What to Pack In Your Hospital Bag?

We're back at it again, with another Instagram segment of Ingrid Asks Mama Packing a hospital bag can be extremely stressful, especially when you're a first time mama-to-be worrying about a million things in preparation before the baby is born. Well mama, never fear! We asked the "mama-sphere" of Instagram to answer "What is the #1 item to pack in your hospital bag?". We got a huge response, both funny and informative. Take a look!

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  • SNACKS!
  • "A special swaddle, like one that zips or Velcro’s so swaddling can be quick, easy, and effective. Especially for first time parents! Or, for parents like me who stink at swaddling despite experience!"
  • Nail clippers
  • A lightweight cozy robe 😊
  • "A comfy robe! I don't think I took mine off."
  • Chapstick for me and Wubanub paci for baby
  • "Mascara and extra hair things. Really missed both when I tried to feel less like I just got out of 28 hrs of labor."
  • "Your own pillow in a different colored case so you won’t loose it when you leave !! Makes a huge difference in your comfort! Hospital pillows are plastic and make you sweat more = no fun after hormones kick in."
  • "Chapstick, my own pillow, and a soft bath towel if you plan on showering there."
  • Slippers!
  • Your own personal comfortable underwear, good pads, a book 📚
  • "Camera. Those adult diapers. Socks or slippers your favorite soap, shampoo, and lotion."
  • Toothbrush!
  • Face wipes!
  • "FOOD! For right after labor before they bring you something!"
  • "Chapstick, hair tie and a long robe."
  • "Comfy underwear! Comfy rope!"
  • "Pajamas, slippers, tooth brush and shampoo."
  • "Jammies!! And a front open sweatshirt/jacket."
  • "Pajamas, slippers, tooth brush and shampoo."
  • "Chapstick, toiletries for a shower, pillow!"
  • "Loose comfortable pajamas!!!"
  • "Snacks, eye mask, hair ties, face wipes, toiletries, your own pillow, comfy pants and nursing top."
  • "Own pillow, yoga socks, toiletries, own towel, chapstick, extra long phone charger, nursing gowns!"
  • "Is wine an acceptable answer?! 😂"
  • "Chapstick, toiletries for a shower, pillow!"
  • "SNACKS - I was constantly starving. Bring twice as much as you think you’ll need - dried fruits, protein bars, pretzels, etc etc."
  • "Your own pillow and very roomy and comfortable pj’s."
  • "A long phone charging cable - like 10 or 15 ft long. Bc there is never an outlet right by your bed. Amazon sells these at a great price!"
  • "Extra long maxi pads so you don't have to leave the hospital wearing the hospital underwear pads."
  • "Chapstick and a robe"
  • "My own pillow."
  • "Chapstick, snacks, my own pillow, granny panties (that you don't mind getting rid of later) hair ties and my own birthing music to keep me going. (And have the nurses remove the clocks so that you do not get discourage should you dilate slowly. )"
  • Robe, chapstick
  • "Snacks and gum/tictacs!"
  • Flip flops! And nursing pjs
  • "Lanolin nipple cream if you plan on breastfeeding! 🤱🏼"
  • Nursing tank and yogas.
  • Phone charger and slippers!
  • "My brother-in-law brought me a funny movie. Honestly it was the best thing! I was induced and labor was long and stressful and watch a funny movie was a nice distraction. The other thing the hospital had. It was like a giant exercise ball but shaped differently. Being able to lay/kneel over while my husband and sister took turns rubbing my back helped."
  • Slippers & dry shampoo! ✨
  • Camera!!!
  • Essential oils with a diffuser! I’d made the room feel less sterile and way more relaxing. The nurses loved it too!
  • Chapstick and refreshing face wipes.
  • All the above plus...Extension cord!
  • Chapstick!
  • Healthy snacks! I ❤️ food 🤣
  • Boppy pillow!!!!!!!
  • "Aside from the obvious ones...noise cancelling headphones (for labour relaxing / focusing)."
  • Comfy lightweight robe and slippers!
  • "A nursing nightgown. #NoPantsClub or at least the first 2 days!"
  • Water bottle and snacks!
  • Chapstick was a must for me.
  • Snacks, concealer, cute pjs.
  • A good nursing sleep bra!
  • Chapstick
  • My own nightgown ..nothing like having something on of your own to keep you comfy (& chapstick ...maybe some waterproof mascara for all the happy tears that come too)
  • Portable Sound Machine!
  • Long nursing nightgown, chapstick and lactation tea
  • Flip flops for the shower.
  • Clothes.
  • A robe.
  • Diapers (for me)
  • Nipple balm!
  • Nursing tank, high waisted leggings, slip on shoes, face wipes&moisturizer, pacifier! Swaddle and premie clothes.
  • White Noise Machine.
  • "Just gave birth on Saturday and the only thing I wished I had was a portable fan to clip on my hospital bed. Otherwise flip flops to get to the bathroom :)"
  • Your own pillow!!
  • "A nice button down pajama top or a comfy robe."
  • CHAPSTICK!!!!
  • Chocolate.
  • "Dark colored robe (and Secret Discreet underwear!)"
  • Pringles!!!😋
  • "Seriously considering stashing a mini 🍾 in mine!"
  • "Super comfy, but cute, clothes for me and my homemade gluten free chocolate chip lactation cookies 😋"
  • "Slippers (that can be thrown out after hospital stay or washed) nursing tanks and draw strip wide leg pants. Long sweater."
  • "Gownies delivery gown to change into after you shower!"
  • "Frida mom washer!!! MUST HAVE. That plus cozy slippers you can throw away. Oh and chapstick and hair ties! (Plus snacks 🤷🏻‍♀️)"
  • Facial Mist.
  • "Slippers for labor because socks are too slippery!"
  • "Protein shakes, almonds and Bluetooth speaker."
  • "Dermoplast and comfy underwear lol! along with comfortable nursing clothes!"
  • "A super cozy oversized blanket for me. And one for baby (little giraffe)"
  • "Mini table top fan - they usually keep the recovery rooms really warm for the new babes - if you are a hot sleeper the mini fan is a MUST especially with all the post delivery hormones."
  • "Big comfy underwear, socks and fav pjs."
  • "Evian spray for face, chap stick, sleep mask, and Frida Mom Washer."
  • "Chap stick!!! Number 1!"
  • "Earplugs, sleep mask, paracetamol!!!"
  • "Wireless speaker— Jams, ladies!!!"
  • "Chapstick and wireless speaker!"
  • "Chapstick and pjs 🙌🏻"
  • "Robe."
  • "Snacks/food for after."
  • "Gum!"
  • Warm tall comfy socks.
  • PJs and slippers for the husband!
  • Chapstick!
  • "An extra long phone charger!"
  • "Your own pillow with a non-white pillow sheet."
  • "Chapstick, comfy robe and/or button-down nightie, an uplifting essential oil like peppermint to inhale during periods of exhaustion during pushing, and your own pillows!"
  • Comfy buttoned PJs.
  • "Nothing!!! The hospital has everything! I way over packed. I did need nursing tank tops."
  • "Long phone charger and pajamas and slippers for hubs."
  • "Nice comfy pyjama’s where you can nurse 🤱🏼"
  • "A pretty and comfortable robe. They photograph better, are easier for breastfeeding, they’re more comfortable and not scratchy. Also, deodorant."
  • "Earth Mama nipple butter. Apply generously 😘"
  • "Why a non-white pillow sheet?"
  • "Yes! And an extension cord with extra outlets is great too!"
  • "Chapstick, a robe, slippers long phone cord."
  • "Robe & pillow!"
  • "My own PJs & slipper socks... AND SNACKS!!!!!"