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Hey Guys! My name is Chelsea + this is The Noterie - a collection of notes about my family adventures + the lessons I learn along the way. Thanks for stopping by!

Note: My Hospital Bag

Note: My Hospital Bag

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So... I had planned to do this post before I had Jack, and well, that didn't happen! But when I was pregnant, one of my favorite blog subjects to read about was what people brought in their Hospital Bags! I wanted to make sure that I was prepared, and that I also wasn't bringing one million things I wouldn't need. To be honest, it actually works out better that I am posting this now because now I know what I actually used vs. what I thought I would use!

HOSPITAL BAG ESSENTIALS:

  1. Dwell and Slumber Gown - I stalked Dwell + Slumber like crazy to score one of their super comfy Nursing Gowns. They do restocks throughout the year, but they sell out in like five minutes, so when I found out they were doing another restock a month before Jack was born, I literally set my alarm so I could buy one the second they got release. Ya'll it was worth it. I wore it constantly when I was pregnant with Jack bc it was so comfy + stretchy, but in the Hospital it was a total gem. I wore it the day after Jack was born to greet all of our visitors. I felt cute in it, but it was also really easy to maneuver in those first few days when you're trying to get the hang of breastfeeding. I also wear it all the time now during maternity leave - it's just that versatile. 
  2. Slippers - I got these slippers from Madewell. I loved having my slippers at the Hospital to walk around, to wear when we had visitors + to just keep warm (hospitals are freezing). I would definitely recommend bringing some slippers, or at the very least, some super comfy socks!
  3. Nursing Bras - I bought these Nursing Sleep Bras from Target AND I LOVE THEM. First of all, they are super affordable. Second of all, they are beyond comfortable. Definitely bring some comfy nursing bras to the hospital!
  4. Nursing Tanks - These are great for the hospital + also just for everyday life. You can throw a sweater or button down over them, and easily nurse on the go when you're with your baby. In the hospital, they make life super convenient for when you need to nurse every 2-3 hours.
  5. Burt's Bees Mama Bee Oil + Body Butter - I used this everyday when I was pregnant with Jack (no stretch marks!). It smells delish + keeps your skin super soft + supple. I loved having this in the hospital to help me feel clean, fresh + ready to hang out with family/friends. 
  6. Rodan + Fields Redefine Mini Kit - My mom sells R+F so I've tried almost everything they offer! Everyone told me how I would get no sleep + be exhausted, so I was like "Well, I need to go ahead + battle those wrinkles headed my way NOW." I got this sample kit from my mom + I used it in the hospital, as well as now that I am home. My favorites are the toner (makes your face feel so fresh + clean) + the night cream! You kind of feel like your body has been put through the ringer at the hospital, so having these helped me feel like I was getting to "treat myself" even though I was sleeping in a hospital bed!
  7. Dr. Bronner's Almond Soap - All natural, amazing scent, super moisturizing, available at Target. What else is there to say?
  8. Batiste Dry Shampoo - It's $7 and the BEST DRY SHAMPOO EVER. Because let's be honest, I loathed blowdrying + styling my hair pre-baby, why would I want to do that hassle in the hospital? 
  9. Towels + Pillows from Home: (Not Pictured) We brought our own pillows from home. So worth it because the hospital pillows are paper thin! I have a thing with germs, so I went to Home Goods + bought cheap pillow cases + towels to bring too, that way if I was major grossed out by them after, I could throw them away + not feel bad about it. I highly recommend this! It made sleeping + showering so much easier. 
  10. Bluetooth Speaker - (Not Pictured) We made a playlist to listen to while Jack was born. We loved bringing our bluetooth speaker from home so that we could listen to the songs while we were in labor + we used it a lot too in the Hospital when we were bored!
  11. Portable iPhone Charger - (Not Pictured) The plugs in the Hospital were so far away from the bed! You or your husband will be texting 10000 people when the baby arrives + after, coordinating who is coming, whose bringing you food/coffee, etc. This charger that Cody bought was a life-saver. We could charge our phones from the bed, couch, wherever so we could keep updating our families + taking 1000 photos of Jack!
  12. Snacks - By the time we made it to the Rest + Recovery room we would be staying in after Jack was born, it was 1 AM and NOTHING WAS OPEN. Some girls are hungry during labor, I wanted nothing to do with food and hadn't ate since 10 AM that morning, so needless to say I was starving! We brought some RX Bars, fruit, almonds + coconut water and it was a life-saver! I definitely recommend bringing stuff just in case you're hungry at 1 AM when nothing is open, or if you need a healthy boost of energy in labor + your Dr allows it (apparently some don't allow food/drink). 

These are the main things I used in the hospital, and all of them, we still use now! I like things that serve more than one purpose + last. What did you take in your Hospital Bag? Was there anything you didn't take that you wish you had, or something you brought that you never used? 

Note: Jack's Easter Basket

Note: Jack's Easter Basket

Note: Brunch Date

Note: Brunch Date