With 2 weeks or less to go in this pregnancy (I can’t go past 38), I have the hospital bag essentials ready and waiting by the door for the big moment. I’ve actually put a lot more thought into it this time than I remember doing with Bella.
Honestly? I don’t even remember having one for her. Poor kid.
I think I did. Maybe. I wasn’t blogging at the time so no way to remember it. (I know, I know.)
Anyway, I’ve learned a lot of what happens in the hospital is based on how well you plan ahead of time. We won’t be that close to home, so forgetting something major would be a bit of a challenge for Sam. We’re having family pictures before we leave so I need things for that. There’s stuff the hospital may not supply.
Beyond the things everyone includes (cell phone, chargers, etc), these are our top personal picks to take with us. We didn’t include his coming home outfit because it’s not here yet!
I’d love to know if I’m forgetting anything!
13 Products I Chose for My Hospital Bag Essentials 1 of 14
Click through to see my top picks to take to the hospital with me when I head into labor!
Mommy Moxie Gown 2 of 14
Talented Nicole from Mommy Moxie made me this custom labor and delivery gown that she sells on her Etsy site. Soft, roomy, and so perfect to wear instead of the scratchy hospital kind. The gowns snap down the sleeves for breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact, as well as in the back. We're having family shots done the day after the baby is born and I will be wearing this. She sent Bella a matching skirt that she'll wear too.
Photo Credit: Mommy Moxie
Little Hip Squeaks 3 of 14
Little Hip Squeaks is retiring one of their most popular prints - Mint Elephants. Knowing that I'm obsessed with all things elephant for this boy, my friend Cynthia quickly let me know. Of course I bought both the hat and blanket. I can't wait till it gets here and I can wrap him up in it.
"Hand silk screened onto breathable, ultra white 100% cotton, with non-toxic water based permanent inks."
Photo Credit: Little Hip Squeaks
Bravado Essential Embrace 4 of 14
Hands down - HANDS DOWN - an absolute must-have for breastfeeding moms. I can't even explain how comfortable Bravado bras are, and their new Essential Embrace is perfection. Be sure to head to their site for a chance to win one every day, along with a full nursing wardrobe and rocker/glider each week.
To Purchase: BravadoDesigns, $40-$60
Aden + Anais Swaddlers 5 of 14
So big and fluffy. I love how these wash up, and also how they are so easily used for just about anything - swaddles, blankets, burp cloths, a quick place to lay baby to change, or a sun protector in the stroller. My favorite pattern? The turtle.
And yes, this is the same company/kind as what Kate and Will brought their son home in. Just a different pattern.
To Purchase: Amazon.com, $34.95
Earth Mama Angel Baby Butter 6 of 14
I've been stocking up on nearly every breastfeeding aid known to man this time around. This replaces Lanolin (which never worked for me but worked lovely on the wool diapers). I haven't tried it as of yet, but several of my friends recommended it when they read my piece on how rough it was breastfeeding Bella. A zero on the EWG toxins list.
To Purchase: Amazon, $8
Scratch Free Mittens 7 of 14
Bella came out with real nails. It was crazy. If this little boy is anything like that, he'll need a pair of these asap. They are super soft and available in organic cotton.
To Purchase: Amazon, $3.50 for 2 pair
Motherlove Birth and Baby Oil 8 of 14
Philips Avent BPA-Free Soothie Pacifier 9 of 14
I know, when you breastfeed you constantly hear about not using a pacifier to prevent nipple confusion. However, these were a lifesaver with Bella. For those first few months, she had to suck on something all the time - and it quickly became painful for that to be me. We're taking them as a "just in case."
To Purchase: Amazon, $5 for 2
Huggies Pure and Natural 10 of 14
Would I love to bring cloth diapers to the hospital? Yes. Would that be stressful? Yes. So to make it a bit easier on us all, we're taking these. I know the hospital provides them as well, but I couldn't resist how tiny they are. The rest will be perfect for emergencies at home.
To Purchase: Amazon, $17.99
Disposable Nursing Pads 11 of 14
If cloth pads just don't work, I know these do. I have them stashed in places all around the house and my purse for those emergency moments. They are so light and thin that taking them with you isn't a problem.
To Purchase: Amazon, $7
Bamboobies Washable Nursing Pads 12 of 14
I'll admit - I never had a lot of luck with cloth nursing pads with Bella. I tried several brands, and finally gave up after soaking through them all - day or night. But with high reviews and raves online about these, I figured it was totally worth another shot. I love how I can toss them in with any load of laundry and be done.
To Purchase: Amazon, $39.99
I’m a Big Sister Book 13 of 14
We have this, and several other little goodies, to give to Bella when she comes to see her baby brother for the first time. I can't wait to see her face that day - for him. I think the presents will be a far second!
To Purchase: Amazon, $6
Labor Ball 14 of 14
My doula recommended I get a birthing/labor ball. While we aren't sure if I'll actually be able to use it in the hospital (thanks to some really dumb rules), we're taking it anyway. Does it fit in my bag? No. But it fits in the car. Good enough. Right now it's a lifesaver for my hips and back.
Be sure to check sizes that fit your height. I love mine with the weights at the bottom, but many come without.
To Purchase: Amazon, $25
Diana blogs on raising a toddler daughter, the loss of her twin boys, and a baby boy on the way on the aptly named Hormonal Imbalances. Smaller glimpses into her day are on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
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