I'm a coffee loving, travel-obsessed, twenty-something based out of Central Illinois. I'm lucky enough to make a living doing what I love - photographing people! I specialize in weddings (destination + local), senior portraits, + boudoir.
Today’s blog post is a personal one – but I have shared this list so many times I just figured i’d put it in a blog post to share away!
If you’re a first, second, or fifth time mom you already know to bring the obvious things like clothes, diaper bag, and your toothbrush, and everyone you ask will remind you of things like a hair tie or chapstick, but I love sharing what in my bag I brought that made an impact. Those, “I’m so happy I thought to pack that!” items. So here we go!
yes, they’re bulky af, and most likely will mean an extra trip to the car to grab, but TRUST me when I say you’ll appreciate it. You can ask the nurse for eight of their plastic covered flat pillows OR just bring the one you’re used to. It was 100% worth it for me!
and I mean lonnngggg. I ordered a multipack on Amazon and just threw them in the bag when they came in so I didn’t have to worry about forgetting my normal cords at home. It’s also a good idea to bring along a multi USB charger in case it’s hard to find an outlet handy and have more than one device.
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This was one item i didn’t even think about five years ago having Bexley. I even stashed one of these bad boys in my purse *just in case* my water broke in Target or wherever! It was great peace of mind plus when you’re postpartum, it’s so much easier to have underwear/pads all in one!
this one is a tip I share with anyone not staying at home ever! I often have my laptop with me so grabbing an HDMI cable to hook up to the TV in the room is second nature, but if I don’t have my laptop, a Chromecast or Amazon Firestick works too! We took our Chromecast to the hospital with Barrick and had to do a small workaround to get it hooked up to wifi but once we got it running I was able to watch Netflix or Amazon Prime to pass the time in between contractions! Sometimes birth can be a long process (hello 29 hour birth with Bexley) so having something decent to watch at 3am is a bonus!
this folks should be in EVERY. SINGLE. HOSPITAL KIT. EVER. I honestly had never heard of the Frida Mom Hospital Packing Kit until Brandon bought it for me for Christmas – and it was my most prized possession while in the hospital. I literally used every single item in this kit. It contained a hospital gown that was soooo soft, stretchy, and was WAY better than the hospital gowns they give you – PLUS it actually WAS one size fits all, which is most of the time a lie when you’re plus size. It also had amazing socks with the sticky stuff on the bottom and they were SO comfy! The second best item (ok, maybe tied for first?!) would be the peri bottle! It’s designed to be used upside down so you don’t need to have a gymnastics background to use it well! 😆 It also came with undies, ice packs, pads, and two types of witch hazel to use which is crucial in those post-baby days!!
Those are the most impactful items I’ve shared over and over and over again, but if you’re wanting a full rundown of EVERYTHING we packed in our hospital bags, you can see that list HERE. I hope this helped!
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