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.

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.

Shop Jessica Simpson Maternity.

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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  • I'm OLIVE CAPONE MYERS, Style Director for Destination Maternity and lover of all things simple yet stylish!
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