there’s no wifi!

Disposable Underwear

This is probably the #1 item on my list if you have a vaginal birth. I really cannot stress it enough! So much better than what the hospital gives you and trust me, you’ll need them in the hospital and for a few weeks after.

A Change of Comfy Clothes

… and underwear for you and your partner. After the actual birth, I stayed in sweat pants, a long sleeved tee, socks and a nursing bra. Same for Keith, minus the bra. Also, flip flops: for walking around the hospital, walking to the bathroom, etc.


My friend warned me that the towel the hospital provided was small and flimsy and she was right! Felt so nice to be able to dry off using a normal sized, plush towel.


Before I got to the hospital, my #1 concern was “what am I going to do when I get hungry?!” Since you’re not allowed to eat once you’re in the delivery room, I was afraid of my blood sugar dropping and not being able to power through the labor and delivery. Having lollipops was a lifesaver!

Lots of snacks:

The hospital food is nasty and thank goodness for our amazing friends who came bearing outside food! BUT, in between those moments, having some of our favorite snacks was a must. Keith was able to have something to nibble on throughout the labor and then they came in handy for the days to follow. Things I packed: granola bars, licorice, almonds, miso soup packets, a ton of fruit  (apples, grapes and bananas), pretzels and popcorn.


You’ll be on your phone a lot updating family and friends and of course, checking social media in your downtime. I made sure to pack my mophi as well!

Important Documents:

Last but certainly not least, make sure you have your paperwork. Insurance info, hospital forms, ID’s.

For the Baby


I packed way too many outfits for him, but probably could have gotten away with two. NordstromRalph Lauren and H&M have some of my favorites for a newborn. I was also going to suggest swaddling blankets (these and these are my favorite), but we ended up using the ones the hospital provided for the first few weeks (and in the hospital), so I’d leave those home. If you’re giving birth during the colder months, you’ll probably need a thicker one for the car ride home. Also, don’t forget the baby mittens so they don’t scratch their cute little face.

Car Seat

For obvious reasons!

To other mamas, was there a must item(s) on your list that I missed? Would love to hear!


And in case you missed it, I did a post on my New Mom Essentials.



  • Osiarah

    Lovely article 🙂 Beautiful picture too. Thanks for sharing those tips!

    Osiarah xx


  • Maria Eugenia

    Definitely saving this post to look back on for when the time comes for me! Great advice!
    Maria Eugenia . thegirlonanisland.com

  • Rena

    I see you have been very well equipped!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  • Lauren

    Wow, so many things I would never think to pack! This is great, thank you x


  • pia

    YOu are so organized!
    Fash ‘n’ fudge
    Fash ‘n’ fudge

  • sasa

    Thank you for sharing:P

    Shall We Sasa

  • Monika

    Great tips! The baby looks so cute!


  • Gayana Bagdasaryan

    Helena, thank you so much for this post! 🙂 Exactly what I need right now. I’m a few months behind you in my pregnancy, due in 2 weeks in 1 day, and your blog has been one of my top information sources, especially on what baby items to buy and prepare for my little girl’s big arrival. So Thank you! 🙂 Hugs!

  • Lisa

    Hi Helena! What carrier are you using in this picture?

    Thank you,

    • BrooklynBlonde

      Hi Lisa!

      I’m wearing the Boba carrier, but I don’t recommend it. I personally love the Lille Baby (especially the cool edition for the warmer months) and the k’tan.


  • Miss Pippi

    Really helpful. Nice tips!


  • Alyssa Amato

    This is such a wonderful and informative post! Love that you share all this motherly advice. xx


  • LLD

    Huge second to disposable underwear! I ended up wearing a pair TO the hospital after my water broke at home. Thanks for being so candid! Xo

  • K. Elizabeth

    I keep hearing that everyone else had gross hospital food during their stay, but I lucked I guess because the hospital I delivered at had a gourmet chef from my university and the food was amazing!! I didn’t think to take a pillow with me the first time around, but I definitely took some the second time. Nothing helps with recovery like being able to get comfortable.

  • Noa

    thanks! in the photo above, are you using the baby k’tan carrier? asking because the grey seems different. thanks in advance

    • Helena

      Hi Noa!

      It’s actually the Boba carrier, which I wasn’t a big fan of! My favorites are the k’tan or the Lile baby cool for warmer months.

      Hope that helps!

  • Andreea

    We love babywearing too. With love, from Romania <3

  • Lauren

    Thank you for your post!! I’m due in September. You seem to be always on the go. Are you still nursing? If so, how do you balance that with your hectic lifestyle. I’m a stylist, and still contemplating how will I balance work and baby life.

    • Helena

      Hi Lauren, my apologies for the late reply to this! I still am but there are moments where I want to throw the towel in. On days where I’m at work, it’s very very hard! When I’m on the go, I am often carrying around a mini suitcase with a pump and being that I’m not always in an office, I have found myself pumping in restaurant bathrooms. It takes a lot of work! I can’t even lie to you.

  • Shari from GoodFoodWeek

    Thanks for sharing what you packed and used in your hospital bag…here is my post about what I packed for hospital the second time around: http://goodfoodweek.com.au/2014/09/motherhood-whats-in-my-hospital-bag/ {I packed way less then what I packed the first time}.

  • Reem

    What a great post! Any way you can share your car seat and stroller brands? I am in the process of creating my registry and I feel a bit overwhelmed 🙁 Do you have a registry we can look at? I am also having a baby boy 🙂

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