I packed items for myself in a large L.L. Bean boat tote with my monogram and items for the baby in a medium tote with his name (turned around for the photo as we’ll share his name once he’s born!). This is the same system I used when we went to the hospital to have Teddy and it worked well for us so not reinventing the wheel this time. The baby’s medium tote will ultimately become his diaper bag — you can see what we pack in Teddy’s diaper bag in this post.
*sneak peek of Teddy’s new curtains and dresser!
WHAT’S IN MY HOSPITAL BAG FOR ME
My favorite shearling blanket (the best, whether you’re expecting or not!) Two of our own bed pillows (one for me and one for Will — I used both while breastfeeding in the hospital bed in lieu of a nursing pillow) A comfy robe (nice to wear something besides a hospital gown that’s still easy access for nurses and doctors) A going home outfit (packing both this dress and this one) Nursing camis (lived in these both in hospital and at home) Grippy socks Slippers Rubber flip flops Toiletry case Camera with charger Extra long iPhone chargers (one for me and one for Will) Protein bars (not sure how much Will will be able to leave the room to pick up food so want to have a back-up option I like just in case!)
WHAT’S IN MY HOSPITAL BAG FOR BABY
A few newborn and 0-3 month outfit options (this, this, and this) Our favorite newborn swaddle Baby blanket
In my experience, the hospital provided plenty of postpartum underwear, but I stocked up on these for once I get home. You can read more about why I packed and skipped certain things in this post but I hope this will provide a helpful framework for any of you counting down the days or weeks until your own due date!
P.S. My ultimate baby registry guide and all my postpartum recovery essentials.
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