What NOT to Pack in Your Hospital Bag


items provided by the hospital when having a babyI just had a baby at Prisma Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital, and it was a wonderful experience! The staff was great, and I felt well taken care of during the entire labor and delivery experience.

There are many helpful lists out there regarding what to pack in your hospital bag, but it would have been helpful if I had known what I didn’t have to worry about bringing. So, I’ve compiled a list of items that were provided to me by the hospital during my stay. In other words, here is a what NOT to pack list.

Although this pertains to Prisma Parkridge specifically, these are standard supplies that will be provided to you by most hospitals. Just be sure to double check with your specific place of delivery if want to be certain.

Items Provided by the Hosptial for Baby:

  • Diapers
  • Sample sized shampoo bottle
  • Swaddle blankets
  • Pacifier
  • Diaper wipes
  • Diapers
  • Brush and comb
  • Newborn hat
  • Nose plunger

Items Provided by the Hospital for Mom:

  • Water bottle with straw
  • Dermoplast® (anti-itch spray)
  • Sani-hands wipes
  • Lanolin Nipple cream
  • Squirt bottle
  • Pads
  • Full-body Washcloths
  • Perineal cold packs
  • Witch hazel pads
  • Disposable postpartum underwear

As you are prepping and shopping for your hospital bag items, feel free to cross those items off your list. Happy packing!

What did your hospital provide when you had your baby? What else would you add to the list?

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Brittany Myczkowski
Brittany is a mom, wife, and outgoing introvert who recently moved to the Columbia area in 2022! She has lived in many different cities from the East Coast to the Midwest and is happy to now call Columbia home. Building a sense of community is one of the reasons she and her family decided to come to Columbia and why she is very excited to be a part of the Columbia Mom team. Physical and mental health is also very important to her. As a physical therapist, she has witnessed the powerful connection of the mind and body and how both need to be given the proper TLC. In her spare time, she enjoys perfecting the fine art of sleep procrastination, listening to podcasts or books on tape, doing anything active, and adding unnecessary items to her Amazon cart. Photo by: Zach and Sarah Photography


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