A Vintage Mommy's Hospital Bag


While this post probably doesn't pertain to most of my readers, I thought it would be fun to share and possibly helpful to any mommies-to-be out there.

The other day,  I realized that I'm only 8 weeks away from my due date and haven't packed for the hospital yet. When I had Olivia, I was induced a few weeks early so I went to the hospital with my purse and the clothes I was wearing to the doctor's office that morning. I'd like to be a little more prepared this time, if I can.
Packing Light
 Since Pj will probably be toting Olivia into the hospital (and we'll only be in there for about 2 days or so) I'm packing light and trying to keep it practical. The internet is full of lists of "must-have" items to take with you to the hospital but I feel that most of those items are overkill.

      It's very easy for a mommy-to-be to get excited and nervous and over-pack but packing light and keeping it simple makes life much easier when it's time to go to the hospital, transfer to another room and go home with the new bundle. A 3 piece set of luggage containing the baby's entire wardrobe and mother's vanity set will probably get in the way of medical staff and make life hard on the daddy when he's trying to find that one item that the laboring mother really needs. The hospital provides the necessities and of course, there are always plenty of helpful family members on hand, offering to run back home and get anything you the car seat we had at home, not yet installed. Oops!

What's In The Bag? 

 The contents of a momma's hospital bag are a lot like the contents of a woman's purse- it all has a purpose, no matter how silly it is and it varies from person to person.  For this trip, I've packed my hospital luxuries in my vintage Amelia Earhart train case. I rarely get the chance to use it and it's the
perfect size for holding everything I'll want to bring.  Here's what's in my case...
Fuzzy Socks- to keep feet warm during labor- I froze my butt off last time
Vintage blue nightgown and robe set- to wear after delivery
Memory Foam Slippers- a gift from Pj
Nursing Bras and cotton undies -yay for granny panties
Peach hair scarf and Ivory snood-I'll be too busy snuggling my new baby to deal with silly pin curls but a head scarf or easy snood looks cute in pictures
Lotion- For back and leg massages during labor
Nursing Pads-It usually takes a few days for milk to come in but I packed a few pairs of disposable nursing pads, just in case.
Navy yarn and crochet hook- For times of waiting around or late nights when I'm too excited/nervous to sleep
journal and pen- To document all of baby's firsts and stories for the scrapbook
Makeup/Toiletries bag- in a cute soap and glory bag
The Makeup Bag 

Not at all something I need but with visitors and pictures going in scrapbooks, a swipe of mascara and lip gloss makes a girl feel pretty. I packed my makeup in this cute little Soap and Glory bag, a gift from my sister. I have a vintage compact, refilled with my shade of powder, a tube of mascara, concealer, liquid liner and a tube of berry colored lip gloss. I also bought a pack of  facial cleansing wipes and a small bottle of my favorite facial moisturizer. I have hair pins and a ponytail holder in the Anne Taintor change purse and a rat tailed comb in the bag.  My makeup bag holds my toiletries, all travel-sized: toothbrush and paste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner and body wash.

Other Stuff-Since both of our moms will be present during delivery, we don't bother with the phone list or camera. The excited grandmas take care of spreading the news and taking LOADS of pictures of their new little bundle. I leave the cash for snacks to Pj. He knows that hospital cafeteria and ATM locations like the back of his hand! :) I will also toss a few pillows from home in the car at the last minute. The hospital usually has an extra pillow on hand but I'm a pillow hog and it's nice to have your own pillow! :)

For Baby, Daddy and Big Sister
Pj packs his own little bag, which will probably contain a change of clothes, pajama pants and something to entertain him

Olivia will be staying with my mom and her toys, books, clothes and portable crib are already over there. I also left a list of favorite foods, dosage for Tylenol and teething medicine and the emergency number for her pediatrician- just in case!

For the baby, I packed a gown (which I LOOOOVE on babies. They're SO cute!) and this cute little elephant print sleeper. Olivia was full term but she wore preemie size when she was born. Since this baby is only 4 pounds now, I think he'll be small too but we went ahead with the newborn size anyway. I'm sure that I can ask a grandma to bring a preemie outfit if we end up needing it. We also brought a nice warm blanket for the car ride home. I will also be packing the baby book for copies of those tiny ink footprints! :)
 So, that's it! If you're packing your own hospital bag, especially for the first time, I suggest asking other moms what they brought with them and what they actually used. Think about what makes you feel comfortable when you're in pain or not feeling well and let that guide you in your packing.


  1. Such a lovely post, I swear you're blog is making broodier by the day... and I already have 2!

    I was super disorganised with my 1st baby (a girl) and stupidly thought I could throw last minute things in the bag in between contractions. There was no in between contractions and I ended up screaming at my sister to pack my toiletries for me. She literally eptied my bathroom shelf into a bag so there I was in hospital with foot scrub and face masks... but no hairbrush weirdly!

    I had my 2nd baby (a boy) at home but I still packed a hospital bag just in case our home birth plans didn't work out. Besides it's kind of a rite of passage, like a mental nod to the reality of what's happening (or about to happen).

    So excited for you, things get really interesting once you have more than one little one. My mum always says, the best gift we will ever give our children is eachother <3

    Loveaudrey xxx

  2. When I went into hospital to have my baby (who is now a 2 1/2 year old giant!), I took a suitcase that most people would use on a two-week holiday! I wish I'd seen your list first - I would have spent less time rummaging through piles of clothes and more time relaxing! x PS I just discovered your blog and I LOVE it!

  3. You're so prepared! This sounds like a fantastic really have all your bases covered!

  4. This brings back some fond memories of when my daughter was born. I cleaned house like a mad fool the day before, and my daughter came home in a huge 6 month sized jumper, because my mom assured me that we had big babies...yeah....I weighed almost 10 pounds, but gratefully my daughter came in at a very healthy 7. Hope everything continues smoothly for you and your family.

  5. Looks good. For some reason, when I went to the hospital I brought an Edgar Allen Poe compilation for reading material... As if.

  6. Fuzzy Socks- to keep feet warm during labor- I froze my butt off last time

    Pssst, socks won't do much to keep your butt from freezing no matter how fuzzy they are - this helpful hint brought to you by someone who's youngest 'baby' turns 24 next week.

    Best wishes for your newest blessing.

  7. How exciting! I never pack my bags until 37 weeks, because it's only then that I stop being in denial about having a baby! We've had two birth center births, and since you're not there long, they tell you to bring food for during labor and after the birth. With my fourth baby; I went into labor very suddenly, but managed to throw a few eggs and some cheese into a cooler; thinking about a post-baby omelet...oops! They didn't have a stove! With my fifth, I knew better on the stove and had fresh fruit, crackers, string cheese, yogurt, and sparkling cider all ready sitting in the fridge. I went into labor suddenly at 10:30 PM, and between chants of "Hurry..Hurry...Hurry" my husband grabbed the bags and the cooler. After a rip-roaring two hour labor; I found that he packed us sparkling cider, apple juice; and a few peaked-looking oranges! Also unused; the organic essential oil blend I so carefully picked out for labor! All I really used was a swimsuit (top) for the birthing tub, clothes for going home in, and the blanket I crocheted for my little 10lb bouncing baby Elvis! Fortunately, we were able to go home and snuggle by 3:30 that morning, so we didn't really miss a meal!

    Good luck with your new bundle of joy!

  8. Brandi, that's so interesting about the birthing center! I had no idea that they have you bring in food and everything. Two hour labor too? I thought I was lucky with my 4 hour labor!
    Helen- You're right about that! I shook so badly I couldn't focus on anything. The socks did help my feet, though. I have freezing cold feet even during the summer so while I was in labor last time they felt like ice cubes! Having warm feet always brings me comfort so it helped a lot!
    Steph- that's -hilarious-!!

  9. Well, it pertains to me! Just not for a few months yet. I plan to bring knitting. Well, that is only if I decide in the end to go with the drugs. Don't think I will be able to knit if I am not drugged!

  10. Can't say this is making me broody at 44 I think I'm past that now! But it is so interesting having never had children all the stuff you have to think about!!

  11. Aww that's so cute. If you read my blog you know I am broody already lol This is so exciting for you. I think I packed and repacked my bag at least 10 times last time, how about you?

  12. I love your mommy related posts!
    I had a home birth so never packed a bag - I propably had a emergency bag but I can't even remember! With the next one I will certainly keep snoods and scarfs handy! :-)

  13. hehe! So far, I've packed my bag only once but I'm sure that will change within the next few weeks. This will be my first time spending a night away from Olivia so I have repacked her bag about 20 times, just to make sure that everything goes well for her! I'm -so- worried about being away from my baby girl but she'll be with my momma and step dad so I know she's in great hands. She will probably have so much fun playing with her grandpa that she will forget that I'm not around! :)

  14. Very informative and helpful post.
    I plan to have my first child within the next 2 years, I swear if it did not scare me so bad I would already have one.


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