From Our Founder: What's In My Hospital Bag?
Our founder Danielle recently gave birth to a beautiful baby boy! Read her list of hospital essentials and tips on how she prepared below:
What's In My Hospital Bag? With an 18 month old, I knew what I was getting into this time around! So, I was *much* more on top of prepping hospital bag for round 2. Our hospital was recently renovated so I knew we had a fridge which was an added bonus! I was also armed and ready for nursing a new babe which can super uncomfortable at first with latching problems, etc. I grabbed most things below expecting them to get stained or to toss after the hospital. Those first few days of breast milk stains are super hard to get out!
- Robe - An extra layer of warmth in a frigid hospital room! Especially after a shower and for your hospital walks. This one from Milkmaid Goods is my favorite!
- Nursing Bras - these are affordable and super soft. Especially on sore nipples!
- Socks with traction - love me some give-back Bombas. The nurses make you walk around the maternity floor and these are great and won’t let you slip
- Hair Ties that give-back (and hold everything back as well!) - Teleties
- Eye Mask - La Aquarelle, they're organic!
- Maternity T-Shirts from ASOS- shirts are pretty unnecessary since you’re in bed nursing but with a slew of visitors I try to make everyone feel comfortable even with a babe attached to my chest.
- Aromatherapy Heating Pad - this one is amazing! All the nurses said our room smelled dreamy
- Belly Band - I’ll take all the belly support I can get! A c-section has a pretty brutal recovery
- Coming home outfit - you’ll still look pregnant and everything hurts so I love this slouch-fitting Dwell and Slumber cocoon dress
- Fluffy Towel from home - totally beats the hospital's small, scratchy one!
- Toothbrush & toothpaste, MABLE's brushes are made of bamboo and they're 100% biodegradable!
- Face Wipes - It’s really asking a lot to wash my face on day 1 and 2 so wipes do the trick.
- Coconut Oil Wipes - wink wink Arm pits, under eyes, baby’s tush - you name it, a coconut oil wipe has got you covered.
- Tube of CoCo is a must for nipple balm, face & body for me. And a tablespoon in tea to get my digestive system moving again.
- Shampoo & Conditioner - love Rahua!
- Lip Balm - it’s so dry in the hospital. I love Cocokind’s matcha moisture stick
- Probiotic - your digestive system needs the support! It’s also a great boost in your breast milk for baby’s digestive system
- Cooling Gel Pads - ahhhh relief
- Gel ice packs - in those desperate moments
- Evereden Baby Soap & Shampoo - fragrance free and gentle on the skin
- Milkmaid Goods Swaddle for Hospital Photography - SO cute and is breathable for the babe
- Coming Home Outfit by Spearmint Love
- Blanket for Car Ride - OBSESSED with this blanket by Barefoot Dreams. And it's blue for baby boy!
- Ekobo Portable Diffuser from Anthropologie- hospital scents can be no bueno
- Essential Oils from Amazon - I love zen head!
- Pillow - sleep is rare but you may as well enjoy your thirty minutes here and there.
- Blanket - it’s pretty nice to have your own blanket. But don’t bring a nice one! It will definitely get ruined.
- Portable Speaker - love some acoustic guitar to mask the beeping sounds of the IV.
- Boppy for Nursing - I didn’t have this for Eva but it was so amazing to have this time around.
- Epic Bone Broth - you’re on liquids only the first few days so swap out hospital broth for the good stuff! Bone broth is brimming with vitamins and minerals that will help start healing right away.
- Bottles of Electrolyte Water & Coconut Water - I must have drank 4 bottles a day! My milk came in right away so I was nursing every hour or so which leaves you parched. There wasn’t enough water around me to take down. But hey! My OB let me leave a day early because he thought I was recovering really well and he said it could’ve been from all my liquids. Win!
- Go Macro Bars for energy - you need strength to nurse! It’s physically exhausting so I love these bars for a healthy boost.