Baby + Mama ~ What to pack for the hospital!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Nothing makes me calm like organization, so I sat down to make a list of all the things I'll be packing in my hospital bag soon. Since this is my second time around, I've learned a few things... and it's all about keeping it simple. No need to overpack.


Top Ten Essentials:
  1. Nursing gown and robe - You'll want something nice to cover up with when you duck out to see your little love in the nursery, and when you take those first precious photos. I'm obsessed with Cake Lingerie's stuff. I raved about their nursing bra here, and these sets are no exception. Luxurious, cozy & so cute! (Get the Apple Crumble Robe here, and the Rocky Road Chemise here.) 
  2. Going home outfit for baby - A friend gifted my little man some outfits from Kicky Pants and I fell in love. Organic, deliciously soft & so sweet. This one avail here. (Don't worry, the hospital will arm you with your first set of diapers and swaddlers to take your bundle home.)
  3. Flip flops or slippers - No one wants to walk around with bare feet. I'd recommend sandals over slippers so you can also wear them home, and save space in your suitcase. (Weather permitting, of course!)
  4. Music playlist - Whether it's an iPod, iPhone, old fashioned CD or boom box, make sure your music conveys the mood you want to create in the room. Alexi Murdoch from the Soundtrack "Away We Go" sang my daughter gently into this world, and I think I may do a repeat for little man. The song "All My Days" breaks my heart (in a good way) every time I hear it. 
  5. Makeup Bag with the following - Toothbrush/toothpaste, brush, hair clips/hair ties, razor, shampoo/conditioner (I like to use WEN - a one step process), contact lenses/glasses, hand sanitizer for visitors, & some light makeup - concealer, mascara, lip balm & a bit of blush should do the trick. I recommend Stila's Convertible Color, it works for both cheeks and lips and comes in a cute little compact!
  6. Going home outfit for you - Bring something loose & easy but still (remotely) put together. A cotton maxi dress works great. And (sorry to say) but you will still look pregnant, so a maternity dress you already have will work as well. Some cute & cheap choices at Old Navy
  7. Your favorite pillow - You will want this. Trust me. 
  8. Camera, camcorder and all of the charging equipment that comes with it. Wanna get fun and go vintage? This one from Modcloth made me swoon. 
  9. Cozy socks - Your feet will get cold. Your lady bits will hurt. Let's try to make things as comfortable as possible. 
  10. Birth plan - Have it written out and submitted to your doctor before hand, but also take one with you. It's important to be on the same page with the doctor and staff regarding how you want things to go down. For tips on writing one, go here

15 comments:

  1. I couldn't agree more about the maxi dress for the way home. And the pillow{s}. I also brought my favorite thrown from home for #2.

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    1. Oh, a favorite throw... that's a good one. Anything to make it as comfortable as possible! Thanks! xx

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  2. Great pics and list! I definitely overpacked for my first trip too (but I always overpack - better to be prepared!). I'm definitely going to treat myself to new PJS of some sort. I think I ended up wearing those hospital slippers so I wouldn't fall. I was feeling barely functional so I wasn't worried about too much (after going through labor then a c-section). I can't wait to buy my Sadie's take home outfit. I'm going to get the same one I got her brother but in a diff color.

    http://www.serenaandlily.com/Organic/Organic-Take-Me-Home-Gift-Sets

    -Tara
    http://madmaxandfamily.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh that set is so sweet!! I love the blue piping! I'm having a boy! My little Stella will have a little brother, just like Sadie. Perfect! You should really try Cake Lingerie's stuff. Super cozy and cute options! I'm waiting for my set to arrive in the mail so I can finish packing that suitcase and leave it by the door!

      T xx

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  3. this is a perfect list! with my first i packed so many ridiculous things and all i wanted was comfy simple easy pieces so with my second my list looked like yours . . . . all I would add are some of your favorite snacks (for you and your hubby) oh and I love Kicky pants . . . . my girls lived in them

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    1. Snacks for the hubby! Oh, yes... forgot about him! haha... I know this is strange, but I actually really liked my hospital's food. Maybe it's just because I was STARVING. Thanks for stopping by! xx

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  4. list is perfection and actually reminded me to bring flip flops or slippers...didn't last time around and was grossed out for sure. I am DEFINITELY bringing my cake lingerie nursing gown and robe- I have been wearing them all pregnancy and will continue to far after...the comfort can't be matched.
    Anyway...really need to get this bag packed because its getting REALLY close, right! Hope you are feeling well and sitting with your feet up, hahaha.
    C

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  5. and you are SO right about the damn sweater...I need to fold it and step away...cause I will hate it if I continue to wear...but how could I resist? So fab right?

    You look like a million bucks in that hot pink number lady!
    C

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  6. This is such a great list. I can't get over how such great bloggers do a better job than magazines! Have a lovely weekend!
    xo
    Sharon

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    1. Hi Sharon! I think that's the best blogging compliment I've ever received! Thank you! Have a great weekend too! xx

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  7. Good list! I am trying to pack in the next few days just to be prepared. My only problem is, some things I use every day I can't pack to the last minute. I guess I will survive!

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    1. Hi - I agree. I packed everything I could and then left a note on top of it with the things I can't forget (like my fave pillow) - since I know I'll be crazed and out of my mind when actually in labor. xx

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  8. This is a great list! I think you hit almost everything...the socks and pillow are a must! I would also add to bring your not so glamorous undergarments and female products for all the fun aftermath. You know what I am talking about :)

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  9. Your blog is so cute!!!! Love all your mommy to be outfits! I hope to look as elegant as you when I'm PREGENT!

    IRENE

    http://sugarwithspikes.blogspot.com/

    http://unseenslaughter.wordpress.com/

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