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What you really need to pack in your hospital bag

What you really need to pack in your hospital bag
This post contains affiliate links meaning I make a small commission

If you’re searching for a hospital bag checklist, you’ve come to the right place! There are tons of similar posts floating around the internet with checklists, but being a labor and delivery nurse and a second time mama, I’m sharing what you really need to pack in your hospital bag!

I remember with my first babe, we got sent in for induction after our appointment at 37 weeks. I was in no way prepared so I literally threw everything in a bag and off we went to the hospital. I remember strolling in looking like we were going on a week’s long vacation. This time, I definitely plan to be more prepared and intentional with packing my hospital bag.

 

Here is the down and dirty of what you really need to pack in your hospital bag

from a Labor and Delivery Nurse:

Flip Flops – I love these Croc flip flops. They are so comfy for walking around, grip to your feet and can also be worn in the shower.

what to pack in your hospital bag - crocs flip flops

 

Comfortable dresses/nursing gowns – I’m all about the comfortable dresses and these are like all I wore last time. They’re easy for nursing, a loose, non-binding option for csection recovery mamas and a simple way to look a little more put together. I love this one from the Nesting Olive. I bought it in a few colors. I also love these 24/7 house dresses from Undercover Mama.

What you really need to pack in your Hospital bag - nursing dress

 

Yoga Pants – I like these ones from Target because they are loose fitting and stretchy (so great for csection mamas).

What you really need to pack in your hospital bag - yoga pants

Nursing Tops – I love this three pack of nursing tops on Amazon

What you really need to pack in your hospital bag - nursing tops

Nursing bras – I got this three pack on Amazon. They are wirefree.

What you really need to pack in your hospital bag - nursing bras

Swaddle blankets – seriously you can never have enough. I got a few from Copper Pearl and I love them because they are big, soft and super stretchy. They also have lots of different, fun prints.

what you really need to pack in your hospital bag - swaddle blankets

Going home outfit for baby – Amazon has lots of cute ones. I like this one for a girl and this one for a boy.

what you really need to pack in your hospital bag - girl going home outfit

what you really need to pack in your hospital bag - boy going home outfit

Boppy – I loved having my Boppy with me at the hospital to help with breastfeeding. The lactation consultant was able to show me different positions that were comfortable post c-section.

what you really need to pack in your hospital bag - boppy

Pillow – your own pillow. I know sometimes on L&D especially when we’re slammed we run short on pillows so I always tell people bring your own from home. That means dad or your support person too.

Diffuser – Not only is it nice to have going during labor, but also in postpartum for overall rest and relaxation.  I have mine that I use from Young Living but I like this one from Amazon as well. My favorites for sleep and relaxation are lavender and frankincense.

what you really need to pack in your hospital bag - diffuser

Phone charger – I have this extra long one from Amazon.

what you really need to pack in your hospital bag - extra long phone charger

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Headbands/hairties – I found these cute ones with a bow on Amazon.

what you really need to pack in your hospital bag - headbands

Toiletries – Ok so the hospital does have some stuff but I’m a little particular. I got a cute cosmetic bag and hit the travel sized toiletry bins at Target and stocked up on everything I needed. Don’t forget the dry shampoo and chapstick!

what you really need to pack in your hospital bag - dry shampoo

Pacifiers – some hospitals no longer provide them especially if they are Breastfeeding Friendly. So if you know you are going to want them, bring your own just in case.

 

Things that you don’t need to pack because the hospital will most likely provide to you:

– Underwear – the hospital will give you that sexy mesh kind so why pack your own?

– Pads/topical numbing sprays and creams/icepacks

– Non skid socks

– Gown to labor in (unless you want to wear your own but it’s most likely going to get covered in lots of fluids just saying)

– Diapers/wipes

– Nipple cream

– Onesies

– Breast pump – most hospitals have them for you to use during your stay but ask before you go.

 

Click here to download my printable checklist

 

What you really need to pack in your hospital bag printable checklist

 

 

0 In Baby/ toddler

Fun for the kids – Babbleboxx review

babbleboxx review
This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx.com, all opinions expressed are my own.

If there is one thing I love it’s getting packages in the mail and trying new products. Babbleboxx just sent me their Spring Kids Story box and there are so many cute things in there for the kiddos. Below I am sharing my review of The Kidstory Babbleboxx.

 

1.) Grow and Fit Bodysuits from Fruit of The Loom

Is there anything better than super soft baby clothes? I don’t think so. This a new line of bodysuits from Fruit of the Loom and they are specifically designed to grow and move with your baby. They are made with an ultra-soft, light pique breathable fabric and will help keep our little babe cool when he comes this summer.

fruit of the loom baby bodysuits

Click here to get a 7 pack of bodysuits on Amazon

And this 8 piece set is the perfect gift for any new or expecting mamas

 

2.) Subscription Crate from KiwiCo.

Ok so this is one item I was the most excited about. I have been hearing about Kiwi Crates for a long time and have wanted to try them out. KiwiCo is a monthly subscription crate with various age appropriate activities to help enhance STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning. Each crate comes with an activity booklet as well as everything you need to complete the activities or craft.

We received the Tadpole Crate which is for those ages 12-36months. This crate focused on colors and Maxwell had a blast mixing them all together and watching the colors form.

kiwi crate for kids

You can get your first month’s KiwiCo subscription free, just pay $4.95 for shipping and handling. (One free trial per household). And you can cancel anytime if you choose.

 

3.) Shampoo & Conditioner from Snip-Its

We spend the majority of the summer months in the pool and this shampoo and conditioner duo is perfect for kid-friendly hair. It deep cleans to help clarify hair and get rid of any chlorine. Plus it smells really good and is gentle on your little one’s scalp and eyes.

Snip-its swimmers duo shampoo and conditioner

From May-June you can get The Swimmer’s Duo for $20. And if you stop in to your local Snip-Its salon in May or June, get $3 off a kid’s regular haircut using code “SPRING”. Expires 6/30/2019.

 

4.) Conversation starters/lunch notes

We make it a point to sit down for family dinner at least 4 nights a week (the other 3 nights I don’t get home until later). Some night’s it’s a nice homemade meal and other’s it’s breakfast for dinner (my fave easy go-to). Regardless, I think it’s important for us to all connect and talk about our days. These cute little lunch notes are perfect conversation starters with riddles and facts for around the dinner table.

conversation starters for kids

 

babbleboxx review

 

 

 

0 In Baby/ DIY/ toddler

Emegency Toddler Car Kit Essentials

emergency toddler car kit
This post is sponsored by Huggies but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
This post also contains affiliate links meaning I make a small commission.

 

Picture this – you run out to the store for milk, you don’t bring your diaper bag because you’re just running in and out. You pull into the parking lot at the store and realize your little one had a massive blowout. First of all, we’ve all been there.  I can’t tell you how many times this happened to me. If it wasn’t a diaper I needed, then it was something else – a blanket for the park, or a book or a toy to keep my little guy occupied while out in public.  That’s why I created an Emergency Toddler Car Kit, so that I am stocked and ready at all times.

 

Here are my Emergency Toddler Car Kit Essentials:

 

1.) Diapers – because you never know when there will be a blowout and it’s best to be prepared.

 

2.) Wipes – I use them for everything, from messy hands and faces to wiping off my counters. I love Huggies Natural Care Wipes. They’re 99% water based and are alcohol, paraben and fragrance free. Click here to buy some or head to your local Walmart.

Huggies Natural Care Wipes

 

3.) Diaper disposal bags – I keep these in my car and purse. And they are lavender scented!

 

4.) Hand sanitizer – It’s always a good idea to have on hand when traveling for after diaper changes, before eating or when out in public places.

 

5.) Spare change of clothes – I keep a pair of sweats/leggings, a t shirt, zip up hoodie, pair of socks and hat.

 

6.) Blanket – For the cooler months to keep warm and in the warmer months for picnics and trips to the beach and park. Love this one on Amazon

large indoor/outdoor buffalo plaid blanket

 

7.) Activity book – I have this one for my son and I love that it’s dry-erase. Just wipe clean and you can re-use. It’s a lifesaver when you have to wait somewhere and keep them occupied.

 

toddler dry erase activity book

 

8.) Snacks – because it’s no fun dealing with a hangry toddler.

 

9.) Drinks – love these cups as they are spill proof too!

 

10.) Sunscreen – When the weather gets nicer, we often stop at the park or playground. I love having some extra sunscreen in the car to reapply as needed.

 

11.) First aid kit – Because bumps and scrapes happen. This one is lightweight and compact.

 

Emergency Toddler Car Kit

 

Now you’ll be prepared for any road trips or just when out running errands with your little ones.

You can also check out my post on Must Haves for Your Baby.

 

 

emergency toddler car kit

 

 

2 In Baby/ pregnancy

Must haves for your second baby from a second time mom

must haves for your second baby

As we head into January and our second trimester, we’re starting to prepare for Baby #2. There’s something to be said for no longer being a first time mom.  There’s that feeling of self assurance. You know you will survive, you did it before.  You know what works for you, what doesn’t, and you know what items you need, and what you don’t need.

pregnancy announcement

When we made our registry for our first baby I remember being in Buy Buy Baby, with a huge list in my hand, feeling so overwhelmed with all of the baby gear. We literally registered for everything.  This time, being a more experienced mom, my motto is “efficiency”.

Here is a list of some of the “Must Haves” for your second baby.

Dockatot

dockatot

Ask me before becoming a mom if I was planning to cosleep and the answer was “Hellz no.”  But when it was the only way #1 would sleep, you do what you gotta do. Looking back, I wished I had a cosleeper.  When I learned I was pregnant with #2, Dockatot was super gracious and sent me one of their beautiful sleepers. What I love about Dockatot is that it is an easy, portable solution to make your little one feel snuggled while sleeping safely on their backs. It’s all natural, 100% cotton and tested for breathability. I love it so much that I am so excited to offer you all $10 off your purchase for your very own Dockatot.

Baby Jogger city select

double stroller

When we made our registry for our first baby, we registered for the Baby Jogger City Select because we knew we wanted at least two children and we wanted the option for a second seat. It’s very easy to steer and well built. However, it is on the heavier side.

Homemade burp cloths

One of the best gifts I received with our first baby was homemade burp cloths. They were made with cloth diapers – super absorbent and durable. Much better than anything you could buy in the store. Check out this super easy DIY to make your own from Chelsea at Life with my Littles.

Pack n Play with changing station and napper –

We got a pack and play with changing station and napper like this one. I stocked diapers, wipes, diaper cream and some onesies in a basket in the pack n play that way I could change babe’s diaper quick without having to go upstairs.

Halo sleep sacks –

halo sleep sack

These were a lifesaver with Maxwell. He was a little Houdini and could break out of the tightest swaddles, and I am a swaddling pro (that’s an L&D nurse for you). These kept him feeling snug as a bug.

Puj Tub –

Puj tub

I love sink baths! Not only is it super precious and magical, but it is way easier than having to lean over a tub to wash your babe. With our first baby we had a clunky, hard bathtub we would put in the bath for bathtime and then try to find somewhere to store it afterward. This time around, I’ve discovered the Puj tub (you can find it on Amazon here). It’s soft and foldable to cradle your baby, easy to clean and you can hang flat to dry.

 

What are some of your baby essentials? And be sure to get $10 off your next Dockatot!!!

 

must haves for your second baby