Considering the amount of travel I do for work, I’m a bit of a packing pro. However, packing a bag to bring to the hospital when you're going to give birth involves an entirely different thought process. Whether you’re having your first baby or your third, selecting the items to have with you on delivery day is a daunting task. You want to bring enough, but not too much. You want to be surrounded by favorite comforts, but nothing so precious that you’d be devastated if it got ruined or left behind. Take a look at the items I had to have in my hospital bag.
Hospital air is incredibly dry, so I kept this lightweight, hydrating mist by my bed. It's cool and refreshing, with a subtle floral scent that made my room feel a little less sterile.
I carry a tube of this intensive moisturizer with me wherever I go. It’s perfect for soothing chapped lips and dry cuticles.
Nobody tells you how cold your feet get in the hospital! I brought several pairs of soft, thick socks and wore them nonstop. Slippers are also essential for walking down the hallway to see the baby and moving around the room.
This is the most amazing bathrobe. It’s so soft and warm; it’s like wearing a blanket. It’s perhaps not the most glamorous robe, but when you’re sleeping and nursing around the clock, comfort is essential. I loved it so much that #TeamIvanka bought Theodore a baby-sized bathrobe as a welcome-home gift.
Anita makes my favorite nursing bras. I’ve worn them with each of my three children. Pack a couple in your hospital bag, along with a nursing tank to give you options depending on what you’re feeling on any given day.
I seldom wear sweats and hoodies, but Outdoor Voices makes the best of both. They’re super soft and loosely fitted—enough that they give a good shape without feeling snug.
I brought this book with me to the hospital, but I didn’t get around to starting it until we were home. Snuggling with a newborn for long stretches of time makes for lots of opportunities to read.
When I had Joseph, we bought an actual video camera to bring to the hospital, and we’ve hardly used it since. This time, I asked the in-house photographer at IvankaTrump.com, to help me find the best camera to take both still images and video. This one has lived up to his recommendation. It’s so easy to use, and it captures great shots. Now, my next task is to put all of the images into a book. Artifact Uprising, I’ll be heading your way soon!
Have your own favorite hospital bag items? Share your go-to products in the comments.
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