What´s in my hospital bag – the second time around

Now I am aware that it is time for my „Favorite Face of…“ series aka my monthly makeup favorites, but with a newborn around, the war paint I am going to wear (if any) will neither be interesting nor adventurous, so I decided to film a „What´s in my hospital bag“ video for you instead.

Take a trolley. You really don't want to carry anything when in labor!
Take a trolley. You really don’t want to carry anything when in labor!


It is a long one, so if baby stuff isn’t your thing, you are probably better off just not watching it, and if you are pressed for time, there will be a list of the things I deemed necessary right at the bottom of this blog post.


But for everyone looking for some tips on what to bring: Grab a cup of tea and enjoy!


List of what I packed

  • Comfy clothing: Nothing restricting, but something you can walk around in
  • Breast feeding friendly clothes: You really need to have easy access, especially in the beginning
  • Basic, comfortable underwear: Basically anything you would never wear for date night will do
  • Warm socks
  • Thongs/ flip-flops: For hospital showers
  • Basic body care: Toothbrush, deodorant,…
  • Skincare: Depending on your preference, but I recommend taking at least a cleanser, a face mist and lip balm
  • Makeup: If you want to wear some. I certainly do.
  • Snacks: For you and anyone possibly accompanying you
  • Baby clothes: Check if your hospital provides some for the stay there, and bring at least two sizes for bodies/onesies
  • Books/chargers/electronics: Depending on personal preference. I didn’t use any of them much the first time.

List of what your hospital may provide

  • Newborn diapers /wipes
  • Nipple Cream
  • Nursing Pads
  • Maxi Pads

You will need to have all of that at least at home, even if your hospital provides them. No one wants to go shopping when being released.

Of course any paperwork you might have been given as well as necessary personal medication should be packed.


Fellow mothers out there: Anything you feel I should have included?

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  • I loved that moment when I was getting my hospital bag ready 🙂 Looking at the tiny clothes and nappies and thinking that soon there will be my baby wearing those 🙂 x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • I was shocked the second time, I absolutely forgot how teeny tiny these clothes are!

  • I remember having my bag packed when I was 37 weeks exactly. Then when it came time to actually go to the hospital, we were snowed in and it took a couple hours of digging out the car until we could leave, leaving me with nothing to do! I was so antsy and repacked the entire bag lol


    • Snowed in? Quite a story to tell your children.

      • Yup! Mid- December, what could I expect lol It was the first snowfall of the season, about 3 feet 🙂

  • I am nowhere near being a mother, but I find these posts/videos really fun to watch… Since you are a mother for the second time, I’m sure you knew what you need and what you didn’t have the first time around… Great post 🙂


  • Although packing a hospital bag is of no relevance to me .. yet haha. But I really enjoyed watching this video purely because watching youtube ‚whats in my hospital bag’s‘ is a guilty pleasure of mine, it really does satisfy my nosey side lol. I love that you packed snacks for any visitors, that’s so sweet, I would have never thought that would be a thing ♥

    • I ended up eating most of it myself, but after delivery. Everything went so fast there was no time for snacking,

  • i loved hearing your voice, as well as seeing what you packed. also, it was interesting to hear a little bit about the hospital stay. they send you out really fast in america, c section or not!

    • It gets faster and faster here too, which I don’t mind. I´d much rather be home than at the hospital, to be honest.

  • Love your YouTube videos! I also love watching these kinds of videos haha! Great post Linda!

    Darriyan xx | darriyancateland.blogspot.com

  • Lovely video! I also packed my hospital bag in the end of my 37th week for my second! For my first pregnancy I packed in the 35th week, and my boy was born in the 41 week, so… yep a bit anticipated, LOL
    Just like you my hospital gives me the clothes for the babies. For my first delivery, I had to stay 6 days (3 would be the normal, but you can opt to go out when you want if mom and baby are healthy) because it didn’t go too well and I had huge hemorrhages. And for my second I lost even more blood, so they had already booked 6 days for me because there was „a risk precedent“. So I packed some more clothes than the first time, and eventually threw everything to the litter afterwards, because I was bathing in blood several times 😛

    • Oh, sounds horrible! I didnt bother changing out of the hospital gown for the first 24 hours either, with all the blood, so I didnt ruin my own clothes. Are you prone to bleeding in general? Sorry if this is to personal, but as a physician I am incredibly curious regarding these things.

      • In switzerland you don’t get hospital clothes if you are there for giving birth. Even being through the operation room as I’ve been, you get to wear your own clothes immediately. I believe the argument is „you’re not ill or anything, so you’re not treated like one“.
        oh, yes, I think I’m prone to bleeding in general, but not in a pathological way. After giving birth the bleeding was because I had issues with my placenta. Which was manually removed by doctors causing the following bleeding. I recovered much quicker the second time, I was given some hormone spray and the bleeding stopped after 10 days. That made my life much easier, to recover quicker from the anemia. With my first child it was quite bad for 6 weeks and didn’t disappear until the 10th week post partum, so I was pretty much like a pale ghost with the strength of a butterfly until the third month 😛

        • I am quite anemic in general, without any issues, but throughout pregnancy my stats were as good as never before. Might have been the extra healthy eating…
          And a manual placenta removal. So you had general anesthesia after giving birth? Or did you get an epidural throughout the process that was still working?

          • I had general anesthesia 🙁
            I’m also quite anemic in general, during pregnancy values go up simply because you stop having menstruation. Eating rarely has anything to do with it. But There is a natural complement that has helped me a lot „Floradix“ have you tried it?

          • I don’t take anything, as it doesn’t bother me.

  • this will definitely come in handy when i do have a baby of my own someday 😛 thanks for sharing them! x


  • Most american hospitals provide very little!

    • I figured that much when watching the American versions of this video. In Europe almost everything is provided for you.

  • What a lovely video! You are so beautiful!
    xx Elisa

  • Did you have time to put any makeup before going to delivery? Love the idea of cooling pad, I wouldn’t ever think about that! Did anyone stay with you at the hospital or just you and the new born? I hope your son is doing good and your daughter is happy with the new addition to the family.

    Ela BellaWorld

    • My water broke at 3 am, so I wasn’t wearing any makeup then and didn´t put any on until the day after. Delivery was very quick this time. It was just me and the baby, my husband was at home with our daughter, he was only there for delivery.
      My daughter loves her baby brother, she wants to carry and stroke him all the time.

  • Did you have time to put any makeup before going to delivery? Love the idea of cooling pad, I wouldn’t ever think about that! Did anyone stay with you at the hospital or just you and the new born? I hope your son is doing good and your daughter is happy with the new addition to the family.

    Ela BellaWorld

  • Looks like you thought of everything. I guess going through it one time before really prepared you for your second delivery.

  • Yulia

    Linda, thanks for this list! I am not in the pregnancy/parenting phase of my life yet, but I know that there is so much to know and to learn when it comes to giving birth. I would definitely check your blog for some tips when I’ll get there:)


    • You are always welcome to ask any questions should you enter that phase.

  • I need to upload my video of this too! It’s a great idea as I found things I took changed so much the second time around. I still packed more than I needed, but better to be over-prepared than under-prepared I guess! 🙂 I shot it on maternity leave as I wanted to have some videos ready for my channel, but I haven’t found the time to actually upload anything yet…

    I’m still in the easy breastfeeding clothes too, haha! They are definite post-hospital essentials as well. Will be for a while I think, in no rush to get back to ’normal‘ clothing just yet until we get it established really well.

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • I am curious to see what you packed, it really changed a lot compared to the first time.

      No need to change out of breastfeeding clothes here too, especially as my son is big in spitting… I get puked on regularly, so there is no rush in getting out the good clothes.

      • We started the season of spit up today in spectacular fashion….just as I was thinking about maybe trying something other than a breastfeeding singlet….ha!

  • This is a great video for to-be-mothers out there..Comfy clothes are sure needed

  • Looks like you had it all covered, I did watch the video yesterday on youtube. Gemma x

    • It was great having been there once already, you knew much better what you´d really need.

  • Sensible choice. At least it is red.

  • Very informative video! It seems like you covered all of the bases.

  • This will be so helpful for new mums to be, especially as it is your second child, so you have edited what you really need. It would be interesting to hear what you took the first time and didn’t use.

    Inma x

    • Now that would have made the video about 30 minutes longer… Mostly clothes and more books and things to distract me (no distraction needed!) as well as gimmicks to help throughout delivery which I just couldn’t be bothered with when it actually happened.

  • My cousin is having a baby soon, and I’ll definitely pass this list on to her!


  • I’ve no doubt this will be very helpful for all of the mums-to-be 🙂 Besides the obvious baby-related items, I recognise many points from your list from my own hospital bag when I used to have operations!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • I guess some things are the same when going to a hospital. Snacks and thongs are always helpful.

  • Nicole

    Awesome video! Thanks for all the tips 🙂

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  • What a great and comprehensive list for mums – to-be. I recognise most items from the hospital bag my mum packed when she had my siblings.


    • You were old enough to remember? My last sibling was born when I was 4 1/2, so I don’t really have much memory of this occasion.

  • Sarah Laird

    I don’t think I’ll be having little ones anytime soon but I still thoroughly enjoyed your video – excellent selection of hospital essentials! Congrats on your new arrival 🙂 x

    Viva Epernay

  • Ich werde das zwar selbst nicht brauchen, aber informieren schadet ja nicht, gerade für freunde um mit rat und tat zur seite zu stehen 😀 Makeup würde ich auf jeden fall auch mit nehmen :D:D

    • Mir hilft Makeup sehr, mich wohler zu fühlen, also habe ich es gerne dabei. Ich kann aber auch verstehen, wenn jemand darauf verzichtet.

  • Dressed With Soul

    Liebe Anne, die Idee ist genial, dass Du über den Inhalt der Tasche für das Krankenhaus ein Video gemacht hast! Ich habe es fasziniert angeschaut – wow, Du hast an alles gedacht! Bin mir sicher, Du hilfst damit sehr vielen werdenden Müttern. Und ich mag Dich auch in Deinen Videos einfach enorm gerne, Du machst das extrem gut.

    • Es hilft, wenn man es schon mal gemacht hat. Und danke, liebe Rena, es macht mir auch großen Spaß.

  • Haha, I love the cheeky comments! Labour is definitely difficult for the men 😉 I wouldn’t have thought to bring snacks, though, but it does make sense!


    • I am no stranger to the food served in the hospital, so I knew I had to bring something to cheer me up.

  • Rosanna Briguglio

    Great video and very useful tips!!
    Have a lovely weekend 🙂
    Rosanna x

  • Toyas Tales

    It has been a long time since I had to pack a bag like this but I wish I would have thought of snacks. The hospital food was terrible. I had my child’s father sneak me in some fried chicken from KFC.

    • I my room was a pizza delivery menu right next to the hospital menu…

  • I love how you thought of absolutely everything! Such a nice and informative video for every women going through this beautiful experience! Thanks for sharing this! xx


  • I really, really appreciate this post! trolley? brilliant!!! I had CS section, delivered the baby past 12 mn and we went home Saturday morning. I did not bring any skincare hahaha IDK why but next time I will.

    • How was recovery after the C-section? I had friends that could barely move for a month.

  • Liebe Linda, das ist das erste Video dieser Art, dass ich mir angesehen hab. Ich denke, du hast absolut alles bedacht! Die Babysachen sind total süß! Ganz liebe Grüße! Ivi


    • Nicht wahr? Und sie sind so winzig, das vergisst man irgendwie.

  • im so excited for you Linda! and seriously, you go girl! you def should look lovely holding your equally beautiful new baby. a little make-up would help. i hope you have a safe delivery 🙂


  • Very informative! I know that in France new parents often receive a huge box full baby stuff at the hospital – not that public maternities are so kind, it’s put together by brands, it’s sort of a product placement marketing strategy! But hey if it can help…

    • It is the same here in Germany. You get some wet wipes, new born diapers etc, all sponsored by Pampers. But I don’t mind, you need so much of this stuff the first weeks, I´ll take anything.

  • Jamie RS

    Amazing post! very informative especially for those first time moms out there 🙂

    xx Jamie | With Love, Jamie

  • Thank you so much for sharing this! I am not pregnant yet, but I am alway so curious about pregnancy and labor!

  • I’m not on this page yet, but I hope it’s too far for me either. There is a world of new things I will have to learn. The video is definitely useful! 😉

  • Ohhmmmyy great tips especially for us who are new in this.
    I just can’t wait to see my little angel soon.
    I will keep this on mind.

    Have a great day!


  • What a great idea for a post/video! 🙂 I would have nooooo idea what to pack, so very smart of you to watch YouTube videos on the topic the first time. Must be nice to have more experience the second time around. If only hospitals had amenities like hotels, right 😉

    • I watch You Tube vides on any topic these days, whenever I feel the need to prepare myself for something. I might have a problem.

  • This is such a great video, Anne! I wish I’ve seen something like this when I was preparing for little tyke’s arrival but I was consumed and addicted to watch Lisa Eldridge. LOL! Yes, yes, yes to skincare and flip flops. I still remember how dull and terrible my skin was after delivery especially after 5 nights in the hospital (little tyke had jaundice) and flip flop was heaven sent! And dang, I didn’t even think of bringing makeup with the exception of a lipstick. Haha!

    ps: Great tip on the cooling pad, it’s the first that I ever heard of it and I have not heard it form anyone back in Malaysia too.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • I would have suffered a lot without my cooling pad, the hematoma was no joke! I could barely sit for the first week.

  • thefashionsalt

    Hahaha. I couldn’t stop laughing at the end. That is too funny. And this is so thorough. I didn’t realize I’d need all those things. I’m definitely bookmarking this for future use. I also love the little outfit with the penguin and the bear furry onesy. Those are so cute! I hope you are feeling wonderful!

    • I packed way more the first time around, after watching countless videos on the topic, so this is actually the streamlined version.

  • You were certainly prepared! I wasn’t as I had my son pretty early. Luckily we weren’t too far from the hospital so my husband brought everything over to me afterward. Come to think of it I don’t think I was even planning on packing a bag. I had everything else planned though.

    • I watched countless YT tutorials on this subject, so I was well prepared the first time around and had everything ready to go very early. I guess it helped that I was home from work pretty early as well, due to working way too much the weeks before, and I was bored out of my mind…

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