Just like that, baby girl is due in 3 days. Well maybe not just like that. This pregnancy has felt like a marathon as much as I can’t believe it’s coming to an end. As I get ready to be heading to the hospital in the next few days, I decided to film a video about what I packed for my time there. I spent more time than I care to admit looking up blog posts and videos about what other moms brought to the hospital for their birth experiences, and I found them so helpful. You know I love any excuse to add style and intention to any life situation, pushing out a baby included.
You can watch my video on IGTV, and I’ve listed everything I talked about below with links to my specific items. I hope this is helpful to any moms-to-be who will be going through this soon!
Socks - the hospital will give you some but if you want your own. I am bringing some compression socks
Tank top to wear with pajama bottoms or shorts
Your own hospital gown
Loose sandals like Birkenstocks (for swollen feet)
A couple pairs of underwear. I love the high waisted ones from Arq for a supportive fit.
Going home outfit - I’m doing this dress
Your own pillows
Makeup bag with whatever makeup you might want to put on, depending on how much makeup you like to wear. I am a makeup fan, so my bag is pretty well stocked.
Body oil or something luxurious for the body that will feel like a treat
Hair dryer (I can’t wash my hair without fully drying it)
Facial cleanser and any skincare products you rely on
Tote or your diaper bag if you have one (I haven’t decided on one yet)
Zip pouches for organizing small items
1 or 2 swaddles
1 or 2 little lovies or plush toys (not super necessary, I’m mainly bringing for photos)
1 or 2 onesies in preemie or newborn size
1 or 2 onesies in 0-3 size (mine is Rudy Jude)
1 or 2 bloomers/pants
Infant nail clippers or file if you’re ambitious (they won’t do it in the hospital but it might be something you want to take care of if the nails are really long)
Phew! I know it sounds like a lot, but it all fit into a small roller suitcase and a tote. And hey - I never said I wasn’t an overpacker! If you are using this as a reference, you can always leave out the things that feel like overkill. To each their own!
Wish me luck. :)