January 7, 2017

What's in my hospital bag?

Well, let's start off with "Happy New Year!" So I've made a new year's resolution to blog more this year! I totally neglected my blog in this past year, but it feels good to be writing again. If you've been following me on Instagram, then you know we are expecting soon, and soon as in we have four more weeks to go before the baby makes his debut! I've packed the baby bag for the hospital a while ago and we totally forgot to pack our own things until last week. I know we can pack everything into just one bag but I feel more organized when the baby's is separate from ours. We are trying to pack light because our hospital provides a majority of the essential items that we wouldn't need to pack ourselves, such as diapers, wipes, pads (for mommy after delivery), formula etc. I think my only concern is I don't know how long we would be staying at the hospital just in case there are any unforeseen circumstances (like with our first!), but the good news is we are only 2-3 minutes away from the hospital!

We won this Baby K'tan diaper bag at a baby expo! It has 14 storage compartments and has a built-in wet bag lining! (Can be found here)

Three onesies (two short sleeves and one long-sleeve) and two pair of pants.  I feel onesies are easy, simple and can be disposable since newborns will have black tar looking poop explosions. Totally speaking from experience. ha, lesson learned. 

Two pairs of socks and mittens. I remember with our first born, one of his mittens came off while we were still in the hospital and he ended up scratching his face. Newborns have sharp nails! 

Two hats. Two of everything, I'm starting to feel like we're packing for twins. Lol.
I'm not even sure we'll end up using both since the hospital also provides hats. But these are too cute to not pack. They are from Lou Lou & Co. (can be found here)

Swaddle blankets. Hospitals normally provides blankets for newborns also but you'd want to pack your own with cutesy designs for pictures :) Our hospital actually provides a Halo sleepsack.  

This is definitely a must-have for the baby when coming home because it is freeeeeezing here in Minnesota! (From H&M here)

And the baby will also need a fuzzy blanket to cover himself from the ice cold, skin piercing wind that we have to endure in the winter. 

As for mama, I've packed pretty light. I don't mind delivering in a hospital gown so I didn't need very much. For after, I have two pairs of black cotton shorts (this is in place of pajama pants because I can't sleep in anything that goes pass my knees) and a nursing tank top. For coming home, I have a pair of leggings and a tee, both from the Target maternity line. Not pictured but I'm also bringing a robe, a few underwear and non-slip fuzzy socks. 

We've packed our toiletries already and made a list to check off so we don't forget anything important. 

Here is an list of some important items that can be helpful: 
  • Insurance card
  • Birth plan (if you have one), 
  • Camera and phone plus charger!, 
  • Lip balm, 
  • Eyeglasses and contact lenses/solution, 
  • Hair brush and tie, 
  • Face wash or wipes, 
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste,
  • Deodorant,
  • Lotion, 
  • Shampoo/conditioner (if hospital doesn't provide), 
  • Breast pads and nipple cream (if breastfeeding),
  • Cash or change for the vending machine, 
  • and don't forget to install the baby carseat!

It's important to check with your hospital prior to delivery to see what the hospital provides and what they do not. We are delivering at the same hospital so we are familiar with what not to pack... for the most part. 

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