Hospital/Birth Packing List

With my brother and sister-in-law expecting their first baby this October, I figured it was appropriate to share my hospital packing list.  I’ve used and refined it two times already, and will use it again this December when Anders Baby #3 makes his appearance!

If it was up to my husband, we would have our bags packed a good month before the baby’s due date…for me, I’m a packing procrastinator and wait until a week or two before.  But, in this case, he usually gets his way, and honestly, it’s probably for the best!

*Disclaimer: I am a minimalist when it comes to packing.  There are a lot more things expecting moms can bring, but these are my tried-and-true essentials. 

Hospital/Birth Packing List

For Mom:

  • Going Home Outfit (make it comfy…especially in the tummy area in case of a C-Section.  No skirts…trust me.  You’ll still need maternity clothes for the trip home.)
  • be Band (to hold in that post baby belly)
  • Nursing Cami (I LIVED in these the first few months as a new mom!)
  • Nursing Bra – the Bravado Body Silk is my absolute favorite!  I have four.  🙂
  • Robe – Get something lightweight made with cotton or bamboo like this one.  It’s SO nice to wear after the baby is born, easy to nurse in, and keeps you modest for visitors.  🙂
  • Nursing Cover
  • Slippers/warm socks
  • Pillow
  • Toiletries for overnight (most hospitals don’t provide shampoo, etc.)
  • Chapstick
  • Hairdryer
  • Makeup (minimal)
  • Nursing Pillow (I love the Boppy and My Brest Friend pillows)
  • Disposable Nursing Pads (I like reusable ones, but disposables are great the first few weeks when you don’t want to do a ton of laundry.  Johnson’s is the most comfortable brand I’ve tried…others are really scratchy.)
  • Lanolin Cream for nursing.  Trust me, you need this!  If you are allergic to wool, you may want to try this cream instead.
  • Cell Phone & Charger
  • ID, Insurance Card, Power of Attorney, Birth Plan (I found a simple birth plan to edit online like this one)
    *Leave jewelry at home!

For Dad:

  • Cell Phone & Charger, Camera & Charger
  • iPad & Charger (great for watching TV shows during labor and afterwards)
  • Cash (for vending machine)
  • Snacks & Water Bottle
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Hoodie/Clothes (3 days) PJ’s
  • Slippers
  • Pillow
  • Air Mattress (our hospital has terribly uncomfortable pull-out beds.  The air mattress is a much more comfortable option!)
  • Toiletries for overnight
  • List of people to call/text when you go to the hospital & when baby arrives (trust me…you won’t remember everyone when you’re in the moment, and you may forget to tell someone really important.  Just make the list!)

For Baby:

  • Baby Swaddling Blanket (The Nicki’s or Imagine Bamboo blankets are my favorites!  You can order one or more here.)
  • Carseat
  • Going Home Outfit (I don’t bring other outfits and use the hospital onesies/hats while we are there)
  • Umbilical Cord Blood Donation Kit from http://www.cordforlife.com.  This is a great way to provide life-giving stem cells!  You have to apply to donate cord blood before you are 34 weeks pregnant.

At the Hospital/Birth Center, Ask to Take Home: 

Anything you (or the baby) use while you’re there!

  • Newborn Diapers
  • Extra Mesh Underwear
  • Ice packs
  • Nipple shields 
  • Extra Pads
  • Hemorrhoid Cream
  • Tucks Hemorrhoidal Pads
  • Baby Comb

Leave me a comment, what hospital/birth essential would you add to the list?  Download this list and more with my Baby Registry List.

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Baby Feeding Essentials

Evelyn is now five months old, and even though she is a FABULOUS baby (and already sleeping through the night), I still feel like I’ve barely finished feeding her before she’s ready to eat again!  There are tons of different feeding philosophies (which I will not get into here), but one thing is certain, there are some essentials you are going to need for your baby.

For my list today, I’ve created it mainly for moms who plan on breastfeeding.  Not because I’m against formula…I just haven’t done it, so I don’t know everything you will need.  🙂  I also didn’t include any supplies for making your own baby food, although I may include it in a future post!

Essentials:

IMG_59108 oz. Bottles (set of three) – The Dr. Brown’s Baby Bottles are really popular, AND they fit on the Medela Pump in Style pieces, so you can pump directly into these bottles!

Medela Breast Milk Feeding Gift Set or the Medela Breast Milk Storage Solution – This has a lot of smaller bottles that are great for starting out.

Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breastpump – While I am providing a link to purchase this pump from Amazon, many insurance companies today cover the cost of a pump.  Just make sure you check with them before you buy anything.  I love my Medela pump and could not get by without it.  Some moms just have a manual pump like this for emergencies, but don’t pump extra, so they don’t need the electric one.

Bottle Brush

Breastmilk Freezer Tray – These are a wonderful way to freeze and store extra milk.  The best thing about them, is that milk is frozen in one ounce increments, so you only thaw what you need.  AND, the frozen milk sticks can fit inside the mouth of a bottle, so you don’t need to thaw them first and risk a leak!  After pumping, I would freeze the milk, then transfer it into quart-sized freezer bags.  When I was ready to use it, I just put the amount I needed into the bottle, then used the bottle warmer to heat it up.  Easy.

Simple Lines Milk Freezer Trays. Each section is one ounce, so you only thaw exactly what you need.

Simple Lines Milk Freezer Trays. Each section is one ounce, so you only thaw exactly what you need.

I store the frozen milk in quart sized freezer bags until I'm ready to thaw it.

I store the frozen milk in quart sized freezer bags until I’m ready to thaw it.

Cloth Diapers/Burp Cloths (2 packages) – I really like these Gerber Heavyweight Gauze Prefolds.  Gerber makes cheaper ones, but they aren’t nearly as nice.  These are thick and make excellent burp cloths!  You will want at least two packages…we go through a ton of them each week, and I like to have them scattered around the house so they are ready if I need one.

Dishwasher Basket

Vitamin D Supplement Drops (for breastfed baby) – many doctors recommend giving your breastfed baby a dose of Vitamin D every day.

Very Nice to Have, But Not Essential:

Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bags – While you can boil your bottles and pump parts in water to sterilize them, these are much quicker and easier to use.

Aden + Anais Burpy Bibs (6) – These bibs provide great coverage for messy eaters.  I actually used these under the Waterproof Bibs since Jeremiah was so messy!  They also make nice burp cloths before solid foods are introduced.

Breastfeeding Pillow (Boppy or My Brest Friend) – both pillows have their merits, so it’s a matter of preference.  The Boppy has many uses (great for sitting on postpartum, tummy time for babies, etc.), but the My Brest Friend pillow is so comfortable and gives extra back support for nursing.  I’m glad I actually have one of each.

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Dr. Brown’s Digital Bottle Warmer

Bottle Warmer – a digital one is SO nice to have!  It also works great for warming baby food.

Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack and Accessories – I thought this was just a trendy drying rack, but after trying it out, I love mine!  Small pump and bottle pieces are easily held without falling down inside it, and it can go through the dishwasher if it needs cleaning.

Essential, But Don’t Need Right Away:

Waterproof Bib (at least 2) – I tried a variety of bibs, and the silicone waterproof ones are the most durable and easy to clean.  I actually run mine through the dishwasher a few times a week, just to get them extra clean.

Tommee Tippee Waterproof Bib & Baby Feeding Spoon

Tommee Tippee Waterproof Bib & Baby Feeding Spoon

Gerber Graduates Soft-Bite Infant Spoons (2 sets)

Baby Feeding Spoons (2 sets)

Gerber Graduates Toddler Forks (2 sets)

Toddler Plates (set of 5)

NUK Learner Cups (3) – These are great for transitioning from bottle to sippy cup.  The soft nipple feels similar to the bottle, so babies are more willing to make the switch.  However, once teeth pop through, you may need to start replacing the nipples because they are easily chewed through.  Or, just switch over to the Take & Toss Sippy Cups.  These are dishwasher safe, so they are not just one-time-use throw-away cups.  And you can’t beat the price for the quality!

Fisher-Price Spacesaver High Chair

Well, I hope you found this helpful!  If you want to check out all my baby essentials, you can download my Baby Registry List for FREE.

Leave me a comment…what is your top baby feeding item?

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Top Ten (Not Obvious) Baby Essentials for the First Year

list1There are the obvious baby essentials (like a car seat, pack-n-play, or swing), but what are the other things that really helped us all survive that first year of a baby’s life?  That’s what I’d like to share with you today.  I’ll do a short review/explanation of each item, but check back for more in-depth reviews in the future!

1. Fisher-Price Newborn Rock n’ Play Sleeper – We used this for the first six months of Jeremiah’s life!  He had reflux, so laying flat after eating was not a good thing for him.  Thanks to this sleeper, I could nurse him and put him right back to bed during the night.  He loved it and used it until he was rolling over (and too big to fit!).

2. WubbaNub – We got a bunch of pacifiers as baby gifts, but really only needed a couple of these.  The Wubbanubs are adorable pacifiers with a small stuff toy attached.  They keep the pacifier from flying across the room when Jeremiah spits them out, they are easy for him to locate in his crib at night, and they hold his pacifier within reach.  Not to mention they make fun toys to play with when he wakes up from a nap!

3. HALO SleepSack – I thought these looked ridiculous, but boy do they make swaddling a new baby easy!  This was the only way Jeremiah slept for the first six months of his life.  They promote safe sleeping by not having loose blankets or clothing.  Sleep Sacks come in both cotton (for summer) and fleece (for winter).  You definitely want a few in each size so you have an extra if one needs to be washed.

4. The Happiest Baby on the Block DVD – Our cousins made us watch this video when they found out we were expecting.  I fondly refer to Dr. Karp as the “Baby Whisperer” and with his advice, you can become one too!

5. Cloth Diapers – I was a cloth diaper skeptic, until a friend took me to a local cloth diaper store and they showed me how easy cloth diapering could be.  Now I’m hooked!  I haven’t spent money on diapers since Jeremiah was six months old, and my husband is a fan as well.  You will see MANY posts about these in the future, and I hope you see the benefits of them like I did.

6. Dohm-Sound Conditioner – It all started with an app called “Relax Melodies.”  It worked like magic getting Jeremiah to sleep from the time he was first born.  But for home, this works WONDERS!  It cancels out almost all sounds and provides a nice, soothing environment for Jeremiah to sleep.  Yes, I could use a small fan (we did that, but the fan died after a month), but this is better because you don’t have to worry about drafts in the baby’s room…and it’s a lot easier to take with you on trips!

7. Sensible Lines Milk Trays – These simple freezer trays freeze milk in one ounce increments.  This is great because you NEVER have to deal with bags that leak (or buy breastmilk bags for that matter), and you only thaw out what you need.

8. Piyo Piyo Baby Nail Scissors – Clipping a baby’s nails can be stressful.  And with Jeremiah hitting the one year mark pretty soon, I can assure you that it doesn’t necessarily get easier as babies get older.  These little scissors are awesome and can make the task less daunting.

9. Nosefrida The Snotsucker – This is the replacement for the bulb “snot suckers” they use in the hospital.  It may seem a little gross, but trust me, this is awesome!  My favorite thing is that not only does it do an amazing job of clearing little noses, but it also comes apart for easy cleaning.  That is something the bulbs can’t do!

10. On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep – I know parts of this book may be controversial in some circles, but honestly, this book may as well be called “The Owner’s Manual for your Baby.”  Seriously, it gives first-time parents very clear guidelines on what to expect and how to help your baby eat and sleep well.  I read it all before JD was born, then used it as a daily reference tool throughout the first year as I dealt with different parenting questions that came up.

Well, there it is!  Not the first things you’d think of to add to your baby registry, but definitely ones we couldn’t live without.  Want a teaser to see what’s to come in future posts?  Follow my Pinterest page to see all my baby recommendations and more! Click here for a FREE download of my Baby Registry List! This blog post may contain affiliate links (all opinions and reviews are still 100% my own).  If you purchase through them, you’ll be supporting The List Mama – Thanks!