New Mama: What to Pack for the Hospital

 OVERNIGHT BAG:  LO & SONS THE CATALINA BAG   [SIMILAR]  / FOOT MASK:  KOCOSTAR  / NURSING DRESS:  JOJO MAMAN BEBE

OVERNIGHT BAG: LO & SONS THE CATALINA BAG [SIMILAR] / FOOT MASK: KOCOSTAR / NURSING DRESS: JOJO MAMAN BEBE

Since my last birth was in a hospital and this birth will be too, I am a little more prepared this time around for what exactly I will need for the big birth-day. This guide also works for whichever type of birth you are preparing for: homebirth, birth center birth, or hospital birth. Here are my list of essentials that I would recommend to any pregnant mama. 

FOR MAMA

WHAT TO PACK FOR THE HOSPITAL / HOSPITAL BAG / NEWBORN / PREGNANCY / NICOLEMCARUSO.COM

TOILETRIES

THINK OF WHAT WOULD BE MOST COMFORTING AND MAKE YOU FEEL MOST LIKE YOURSELF AFTER THE MARATHON OF BIRTH. HOSPITAL AIR IS OFTEN VERY DRY, SO PACKING MOISTURIZING ITEMS IS SUPER IMPORTANT. 

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CLOTHING

DARK, COMFORTABLE, LOOSE CLOTHING THAT WILL MAKE GETTING IN AND OUT OF A HOSPITAL BED EASIER, NURSING POSSIBLE, AND WITH MINIMAL WORRIES ABOUT STAINS, ETC.

PERSONAL ITEMS

EXTRAS THAT MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE DURING AND AFTER LABOR. 

WHAT TO PACK FOR THE HOSPITAL / HOSPITAL BAG / NEWBORN / PREGNANCY / NICOLEMCARUSO.COM
WHAT TO PACK FOR THE HOSPITAL / HOSPITAL BAG / NEWBORN / PREGNANCY / NICOLEMCARUSO.COM

FOOD

HOSPITAL FOOD IS ALWAYS IFFY AT BEST, AND THOUGH THEY OFFERED AN ENDLESS SUPPLY OF CRANBERRY "JUICE" CUPS AND VENDING MACHINE FOOD, NOTHING CAN SUBSTITUTE SNACKS YOU REALLY LOVE. PLUS, SOMETIMES THE KITCHEN IS CLOSED WHEN BABY IS BORN! 

FOR BABY

 HOODED BUNTING:  BABYGAP   [SIMILAR]  / SOCKS:  H&M BABY  / FUR CROCHETED HAT:  BABY H BOUTIQUE  

HOODED BUNTING: BABYGAP [SIMILAR] / SOCKS: H&M BABY / FUR CROCHETED HAT: BABY H BOUTIQUE 

BABY WILL HAVE ACCESS TO ALMOST EVERYTHING THEY NEED (EVEN CLOTHES AND BLANKETS) BUT IT'S NICE TO HAVE A FEW ITEMS THAT ARE YOURS.

WHAT TO PACK FOR THE HOSPITAL / HOSPITAL BAG / NEWBORN / PREGNANCY / NICOLEMCARUSO.COM
WHAT TO PACK FOR THE HOSPITAL / HOSPITAL BAG / NEWBORN / PREGNANCY / NICOLEMCARUSO.COM

If you are preparing for your baby's birth, I hope you found this roundup useful! The products I listed are truly my favorites, and I know having them on hand will make this second birth a much smoother, more comfortable experience for me and my family. Know a mama about to give birth? Share this with her, and I'm sure she will thank you! 


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Nicole M. Caruso

I was born in Manhattan to two native New Yorkers who met working in the Garment Industry. Fashion was the family business. Suburban Connecticut is where I grew up and often daydreamed about someday attending New York Fashion Week.

When I was in college studying Communication & Media, I met the man of my dreams. We married nearly one year after our first date, and have been adventuring together ever since. While we moved around the country for his job, I freelanced as a makeup artist, worked in retail, and blogged about style & beauty as a creative outlet. 

Moving back to New York led to serendipitously working for two major fashion houses, where I learned the ins and outs of the industry, and attended Fashion Week both backstage and in the tents. Soon after, Verily Magazine brought me on as Beauty Editor, which was my dream job. It combined all of my passions and hobbies into one, and granted me a deeper understanding of print and digital media. One year after that, I had my daughter and experienced true fulfillment in motherhood. 

Everywhere I have traveled, I have met incredible women who inspired me to be the best version of myself; to wake up every day feeling confident and ready to Carpe Diem. I want to inspire women to explore their feminine genius by investing in their self-worth. This lifestyle blog is the place where I can share my worldview, my experiences, and my tips and tricks to live a more fulfilling life, which include expert style and beauty advice, tips for healthy living, and reflections on marriage and motherhood.