What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

When packing your hospital bag I recommend keeping it light and simple.  As someone who has done this before you don't need a lot to get by.  I've looked at a lot of lists on Pinterest and can't believe how extensive they are.  Not only do you not need everything under the sun but keep in mind your husband or another family member can run home and grab something for you.  It's not like you're traveling by plane to deliver a baby.

One of my biggest recommendations is button sleep shirts.  I bought a pajama set my first delivery and found that it wasn't great for recovery (I'll spare you details).  A button up sleep shirt is great for nursing and for those pesky nurses checks.  You also don't have to worry about ruining pants.  A robe and slippers are great for walking around.  I found my maternity robe at PinkBlush Maternity.  I love the floral print and how light weight the material is yet it's not cheap feeling.  I wanted something blue since I'm having a boy but yet still feminine.  This robe checks all the boxes and I just love it.  My shift dress that I'm wearing above is also from PinkBlush and my favorite part is the ruffle detail on the sleeve.  I picked this up because I knew it would work during my third trimester as well as for my post-partum body which of course is a weird, in-between size.  It's also perfect to pack as a going home outfit.

I've packed a nursing bra and a pumping bra in my hospital bag which I found from Cake Maternity.  You literally can't survive without nursing bras and I'm very excited about these two new finds.  I'm most excited to try out the hands free pumping bra but it also is great as a nursing sports bra.  It's very comfortable and easy to maneuver for feeding.

I'm used to dressing up little girls to the nines so I'm going to have to probably hold myself back with little man.  But don't worry there will be no frills at all.  However, I still couldn't help myself in finding him the cutest little outfits for the hospital.  I have a personalized footed outfit with matching beanie and blanket from Jennifer Ann and a navy and grey swaddle set from Khloe & Kinley.  The Khloe & Kinley set has a matching headband for me and bows for the girls; I mean can we get any cuter?!?!  I also picked up a newborn beanie and name tag from Infanteenie Beenie.

Take your favorite snacks since hospital food is never fabulous.  In addition to food for yourself bring items for the staff.  I've always brought care packages for the nurses and make it known that they can share it with colleagues.  This is to get on their good side and hope for the best care.

Since this is my third baby I have some recommendations on what not to bring.  Use the hospital and get a lot of your items from them.  Not only is it less packing but hey you are paying them a fortune to be there so get your money's worth!  Ask for diapers (extra to go home as well), burp cloths, Lanolin cream, breast pump parts, breast pads, wipes, Dermoplast, pads and anything else they will give you.  Speaking of pads I CAN NOT wear those mesh panties with the "diaper" they provide you.  I almost choked when that's what they offered with my first delivery.  Luckily I said no thanks and found out they have normal pads to use instead which I paired with granny panties I bought specifically for post-partum recovery.  I've brought my DSLR camera in the past but I'm not packing it this time.  I have an iPhone 8 Plus which takes great photos plus I'm having a professional photographer come to take Fresh 48 photos.  If you can't live without electronics than bring your laptop or iPad but it's on my list to leave home.  I found in the past that I didn't have any free time to play on them between visitors, nursing the baby and doctors and nurses coming in for checks.

Let's not forget the bag that you have to put everything in.  For each of my deliveries I've ordered a personalized bag for the baby so they can have a travel bag for future use.  You know my love for Thirty-One Gifts so I of course got this Retro Metro Weekender Bag from them.  It's lightweight which I find important for a travel bag.  I also love the option of arm straps or a crossbody long strap.  I picked up a coordinating bag for my toiletries called the Ditty Dot Glamour Case which has a clear  interior pocket.  I'm just a tad obsessed with anything from Gigi New York and snagged the All In One bag for my makeup.  Most of you also know my obsession for personalization so adding my initials was a must!  Make sure that you pack your bag ahead of time so you're not scrambling and stressing once you go into labor.  

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