I love love love baby products! I honestly get more excited about buying my Marloe and the new baby stuff, then I do buying stuff for myself. Today I rounded up & linked some of my favorite products/clothing/gear for babies!! I try a lot of different brands & feel like I have learned a thing or two about some super useful & amazing products.
With my first pregnancy I had NO clue what to really pack in my hospital bag. I looked on Pinterest and blogs for advice, and packed up my hospital bag according to what they suggested. I felt pretty confident with everything I had, but after experiencing child birth & the hospital stay for myself....I realized I forgot a lot of things, and also packed a lot of useless things. So I put together a list of what you really need! Of course every person is so different, so you may want to add or disregard some of the things on my list for whatever best suits YOU! :)
2-3 NURSING BRAS: My favorites are linked below.
2-3 YOGA/SWEAT PANTS: Don't plan on wearing or leaving the hospital in anything other than comfy pants....your poor V will be loaded up with pads & you won't want anything too tight on down there. (Even if you have a C-section you'll want some comfy pants that wont hurt your stitches!)
2-3 COMFY SHIRTS/SWEATSHIRTS: These are for wearing around the hospital if you don't wanna wear a robe, & a shirt/sweatshirt to wear on your drive home.
ROBE: Robes are perfect for your stay at the hospital. Easy access for the nurses & doctor to check you down there* and for you to whip your boob out to nurse!
SLIPPERS: I definitely recommend slippers for walking around the hospital or to and fro your bathroom. I actually just brought my UGG boots last time, and even just wore them home!
2-3 UNDIES: I recommend buying cheaper/dark colored underwear (NO THONGS/CHEEKY UNDIES--OUCH!!!!!!) that you don't care if they get ruined. Believe me....you will not want to wear these undies again, because they can get pretty soiled.
TOILETRIES: Toothbrush, makeup, hair ties, dry shampoo, hair brush, breast pads, etc. You won't need to bring pads or anything for the 'healing' process. The hospital has all of that stuff for you, and they let you take it home with you. Also, as pictured above, I am currently using Spoiled MAMA skincare products on my body/baby bump! I used them during my pregnancy with Marloe, and didn't get any stretch marks! (I also gained weight slowly, and ate healthy, worked out etc)! So I am definitely packing my Spoiled Mama Skincare products!!!!! Use code "BASPOIL18YTC" for 20% OFF!!
MISC ITEMS: Snacks, (hard candies are perfect to pack because you can usually eat them before labor!) Phone Charger, iPad, Camera, Insurance card, License, etc.
CAR SEAT: Can't leave the hospital without one! We love our Nuna carseat linked below!
GOING HOME OUTFIT: This outfit usually is a PJ set with socks & a hat!
1-2 BABY GOWNS/ONESIES: Baby's have blowouts & you never can have enough change of clothes!
1-2 SWADDLE BLANKETS: The hospital usually supplies 1 blanket that you can keep, but its always good to bring more!
DIAPER BAG: Keep all of babies things in the diaper bag, along with all the items the hospital gives you to take home for baby! PS. The hospital usually supplies diapers and wipes for you!
MISC ITEMS: Nursing Pillow, sleep sack, pacifiers, mittens, etc.
TOILETRIES: Toothbrush, floss, etc! You'll want it especially if you plan on staying overnight at the hospital!
SNACKS: Definitely a must for you to bring your favorite snacks!!!!
1-2 COMFY OUTFITS: Comfort is key when you're at the hospital, and snuggling a newborn all day!
VENDING MACHINE $$: Ideal to have some cash with you, especially if you ate all or snacks or didn't bring any!!!
MISC ITEMS: Laptop, iPad, phone charger, card games, license, pillow from home, etc.
As my baby belly grows, I am definitely drawn to more and more fitted clothing because when I wear loose dresses/shirts, they tend to look more like a tent on me. Tighter fitting dresses are definitely the way to go the further along you get, and help showcase that cute bump even more! I have been wearing so so many of them lately and I have a ton of suggestions, should you need the perfect color or style for a perfect event or church.
I usually only wear dresses to church on Sunday in the Winter. But on warmer days or in the Spring/Summer....I love love wearing dresses. Pants start to get way to snug, and not all maternity pants are super comfy or flattering to wear every day. So dresses seem to be my go-to for these last few months of pregnancy.
I shared some of my favorite Maternity body con dresses below!!! :)
33 WEEK BUMP UPDATE
CURRENTLY CRAVING: Weirdest thing ever happened these last few weeks. I wake up not wanting ANYTHING for breakfast. I am usually such a breakfast eater, so this is strange for me....But I force myself to have a protein shake & fig bar! I think eating in the last few months sucks. You feel like there is zero room in your stomach for anything...
SYMPTOMS: Braxton Hicks contractions per usual. And lately crazy bad headaches at night. I literally am SO ready to get this baby out!!!!!!!
WEIGHT GAIN: The baby is getting bigger and bigger! I have gained 25 pounds so far, and don't really care that much about the # on the scale! Its all about how I am feeling at this point. :)
WORK OUTS: Haven't been to the gym as consistently these last 2 weeks, because we have had so many different things going on. I have had multiple doctor appointments, meeting with our realtor, and looking at houses! But I try to go at least 3 times a week, and if not, I'll do a quick home workout/yoga!
HOME UPDATE: We are on the search for a home here in Seattle. Its been kind of crazy, but I think we decided on a MAJOR fixer upper. We have put an offer on the home, and we are waiting to hear back. If it falls through then we will most likely look for a turn key home that we can move into right away. I just like the idea of a fixer upper better, because then we can customize it to our liking!!!
MINDSET: Still very much in nesting mode, and trying to get all the little things done before the baby arrives. I have yet to pack my hospital bag, but I have gone through all of Marloe's old baby things and pulled them out of storage. I plan installing the carseat at the end of this month (because you never know!!!) & of course getting my hospital bag packed next week!
MOST EXCITED ABOUT: Seeing and holding my new baby, duh!!! I am so curious of what she looks like and how she will fit into our family!
MOST NERVOUS ABOUT: Adjusting to life with 2 kiddos. I am nervous about losing 1:1 time with Marloe, and being stuck inside all day with her because I am nursing a baby all day. :(