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hospital packing & outfits

We were in major “get ready for baby” mode this weekend. Henry’s room is almost ready for a roommate (can’t wait to show you!) and I think we have everything we need. By the way, it’s amazing how much LESS stuff we’ve purchased for baby #3. Being the planners that we are, we gave away most of our infant equipment – swing, Bjorn, bouncer, etc – and most of it we’ve realized we don’t need. Or we bought it used or borrowed this time around.

Now for the hospital packing…

I am the worst at planning ahead for this kind of stuff. Hence zero in-hospital pictures of me with either of my kiddos.  This time around I put together photos of hospital outfits to help me remember what to bring. Otherwise I’ll end up with crazy day 2 hair and not a shred of make-up. Which is totally fine but I am determined to get a decent photo of me and the baby.

In-hospital outfit:

  • Button up pjs – Oh so nice to wear something comfy that is also breastfeeding friendly.
  • Slippers – For making the waddle to the bathroom at 2 a.m. a little easier.
  • Labor mix CD – Mark made this for Caroline’s birth, and the doctor remarked that she’d never delivered to Madonna before.
  • Dry shampoo, lipstick, bobby pins – My day 2 camera ready plan.

baby outfit

Packing for baby:

Baby doesn’t really need much at the hospital because I love the little hat and burrito blanket they keep baby in. But you need a little something for photos and going home.

  • Baby book – I’m terrible at keeping up with baby books but those little footprints are a must.
  • Gifts from siblings – The kids had a blast picking out a little something for the baby this weekend. I want to pack them to make sure I have them on hand when they visit.
  • Favorite blanket & gown – I’ve never been a big fan of grown-up looking going-home outfits for a 2-day old. These are my favorite baby gowns and swaddling blankets that I give to every new mom I know – they are life savers!

hospital packing

Going home outfit:

  • Favorite maternity outfit – It’s so depressing to come home in maternity clothes. I’m so sick of them all that I want to have a bonfire in the backyard. But this is my most comfortable go-to.
  • Nursing tanks – I will live in these Target tanks for the first year.
  • Red lipstick – All the glam I need!

Other hospital must haves:

  • Camera – not pictured (in use!)
  • Goody basket for nurse staff – I always mean to send a thank you to the nurses and, of course, get home and lose my mind. This time I’m bringing an easy muffin/fruit concoction with me.
  • Champagne – Definitely a must for toasting the new arrival.

What am I forgetting? Let me know what worked for you!

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  1. says

    Hi there – my wife is getting her hospital bag together (she’s due in a month with our first baby) and came across this post. I realize the post is a year+ old, but she loves the gray pajamas in the first picture – any chance you remember where you go them?

    • gerbermom says

      They are from Target! Not sure if they still have the same style but the brand is Gilligan & O’Malley. Good luck! :)

  2. says

    Great list! I had no idea what to bring the first time, so I winged it! I ended up having an unplanned c-section, so we were happy we brought the laptop for the long days we were there afterwards.

  3. Jennifer says

    Are those g-diapers? I love those! I use them with my son. My packing list also included a fan. I found that I would go from cold to boiling in a matter of seconds. I also brought my favorite pair of yoga pants to wear around, something that was NOT maternity and made me feel super comfy. I made a list after my first baby, on it are my boppy pillow, my own towels, and a nursing nightie. 3 things i wish i had brought!

  4. says

    Don’t forget some big panties. Bikinies won’t cut it. Something disposable is a good option. Not a fun thought, but good to remember. Good luck! Thanks so much for sharing on Monday Mingle.

  5. says

    I guess I better get going on packing my bag huh? HA! I only have one pic of me and the dude in the hospital. I don’t know why I was so adverse to photos then. This time, I’m definitely taking more!

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