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Monday, June 03, 2013

Packing for the hospital

What did you pack for the hospital when you had your baby? For Toby's birth, we brought tons of unnecessary things—like a mix tape, a tennis ball for massaging, even a movie. You never know what you'll need, right?

But we didn't bring a few necessary things. After Toby was born, I just hung out in the hospital gown, but I felt a little naked in it. It would have been so nice to have something more comfortable to wear.

Well, the maternity collection HATCH just came out with a HATCH-to-Hospital Box, which is a gorgeous package of a soft nightgown, a cozy robe, a black brief, and cashmere socks. The pieces are so luxurious and would make you feel pampered during the hospital stay.
Wouldn't it be a wonderful baby shower gift from a few friends? You'd feel cozy and comfy, while you're resting at the hospital and taking care of your sweet little one.

P.S. All about pregnancy...

(Top photo from the first days with Toby. HATCH photos by Julia Robbs for Cup of Jo. Thanks, Julia! HATCH is one of my beloved long-term sponsors)

76 comments:

Meg said...

Some amazing smelling shower gel! There's nothing quite like that first shower and if it is also using a heavenly scent too, you'll feel like a new woman! That and snacks, I was starving afterwards and needed nourishment. Exciting times, all the best Joanna xx

Michelle Panting said...

That is such a luxurious little package! I'd love it for a lazy Saturday, nevermind the hospital visit!

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emin3B said...

I bought fancy toiletries for the shower and that helped me feel pampered and refreshed. Also, I bought 2 black nursing dresses from Old Navy that I wore during the hospital stay. They were comfy and I could nurse with visitors around. Then I just threw a scarf on when we left the hospital.

Katie said...

I had to recover from a C-section, while the little guy was in NICU, and one of my friends went and bought a stack of every gossip rag she could find. I never read them, but it sure proved to be a needed distraction in those days.

Courtney said...

Baby fingernail clippers. My hospital did not provide, and sometimes they are born with such long nails!
Also, I found that candy during contractions was a good distraction from pain (pleasure travels through nerves faster than pain, and therefore helps dull unpleasant sensations).

Kelsey said...

Yes, having comfy clothes you feel good in is so nice! I kept my hospital bag very simple. A couple things I really appreciated: SNACKS! I was SO hungry after birthing and since it was the middle of the night the only vegetarian things available were graham crackers and ritz. I ate several of those :) but was also glad we brought granola bars and other snacks. The other thing: I brought special shampoo and soap to use, I just bought travel sizes of more expensive brands (like Bumble and Bumble) that I normally would not buy. That first shower felt so wonderful and it almost felt spa-like with my special soaps :) I also brought a big bag of healthy snacks for the nurses: instant oatmeal, chai latte mix, fruit bars, etc. They said they really appreciated it!

Kelsey said...

Oh yes, my favorite thing to wear post partum and what I wore leaving the hospital was an Old Navy maxi dress. I also wore that for the first several days at home.

madiebaby said...

The nightgown/robe from Hatch looks lovely- but not very practical to nurse in? You'd have to take the whole thing off to breastfeed?

I'm due with my 1st baby at the end of July, and so far friends have advised me to bring a robe and lots of snacks. Nice socks are not necessary either- they'd get so gross on the floors, and hospitals usually insist on your using their socks that have the little anti-skid rubber nubbies on the bottom, to minimize risk of falls.

Good luck in the next month! Can't wait to follow you through the birth- we're also waiting to find out the sex!

tragicsandwich said...

I bought a couple of maternity/nursing nightgowns, and I was so glad I did! I loved them for after I was home, too. And a camera and laptop (today I'd probably bring the iPad). It was great to be able to share the big news quickly--complete with photos!

greygonegreen said...

I packed way too much, but I would definitely bring: a robe, comfy socks, a maxi dress or a night gown, my favorite toiletries and my own pillow and pillow case. I brought a massage ball, movies, magazines, etc. because they told me I would have lots of down time during the labor. Well, I didn't... and the last thing I wanted to do was watch a movie during my contractions.

jm said...

i love the color and soft look of these. I am so excited to get the news of your new baby's birth!

Mrs. G said...

Our hospital had almost everything we needed for the baby - it was awesome! But I was glad that I had comfy black sweats and tank tops to wear, along with many changes of underwear. Those, nice shampoo, and my gigantic water bottle saved the day! It sounds dumb, but I remember being so happy I had painted my nails.

June Lemon said...

This is lovely!

I'd love to get one when i get pregnant! :)

Eileen said...

I concur with the toiletries, a hairdryer, and a tube of lanolin or other such nipple relievers. My Kindle was great, and my MIL brought snacks that were awesome (fresh berries, nuts, jerky!). She also brought a few magazines (fit pregnancy, foodnetwork, people) and workbooks (sudoku) but the olympics were on, so the mags were just enough. A robe would have been nice, but I stained so many gowns with blood, that I'm not sure I would have liked it if that happened to my stuff. Some nice nursing tanks/shirts would have been great.

Lindsey McLean said...

At our baby shower, my friend gave ME a gorgeous robe for the hospital stay. It was so touching to receive something beautiful for myself and such a wonderful reminder that I needed to remember myself, too. We are starting to think about having our second. I'm not quite ready yet, but I get excited for those amazing newborn days when I read your "expecting" posts. Can't wait to see pictures and hear all about that little bundle. xo

Alecia McLochlin said...

Agree with previous poster: That gown will be difficult in which to nurse. I have 3 kids and it took me until the 3rd kid to get my hospital attire finally right. With number 1 I brought a gorgeous long gown with spaghetti straps -- great for nursing but the long gown made it really difficult for all the, ahem, "checkups" they have to do after the birth. With #2, I brought comfy pajamas -- again, the nursing top was fine, but the pajamas pants didn't make for good checkups post c-section. Finally, with #3 I got it right -- a short, but nursing friendly nightgown and a long, comfy but not too bulky robe (leave the terry cloth at home and go for a nice small weave one). I was comfy in bed, but able to be covered up enough for walks down the hallway or when guests visited. Hope this helps.

Christa Schultz said...

What a fabulous little kit! Though as a doula who does home births and birth center births I wish it had a different name! :)

Kate said...

This looks awesome. I basically made my own kit, from target, and got a new nursing nightie, a robe, and fuzzy socks just for the hospital trip. I hope you are giving birth at Weil Cornell, because they gave me a Chanel goodie bag (makeup, perfume, face lotion)! For reals. And a Ralph Lauren outfit for the baby. Gotta love the UES.

Good luck! You will be great!

Ladies in Navy said...

what a gorgeous robe!
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K said...

Oh, how luxurious. I'm very tempted . . .

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burbgirl said...

Lip balm and hair elastics were my favorite lesser thought of items! And one of those lightweight wrap/tie sweaters from Gap body... Good luck Joanna!

Organo Blondes said...

I could give a whole list of nice little luxuries that I enjoyed (I thought we over-packed, but I truly appreciated having everything I needed at my fingertips)...but one BIG thing is a neck support for the baby, for that big car ride home. Our carseat came with one (Graco Snugride) but it didn't really work well enough. I ended up propping her chin/head up with my hand the whole car ride home, which was unnerving. Since then, I've given all my friends head supports for their baby showers. They look like little travel neck pillows for babies :) We used it in her stroller for the first month or so as well, so it wasn't a one-time convenience.

Anna said...

The Hatch kit looks beautiful. I was so happy to have a beautiful nursing gown - I ordered mine from Etsy and my own robe (which my mom had made me). I was starving after giving birth and really wanted more snacks - my husband kept forgetting to bring them and then only brought salty cheeses! Nice toiletries and a pretty dress to go home in were so great to have too. One thing I was so happy that I did - I bought some new clothes that would be good for nursing before I had my son - it felt so good to get out of my nursing clothes and put on something new!

Roxarita said...

I think the Hatch kit is probably on a list of silly things no one needs. Save (or donate! http://www.fistulafoundation.org/) the $250 and bring something from home.

Erin said...

I adore the HATCH kit - I've actually been drooling over it for a while. But I wonder whether they would consider making it in other colors. Post-baby can feel like such a drab and unsexy time, and that charcoal gray - while it does hide the spit-up - does nothing to flatter or lift the spirits. A pretty French blue or dusty rose would be just as versatile, much prettier on, and SO much less depressing. That gray just kills me.

My whole goal in the hospital was to get back home again, so there was really nothing I needed except - yes - nice warm socks! And honestly, being immediately post-baby is a bit messy, so I was just as happy not to have to worry about my own clothes. That said, I'm a huge fan of anything that makes a new mom feel cozy and together and pretty. So a pretty (washable) robe is always good, and tinted lip balm!

Erin said...

Oh, and I completely agree with those who pointed out that a nice mani/pedi beforehand is such a bonus. I'm not sure anything could have made that first shower luxurious (heavenly warm, yes, but I'm never going to confuse a hospital stall with a spa), but at least having pretty feet and hands was such a nice little thing.

And anything to make hair behave. Mine just doesn't as a general principle, so my few hospital pictures are horrifying. But you have pretty hair already, Joanna, so you're all set!

Alexandra Wright said...

Comfortable, inexpensive cotton black panties are a must for every mom. I buy a new pack of Hanes to pack in my bag. Saves my nicer things from being ruined from unexpected messes, the black covers any stains after a wash, and it doesn't kill me to just pitch any beyond-salvaging pairs. And I HATE the cheesecloth pairs they offer you at the hospital!

Emily said...

I'm a mom of four, and each time I bring facial wipes. I've had to have all c-sections, so I spend a lot of time in the bed, and it feels SO GOOD to wipe my face and feel clean and refreshed.
These ones look extra fancy:
http://www.sephora.com/bear-naked-wipes-P223416

Rhett said...

I loved having a tank top, yoga pants and short robe. So much better than the hospital gown, after you get a shower. The Hatch collection looks so comfy. Not sure about those fancy lace panties with those huge postpartum maxi-pads though! ;)

Lacey Parr said...

This is such a good idea. So many nightgowns like in Motherhood are these hideous prints and end halfway up your thigh. I love this gray nightgown. Way to go Hatch. But $250 is waaaay too much. I brought a robe and that was way nice!

Tatiana said...

Hey Joanna, totally random post, not sure if you've been watching HBO's Game of Thrones or not. BUT - in case you haven't watched yesterday's episode yet, don't. Hours after watching it, I still feel physically sick, I can't imagine how it must feel like for a pregnant woman.

sms said...

Those pieces are beautiful, but how are those lovely undies going to support the mattress size maxi pad you have to wear after you have the baby.

madiebaby said...

Super helpful, thank you!

Inari said...

I brought my entire nightly routine, pajamas, slippers, my own towel,a book. The nightly routine was particularly useful because I was in labor for days at the hospital so being able to wash my face and such the moment I could was GREAT.

I brought a bag for baby too with little baby clothes to bring him home in and blankets and the like. Our hospital did not have special baby soap for his first bath... so in the future I would have probably brought a little bottle of baby soap for that first bath!

Jennifer Jo said...

Question re the big shirt: what about breastfeeding?

Becca Caldwell said...

I just had bub no. 2 and I lived in loose black yoga pants during the day whilst in hospital with tops accessible for feeding, and at night I had PJs. It's was nice this time to feel a bit normal.

RoeH said...

What a neat idea. I'd have killed for those.

aliburke said...

What a beautiful gift for a mama to be - or yourself! I just can't get past Hatch's prices though. $248 for a few simple staple items? Yikes!

Jaime said...

I agree this is a beautiful gift but so pricey! I would think that Gap Body would have great robe, Old Navy would have a dress and some socks from Target!
We are preparing for a home birth so I am excited to have everything I need at home already but of course will have the staples packed ready to go!

That's Ms. Amy to You... said...

What a lovely set! I wore cashmere socks for the birth of both my children - my toes were cozy and warm in those cold rooms. I also brought my own pillow, and comfy PJ's for recovery. I WISH I'd packed ear plugs. I am a light sleeper to begin with, and all the hospital noises meant no real sleep at all.

jenni said...

I brought nothing! I forgot my hospital bags both times I was in labor. Every time someone called to ask how I was and if they could visit, I had to say, "Sure! Can you bring me a pack of ponytails?" or, "We're doing good! But I'd be doing great if I had some toothpaste and a toothbrush." It was a little embarrassing but everyone said that it made them feel important, like somehow dropping off those necessities I had managed to give birth without made them part of the process.

macdonaldreadingloveinc said...

With my second child it was very important to me to bring a beautiful robe to feel special- but I didn't even take the tags off until he was 4 months old. In the hospital you're still bleeding so much that anything other than a hospital gown and black yoga pants felt too risky. I did LOVE having the Yes to Cucumber brand facial wipes so I could feel clean and pretty without even having to get out of bed. I'll be giving them to every friend who has babies!

Kim said...

I brought a cheap nightgown from Target. The neckline was low enough for easy boob access and it was super comfy. I wouldn't want to spend that much money on something that could get ruined during the stay, ya know? I did forget socks though! But the nurses brought me a pair. I am glad that I brought my makeup bag so that I could just have an even complexion and put on a little blush and not look as hellish as I felt. LOL (I had some complications after delivery so I was in a lot of pain and looked pretty blah)

mp said...

my daughter showed up three weeks early so when my water broke there was nothing packed! i was literally sitting on a towel directing my husband what to throw in a bag while i ordered swaddles and diapers to arrive before we came home from the hospital. so needless to say, i didn't use a thing from our hospital bag. but i also didn't feel like i needed anything. with the hot flashes, i was happy to change in and out of hospital gowns as i needed. but that hatch set is gorgeous and i totally would be happy to have it for my future babies!

Miss Cris said...

Hi Joanna, I delivered at Weill Cornell and the hospital is pretty amazing! I got a Chanel goodie bag plus Evelyn & Crabtree toiletry set so no need to bring any shampoo and creams unless you are pretty faithful to the ones you use on regular basis. FLIP FLOPS is a must so you can shower worry free, a light weight robe or lounge clothes and a cozy night gown for easy feedings, I got this one http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/eileen-west-fair-skies-short-nightgown?ID=722198&CategoryID=2910#fn=spp%3D4%26ppp%3D96%26sp%3D1%26rid%3D%26spc%3D26%26kws%3Dnight%20gowns and my bag of make up. that was it! I wore the same maxi dress since I delivered in July and in Oct ( I wore I light cardigan on top since it was Oct) Best of luck and I look forward to hearing/seeing the baby pics!! xx

Liz said...

I was packed at 30 weeks, ready. I thought I covered all the bases, but my baby was born on a snowy winter day and forgot to bring: warm clothes and a blanket! Boy I felt dumb!

Karen Reid-Mogford said...

Gorgeous idea. I only took two baby sleepsuits and Meadow had spat up (wasnt prepared for that either)after about 5 hours, and ended up wrapped in a hospital towel! Disaster. I'd definitely take more onesies, and a spare baby blankie.... Xxx

Mrs. P Vega said...

I admired the Hatch stuff when I was pregnant. The Hatch to hospital box is a beautiful idea. I bet the pieces feel so soft and luxurious. I packed some of my favorite iced teas and a couple diet cokes for my husband. I also packed some Say Yes Cucumber wipes that felt so good to cool down with (I was sweating the entire time I was at the hospital) and helped me freshen up quickly for visitors.

Chandra Fredrick said...

I totally packed a playlist and a tennis ball for back labor too. there was no music in my 26 hour labor, and no pain a tennis ball could fix.

my favorite thing I brought was face wipes. weird I know, but you don't get to clean up or shower much (if at all) and those face wipes made me feel fresher. and definitely a set of your own comfy pjs or lounge-y clothes.

good luck with baby #2! and with picking a name - maybe you'll get a girl and won't have to figure it out :)

Marina said...

I (we) brought Cocio. Do you have that in the US? The perfect mix of sugar and fat, can be enjoyed both warm and cold, and absolutely perfect for a completely exhausted me :)

Susan said...

The Hatch stuff is gorgeous but is maybe better once you stop bleeding so much...even with the super thick pads I still sometimes leaked, and I didn't care if the hospital gown got stained.
Bring flip flops! Also ear plugs if the baby isn't rooming in - hospitals are so not conducive to sleep : )

Tali N said...

Great post and i really love your blog. I did take almost everthing with me to the hospital:)
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Willkommen auf meinem blog! said...

I gave birth to both of my children AT HOME! have you ever thought about that?
It was the most wonderful experience I'd ever have. As I felt my labor pains, I called my husband and my midwives and I had to care about NOTHING, because I was at home where I had anything around me: pillows, blankets, sheets, hot water, drinks, something to eat, ... Actually I needed nothing, both of my children were born within 3 hours! lucky me!

I wish you all the best for the birth of your second baby!

Amanda Billings said...

I brought coconut water for during labor, but I went unmedicated and felt I needed the vitamin boost to make it through pushing. And that HATCH hospital box is really perfect. Good luck with the new baby!

sian said...

we planned a second homebirth but baby two had other ideas. had to whizz into hospital when my waters broke 5 weeks early. he was born after 50 min labour in my trousers in the corridor. so i didn't have a bag packed and was wandering around barefoot for the first few hours (my boots were full of amniotic fluid!). when i sent papa m to collect some clothes, he brought the WEIRDEST selection of garments and footwear, he was probably in shock! i'd second the shout for nice shower gel, a friend bought some in for me, it was a real treat. and UGG boots to wear as slippers. x

Mod 41 said...

They are beautiful, but a question - is that gown nursing friendly? I can't tell from the photo?

ALG1269 said...

The best thing I brought was a front zipper terry cloth short night gown. It was super comfy and I felt kind of cute in it! But the best thing I brought home were (TMI WARNING) the undies at the hospital that were like biker shorts!

ALG1269 said...

* best thing other than my son!!!!!

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Melissa Tregilgas said...

Oh that box sounds nice! Out of a farm intern's price range though--but that's alright.
I love the coconut water idea that someone suggested here. When I was in labor with out first we made cookies before coming to the hospital, to share with the nurses, and I ended up snacking on those. Next baby I had at home and it was so fast I didn't have any time to snack. I had her two hours after dinner, and while she nursed I got to eat dessert and drink tea! Baby #3 is due in Nov. and I wish I could have this one at home too, but it all depends on where we are living at the time.
Good luck to you!

Farmer Jo said...

I ended up never opening my suitcase I brought, even though I was there for a week. My husband, though, brought a roasted chicken, a dozen boiled eggs, more snacks and a blow up camp may to put under the pull out mattress. :)

Mindy said...

This is a good reminder that I need to get started on packing for the hospital. My baby is breech right now so I may be getting a c-section so it was so helpful to read what others packed. I plan to bring a picture of my first baby so he can see it when he comes to visit and maybe a special gift for him, aside from his new baby sister, of course!

For me, besides what other people have said is extra pillows with throw-away pillowcases. I needed them for getting comfortable while nursing, they were a must! Also blistex which I love and possibly a hair scarf so I can feel somewhat pretty for pictures :)

Julie Blake said...

What a neat idea and different to bring as a gift to a baby shower! Definitely on my must-get-list!

Laura said...

When I had my son two years ago I brought my own pillow, socks, very loose and comfortable t-shirts and nightgowns, face wash, toothbrush and toothpaste, snacks, money for snacks, and DEFINITELY loose-fitting comfortable underwear (think grandma style):) These were all a necessity for me and I was glad I brought every item, especially the underwear. I was so sore after I had my son that I wanted nothing tight on me. Good luck, you're almost there!

Laura said...

I agree. The underwear in the Hatch Collection is way too lacey, tight, and small for post-partum apparel. You need some larger, comfortable underwear to support the maxi pad along with everything else if you know what I mean.

Shari said...

That is so clever! I love that idea. I will keep it in mind for the future.

eastcoastbird said...

I wish I had brought more snacks:/ I was STARVING and breakfast wasn't served until 9am. Would have loved a little snack to tie me over!

Michelle Glauser said...

What if you'd gotten a box like Finnland gives new mothers?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22751415

I think it's a great idea!

Megan W said...

Agree with the above posters. The Hatch nightgown is completely impractical if you're planning on nursing. And not reasonably priced at all! Just one other comment on the mani/pedi prior to giving birth - check with your hospital about it. My hospital advised no nail polish - if you do require emergency surgery it impacts on them being able to check your circulation and blood flow.

Heather said...

Love the robe and socks! So pretty. It's true. You can definitely overpack - but I was dying for my favorite chapstick. The hospital air was dry and the giftstore only had one brand. It's the little things!

Kristen said...

Yes, it looks nice but I can't imagine spending that kind of money on those things.

Mindy said...

On another note, things to "steal" from the hospital: nasal aspirator (or two or three), those giant pads that you can break in half and they get cold, and the blankets which are great for swaddling! :)

Kathryn said...

I think that it can pull down easily to nurse in. Socks could also be layered up, I suppose!

Haley said...

With my second baby I wished I'd brought something to read - my husband went home in the evening to be home with our two-year-old and with a sleeping baby I was totally bored. Baby number three I packed some magazines and a trashy novel to keep me entertained. Oh and some snacks, blech to hospital food.

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