Baby Shower Gift Idea: Hospital Survival Kit

Baby Shower Gift

It’s always a challenge to decide what you are going to bring as a gift to a baby shower. Should you just grab something off the registry or think outside the box? I guess it depends on your relationship with the new mom-to-be. If you are good friends, you might want to do something different that looks like you put a little time and effort into it.

Enter the Hospital Survival Kit.

I just saw this at my sister-in-law’s baby shower this weekend and I thought it was a great idea. It’s pretty easy to put together but something that the new mom will definitely appreciate while she is sitting in the hospital.

Baby Shower Gift

All you have to do is start with a shoebox size container. Now fill it with many of the little things that the new mom will need in the hospital. Here is what my sister-in-law’s box contained:

Hospital Survival Kit

  • Three pairs of socks
  • Burt’s Bees Facial Cloths
  • A Vitamin Water or beverage
  • Ponytails
  • Listerine mouthwash
  • Lip balm
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Nail polish
  • Big candy bar

What a great idea, right?!?

What would you add to this “Hospital Survival Kit”?


  1. Such a lovely gifts. I have a month ago from Ginger Kids during the birthday of my niece. I bought some bibs, baby thermometer and baby backseat mirror. Check it out!

  2. I love the idea about Lanolin, some other thoughtful items are any snacks that are easy to eat with one hand (nuts, granola bars, fruit strips, etc.), reusable plastic cup with straw (some really cute ones out there!), a pretty notebook and pen to keep track of feedings and diaper changes, onesie stickers of “newborn” through “twelve month” for photos of the baby…food and breast feeding supplies are #1 in my book!!!

  3. As a Mother-Nurse , I found this to be a very thoughtful gift . Those socks ? Definately ! Nail polish ? Not sure about that as the ” average” number of interruptions in a postpartum mom ‘s room in 24 hours is FORTYNINE ! Not much rest or down time to be had there. Also, if you plan to breastfeed , as I hope you do, please do not bring the Hooter- hider and use it to completely hide breasts and baby when the endless stream of guests are present . Have the nurse show the guests to the waiting area and remember that mom and baby are the focus here and you both need time and privacy to get to know one another and learn this breastfeeding thing. How about throwing in a decorative box of tissues and maybe some lanolin cream for mom ? Sorry for the rant thrown in !!!! I just hate how hectic it is for these new parents at such a crucial time.

  4. My friend made me one of these to take to the hospitol when I had my knee surgery, I loved it! It was so thoughtful and it really made me feel special! My hand sanitizer was from Bath & Body Works and the nurses kept coming in just just to smell it because it smelled so yummy! So I’m def making one for my daughter in law when she goes in to have the baby!

  5. When my dad was just in the CCU at the hospital a close friend brought a hospital survival kit to our family. It was the most caring gift we could have received. My dad died at the hospital that same night but I will never forget her heartfelt and thoughtful gift.

  6. I c the last persons point , but I would still love to receive the survival kit as a gift, it has stuff I would use in it and it shows thoughtfulness, I personally love it !

  7. Look at it this way… would you feel if you got up on Christmas morning, and found Listerine, ponytail holders and Kleenex in your stocking?

    This just isn’t a gift. The mom will already have stuff like this in her own home, and ready to pack in her suitcase. If she doesn’t, the hospital can give most of it to her – especially Kleenex and Chapstick!

    This is the same thing as those “bridesmaid survival kits” that so many thoughtless brides give their wedding parties.

    • Sorry, but I don’t think this is “thoughtless” at all! I think it is a great idea, especially for a new mom. My stepdaughter is due in three months, and she is the type to forget things like this. Also, if you are picky about brands, hospital items may not be for you. Tissues and TP are scratchy, and be honest, the stuff hospitals give are just not “homey”. So a few items to brighten someone’s day is good.

      • I did something like this when a friend broke a hip and needed to do a stay in a rehab hospital. She still raves about the fabric caddie and all the “homey” touches like a few pens with silk flowers attached with green electrical tape so that if she dropped it in the bed or while in the wheel chair, she could pick it up easily. I also added a lipstick and face power in her favorite shades to perk her up! I say make it pretty and put her favorite “survival” things in there. It can help make mom feel more human and not just a specimen which is how I felt when in the ob-gyn suite.


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