Hospital Bag + Baby Essentials

Having a baby in Canada is daunting enough without having to worry about where to source the best baby items and what to pack in your hospital bag… Don’t worry, I’ve got you!

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Hospital Bag: Packing List

Hospital Bag
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For you (giving birth)


  • Loose clothing (for day + night): Choose sleeveless or buttoned items for easy breastfeeding – I loved this dress for hospital and at home, it’s stylish enough for visitors whilst still being comfy + accessible.
  • Warm / grippy socks (for those cold/slippery hospital floors) – Click here
  • Comfortable / waterproof shoes (in case you’d like to labour in the shower) – These ones are SO comfy!
  • Warm robe



  • Eye Mask
  • Pre-Natal Vitamins (with folic acid – Click here)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Hairbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Face moisturiser
  • Dry shampoo
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Face wash
  • Intimate Body Wash – Click here
  • Body moisturiser
  • Sponge
  • Scrunchies
  • Refreshing Body + Face Wipes (to replace a shower if needed)



  • Big Water Bottle – this is my GO-TO emotional support water bottle post-partum!
  • Lip Balm – your lips get soo dry
  • Comb – grip this tightly in your palm to distract from the pain
  • Portable Fan – essential to keep cool during contractions and can then double-up as a stroller fan for baby
  • Roll-on Essential Oils – lavender is great for relaxation
  • Heat Pad – this lavender-scented one was especially helpful during my induction cramps
  • Portable Bluetooth speaker
  • Ice Pack
  • Stress Ball
  • Pre-made Gatorade Ice Chips
  • Sports Bra – for labouring in shower
  • Waterproof Shoes – for labouring in shower



  • Salty (e.g. Pretzels) and Sweet (e.g. M&Ms)
  • Trail mix
  • Protein / energy bars



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  • Printed Birth Plan (if applicable, several copies for different hospital staff)
  • ID / Medical Insurance
  • Pre-downloaded Movies/Shows
  • Bluetooth Headphones
  • Magazines
  • Change for vending machines
  • Phone charger
  • Extension cord (the outlet could be far from your bed)
  • Nursing pillow
  • Plastic bags for dirty clothes
  • Reusable bag to take home any hospital freebies!
For baby
For your partner / support person
  • Snacks/Drinks
  • Phone Charger
  • Comfy clothes / toiletries
  • Entertainment: Download shows, headphones
  • Pillow from home
  • Duvet / sleeping bag from home – you don’t know what type of bedding they’ll end up with(!)

If you’re feeling really fancy… Isaac brought our “pocket projector” (similar to this one) and set it up to display Netflix on your hospital window blinds 😆 The nurses said we were genius! The hospital TV wasn’t any good at all, and so this meant that we could watch movies together and not separately on our phones.

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