Hospital Bag Checklist

 

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We went in for our 34 week check up, which is more like a 35 week check up because it was 1 day shy. Baby boy is still transverse, he is really comfortable and really stubborn apparently. So, doctor said that if he hasn’t turned by our 37 week check up, they will set an appointment to try to turn him. She casually mentioned that this appointment will take place in an operating room so that an emergency C-section can be performed if needed…say what?!?! The thought that baby could potentially be here that soon kicked my butt into gear! I’ve spent most of today doing research, and shopping, both in store and online, for all the necessities for our hospital bags for mom, dad & baby.

In an effort to take some of the guess work out of what you need, I’ve compiled a list of must-have items for your hospital stay, including my favorites in each category.

Mom’s Hospital Bag

Above items include: (left to right, top to bottom)
1. Destination Maternity Clip Down Nursing Bra (need 2-3)
2. Sole Society ‘Candice’ Oversize Travel Tote
3. Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads
4. Nordstrom ‘Butter’ Slipper Sock
5. Nordstrom ‘Moonlight’ Nightshirt
6. Nordic Naturals Postnatal Omega-3
7. Honest Company Nipple Balm
8. Nordstrom Lingerie Nursing Camisole (need 2-3)
9. Kensie Floral Print Lounge Pant
10. Kensie Floral Print Robe
11. Destination Maternity Bow Detail Hipster Maternity Panty (need 2-3)

Other items mama needs…
Slippers, shower flip flops, going home outfit, license, insurance card, camera, camera charger, phone, phone charger, maxi pads, toiletries, chapstick, hair ties, Dermoplast spray, water bottle, Tylenol, vitamins, laptop, laptop charger, pillow, tuck’s pads

Dad’s Hospital Bag

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1. Hydro Flask Insulated Water Bottle
2. Ugg ‘Colton’ Lounge Pant
3. Boss ‘Authentic’ Zip Front Track Jacket
4. Ugg ‘Ascot’ Suede Slipper
5. Beats Studio Wireless Headphones
6. iPad
7. Mack’s Earplugs
8. Hershel Supply Co ‘Novel’ Duffle Bag

Other items dad needs…
Toiletries, shower flip flops, 2-3 daytime outfits, phone & charger, pillow, DVDs

Baby’s Hospital Bag

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1. Aden & Anais High Seas 4-pack Classic Swaddles (needs 2-3 swaddles)
2. Nordstrom Baby Convertible Cotton Gown & Hat (needs 3 sleepers or gowns)
3. Nordstrom Baby Cotton Hats 3-pack
4. Natursutten Original Pacifier
5. Nordstrom Baby Panda Graphic Romper
6. Maxi Cosi Mico Max 30 Infant Car Seat
7. Aden & Anais Striped Long Sleeve Zipper One-Piece (needs 3 sleepers or gowns)
8. Pottery Barn Kids ‘The Ultimate’ Diaper Bag
9. Aden & Anais Flannel & Muslin Wearable Blanket
10. Boppy Nursing Pillow & Cover

Other items baby needs…
Mittens, burp rags, nursing cover

Extra items to bring…
Hospital forms, social security forms, FMLA paperwork, gifts for nurses, empty box for gifts, cash for vending machines

For easier use, here is a printable checklist that includes all items that everyone needs to have a comfortable hospital stay
hospital-checklist

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Vintage Baby Cradle

img_6132If nothing else, at least Baby Blackwood has a place to sleep when he comes home for the first time.

All of these projects have been so slow moving because 1) I procrastinate…my mom will attest to this and 2) I’m a perfectionist. However, I am absolutely IN LOVE with this little corner of our master bedroom for baby. Everything about it is very simple, just the way I like it!

I started with a vintage cradle, which was actually used by both of my little sisters! I love this, that Landon will use something passed down from Auntie Nikki and Auntie Mae Mae 🙂

img_6043I was searching baby cradles online before I started this project. I found this exact same cradle for sale on a common baby website for $480…my mom bought this cradle for $60 over 25 years ago!

To update the cradle I painted it with…you guessed it…white chalk paint. Surprise, surprise!
I painted the cradle with 3 coats of paint…
Heirloom Traditions Chalk Paint in A La Mode
Then topped it with a layer of protective wax…
Heirloom Traditions Clear Soft Wax
Finally, I used 150grit sandpaper to distress and rough up the edges.

img_6162I used a simple cradle mattress and sheet, knowing that I was going to order a DockATot for the baby to sleep on.
Babies R Us Cradle Pad
Babies R Us Knit Cradle Sheet – 2 Pack

I have heard AMAZING things about DockATot and how they make baby comfortable, mimic the feeling of the womb and help babies sleep better and longer. Those all sound like positives in my book so I thought we’d give it a shot. They are a little spendy but it is essentially a spot for baby to sleep that can be moved to our bed, the couch, his crib, it can basically be taken anywhere. This way, he will feel like he is in his bed no matter what!

img_6152I bought the DockATot Deluxe in Dream Weaver. The Deluxe is for Newborn through 8 months old, there is a Grand size for 9 to 36 months. You can also buy different covers to change up the color and designs.

For a little added décor, I hung up the super adorable mobile that we got from Restoration Hardware, the Chambray Animal Mobile and then added a faux garland, the Fern Garland from Michael’s, for a little green.

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DIY Spa Bathtub Tray

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I’ve been wanting to do this project for a while. Especially because I’ve been spending so much more time in the bathtub these last few months. I wanted the spa-like relaxation but, truth be told, I also wanted a place to set my laptop so I could get some blog work done while I’m unwinding. And, after baby comes, it’ll be a handy place to set my wine glass too…can’t wait for wine again!

This project was SO quick and easy. I think it took maybe an hour total. It should be pretty easy to customize it to your own bathtub since the measurements are so minimal.

Supplies
Pine Project Board
(To find the size that best fits your bathtub, you’ll need to measure across the top of your tub and keep in mind you’ll need a few extra inches in length for it to hang over to attach some “feet” to help hold it in place. As far as the width, that can just be your preference. I used a 1″ thick x 12″ wide x 48″ long board, linked above. I wanted plenty of width for my laptop as well as all the pretty bath supplies I was about to buy)
1×2 pine board
(This is for the feet, the length you need will depend on how wide you main plank board is. Example, my board was 12″ wide so I needed 24″ of 1″x2″ board to trim out the sides of my tray)
handles
(You don’t have to add handles to your tray but it’s a nice decorative touch. You can get simple drawer pulls at any hardware store or if you want something with a little more style, World Market, Hobby Lobby and Anthropologie are great places to look. I got mine at Anthropologie and linked them above)
jigsaw
wood glue
1 1/4″ finish nails
measuring tape
pencil
drill and drill bits (if you are adding handles)
paint color of your choice

Step 1: Measure the exact width of your plank board and cut 2 pieces of the 1×2 pine board to that length

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Step 2: Lay your pine board across the top of your bathtub, place one of the cut 1×2 pieces up against one side of the tub, flush with the edge of the pine board. Hold the pine board in place, hold a piece of 1×2 against the side of the tub (on the opposite side) then use a pencil the mark a cut line on the pine board. Cut the pine board along the cut line.
Step 3: Attach the 1×2 “feet” to the pine board, flush with the edges using wood glue and 1 1/4″ finish nails on the underside.

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Step 4: Drill holes for handles. Choose a drill bit that is just slightly larger than the screws on your handles. Choose the location for your handles, I placed mine so they would sit just inside the edge of the tub.

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Step 5: Paint in color of your choice and distress. I used Heirloom Traditions chalk paint in A La Mode then sanded the edges slightly with 150 grit sandpaper.
Step 6: place across your tub and add all your favorite bath supplies

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I’ve always loved Anthropologie but lately I’ve been extra obsessed with all their home décor, especially their candles and giftable items. I knew they had a cute little bath & body care area so I decided to look there to stock up on supplies for this project. The brands are a little spendier than say Target, however the packaging, quality and scents are incredible and well worth the money for this type of thing…in my opinion. Here are links to all the products I purchase…

Barr-Co Original Scent Bath Salts
Barr-Co Bubble Elixir
Mediterranean Sea Silk Sponge
Baudelaire Cedar Bath Brush
Voluspa Glass Maison Candle in Bourbon Vanille

Hope you enjoy your swanky spa space as much as I’m enjoying mine!