As a Phoenix Motherhood Photographer, and having been through the joys(and pains) of childbirth myself, I can share a few motherhood experiences with expecting moms, especially first-time moms or those who just need a reminder or fresh perspective. I know it’s overwhelming because let’s be real here: preparing for a newborn is hard work! Once you find that positive pregnancy test, your mind suddenly runs wild with all sorts of questions. Google is quickly becoming your best friend as you rampantly search for the best car seat, crib, stroller, pacifier, breast pump, bottles, etc. Your to-do list grows every day! Well, friend, I’m here to help you with a shortcut for at least ONE of your to-do lists.
I’m happy to share a few tips on what to pack in your hospital bag. AND, I have included at the end of this post a FREE downloadable checklist for you to print and use!
I suggest as early as your 3rd-trimester to start gathering items for your hospital bag. In the case that you want to have personalized or matching items for mom and baby, you will want to allow enough time for ordering and shipping. Plus, if you have an unexpected early delivery,god-forbid, you’ll have a few things ready to go. My first daughter arrived at 38 weeks and you don’t want to be like me scrambling to throw your bag together!
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Keep in mind when packing clothing that items may get soiled and stained. Bring items that you won’t mind leaving behind if you have to. A small wet bag/laundry bag is great for taking items home.
Your baby won’t need much. The hospital will provide onesies that allow them to easily access baby for vitals, etc. No need to pack a ton of clothing. The hospital will also provide plenty of diapers unless you prefer a specific brand.
Yes, think of soothing yourself! This isn’t a time to feel selfish. You’re giving birth! This can include anything that is your normal go-to that you use to relax and keep you comfortable. Keep in mind that you’ll want something small and easily transportable.
Ideas may include:
Remember what you take with you, must also be packed to switch rooms AND also go back home.
Thank you for checking out this journal entry! If you found this checklist helpful, or have anything to add, please let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear from you!
Are you an expecting mom in the Greater Phoenix area? I offer lifestyle heirloom motherhood portraits documenting maternity, newborns, baby milestones, and families as they grow. Learn more about The JSP Experience or browse through more resources to guide you through your journey of motherhood:
P.S. If you are in the Portland area and looking for a wonderful family photographer, my dear friend Samantha just shared a gorgeous Lavender Field Photoshoot. Samantha shares tips on how to prepare and book your session for timeless family photos!