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Summer Baby: Hospital Bag Must-Haves

June 24, 2018 33 Comments

Summer Baby: Hospital Bag Must-Haves

In four weeks or less I will be bringing home a sweet baby boy, eek! It’s been four years since we have had a newborn in the house, and it’s amazing how many things have changed in the baby-gear world in just four short years! I honestly still feel like I am so out of the loop on what the latest and greatest baby and postpartum items are, but when it comes to my hospital bag, I am grateful that I remembered at least one thing from my first delivery: less is more. 

The first time around, I literally packed up an entire small suitcase with a TON of stuff. I had read so many articles and blogs outlining all the “must-haves” for a hospital bag, but when it came down to it, I found I hardly touched any of the items I had packed!

So, in the spirit of simplicity, I’m sharing some of my top hospital bag items for this go-around, and hoping you might be able to share any favorites that I may have missed!

Summer Baby: Hospital Bag Must-Haves

  1. NOXX Swaddles and Beanies (duh): When my first was born, NOXX did not have the swaddle options that they do now, so when I found out I was expecting I was so excited to get him in some NOXX swaddles from Day 1! These swaddles and beanies are SO much stretchier and softer than the generic blankets the hospital provides, and I know my little one will be WAY more cozy wrapped up in these fabrics. Even though we are in Arizona and it will most likely be about 115 degrees when he arrives, those hospital rooms are cool, so I wanted to make sure I had the best of the best for his little head and body! PS: This cactus swaddle will be available at the end of July, so keep an eye out!Summer Baby: Hospital Bag Must-Haves
  2. Outfits for baby: With the NOXX swaddles to keep baby comfortable in the hospital, I wanted a few coming home options that were simple, neutral and would be appropriate given the furnace we will be entering as soon as we step foot outside of the hospital doors. These neutral cotton tanks from H&M are so soft and cute, and perfect for this AZ heat!
  3. Dwell and Slumber Gown: With my first delivery, I never even changed out of my hospital gown. I think I was really overwhelmed and refused to put my baby down even in the bassinet unless I had to go to the bathroom lol. This time around, I am hoping I can put myself a little more together, faster. I wanted something cute, but comfortable and practical given the amount of times you have to feed in the first 24-48 hours. Enter: Dwell and Slumber. This shop sells some of the softest caftans, and they are so stylish (not something I thought was possible postpartum). Pregnancy and Newborn magazine calls them a, “modern-day housedress (that) is roomy enough to accommodate your curves, cozy enough to nap in, and completely nursing-friendly for when you need easy access postpartum.” I love this color because it’s neutral and works for summer and fall seasons!Summer Baby: Hospital Bag Must-Haves
  4. Nursing Bra & Nursing Cami: For the reasons mentioned above, this time I decided to actually pack some nursing bras, and camis to pair with comfortable shorts for when family comes to visit and/or when we leave the hospital (depending on how long we are there I wanted to have a few outfit options). Actually remembering to pack a nursing bra this time will give me a little more coverage but the ability to feed at a moment’s notice! I love the Target brand nursing camis, and found a pack of five nursing bras from a brand called Lataly on Amazon for $27! The price is unbeatable and they are wireless, and are super soft and stretchy. The reviews on these are great also so I am hoping to love them!Summer Baby: Hospital Bag Must-Haves
  5. Reusable Nursing Pads: I am not sure how quickly my milk will come in this time, but just in case, I am opting for these thick reusable pads verses the disposable. The less often I have to change them while I am there, the better!
  6. Aquaphor: I remember articles saying to bring chapstick because the hospital rooms were cool and dry, but the mild stuff really doesn’t cut it. Aquaphor is one of my favorite multi-purpose items, but one of the best ways to use it is as a lip conditioner!
  7. Dry Shampoo: So, the first time around I packed travel size bottles of shampoo and conditioner, hairspray, stuff to dry my hair, the works.  However after delivery, I literally got up to use the bathroom and that was about it. I never changed out of my hospital gown let alone took a full shower and did my hair! So, this time around I am being more realistic and simplifying. I will be packing shower gel in case I am there more than 24 hours and want to shower, but if I do have to shower I want to make it quick and definitely don't want to worry about washing and drying my hair! Dry shampoo to the rescue! This Bumble and Bumble Dry Shampoo ($29) is one of my absolute faves. It’s cruelty-free, has UV Protection, and doesn’t leave that chalky white residue all over your hair, plus- it smells so good! If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly brand, my second-fave is from Target and is also amazing. It’s by Kristin Ess and is called the Style Reviving Dry Shampoo. This one also smells incredible and is very workable leaving no residue once worked in or brushed, and rings in at $14.
  8. Bottom Spray: So, we all know those fun little squirt bottles and awesome giant pads that are my inevitable future, but I had no idea there was another life-saving product to add to the recovery mix! I have been told by countless friends that Earth’s Mama Herbal Bottom Spray was a postpartum staple, and when I went on Amazon to see what other’s thought, I found that hundreds of other mamas had also given it a five-star review. The common praises seem to be that is a natural alternative to the Dermaplast spray provided by the hospital (it’s organic and made with natural astringents and essential oils), it is less itchy and strong, and the smell is less overpowering.
  9. Diaper Backpack: Keyword: backpack. With my daughter I used a tote-style diaper bag, and I honestly just didn’t love how it always fell of my shoulder every time I bent over, and it was not as easy to organize. This time I am going with the backpack style, and it’s first test-drive is going to be at the hospital. This Skip Hop Greenwich Diaper Backpack is SO roomy, and comes in three gorgeous colors. I opted for the Caramel just because I am kind of all about warm neutrals right now, and I just felt like it would work for all seasons. However it also comes in black, dusty rose (a deep mauve), olive, and smoke (a dark grey). It’s made of durable, wipe-clean vegan leather, and features nine pockets for ultimate organization. The changing pad pocket also holds tablets and laptops up to 15”, so I can even pack a laptop for my husband to use while we are waiting and hanging out at the hospital.
  10. Diapers and Wipes: My daughter was SO sensitive to almost every brand of diapers except for the Honest brand. So while I know the hospital provides diapers and wipes, I am bringing just a few of my own in the case that this little guy develops sensitivities as fast as my daughter did! This time I am trying the new Pampers Pure diapers. I have read some awesome reviews on these so am interested in how they will compare to the Honest (which I still love BTW)! They are similar in that they are made from premium cotton and plant-based fibers, and are made without chlorine bleaching, fragrance, lotion, parabens, and EU 26 allergens. 
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      1. Mini Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Deodorant, Face wipes: (essentials).
      2. Tylenol: A friend told me that if you look at your itemized hospital bill, they charge you for all of the pain meds they give you afterwards so that you should bring your own. I couldn’t remember if I took anything, but figured I would bring this just in case!
      3. Heating Pad: The same friend reminded me of those cramps that come with the first nursing sessions. Post-birth your uterus continues to contract to return back to it’s normal size which for some, can be really painful. I again, could not remember if mine were that bad in those first 48 hours, but she recommended bringing a heating pad just in case, so I figured I would slip one in my bag.
      4. Camera: If you have a nice camera, bring it! Yes it might be a little bulky, but when you go to print those photos, the quality that translates is so much better than what would come from a cell-phone picture!
      5. Chargers: You would be beating yourself up if you brought cameras and phones and then they died before you could snap those first few moments, right?
      6. Robe: As I mentioned earlier, I am hoping to be a little more put together this time around (this may be a far-fetched goal, I’m not sure lol), and so I ordered a SUPER cute robe from Pink Blush to change into after delivery.  I have actually been wearing it a ton already, it’s so pretty and soft and makes me feel good when I wear it, even though I usually feel super unattractive and huge. I chose the Black Crochet Trip Delivery/Nursing Maternity Robe. Seriously guys, it’s SO pretty!

Summer Baby: Hospital Bag Must-Haves

       

      So while my bag isn't quite complete, I feel like I've got a good start. Any other mamas due this summer? I would love to hear your hospital bag must-haves. I am suffering from major pregnancy brain right now, so I need your help!

      Comment below with your thoughts or some hospital must-haves of your own for a chance to win a $15 shop credit to NOXX! Winner will be randomly selected from the comments and notified by email by 7/1/18. 

       

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      -Liz

       

      Hi NOXX fam! My name is Liz Hilton and in addition to being a NOXX super-fan, I am also lucky enough to be sister-in-law to NOXX's owner Jennifer. I am mama to an amazing sweet four-year-old named Stella, and (very) soon to be mama to baby boy Silas.

       

       

       





      33 Responses

      Meagan
      Meagan

      June 25, 2018

      Congratulations, Mama! Great list. Love your Noxx picks! 💙 Don’t forget some slippers for walking in the room/hallways of the hospital! 😊

      Brandi Mira
      Brandi Mira

      June 25, 2018

      My must haves if I ever have another would be…a backpack from the start, doterra ESSENTIAL OILS for Baby and me, diffuser, iPad with calming music, the softest NOXX swaddle and beanie set for sure, cute hospital gown, cozy socks, and the baby necessities.

      Bridget
      Bridget

      June 25, 2018

      When baby #2 happens here, the first thing in my bag is going to be snacks! I had a very rapid labor with my son (woke up at 645pm at home from a nap and was holding him at 818pm in the hospital) and our tiny hospitals cafeteria was closed! They were able to get me a cold sandwich but I sure wish I had some of my favorite snack foods with me.
      And I’m the opposite end of the spectrum. Bring my shampoo and conditioner and blow dryer, and above al else, some mascara! I needed a real shower in the crappy little shower stall and a blow dry to feel like a real person again.
      And I hope my bag of stuff creates such a beautiful color story as your flat lays here! I love coordination and this is goals!

      Mackenzie
      Mackenzie

      June 25, 2018

      This list is great! Looking back, I had some of the same sentiments first to second pregnancies. I still stayed in my hospital gown, despite telling myself that I wouldn’t! Oh well! I NEED that cactus swaddle in my (err, my baby boy’s) life!! 😂

      Monica
      Monica

      June 25, 2018

      Super helpful list! I’m delivering baby #2 in 3 weeks! I never had a chance to pack my Hospital bag or diaper bag the first time around as he came 3.5 weeks early and I was not prepared. Not going to happen this time!!!
      Ps: is the cactus swaddle from your shop?!?! I need it.

      Brittany
      Brittany

      June 25, 2018

      Definitely a great list! Your bag looks a lot like mine did for my second baby. With my first, I felt like I had way too much stuff that I never even touched in my bag, so this time around I made sure that I took the minimalist approach and only took what was necessary. And our Noxx swaddle set was definitely the most utilized in the bag… We even used it for our newborn pictures….and got a ton of compliments!! Good luck mama! You’re gonna do great!!

      Erika
      Erika

      June 25, 2018

      Lots of good tips! I would add to this your own pillow (because hospital pillows suck!), a boppy/nursing pillow if you plan to breastfeed, and snacks! :-)

      Alisa Johnson
      Alisa Johnson

      June 25, 2018

      LOVE THIS!!! And less is definitely more… with baby number 2 on the way I took a ton of notes. And I couldn’t agree more about a back pack. That was our go-to with our little man. I am going to say another good thing to add to the list would be extra blankets for hubby and baby. With me, I was burning up after induction and they literally froze my hubs out of the room and never offered a blanket. I don’t think one can have too many blankets and the Noxx blankets are easy to pack and the perfect size!!! So excited to be able to use Noxx this go round 🖤

      Annalee Pratt
      Annalee Pratt

      June 25, 2018

      Less is more fore sure! Looks like a great bag! I also loved Calvin Klein cotton sports bras – even though they are obviously not technically a nursing bra I used them a TON – they are so soft.

      Sarah Howard
      Sarah Howard

      June 25, 2018

      I love those H&M tops. They are so soft and lightweight. I wish I would have had a Noxx swaddle when my boys were born. Slippers are a must and don’t forget a nursing pillow.

      Melissa
      Melissa

      June 24, 2018

      Great list! I just welcomed baby #4 in early June and had a lot of those things packed in my bag. I would also take a baby book and fill it in while you have time recovering in hospital.

      Madison Rossilli
      Madison Rossilli

      June 24, 2018

      I really loved your post because it brought me back to when I was in the hospital after my daughter was born. We are currently trying for baby number 2 and i was thinking what I would do differently when it came to packing the hospital bag. I am very picky about the products I use for my little one as well as myself so the two things I would recommend are your own mittens for the baby because the set that is supplied is not a very soft material. I would also recommend some snacks if you are picky or prefer organic or vegan, I prefer organic and hospitals don’t tend to support that so I brought my own! I hope you have a smooth delivery and recovery and congratulations on your little one!

      Serena
      Serena

      June 24, 2018

      I enjoyed reading your list! Mine is very similar. I definitely would bring pillows & blankets! The nurses told me how smart that was to bring during our first hospital stay with our daughter. They never have enough & they are super thin. I definitely would add a boppy, comfy socks, slippers & socks. I’ll def be bringing a small activity pack for
      My toddler. Although she will be with my mom during labor, I know she will be glued to us after she sees her baby bro & no one knows more of what they need than you do! Don’t forget a few essentials for hubby too! Last time our hospital was 5 min away so he ran home a few times for things he wanted, but this time it’s almost 40 min so I’ll need to do the prep check list for him , I have lots of time on my hands til baby boy is here in Sept!

      Rachel
      Rachel

      June 24, 2018

      Love your list! I am going to have to look into the nursing gown you mentioned for the next go round! I would add my pump and blanket. I remember being so cold in the hospital room and the blankets were so thin! I literally had to have them bring me like 7 blankets!

      Veronica Calderon
      Veronica Calderon

      June 24, 2018

      Thank you so much for the guidance! This is my first baby, super excited because I thought I was never going to have a children. I was confused on what to bring but this information has been so helpful and useful. I totally agree with all of the above along with cozy socks, and slippers. Thank you again for this infomation as this pregnancy has been hard mentally, emotionally and physically, and did not put much thought into what I would need at my hospital stay.

      Elizabeth
      Elizabeth

      June 24, 2018

      Love everything on your list I would also had a good hair brush, hair ties (lots because I always lose one when I need it), a good book (never know how long labor will take), essential oils and a diffuser, chapstick, tank tops for me, hard candy/gum, my own pillow and blanket.

      Jodi Alcock
      Jodi Alcock

      June 24, 2018

      If I could do it over, I’d have started with a backpack from day 1. If you’re nursing, don’t forget to pack something for those first couple of days when your nipples will be SO MAD. I had no Idea and had to send my hubs out to try to find something to help. And he was clueless. Best of luck with sweet baby #2. Sending hugs. Such an exciting time.

      Tayah
      Tayah

      June 24, 2018

      I totally agree with all above! I brought wayyy to much for my first time… next time I will for sure downsize as I didn’t use majority of what I brought! Things I loved and will be bringing next time- slippers, essential oils, my own pillow and blanket and Boppy for nursing and lots of snacks for myself and the hubby! And all the things listed above!

      Lare Becker
      Lare Becker

      June 24, 2018

      Love this list of essentials. I am hoping to be more practical this time around and totally agree with your comment on not even opening the bag with baby1 Bc of not putting them down! I’ll need to look for the nursing gown. Definitely a great idea on the Noxx headband for labor/delivery and not washing afterwards ;)

      Jena Moore
      Jena Moore

      June 24, 2018

      My hospital bag this go around will contain my favorite supplements that will help with my energy and sleep as well as my own blanket, pillow and robe! Also house slippers are a must!

      Emily Hitch
      Emily Hitch

      June 24, 2018

      Absolutely loved this list! I’m going to be a momma of three boys come November so I definitely loved reading this list. I brought maternity pjs from target and they are super soft which is perfect for holding a newborn plus super comfy for momma!! :)

      Tam Neidich
      Tam Neidich

      June 24, 2018

      So exciting! Love this simple list. As an RN on a labor and delivery floor, I agree bringing your own meds. Our hospital charges over $3 for one 800mg dose of ibuprofen!

      I would bring mama headbands (Noxx ones of course) for you to go with that dry shampoo! And my own bath towel because inevitably the hospital towels are always far too small and super scratchy!

      Amanda
      Amanda

      June 24, 2018

      Great list! I also loved the Earth Mama Booty Balm!! It was amazing and helped my healing lady parts tremendously after my second baby!

      Janie
      Janie

      June 24, 2018

      All must haves but don’t forget your Pump!!! Take it all LOL they have carts!

      Alexis Martinez
      Alexis Martinez

      June 24, 2018

      I loved your list. I had to write down a few I didn’t have on mine. I would also take slippers. I hope you restock stripped for my baby boy before October. I’m due on 10th

      Natalie Ridenour
      Natalie Ridenour

      June 24, 2018

      Congrats mama!! Love the list I would bring some snacks for you just in case! Make sure they give you the frozen pad that was a life saver.

      Dana Garcia
      Dana Garcia

      June 24, 2018

      Love this list. I am due August 9th and preparing my bag, I love this list. This time around I will be bringing a pillow from home and a blanket..the hospital pillows are so flat and the blankets are so thin!

      Lexie Cravey
      Lexie Cravey

      June 24, 2018

      Loving this list! Hoping those gowns come back on stock on time for my September baby ♥️

      Stephanie
      Stephanie

      June 24, 2018

      Yay for this list!! I’ve been trying to think of what to pack this time around! I have baby #2 coming in September! Last time I literally brought EVERYTHING and didn’t use any of it!! I don’t even think I really opened my bag until I was getting ready to leave! 🙈 One thing I did need and use though were snacks!! My son was born around 9pm so they brought me like a sack lunch. I was starving and those snacks definitely came in handy! Lol.

      Abby Fremouw
      Abby Fremouw

      June 24, 2018

      Thanks for this list! Number 3 coming in October and I love to find new things. I agree with the Boppy and I also loved Costco PJ pants that were lose fit around my csection.

      Alexanna F
      Alexanna F

      June 24, 2018

      This is a great list! I agree with it all! When I had my first I was so thankful that I brought the bobby pillow. I kept going back and forth with it but it did wonders. My husband used it as a pillow sleeping on the uncomfortable couch, I used it to have the nurses show me how to use it for different breast feeding positions, and we had visitors that loved using it especially the ones that weren’t as comfortable holding a brand new fragile baby. So when baby number two comes someday we will definitely have that on the list.

      Tracey S
      Tracey S

      June 24, 2018

      Pregnant with #2 and due in October. The first time around, my husband (probably teasing me) asked me if I wanted to bring the pound puppy that Ive had since I was little. Of course I said no, but he was smart enough to hide it in my hospital bag. That old thing was literally the only thing that made me comfortable during most of my hospital stay. Brownie points, husband! Def packing it on my own this time around.

      Silver Walker
      Silver Walker

      June 24, 2018

      Love all of this list! I personally prefer my vilah bloom bag but skip hop is great too!

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