I seriously cannot believe we're down to the last TWO WEEKS before baby sister is here!!! In some ways, it feels like I've been pregnant for 3 years, and in others, I'm freaking out a little that she could arrive any day, literally. So today I'm addressing one of the most frequently asked questions of any pregnant woman: what to pack in a hospital bag?
For starters, all 3 times I've decided what to pack in a hospital bag, I've split it up into TWO bags which I've really loved. One bag for mama and one bag for baby. It's so much easier to decide what to pack in a hospital bag for myself, like toiletries and things that will make me feel calm and comfortable and at home for a few days. What to pack in a hospital bag for a baby is TOTALLY different in my eyes, like a few outfits to wear and some swaddles and whatever pacifier you want to try to get your babe to use if you're going to do that, etc., and I love having the two separated just to keep everything organized.
So let's start with what to pack in a hospital bag for MOM:
I loved my big duffle bag so much last time, and the fact that I've used it to death since Lyla's birth 3 years ago, that I bought the same bag in another print for this time around! I know it will get used tons, and I loved that there was a matching toiletry bag too! Which brings me to my next suggestion.
Make sure you pack all your toiletries!! I don't care if you're super extra or super basic about what to pack in a hospital bag, you WILL want your own toothbrush and probably face wash or moisturizer and if you have c-sections like me you'll be so happy to have some dry shampoo (this is my most recent FAVE) and some facial wipes for the first couple days you're in bed recovering, along with travel shampoo and conditioner, a razor, shaving cream, floss, deodorant and your makeup bag if you feel like freshening up a little before visitors or for pictures, and some good scrunchies or hair ties (these and these are my current faves!). Also after having a baby I just want some good chapstick (this is my all-time favorite) and lipgloss.
I love having an extra long iPhone cord too because you never know how far away you'll be from an outlet, along with a laptop and cord if you want to be able to look anything up or maybe record your thoughts and feelings about the birth, or just a journal if that's more your style. Most hospitals will have a TV and at least some local network television if not cable stations too to keep you occupied, but if you want to be able to watch favorite netflix or hulu shows a laptop or iPad can be nice!
Now for some extra stuff that I love to pack in my hospital bag but aren't necessarily requisite!
I packed this striped robe this time that's a little shorter which, usually I prefer a longer robe but with how often I know I'll get checked for my c-section scar and I'll basically just sit with the blankets over me in bed, this is the perfect length. I'm also packing this nursing tank to wear underneath with this striped robe. I bought a couple of pretty hospital gowns from this etsy shop because last time I really liked being in my own clothes after the delivery, but the pajamas I wore were a little uncomfortable since they had a waist band and I had the c-section incision. I'm excited to have these hospital gowns this time around!
One thing you will for sure want to pack in a hospital bag if you're planning to try out nursing at all is a nursing bra! This is the bra I've recommended in the past, in my best baby registry list ever post (which I'll be updating SOON – yay!!!) but my sister who just had her first baby suggested I buy this one that she says is SO COMFY so I'm taking it to the hospital and excited to try it out!! It does seem very very comfy and it comes in a 2 pack which is great since everything gets a little leaky real fast up in there haha.
I've also got a pair of cozy slippers packed in there along with my own towel – probably not necessary but REALLY nice since the towels at the hospital are a little rough! I've thrown in a couple pair of very cozy socks and I threw in the same pair of flip flops I brought with me last time since hospital shower floors can be a little sketchy?! Haha. And definitely a necessity for MY happiness: my own pillow. And since I know I'll be spending a lot of time with my hair against that pillow and I don't want to have the world's worst bed head, I'm bringing my beloved silk pillowcase too.
I'm also bringing this letter board along this time to announce baby sister's birth! Such a cute way to share her name and some stats that day when she enters this world.
And last but not least, don't forget to pack yourself something comfy to wear home! Don't make the mistake of thinking you'll be able to fit into a pair of pre-pregnancy skinnies because unless you're a straight up unicorn that's just not happening haha. I bought this dress since it's very roomy and it's a button-down dress too so I know I'll be able to wear it in the coming months of nursing.
Now for what to pack in a hospital bag for BABY:
I always start with a few cute outfits and some swaddles that I've washed at home in Dreft and are cute enough for some pictures on baby's first few days in the hospital. Totally not necessary but I really really love playing dress up and feeling like my baby is all wrapped up in clothes that feel and smell like home. Some of the outfits I have packed are here, here and here, with this bonnet and this bow.
Right when the baby is born, before they even give her a bath, they'll stick a hospital hat on her cute little head to keep her warm. I always wondered how some people ended up with the adorable little bow hospital hats and then I finally did some research and found them here for cheap! Definitely washing and bringing a couple of these with me for some of baby sister's first pics.
Smells are one of the most memory triggering senses in the body and I absolutely LOVE the smell of Noodle & Boo because it reminds me of both my girls the first day I met them, right after their first baths, and in their first few days of being alive. So I'm taking some Noodle & Boo wash and lotion with me again for sure to keep that memory-making going!
My two girls so far have been stinkers about taking a pacifier, but I'm still going to try with this baby so I'm bringing one I think is cute and highly rated for being natural and close to a real nipple with me to at least give it a try! I also love these braided paci clips so much.
I've packed all of baby's hospital bag in this pink fawn design bag that I love so much! It's not too big but just the right size for bringing along all the tiny things baby sis will need.
And lastly, although it's not really part of what to pack in a hospital bag, make sure you bring along the baby's car seat with you to the hospital! It's the ONE thing you can't leave home without because unless you can walk home, they won't let you leave the hospital without a car seat. This car seat is the newer version of what we had and LOVED last time. But now the newer version is one of the VERY lightest seats on the market and I found it ON SALE for $100 off!!! We gave away our older version so I had to buy something new for this babe, and even after extensive research I still didn't find anything I loved as much as this one.
WHAT TO PACK IN MOM'S HOSPITAL BAG:
SLIP silk pillowcase
Extra long iPhone cord
Comfy nursing bra
Going home outfit
WHAT TO PACK IN BABY'S HOSPITAL BAG:
It's the final stretch before my hospital bags and Neil and I go to the hospital to meet this sweet girl, so keep an eye on my instagram @mintarrow or join my exclusive facebook group Mint Arrow Besties to follow along whenever she arrives!!