Hospital Bag Essentials

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Your third trimester is often spent making final preparations for baby: nurseries are decorated, supplies are purchased and baby showers are celebrated. In addition to these nesting rituals, it’s also time to think about what to pack in your hospital bag. Since labor can be unpredictable in terms of timing, packing a bag before your due date will help you feel prepared and ready for when baby decides to make his or her grand entrance into the world. We’ve paired our recommendations with tips from The Bump to create a simple-to-follow checklist:

  • 2-3 pairs of warm, non-skid socks or slippers for walking the halls before and after labor:

We recommend our Bump in the Night Slippers which are warm, cozy and easy to put on and take off as needed.

  • A warm robe or sweater:

We like our Bump In The Night™ Empire Waist Nursing Robe which comes as a set including a comfortable, matching nursing nightgown.

  • 2 maternity bras without underwire:

We recommend our Seamless Lift Up Nursing Bra: the material is soft, comfortable and easy to adjust.Try our Jessica Simpson Seamless Clip Down Nursing Bra which easily clips down for feeding.

  • A few pairs of maternity underwear:

We like our 3 Pack of Maternity Fold Over Panties: adjustable to your liking, you can wear them over your bump or folded down for added comfort.

  • Lip balm (hospitals are very dry) and moisturizer:

Eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm comes in a 3 pack and is made with nourishing shea butter, vitamin e and jojoba oil. As an added bonus, it’s also gluten-free, paraben-free, petrolatum-free and phthalate-free. Body Boost’s Fragrance Free Stretch Mark Butter moisturizes to renew stretched skin and also relieves itchiness from dry conditions.

  • A change of clothes for the trip home:

Comfort is key! Layer up in a super-soft, Jersey Knit Maternity Hoodie paired with a relaxed fit maternity tank topFold Over Jersey Knit Yoga Pants are soft and adjustable for a fit that feels best.

Nursing Bras: To Fit & To Flatter

nursing bra

An essential for the nursing mama, nursing bras provide the comfort, fit and ease of use needed to nourish your newborn. Unlike regular fashion bras, which lack the construction needed to provide the necessary support and comfort you need, maternity bras are designed to accommodate your growing size while also helping to lessen the onset of stretch marks (serious bonus)!

Because they are sure to become a go-to, daily favorite, we suggest purchasing at least four maternity bras: one to wear, one to wash, one to spare and one to sleep. Whether you prefer underwire or wireless, a sport bra or sleep style, there’s a flattering, must-have essential for every new mom!

Check out our Size Chart for all of the information you need to purchase the maternity nursing bra that fits you to a tee! From our detailed Measuring Guide and Bra Size Calculator to fit tips provided by our Nursing Bra Guide, it’s hard to go wrong (or resist) these maternity musts.

Shop our vast selection of maternity bras at Destination Maternity!

Most Craved Monday

nursing set

This 3-piece nursing set is as comfortable to wear as it is pretty to look at. Slim in silhouette, its ultra-soft fabric coupled with the sleek, slate grey hue make it perfect to wear while receiving visitors both at the hospital and at home. Designed with subtle details that aim to flatter your shape, you will love nothing more than staying in your beautiful PJs all day long.

Shop this must-have nursing set from A Pea in the Pod!

Third Trimester Checklist: The Homestretch!

maternity checklist

You’re almost there! It’s the final stretch of your pregnancy and you are ready to get this baby out! But until that imminent day has arrived, there is still much to do, and many clothes to wear. From what to don at your upcoming baby shower to prepping for your postnatal needs with nursing bras and tops, both new items and mainstays are available to meet your needs.

Stay tuned for next month’s Maternity Checklist guide to see what to buy post pregnancy!

The Weekly Find

nursing robe

Welcome to The Weekly Find, featuring a favorite new arrival paired with this, and that.

This week’s find: Jessica Simpson Ruffled Nursing Robe, at Motherhood Maternity.

Why it’s a winner: The subtle hue paired with cozy fabric and fabulous design makes this a must-have top for nursing, and beyond.

Pair it with this: Keep the stylish comfort going with Secret Fit Belly® French Terry Skinny Leg Maternity Pants, and a layer of that: Sleeveless Clip Down Double Opening Nursing Cami.

 Shop Nursing.

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Most Craved Monday

nursing set

When home with a new baby, it’s easy to let sloppy sweats and oversized tees takeover your day-to-day. But with ultra-soft, pretty and comfortable options – like this beautifully pleated nursing nightgown and robe set – your at-home look will be one to covet. In a soothing ivory and grey palette, you will love nothing more than to nurture your little one while at the same time feeling good about yourself.

Shop this best-selling nursing set from A Pea in the Pod!

Olivia’s Tips: Hospital Bag Essentials

Olivia's Tips: Hospital Bag

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