At the hospital I’m all about staying as comfortable as possible, so packing only the essentials is key. This list is more about what I packed for clothing so it doesn’t include toiletries and electronics. I don’t like to take too much stuff because hospital rooms can feel so cramped so fast and most of what I’ll actually use are very basic things. Travel size toiletries, basic skin care/makeup, a camera, and baby outfits are really all that is needed. The only other ‘bonus’ I like to bring are disposable underwear, sometimes the mesh underwear that the hospital provides are uncomfortable (and they don’t tear at the sides, which is nice when you can’t bend very well) so I like to bring my own. Other than that I leave everything else at home.
1. Natori Robe – Any robe is a high priority; they’re invaluable for a quick cover up when visitors show up. My favorite kind are the ones from Natori. Usually I can find them at Nordstrom Rack for about 50-75% off, which is a huge savings. I love how soft they are and the kimono prints are to die for.
2. Nursing Tank – These cotton tanks are really stretchy so they accommodate a post baby belly perfectly. I don’t pack any nursing bras because I like to keep it as comfortable as possible in the hospital and I find that these tanks are perfect for sleeping in and to wear underneath a button down shirt or a loose tee.
3. UGG Slippers – I always take a pair of slippers with me wherever I travel and the hospital is no exception. I’m not a big walker around the hospital but for a short trip to the bathroom or to keep my feet extra warm, I bring them. Also, a flat pair of flip flops are great for the shower.
4. Humble Hilo – A cute bag to put everything in is a must! I love these bags. Not only are they so stylish, but a portion of the earnings goes towards feeding starving children, education for women or to support them in breaking the cycle of poverty in Guatemala. The best part is you get to choose what cause to donate to. It’s such a great project, started by women for women and their babies.
5. Button Down Shirt – I take a few of these because they make it way easy to nurse in without having to lift up a tee constantly and the extra room around the tummy is so nice.
6. Spanx Compression Shorts – I have never used these before but I’ve only heard really good things about them. I’m not sure if I’ll actually use them at the hospital but I’ve packed them in case I’m feeling up for trying them out there. But otherwise, I’m eager to see if these will actually help get me in my pre-pregnancy jeans before, you know, next year.
7. Joe’s Jeans Joggers – I’ve mentioned these before and I’m going to go ahead and mention them again. I can’t get enough of these, they are so comfy! I ordered them in the black and grey, and I’m pretty sure they will be on a constant rotation at the hospital and beyond. I’m not even ashamed to admit this.
(This was written before my actual hospital stay. Xoxo!)