After having two little ones, we understand that the last couple of weeks of baby prep can be overwhelming. We decided to put together a list of Hospital Bag must-have items that every mama should have. At Xpecting, we carry a wide assortment of comfy clothes, nursing apparel, and baby items that will help you make the transition with your new bundle of joy a little easier. Being prepared gives you more time to enjoy the first couple of days with your family. Don’t forget, we are always on hand to help you find the perfect nursing bra, pajamas and tanks.

1. Nursing Pajamas* :: After you deliver, you’ll want to change out of the gross hospital gown into something more comfortable and nursing friendly. With family members taking numerous pictures of you and the baby, you’ll want to wear something that doesn’t make you blend into the wall. We suggest Bela Bum Bum or Cake pajamas

2. Miracle Blanket* :: The nurses at the hospital are magicians. They’ll make swaddling look so easy, but when you get home, your baby will magically bust out of their swaddle. Skip the blanket swaddles and go straight towards the Miracle Blanket. It it easy to use and recommended by hundreds of medical professionals.

3. Nursing Bra* :: Every mama needs a good nursing bra. As you’re getting bigger, you’ll need several good supportive bras. We recommend that you pack one in your hospital bag so that your nursing pads can be held in place when you start to leak.

4. Nursing Pillow :: Again, the nurses will arrange your pillows in a way that you won’t be able to recreate at home. A nursing pillow will make nursing easier and keep your back from being hunched over.

5. Toiletries :: You’ll be in the hospital for several days, so pack your toothpaste/toothbrush, favorite body wash, face wipes, and shampoo. Feeling and smelling fresh will make all the difference when you’re able to walk around again.

6. Outfit for baby* :: With all the pictures that will be taken, you’ll want new baby to have the cutest outfit on. Yala makes a super soft, way-too-cute onesie in several different colors.

7. Nipple Cream* :: Start using nipple cream right when you start to nurse. Prevent cracked nipples rather than trying to treat it after it comes. It’s like putting sun tan lotion on after you’re already burnt.

8. Camera & Charger :: Most parents think they’ll just snap pictures on their smart phones, but chances are those pictures will never leave your phone. With a regular camera, those pictures will make it onto your computer and the quality will be better if you want to get them printed. Don’t forget the charger (and your phone charger!).

9. Flip Flops :: Bring a pair of throw away flip flops for the shower and walking around. Also, bring a pair of warm socks for the cold hospital ground.

10. Snacks :: You’re not allowed to eat once you get to the hospital, but you’ll want to feed your spouse. Chances are, you’ll be in the room for a while and you won’t want your spouse to leave the room once things start going. Also a good thing to have on hand because we all know they don’t serve a 5 star meal at the hospital. **Note: bring some goodies for the nurses as well. The nurses are such hard workers, they love a little treat.**

11. Going home outfit* :: You’ll want something comfortable and nursing friendly to go home from the hospital in. Our nursing tanks have built in bras to make nursing easier for mom and baby. Since we all know you won’t lose the belly right away, a comfortable pair of lounge pants is the best option to go home in. For cooler weather, throw on a cardigan and you have a stylish and comfortable outfit.

We hope to see you in store soon! This is such an exciting time in your life, we want to help make the transition easier.