What’s In My Hospital Bag

After many weeks of procrastination, I finally packed my bags for the hospital!  We had an external version scheduled yesterday (which ultimately was cancelled since baby girl turned on her own) and it forced me to be prepared in case she decided to make an appearance.  Here’s what’s in my bag, I also have a separate diaper bag packed for baby since we won’t need her things right away.

what to pack for the hospital

  1.  A comfortable nursing bra.  Find one that is good to sleep in and provides easy access for nursing.  My favorites are always from Target.  I have splurged on higher end brands in the past only to be disappointed in the long run.  You also may want to throw in a couple pairs of very large undies in case you don’t like the mesh underwear the hospital provides.  I happen to love the crazy mesh underwear, they are super soft and stretchy, but many moms don’t share my enthusiasm for disposable underwear!
  2. Milkmaid Tea  I love Earth Mama Angel Baby but there are a handful of great options.  If you plan to breastfeed it’s smart to do everything in your power to get your milk to come in as soon as possible.  This tea has always helped my milk supply so I start drinking it almost immediately after my babies are born to start speeding up the milk production process.  Plus it’s yummy and cozy to have a warm cup of tea in bed.
  3.  Zoe Organics Belly Butter  This super rich belly butter that I used throughout my pregnancy to prevent stretch marks also has ingredients to help your skin regain it’s elasticity after you deliver.  And trust me, you are going to want all the elasticity you can get.  Also, your first shower after delivery will be the best shower of your life and it’s nice to have some of your favorite products with you to make it even more luxurious.
  4.  A pretty robe.  I love this one from Plum Pretty Sugar.  Everyone will tell you not to bring anything you don’t want ruined.  But my philosophy is that all clothes can be washed and it’s nice to feel pretty if you will be having visitors or photos taken during your hospital stay.  You don’t need to be dolled up every day all day, but there may be times when you want to have the option of feeling cute.  This goes for makeup as well.  I have a small bag of just a few necessities, some lip gloss, tinted moisturizer, blush, and dry shampoo for my hair.  It may not ever get touched but I like having the option.
  5.  A phone charger, or two or three if your husband also needs one and you are also bringing an ipad or ipod.  There is often a lot of down time during your stay and you will constantly be sending photos and calling friends and family.
  6.  Speakers for your phone or ipod.  Make a great playlist ahead of time or find your favorite streaming stations.  I always loved having nice calming, chill music to help me relax during labor.
  7.  Comfy shoes.  I love having my Minnetonka Slippers in the hospital.  They are roomy and easy to slip on and off as you get in and out of bed.  Also, the hallways are often cold in the hospital so I prefer a soft warm shoe for walking the halls during labor and recovery.
  8.  Personal touches from home.  I made sure to pack photos of Adam and Lake so I can always look over at their cute faces.  I know I am going to miss them dearly while I’m at the hospital.  These prints are from my favorite print shop Artifact Uprising.
  9.  A keepsake from my dearest friends.  At my baby sprinkle my friends each strung a few beads to make a lariat to keep with me in the hospital.  It is meant to be a reminder that they are thinking of me and sending love and support.  Isn’t that so lovely??
  10.  An outfit to wear home.  You will still look pregnant (at least 5-6 months) so don’t even thing about grabbing those pre-pregnancy skinny jeans.  Keep it simple, loose and comfortable with easy access for breastfeeding.

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