It’s baby week! That’s right my friends, our little man will officially be here THIS week! Eeeeepppppp! I can’t believe it. Thank goodness he has held off until now because I literally JUST finished packing my hospital bag. Well actually, I shouldn’t even say I’m finished because really I am writing this blog to get advice from you guys on whether or not I am missing anything important that you loved having in your hospital bag! But first, let me share what I have packed in mine so far…
A SUITCASE – I’m using a suitcase as my “hospital bag” because I find it easier to stay organized in a suitcase. Plus when you open it up, you’re able to see everything better. I do love a good travel bag though, I almost used this travel bag instead, but ultimately when with the suitcase. Plus my rose gold suitcase is just super cute.
AN EXTENSION CORD AND/OR PORTABLE PHONE CHARGER – Someone told me to pack an extension cord when I was pregnant with Molly to take to the hospital and it was such a great suggestion! Basically after the baby is born, you are going to get a ton of texts and phone calls from family and friends so you want to make sure your phone is fully charged and that the charger is able to reach a hospital bed. I also packed THIS portable charger to make life easier. So both are in my hospital bag!
MAKE-UP BAG – Call me vain, but I want my make-up bag with me when I’m at the hospital. Giving birth sucks every bit of life out of you – quite literally actually – a LIFE comes out of you! And I want to look somewhat put together when I take photos with my little babe. So I bought extras of a few staples that I love to use like a natural tinted moisturizer, a brow pencil, mascara, and my lip gloss color. The reason I got double is because I use this stuff everyday and it’s out on my bathroom counter. And I don’t want to forget to throw it in my hospital bag when the time comes. So I have double of some essentials in my suitcase and then then rest of my makeup is in a Just Love makeup bag on my bathroom counter that will make it easier to grab quickly (if I remember).
FACIAL WIPES – These are sooooo important! These were essential for me when I gave birth to Molly. Again, this might seem vain to some, but I did my make-up quickly when my water first broke because I wasn’t having contractions so I wasn’t in any pain. However, by the time I gave birth (30 hours later) I was a sweaty, hot mess! I needed those facial wipes to get all my old, sweaty makeup off and then of course I reapplied! Ha! Hey, I’m just being honest with you guys. I’m really hoping a bunch of you are with me on this one and don’t think I’m crazy.
NURSING FRIENDLY PJ’S – I got these super cute navy blue pj’s to wear after the baby comes. Honestly, there is a chance I won’t want to put the pants on, depending on how my birth goes. Sometimes you are so banged up down there that you can’t wear anything (that’s why many people choose to bring a robe instead. I packed a robe too FYI). But I loved these PJ’s and they match the outfit the I got for our little man to wear for his first outfit. I think they will make for cute pics together. They are also button down, so that makes it easier to do skin to skin contact and nurse while in the hospital. Both so important to me. I also packed a cute pair of slippers!
BABY’S FIRST OUTFIT – We packed two possible outfits for the baby’s first outfit! One long sleeve, and one short sleeve in case it feels hot. The baby will be swaddled all the time so a long sleeve might feel like too much. Both are super cute and will look cute with my PJ’s for photos. Can you sense a theme here? Photos are obviously SUPER important to me. But you guys already know that about me. Photography and documenting my family with a professional photographer is a huge part of my life.
A GIFT FROM BABY TO MOLLY – We thought it would be cute if on his “birth” day the baby gave Molly a cake to celebrate. She will love it and it will look so cute on the little kiddo table we just bought her. We were going to get the baby a gift from Molly too but we honestly haven’t had time yet and we figured that one is less important since the baby won’t understand anyway. Ha!
NURSING ESSENTIALS – I have a nursing tank, bra and nursing pads all packed too! I can’t believe I am about to start nursing again and for so long! Well, I guess I should just hope that I am lucky enough to be able to nurse again. I nursed Molly for a year. Not sure if I will make it that long this time around, but who knows! I will do the best I can!
GRANNIES PANTIES – Big grannie panties (even though I will likely be wearing the mesh hospital ones they give you the whole time – oh joy!).
Well there you have it! That’s what’s in my hospital bag. But I would love to hear any suggestions from you guys that maybe I didn’t think of! Tell me what else I should pack in the comments below! I am hoping to have the bag finished today! It feels like he is VERY close to arriving. I don’t think I’ll make it to my induction date!