Monday 30 September 2019


I can't believe we're getting so close to the end of my pregnancy! I'm at 38 weeks and baby could be making her arrival at any time.

I've been getting a room ready for her in the house, and the next thing on my list is to get a bag packed to bring to the hospital.

I've complied a list of some essentials that I will be packing for our hospital stay.


Clothing (leggings, tank, cardigan/sweater)
Nursing Bras and extra underwear
Robe and comfy jammies for evenings and nursing
Flip flops (for walking around and showering)
Shampoo and Conditioner
Toiletries (makeup, dry shampoo and hair ties)
Camera and extra batteries
Long phone charger or external chargers
Laptop and charger
Snacks and thermos (for hot water and tea)


Swaddles and crib sheet
Bow, bonnet, baby hat
Going home outfit
Sleeper, baby gown, oneies
Boppy Pillow for nursing
Nipple cream and shield
Nail clippers

I loved packing clothes that are comfortable and have easy access to nursing. Stretchy pants, loose layers and cardigans all seem to fit the bill. With Maddie, I forgot to pack a cardigan and I felt so uncomfortable and chilly. Thin layers always work well in case you need to add or take something off. Don't forget you'll likely be getting visitors, so make sure you're wearing something comfortable enough to see your guests. And I always wear flip flops around because they're super easy to slip on and off.

I've usually taken a shower after baby arrives before we have any guests to come and visit. You're usually totally worn out, and a hot shower and fresh face always feels so good. I usually pack everything I need for a shower and a few other items like makeup, lotion, hair accessories and some dry shampoo.

Nursing Essentials
I usually bring my nursing pillow which helps so much with getting comfortable and feeding baby easily. I've always had a tricky time nursing at the beginning and being comfortable makes a big difference. The hospital usually has some nipple cream, but I like to bring my own just in case. And this time I may end up bringing a nipple shield. My friends have sworn by it and I'm willing to give it a try if needed.

Baby Items
I usually bring a few simple and easy baby outfits as well as a swaddle or blanket for baby. Normally the hospital wants the baby without clothes, but if you're staying more than a night or two, it's nice to have something to put the baby in. This time I'll be bringing a bonnet and bow as well for a few newborn pictures. Nothing fancy, but it may help if you want to make a little announcement for friends and family. I think a letterboard or name sticker would be so cute as well!

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