What’s In My Hospital Bag–Second Baby

Hello my Gals! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜

โณโŒ›It’s getting so close! I can’t believe soon we’ll be welcoming little Michael Antonio into our family! ๐Ÿ‘ช๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š

I’m excited, but also nervous! I’ve been through it all before, and my first delivery went more or less perfectly, but just like each pregnancy is different, every labor is different, so I can’t be sure how this time will go. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

(btw if you read the link, so sorry about the formatting! Haven’t had a chance to fix it yet…)

I’m also petrified of c-section rn. ๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜ฐ Of course dying in childbirth is still a concern, but for some reason this time I’m particularly worried about having to have a c-section. I really don’t want to have to go through that. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿคž

But I know I’m in God’s hands and He will carry me through regardless. ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’ฏ

So having been through this once before, I thought I’d do a post on my hospital bag.

Because you know, there’s a shortage of those types of blogs/vlogs. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

But hey, maybe I have something they don’t? I think it’s good to get a few different perspectives on things anyway!


๐Ÿ‘€Looking Back๐Ÿ”™

They say it’s better to be over-prepared than under-prepared, but in the case of the hospital bag, sometimes less is more.

๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽI actually overpacked the first time, and we ended up getting a lot of flowers and gifts from visitors at the hospital, not to mention free swag from the hospital itself. So all of this combined with the new baby we had in tow, we ended up needing to make a few trips to and from the car. ๐Ÿ˜ช๐Ÿ˜ช

We’ll be going to the same hospital as with our first, and we actually moved to a place that’s literally a 30 second drive from it, ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ so we are fortunate that if we forget something my husband can quite literally walk to our house to get something and be back within 15 minutes. ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

Still, I’m tryna be as prepared as possible, you know?

โ€ผQuick Pro Tip: I recommend calling ahead to the hospital or center you plan on delivering at and asking them if they provide any supplies for you and/or the baby, and then plan on having some extra space in your bag, or a separate tote entirely to be able to bring home some extras. ๐Ÿ‘œ๐ŸŽ’๐Ÿงณ

Or if you really don’t want to end up lugging additional things home with you, just gently let people know if you don’t need/want anything extra, and that their presence is present enough! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

๐ŸฅI also highly recommend seeing if they offer a tour of the maternity ward. My husband and I did this with Vinny and it really helped me feel more at peace when the time actually came. ๐Ÿ˜Œโ˜บ

Anyway, on with it!

๐Ÿ‘œThe Bag๐Ÿ’–

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I found this little guy on Poshmark, a used clothing app that I’m currently obsessed with! (#notspon) It was super cheap, and I only had to pay half shipping after using credit I had from selling clothes on the app! ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿค‘

Supposedly it’s a an original throwback PINK dufflebag, which I took to mean one of the first promotional totes they give you with a certain dollar amount in purchases. ๐Ÿ‘ I haven’t been able to verify this, but that wasn’t a huge deal to me anyway. I just thought it was spacious and cute, and would fit everything I need this time, with even a little bit of room to spare. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

๐ŸคฑMama’s Essentialsโœ…

๐Ÿ’˜I got a cute little Valentine’s Day robe/top from Poshmark–another Victoria’s Secret piece (I’m a little bit of a sucker for VS/PINK ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…). It was only $5! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ I know it’s going to be way too short to wear as a robe, so I plan to wear it as a nursing top with some leggings. I just thought it would be cute to wear since we’ll likely be meeting our newest little cherub around Valentine’s Day๐Ÿ’

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โ™ฅA little something to help me feel cute after deliveryโ˜บ

I also have my robe from the first time I went to the hospital if I need something a little warmer. It’s also very comfy. I got it on sale at Motherhood Maternity the week before I had Vinny.

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Super comfy and simple!ย 

I brought just a couple pairs of big, old underwear I don’t mind having to say goodbye to worst case scenario just in case. My hospital provides a pretty generous amount of disposable underwear, so I’m just bringing a couple pairs as backup.

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Not aesthetic, but comfortable and gets the job done!

I also brought a comfy nursing bra. It’s not very supportive, but it’s comforable and that’s top priority after having a baby and your bewbs are sore af. ๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿค•

I have these IceWraps cold/hot packs for pretty cheap on Amazon for my b00bz as well, in case they get sw0l.

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I’m bringing my pair of kitty slippers I wore last time so I have something to walk around in. I have a pair of–you guessed it–Victoria’s Secret slippers from–you guessed it again–Poshmark.ย  ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚Last time my kitty slippers didn’t fit quite right from swelling, so I picked up some actual slippers in a slightly larger size than I typically wear for shuffling around my recovery room.

๐Ÿ’„I will be grabbing my makeup/toiletries bag filled with my makeup essentials, hair ties, chapstick, a small hairbrush, and some hotel-sample sized shower stuff. I have some delightful tea-tree shampoo and some calming lavender body wash to help soothe my nerves once I’m able to take a shower. ๐Ÿ˜ŒโœŒ I’m also going to bring my VS PINK (LOL) sponge to help me feel more at home.

 

 

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Cute and Spacious!ย 

I also have a couple pairs of dark leggings and tank tops to go with my nursing robes/tops, along with my going home outfit, which consists of a loose tank top, comfy shawl, and my nicest maternity leggings. Something comfortable and flattering for my postpartum body. You still look pregnant when you leave, so don’t bring your goal outfit with you! Trust me, comfort over everything! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ฏ

I have three days worth of prenatal vitamins to take at the hospital to take as I begin my nursing journey. I’m determined to make it work this time…

๐Ÿ‘ถBaby’s Essentialsโœ…

Of course I have his going home outfit that I showed you in a previous post but I also brought a couple more warm things just in case. ๐Ÿ˜™๐Ÿ˜™

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This hat was custom made for Mikey by my talented and loving cousin-in-law ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

I also brought some extra scratch mittens because newborn nails are little but fierce! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌVinny ended up scratching himself up pretty good the first few months of his life when I was too afraid to clip his nails and filing didn’t work very well. ๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜“

The hospital provided a few white half-onesies with scratch mittens on them last time, and I’m going to actually take these home with me because now that I think about it, I don’t think they reuse them and I put them in the linen basket last time. Missed opportunity! ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ

I brought a few pairs of socks for his little feet, too. ๐Ÿ‘ฃ

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I always fold socks in a ball like this to save space. I’m no Marie Kondo, but I’m trying my best to be more organized!

I will also be bringing a couple of swaddles from when Vinny was born. The hospital provided us with a sleep sack last time, but we already have so many I’m going to tell them to hang on to it for someone who might really need it.

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My favorite swaddle from when Vinny was just a sm0l–I love giraffes! ๐Ÿฆ’๐Ÿ˜

I have a blanket and some burping cloths as well for nursing and in case he needs a little extra warmth.

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We’re taking a Boppy with us to help make nursing a little bit more comfortable. I just wrap it around my armpits and cradle the baby to me in a football hold, ๐Ÿˆ as that’s the most comfortable for me. I might do a post later on about how nursing went the second time and what I wish I knew before. Hit like if you would be interested in reading about that! ๐Ÿ˜œ

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Not our actual Boppy, but pretty close!ย 

I brought a couple of newborn diapers and a travel pack of wipes just in case, but again the hospital provided all of that for us so I didn’t go too crazy.

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These diapers are actually leftover from my baby shower with Vinny! That’s how fast these little things grow!ย 

๐Ÿง”Daddy’s Essentialsโœ…

๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธGenerally speaking, the husband’s hospital bag is pretty low maintenance–a change of clothes, pajamas, his wallet, and maybe some snacks and water. But it depends on the person! Your husband or boyfriend or whoever your support person is might feel like they need more than you do! It’s up to them what they bring, but generally, the aforementioned will just about cover it. ๐Ÿ‘

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Something like this ought to do it for your Mans. ๐Ÿ˜™

๐Ÿ‘œMy husband always has this “bug-out bag” prepared for himself in his trunk in case he gets stuck somewhere, with a change of clothes, a towel, and a bag of toiletries. I don’t have a picture, but if you can imagine an old, beat-up green dufflebag with leather straps, that’s it! ๐Ÿ˜…

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘›We’ll both have our wallets on us and they will both be in this bag as well. I’m also having him take an extra towel for me. ๐Ÿ˜™


I think that’s about it! It seems like a lot, but it’s about half of what we brought last time. We mainly overpacked the baby stuff because we didn’t realize our hospital had the hookup, so I didn’t bring much for him this time. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

๐Ÿ’ฌHope this helps a bit! How many of you are getting ready for the big day for the first time? ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜ How many of you have been there, done that? What other sorts of things have you brought with you? Think I’m missing anything? Can I ask any more questions? Let me know in the comments!

๐Ÿ‘€Thank you so much for reading! If you’re new, add your email or follow so you don’t miss any of the upcoming content if it sounds interesting to you.ย  ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜And if you’re already following, thank you and bless your heart and soul! ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿค—

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3 thoughts on “What’s In My Hospital Bag–Second Baby

  1. So the one thing I didnโ€™t plan for was a c-section because it just didnโ€™t occur to me that Iโ€™d need one with a head-down, average-sized baby. Of course, he ended up not engaging and I had a c-section. It wasnโ€™t so bad and Iโ€™m confident that it was the right decision, but I wish Iโ€™d packed a maxi dress, just in case, because wearing a skirt with a waistband wasnโ€™t terribly comfortable on the ride home. And I fully believe that if Iโ€™d planned for the possibility of a section, it wouldnโ€™t have ended up happening because thatโ€™s how things always work out! Good luck!

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  2. Of course!! Sometimes it is necessary and at the end of the day as long as you get a healthy baby thatโ€™s what matters!!

    I always say you can plan all you want but ultimately I need to trust in God. But I totally get what youโ€™re saying, it does really feel like if you expect something to go a certain way the opposite happens and vice versa ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…

    But I can imagine the waistband skirt wasnโ€™t too comfortable ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™ I like leggings and I think even if I end up needing a c-section the elastics should fit over it comfortably.

    Congratulations on your new baby and family ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

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