What to pack in your baby hospital bag

I am 4 weeks away from having this sweet baby, so it’s time to pack my overnight hospital bag!

As a first-time mom, I had no idea what to pack, so I reached out to my awesome community on Instagram and received some really great tips. I wanted to share a bulleted list of the top “must-haves” that I received from my pals, and then share what I am packing in my bag!

Here are some of those “must have” baby hospital bag items:

  • Change of clothes: Your comfiest pants (dark pants) and a shirt that is easy for breastfeeding
  • Dark robe and nightgown for post delivery. Basically, just pack as comfy as possible!
  • Slippers (slip-ons) with enough room just in case you have swollen ankles/feet
  • Warm, fuzzy socks
  • Your own pillow for comfort
  • Hair ties
  • Chapstick (didn’t think of this one!)
  • Extra long phone charger(s)
  • Dry shampoo
  • Face wash/face wipes
  • Headphones for Netflix/audio/phone calls
  • Noise cancelling ear plugs
  • Throw-away panties with pads
  • Baby swaddles with velcro
  • Going home outfit(s) for baby
  • SNACKS! This was the biggest one. Everyone said to pack lots of snacks.
  • Water bottle with straw so partner can just hand you the bottle and you can sip.
  • Your own preferred hygiene products (I already put in an order for this)!

AND … for your partner/support person:

  • Phone charger
  • Pillow and blanket
  • Snacks
  • Change of clothes
  • Toiletries

Everyone was so helpful, and I can’t thank them enough for all of their advice.

Here’s what I am packing in my hospital bag:

  • Slippers (with enough room to put my feet in … my ankles are getting swollen!)
  • Flip flops for the shower
  • Black, button up nightgown (long sleeved)
  • Comfy maternity joggers
  • Maternity shirt
  • Maternity bras (2)
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Manual breast pump
  • Toiletries:
    • Inhalers, other medications, night guard (adorable, right?)
    • Face wash
    • Chapstick
    • Lotion
    • Hair ties
    • Frida Postpartum kit
    • Always disposable diapers

Then, for the baby:

  • Name sign
  • Blanket
  • Pacifiers
  • Velcro swaddles
  • Going home outfit
  • Additional going home outfit (just in case)
  • Hat, gloves, and booties (She’s a winter baby in New England!)
  • Car seat and base

My husband’s bag:

  • Change of clothes
  • Pillow/blanket
  • Snacks
  • iPad/charger
  • Toiletries

I can’t believe how real this is getting. Tell me — am I missing anything? Experienced parents: Please share!

Maternity Photos | 32 Weeks

Hello, friends! A couple of weeks ago, I met with my friend Allie to take some maternity photos. It was such an amazing and empowering experience – if you are expecting, I recommend taking some photos to celebrate and capture this beautiful time in your life.

We took photos in my Christmassy home and at the Saville Dam in Barkhamsted, CT. It’s such a stunning place, especially in the fall!

I didn’t take any with my husband, but that’s because I wanted these pictures to celebrate me and my daughter. Pregnancy is an incredible journey. I have never felt more powerful and beautiful in my entire life. I can’t wait to meet her in 8 weeks, but I love being pregnant and feeling this deep connection just with my baby.

Allie made me feel so comfortable the entire time. I am an awkward photo subject, but she made me laugh and feel confident and beautiful throughout. The entire experience was perfect. She’s amazing, and I highly recommend her work. You can learn more about her services here.

Here are a handful of the photos. Enjoy!