Less then 3 weeks left until our little bundle meets the world…I can’t believe how fast the time has gone by! The time to pack my hospital bag is here! Not to mention all of the final preparations and nesting, it’s getting real y’all!!!
Most of the websites I referenced suggested being packed by 35 weeks because your little one can make their debut anytime from then on. So I got to packing, even though I hope our little babe stays put and continues to grow for a few more weeks. Being prepared will also help keep me calm when the time comes.
Lets start with the bag, I chose to tote all of my essentials in my Vera Bradley Large Luggage Duffel. It’s soft both inside and out and doesn’t waste space with a million different compartments. Compartments to me, take away from the usable space and I can never remember what I put in which pocket anyway, so this adorable duffel was perfect for me and it comes in so many fun patterns and colors! If you’re a compartment kinda gal, this option may be great for you!
I’m always the one to over pack whether it be for vacation or a weekender, so in hopes of avoiding that I spoke with my hospital to find out what they provide for babies and mommas and went on from there to pack my bag (I’m sure I still overdid it, but better to be prepared then sorry, right?).
A cute onsie for baby Gray’s coming home outfit was a must and I know most hospitals provide swaddle clothes but I wanted to bring my own fun ones for pictures. These muslin ones come in the most adorable patterns and are absolutely raved about; and the chamois blanket is the softest ever, perfect for leaving the hospital with your little one. Socks and mittens are a must, to keep babies feet warm and hands from scratching his precious face. I also packed an adorable giraffe pacifier and the reusable snack packs to store it in.
Some of the basic necessities are common knowledge and most hospitals provide them anyway, so to keep this from turning into a novel I’ll stick to my cute finds that should make my hospital stay a little more comfortable and homey. I made sure to pack a fluffy robe and loose caftan, something easy to slip in and out of. I’m also bringing cute socks to keep my feet warm during and after delivery ( I hear your feet tend to get cold) and notebooks to keep track of feedings and jot down memories. Hair ties, a headband and chapstick are a must to keep my hair in check and lips hydrated during delivery. I also took the opportunity to treat myself to a few things that I may not have needed too, but I figured I deserve a little something extra.
My advice, decide what is important to you, you know your body and what makes you feel at home and comfortable, so listen to your instincts! I hope this helps and best wishes to all you expecting mommas!
A few other things not to forget:
1. A wristlet with your ID, insurance card, delivery card and pediatricians information
2. Phone charger, laptop charger, camera and batteries
3. Nursing bra, and comfortable undergarments
4. Change and small bills for vending machines