Last month I posted on Insta stories that I was helping my sister pack/ organize her maternity bag, and wow…I was SO surprised at the response I got! I had no idea I had so many soon to be moms following me and I was shocked you guys wanted to know what she was packing.
This is going to be her second baby and we are all SO EXCITED to meet our baby girl! Last time around, things were a little different…James was scheduled to be delivered via c-section, but one night her water broke and those plans went out the door. Although he was still delivered via c-section…it wasn’t exactly on the day she had anticipated, which meant her “baby bag” was NOT READY.
It was through that experience of constantly having to go back and forth from the hospital to the house, that she (along with all the family members doing the “back and forth”) figured out exactly what should be packed in her maternity bag this time around.
So here it is, for all you mommy’s…
This is the bag my sister got. I helped her pick it out. Originally, I had seen it and wanted it for myself…but I had no reason to buy it. Sooo definitely borrowing it after she’s done 🙂
I love the material, the jade color (very gender neutral, also very in season for spring), and it’s actually so spacious! If you want to personalize it, I suggest getting your initials from Stoney Clover (yes, you can purchase just the patches!) + adding them to the bag! That would be so cute.
I also included a few other bags she’s using including packing cubes, toiletry bags, and other organization pouches!
SOME MORE CUTE WEEKENDER BAGS…
CLOTHES FOR MOM
When you’re packing your outfits, the first thing you want to keep in mind is COMFORT. I know you also want to look cute….but remember, you’re going to be healing + you will have that new mommy glow anyway!
My sister suggests packing loungewear that you feel really comfy in, but also don’t feel like a slob in. When she had James she wore a lot of t-shirt dresses that she could throw a cardigan over and make it look like an actual outfit… not just her PJs.
The nurse will also come in periodically to assess your incision and monitor how you’re healing. So it’s best to wear loose fitting clothes that won’t apply any pressure to those areas, or be annoying to take off.
CUTE ROBES FOR PHOTOS…
CLOTHES FOR BABY
The fun part! First, make sure you have everything you need for the baby at home. You won’t need much for the baby in the hospital as they will provide tons of diapers, formula, etc. Actually, on second thought… you should probably pack an extra bag to carry all the things they’re going to give you.
ALSO, MAKE SURE THE CAR SEAT IS INSTALLED!
Choosing an outfit for the baby to come home really depends on your preference, style, + current weather conditions. However, when I did my rotation on an OB floor, a lot of the nurses would ask the moms for a long sleeve footed onesie, so that’s what I told my sister to pack.
NEW MOM ESSENTIALS
These are the things my sister considered a must… I’m not a mom, nor have I had much experience with OB patients so I’ll take her word for it. I also got my oldest sister’s opinion + she agreed! (she’s a mom of 2 and a NICU nurse, so she definitely has a lot of experience with new moms!)
This is just a list of your basic necessities + toiletries you should remember to pack.
- Toothpaste + toothbrush
- Face wash
- Hair brush + hair ties
- ALL ELECTRONIC CHARGERS
- A folder to keep all the documents safe. (like the baby’s birth certificate)