What I’m Packing in My Hospital Bag

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My due date is December 18th and I’ve decided to fully embrace having a Christmastime baby, as far as hospital and going home attire is concerned.  I hadn’t planned on it at first (it actually hadn’t crossed my mind!), but then I decided I had to do it when I saw this cute nursing-friendly tartan nightgown for only $19.99.  (I sized up to a medium and I definitely couldn’t wear it now at 9 months pregnant, but hopefully once I give birth and I’m a little bit smaller it’ll fit ok.)  After I purchased the nightgown I decided I needed a holiday-looking robe.  I was hoping for something red with white piping but wasn’t able to find anything.  But then I stumbled upon this red cotton robe from Land’s End and decided to have it monogrammed!  I like that it works for Christmas but it isn’t just for Christmas.  It arrived really quickly and I think it’ll be a great year round robe!  (I got my normal size small and it’s going to work just fine post-baby.)

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What I’m Packing in my Hospital Bag

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Here is the list of things I’m packing in my hospital bag (this monogrammed overnight bag that I absolutely LOVE):

 

slide on slippers (I made the mistake of bringing moccasin-style ones with Jack and my feet were too swollen to fit into them!)

socks (mine are Old Navy but I can’t find them online, the ones I’ve linked here are cuter anyway)

Monogrammed Bathrobe (it’ll work year-round!)

Tartan Nightgown

Second Nightgown (in case the tartan one is too small.  I’ve loved this one all pregnancy.)

flip flops (for shower)

nursing bra (I’ll probably bring this one too)

toiletries (packed in my go-to LL Bean hanging toiletry bag.  Tom uses the same kind, and it’s monogrammable too!)

Beautycounter Makeup Remover Wipes

Beautycounter Travel Companion Set (includes shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion)

Beautycounter Flawless in Five Makeup (in case I feel like looking decent for pictures)

gender-neutral sage green footie onesie (we don’t know the gender but this will work with a boy or a girl as a going home outfit!  I’ll probably also bring a white Gerber onesie for the hospital, but normally I just leave my babies in their diaper and swaddled while at the hospital)

Christmas tree newborn hat (again, gender-neutral)

Tartan hair bow from Nashville Bow Co. (just in case it’s a girl.  Caroline has these matching pigtail bows)

Christmas swaddle blankets (truck with trees, Christmas lights, we have the buffalo check one too)

portable white noise machine

pillow and blanket (for Tom)

jade roller (I’ve used this on my face almost daily this pregnancy and I think it helped keep me from getting as puffy as I did the first 2 times.  I normally keep it in the freezer and it feels so good in the morning.)

nursing pads (just in case, although I’m sure my milk won’t come in until we’re home.  These pads are a little more expensive and they work a bit better too…I don’t do well with reusable ones or thin ones at the beginning…)

nipple cream (even though I’ve nursed 2 babies already I’m sure I’ll get sore as the baby learns how to do it efficiently)

going home outfit for myself (probably a loose dress.)

snacks for Tom and myself (truthfully I really like hospital food but it’s always good to have some snacks on hand for after delivery.  Plus when I had Caroline it was Labor Day and all of the restaurants and stores in the hospital were closed and Tom had to drive to get food for himself.)

water bottle (Healthy Human and S’well are my favorites for keeping water cold)

extra long phone charger

digital camera

portable white noise machine (I sleep best when I have some ambient noise)

carseat (we’ll leave in the car until the baby is born, of course)

 

At the hospital I plan on stocking up on as much of the following as I can:

 

mesh underwear (I’ve already bought Depends for once I’m home but I actually like the mesh underwear and pads better.  Plus I’m cheap haha)

proctofoam (this helped so much last time, especially because I tore a little and ended up with stitches)

witch hazel pads (these came in a tub last time and they provide a lot of relief when I put a couple in a row on the pad)

 

I’m sure I’m forgetting something, but that’s a good start.  Hope this was helpful for those of you prepping for your own new arrival!

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6 Comments

  1. December 3, 2019 / 8:05 am

    I love your Christmas themed bag – this is totally the way to go and so cute!

    • December 3, 2019 / 8:53 am

      Thanks Kait! Figured I might as well go all out!

  2. December 3, 2019 / 11:57 am

    I love all of this! I really love the Christmas light swaddle blanket and now I want it for my one year old, haha. Good luck!

    • December 3, 2019 / 4:46 pm

      Thanks Caitlin! Haha wouldn’t blame you at all if you got it!

  3. Esther
    December 3, 2019 / 1:25 pm

    LOVE THIS! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

    • December 3, 2019 / 4:41 pm

      Hope you found it helpful! So excited for you to welcome your first little one!

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