With all of the new pandemic protocols in place, there’s no time like the present to prep our hospital bags for ‘D-Day.’ We asked mamas from the Miracle Milkookies community about the products they couldn’t live without during their recent hospital deliveries and they shared these top picks:
1) Nursing Bra and Pads
A life-saver for new mamas, these nursing bras are great for the hospital. They’re easy to fall asleep in while also giving you easy access to nurse baby. Also, if you choose to wear a bra, be sure to invest in nursing pads to protect the fabric from surprise leaks!
2) A Long (and we mean, extra long) Phone Charger
While you’re keeping family and friends updated about the baby, you’ll need to keep your phone charged. It’s no wonder that so many of our mamas recommended packing an extra long charger. This one is 10 feet long!
3) Lip Moisturizer
One of the most common complaints in the hospital? Dry lips! Hospitals are known for their super dry air, which can leave lips dry, cracked, and painful. Keep your lips moisturized and healthy by adding this to your packing list. It is such a simple addition, but even just having your go-to lip moisturizer on hand will save you a lot of discomfort.
4) Dry Shampoo
Let’s face it, as a new mom, you’re pretty much going to be using dry shampoo 90% of the time and the hospital is a great place to get started.
5) Nursing Pajamas
Above all, you’re going to want to make sure you have comfortable sleepwear packed for the hospital! A popular brand our mamas shared with us is the Baby Be Mine 3-In-One Labor Gown. This set snaps open down the back, on the straps for easy breastfeeding, and also has a slit down the middle of the dress.
If you’re looking for a set of pajamas that you will want to wear after the postpartum phase, you might as well invest in a set you’re going to love year-round. I have been obsessed with a set of silk pajamas by Equipment that I first saw on Karlie Kloss and pinned to my Pinterest account years before babies were even on my mind. This set by Eberjey is a great alternative and would be super cute to get monogrammed, a-la- Karlie, for yourself or a mama friend as a baby gift! This short set by Lake Pajamas is also great option for mamas and Target has also been really on top of its pajama set game lately! Bottom line, look for buttons, comfort, and a set that can withstand dozens of runs through your washing machine.
6) Cozy Socks
Although they typically give you a pair of (admittedly comfy) socks to wear while you’re in the hospital, it’s always nice to have a pair of your own on hand. We love these by Barefoot Dreams!
7) Water & Snacks
Before you head off to the hospital, make sure you have a few of your favorite snacks packed and ready to go (nuts or granola bars are always easy!) We also recommend bringing an extra water bottle to refill as needed. If you plan to nurse, you can pre-order fresh baked lactation ‘Kookies’ by Miracle Milkookies to have on hand to help boost your milk supply as soon as baby arrives.
Last But Not Least…
Although this time may feel overwhelming in the midst of so much uncertainty, remember that what you pack in your hospital bag is something you can control. At the end of the day you’ve got this in the bag, mama…. and while we’re on the topic of bags, we think this customizable duffle by Stoney Clover Lane is a pretty cute way to pack up for your hospital stay!
What items in your hospital bag did you actually use?