I had my bags packed and ready to go as soon as we hit the third trimester. I knew I was being a little bit silly getting ready that early, but in my mind it felt so much better to be ready just in case he had decided to come early! Each week went by and I was glad that he was getting more time to prepare for the world but I was also getting pretty anxious to meet him! I kept stuffing more and more things into our hospital bag and checking my list 1000 times to make sure we had everything.
In the end I used almost nothing that I had packed and prepared so long in advance... so I thought I would share our hospital bag- the edited version.. the things that we actually used.
In My Hospital Bag:
-A Bag to Store all of Your Items In- We wanted to find a bag that would work as a hospital bag for now (without using my only travel bag) and then double as a travel bag for the baby later on. I found this adorable striped bag (similar) from Target that I just love and I am pretty sure will do just the trick! I love all of the weekender bags from Target, it would be hard to go wrong!
-Some posts I read mentioned bringing a change of clothes for the extra days in the hospital....underwear, robe, etc. I had all of these packed but the truth is I never used them! I was perfectly happy wearing the robes that they provided. I would recommend bringing a pair of socks though! Dave had to keep putting them on my feet and taking them off by request as I had hot and cold flashes while in labor. He is such a good guy!
-Nursing Bras/Pads- I found these nursing sleep bras at Target that are super comfortable. They came in a pack of two so I was able to wear one for the months leading up to it and pack the other! I also found these nursing pads at target, I liked that they were reusable so I could feel a little less wasteful (I know I will feel super wasteful here soon using disposable diapers... I'm just not brave enough)
-Nipple Cream (I ended up needing prescription cream!)
-Slippers- While I loved the idea of bringing my favorite slippers from home(similar), I saved some space by packing/wearing shoes that would be comfortable enough to wear around the hospital AND that would work to wear to and from the hospital, so I packed these moccasins from Minnetonka. Other than getting two the hospital and leaving though I really only wore them the one time I ran out of my room to find our nurse for a picture. I didn't leave the room other than that and actually got lost trying to find my way back in again!
-Clothes to Wear Home-I just brought a comfy nursing tank top and some yoga pants as well as a pair of Plain Black Cotton Undies and a normal sized pads (the ones they give you in the hospital are crazy huge!)
-Make-Up/Toiletries- Chapstick, Dry Shampoo, Hair Accessories, Shampoo/Conditioner, Face wash, Soap, Make-up bag, Glasses/Extra Contacts, Make-up Remover Wipes
-Going Home Outfit-We are bringing two; one in newborn and one in 0-3 month just in case. Our newborn outfit was thrifted and our 0-3 month is from Briley Studios and Baby Sprouts Co
-Swaddles-We just put this over him on the way home... otherwise we used the hospitals swaddles!
-Hat, Mittens, Socks-We brought a hat that I bought from Thred Up but it was originally from Gap. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE these adorable little hats from on Lola and Stella Etsy and these baby mittens from 8 AM Apparel on Etsy. Emmet's fingernails were so long when he was born so he actually wore his mittens right away!
-Car Seat- We got the Nuna Pipa Car seat from Nordstrom.
-Lovie/Photo Props- While bringing photography props to the hospital and taking up valuable space in the hospital bag may seem to be/actually be ridiculous, I love the idea of having cute pictures from our time at the hospital. I love this post (the hello my name is sticker... I melt) of hospital photos, this post with 5 tips for taking newborn photos, and this post (the photos they took are adorable). Isn't his owl from Hazel Village the cutest ever? I plan to get one of their adorable creatures for each of Dave and I's kids.
-Several posts also mentioned that you could bring something to do, so I had my Darling Magazine packed just in case. ! I never reached for the extra items that I packed to read/do though because I was either having crazy back to back contractions or holding my sweet boy and entertaining guests.
Resources: (these are the lists that I sorted through to figure out what worked for me! Happy Reading!)
-Katie Did What
-The Wise Baby
-Little Baby Garvin
-The Sweetest Occasion