Hospital Survival Kit for New Moms DIY Gift

Hospital Survival Kit for New Moms

New Mom Hospital Survival Kit DIY Gift


My best friend just had a baby! I’m so excited for her – this is her third child, as she has 2 little girls at home. I was trying to find something useful to give her to help during her hospital stay after the baby is born. There are so many wonderful things to chose from that I had to work hard to narrow down my purchases. You know, sometimes I go a little overboard. 


I went to Target with my list of things I needed for the hospital survival kit. I wasn’t sure exactly what I was going to get, but because I’ve spent so much time in the hospital over the last few years, I had an idea or two.



First, I went to the travel section of the store and grabbed some shampoo, conditioner, and lotion. Then, I remembered that the last few times I was in the hospital, hubby bought me Tresemme’ dry shampoo so I grabbed one of those too.


I picked up some Vaseline chapstick and makeup wipes. Then I went to the grocery section and found this awesome display on the end of the aisle. It had $1 packages of snack foods so I grabbed Nature Valley Granola bars, Quaker Chewy Bars, Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies, and Rice Krispie treats.


Hospital Survival Kit for New Moms


Then, I picked up a large bag of M&M’s. I threw a pack of Altoids smalls in the cart too and went to look for a bag. I found the bag for only 99 cents and since we didn’t know if it was a boy or a girl yet, I thought it was perfect.



This is where you could put a tag on the front for “Hospital Survival Kit,” but I chose not to put a tag on the front so she could re-use the bag again if she wanted. I think it’s kind of pretty. I usually have tissue paper on hand, but most of the time I only have white. When I got the call this morning that it was a boy, I went back into my wrapping paper storage bin and grabbed some blue paper. Finally, I headed to the hospital to go meet the new baby and check on Mommy. 

Hospital Survival Kit for New Moms


 Mommy and baby were doing great when I got there and we were able to visit for a few minutes. She looked so happy and was enjoying just snuggling with the new baby. Mine are still young, but I remember the times when they were that little. Sometimes you forget until you see a new baby. 



I was excited to see which items she liked and thought she would use. She loved the chocolate and the Rice Krispie Treats and she immediately had me open the Vaseline chapstick so she could use it. I’m happy that I was able to give her items she could use now and not have to wait.


Don’t tell my hubby, but I may start spending more time on there looking for new ideas!


New Mom Hospital Survival Kit DIY Gift Ideas:

  • Vaseline chapstick
  • M&Ms (or other favorite chocolate candies)
  • Rice Krispie Treats
  • Granola Bars
  • Protein Bars
  • Protein Shakes
  • Body/Face wipes
  • Individual toiletries
  • Dry shampoo
  • Breath mints
  • Cookies (any individual favorite treats)


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  1. What a great idea!! I saw this on Pinterest too, and really like your version of it. Congrats to your friend!! I think the stuff you chose is perfect! 🙂

  2. Awesome~~ What a great idea! I love that you can use this for many hospitol stays. It turned out very cute and so very useful!! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful idea. It seems that it is always really hard to find the right thing to give at a hospitol stay!!!! Enjoyed!! 😉

  3. What a great idea! I wish someone would have gotten it for me 🙂 But now I can make it for others to help make their hospital stay a little bit better!

  4. Thats a cute idea, I did something similar years ago when my brother and his family came to town for a visit and had to stay in a motel because all my extra beds where being used .anyhow I remember how my kids were when we stayed in motels so I made a hotel survival kit. with munches and little cheap games for the kids to play when in room. They all loved it! so I know she appreciated your gift.

  5. This is actually a great idea for anyone in the hospital. I will be spending the night with my mom this Friday and after doing it a few times there are so many things I wish I had with me. I am thinking of doing this for my dad and sister this weekend when they stay

    1. I totally understand! My daughter was in the NICU for 5 weeks after she was born. This would have been appreciated. Thanks for the comment.

  6. What a great idea. My best friend is having a baby in Feb. And I think this would be perfect for her. I am so going to do this. Thanks for sharing. Great idea.

  7. Thanks for the great ideas! a friend of mine is having a baby as well as me and my sis so ill def have to do something like this!!

  8. This is an awesome Idea!! Im a mommy of 7, and when you get ready for the hospital you always for get the small comforting things, such as lip balm and snacks lol…to be honest, I always thought about the baby, what they will wear when they get here, what they will wear home, all the fun things LOL….thank for the awesome idea, will def be doign this when my friends and family have some kiddos 🙂

    1. You’re welcome! I forgot these little things when I had my two kids, too. I was focused on what they would wear home from the hospital! 😉

  9. What a fun little gift. I love the idea of geting little survival things for a new mom, but I think barring dietary restictions that this could be given to anyone in the hospital.

    1. Thanks Maddie. It was a huge hit and I’ve even given it to a few friends who weren’t new mom’s and they’ve loved it.

  10. As crazy as this sounds, I had three kids and never thought about this. Awesome idea!

    1. I actually didn’t think about it until after I had my kids. At least I was able to make it for my best friend. 🙂

  11. What great and thoughtful idea. I had my first son in 2012. If someone would have brought me something like this, I would have kissed them. All the item hit the spot right on. Plus it’s a nice gift without the hefty price tag.

    1. I would have loved this gift, too! At least I know what to get all my new Mommy friends.

  12. In the next 3 months I will be packing bags for two of my friends. This will come in so handy when I am making the bags.

  13. What a great little treasure to offer the new Mommy. And it’s budget friendly as well. Thank you!

  14. Thank you so very much for this wonderful idea. I never thought to do this. I already know three people who will be getting these. =)

  15. Such a great idea! A friend did this for me when I had my son and I will always remember it.

  16. What a great friend you are. I would have loved to get a back like this when I was in the hospital. Dry shampoo and chap stick are a must have! I remember when our electricity was out and I was so glad I had dry shampoo at home!

  17. I just adore this idea. Im going to have to do this for my sister in law next time she has a little one.

  18. dont know abt a new mom, but when i had to spend many hours, overnites w/ my mother had a survival kit w/ me…and always packed things for my mother

  19. Nice idea. Wish I had seen this when my sister in law had her baby couple months ago!

  20. This is a great idea! The hospital stay can be SO boring! I’m thinking a crossword book or something like that would be nice too!

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  21. what a great idea,my gf is due in few weeks,i will definetly make her survival kit as well,thanks for the post…just have to make it little bigger since she is expecting 2 twins girls;-)

  22. This is great! I have 3 kiddos myself and after the first hospital stay you really know what you wish you taken to the hospital!

  23. Wish I would have known about this when my nieces and nephews were born. I think this is amazing to have as a hospital gift. I would probably have fruits and chocolates and the other stuff but next time when I visit someone who had a baby, this is something I will be making. thanks!

  24. This is really a great little gift for anyone going into the hospital. The personal care items and snacks are definite wins!

  25. This is Great! I have a few friends expecting and I will definitely be making a few of these to give out!