Part of me felt like I was packing for a weekend getaway rather than a trip to the hospital. But, after getting a lot of helpful tips and suggestions from friends about what is absolutely necessary and what could be left at home, this is what we ended with.
- Chicco Keyfit 30 carseat - It’s installed and ready to go. It’s so weird to turn around and see it in our backseat.
- Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Bag - Gift from Aaron!
- Receiving blanket - This ultra soft plush blanket will keep the baby warm on the drive home.
- Ralph Lauren Romper - A stylish outfit from Aaron’s sister. I packed several other equally cute outfits for pictures at the hospital.
- Gerber Unisex-Baby Newborn 3 Pack Short Sleeve Side Snap Shirt - The side snap shirts are designed to be easier to get on and off the baby until the umbilical cord falls off.
- Baby shoes - Baby shoes might be the least practical item but how can anyone resist how absolutely adorable and tiny they are, not to mention these particular shoes were Aaron’s when he was born.
- WubbaNub Elephant
- Swaddle Designs burp cloths - Nowadays burp cloths are almost too cute for their purpose.
When traveling, I like to bring familiar products. I’ve packed the essentials, but also included a little makeup to make me feel more presentable when taking pictures.
- iPad mini - The perfect lightweight device to stream TV shows or read magazines during the early phases of labor. (FYI: As of January 1st, 2015, all the Friends seasons are available to stream on Netflix.)
- In hospital comfort
- Comfy sweatpants
- Nursing bra and nursing pads
- Chapstick and altoids
- Slippers and socks
- Basics: deodorant, mouthwash, toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, contact solution
- Makeup: Foundation and makeup remover
- Comfy, but cute, go home outfit
And lastly, for Aaron, a bag packed with his clothes, toiletries and essential distraction devices.
- Camera (+extra battery)
- iPad charger and extra charging cables
- Vending machine money
- AmazonBasics Portable Bluetooth Speaker