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When I was expecting, I did my fair amount of research before packing my hospital bag for maternity so I've listed all the things that were the most useful which I hope can take off some of your load for you, Mom-To-Be:
Pack your own pillow. Pillows at the hospital aren’t always the comfiest so better bring your own to feel more “at home”,
An eye mask, it will be challenging to catch some sleep but an eye mask helps get dark shades,
At least two nursing bras, preferably wireless,
Nursing pads for leaks because there will be. See options from Davin & Adley,
A nightgown, shirtdress and or pajama set. If you plan to breastfeed, choose something that gives easy access. Opt for soft and breathable fabrics, Modal is, in my opinion, one of the best fabric. You might experience sweats because of the hormones shift (you can read more here) I love those options from Cozy Earth, LA Relaxed, Nordstrom,
One outfit to go back home and don’t expect to wear your pre-pregnancy pants. Bring your maternity pant, support legging or pants with elastic waist, check out this adorable printed pant from Frances M., it will pair perfectly with our Magalie Wrap Tee,
Scrunchies - I love the cute options from Mane Message,
Lip balm, your lips might get dry if there aren’t already,
Rose water hydrating face mist, to refresh and hydrate your face,
Nipple balm, I loved the organic one from Thrive Market,
Perineal spray and bottle: as I had a natural delivery, I loved the cooling and refreshing spray from Earth Mama and even though the hospital provided a perineal bottle, I brought my own from Frida which was way better as it’s angled plus you can re-use it for rinsing bebe’s hair,
A long phone cable as it can get tricky to charge your phone and keep it handy,
Water bottle, my Takeya water bottle is still with me. Super durable, it retains temperature for a long time, hot or cold. The 24 oz was a perfect size, beyond that, it gets heavy and too big to carry,
Toiletries and personal items: hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc... Travel-sized products are your friends,
Your favorite non-perishable snacks,
Snacks for the nurses.
The hospital will provide disposable underwear, pads, and ice packs but bring your own if you prefer. Make sure you have a breast pump at home (breastfeeding or not it might come handy if you face clogged duct or mastitis, you might need to pump a little also to prevent those). Double check with your medical insurance if you can get a pump with your coverage.
Approved car seat,
Four to five outfits, you might want to take different sizes as you don’t know baby’s weight and height (newborn & 0-3 months sizes will do),
The hospital provides swaddles, blankets, first soothies, formula if needed, diapers & wipes so don’t bring any of those. Actually makes space as you might bring home supplies.