Today I’m teaming up with Bravado Designs to share what’s in my hospital bag the second time around as well as share my excitement for their new Petal Soft Collection with you. I’m also hosting a giveaway for both bras at the very bottom of the post!
The Petal Soft Collection is a beautiful capsule collection of two nursing bras — Buttercup and Ballet. Both bras are made with incredibly soft fabrics and feature a feminine silhouette to transition from maternity to nursing.
The Buttercup Nursing Bra (the black one in the photo above) is designed for daytime, offering moms comfort and support with incredible soft foam cups and a gentle stretch to accommodate a changing shape. It combines the ultimate in softness with discretion in a new modern silhouette. Cup and band sizing ranges from 32B to 38H to 42F, making it an ideal fit for smaller to larger busted women. The Buttercup is available in Black, Bare, and a limited-edition Watercolor (from which proceeds will be donated to Breasthealth.org until May 31st).
- Petal-Soft fabric for absolute comfort
- Super soft foam cups with gentle stretch to accommodate changing shape
- Round shaped cups
- Elastic inner sling on smaller sizes; Petal-Soft wider sling with clean finish on larger sizes
- Side stays for support
- Wire-free frame for comfort and support
- Frame and wings constructed with double layer of Petal-Soft fabric
- Concealed elastic and stitching along inside of the frame for comfort against the skin
- Brush back and stretchy hook and eye
- Convertible criss-cross straps
- Available in 33 sizes
The Ballet Nursing Bra (the blush pink one in the photo above) is the perfect sleep bra designed for ultimate comfort. Like Bravado’s Buttercup Nursing Bra, Ballet is made out of amazingly soft fabric providing light support for lounging and sleeping and offers pull-away full breast access for nursing. The Ballet Nursing Bra is available in Black, Bare, and Dusted Peony.
- Petal-Soft fabric on the outside and modal-lined cups for absolute comfort
- Light support
- Pull-away full breast access
- Pull-on styling with no back closure, ideal for sleep
- Adjustable fabric straps
Now for the contents of my hospital bag and diaper bag the second time around!
Mama’s hospital bag // I’m using the Lo and Sons O.G. for my hospital bag this time. It’s actually a carry-on bag with loads of secret zippered pockets and segmented compartments but works perfectly for my purposes.
Bravado nursing bras // One bra for sleeping and being comfy in and one bra with a little more support for when I feel like showering and getting dressed. Be sure to enter the giveaway for both of these below!
Robe(s) // The pretty pink one is perfect for pictures, and my fuzzy robe is beyond amazing for lounging (I actually just repurchased it since I know I’ll be spending more time at home after I give birth and wanted a fresh one). Btw, I was worried about how everyone always says bring your not-so-cute and dark-colored things with you to the hospital because you’ll ruin them; I didn’t “ruin” anything last time, so I’m ok with bringing my nice stuff! I do wear the hospital gowns too. To each their own.
Nightgown/pajama set // Once I’m showered and ready to get out of the hospital gowns, some comfort from home will do this mama good.
Flip flops // The slim Havaianas are my favorite rubber flip flops, and I think everyone should have a pair. They’ll come in handy for the shower and maybe even for going home since it’ll be spring time when I deliver.
Wallet // Make sure your health insurance card and some minimal cash and change are in there.
Phone, iPad & Camera // I’m taking my DSLR this time since last time we didn’t get any professional photos taken in the hospital and I regret it. Details about my camera setup are on my About page.
Phone & Camera Chargers // An extension cord or extra-long chargers could be useful too. I’m planning to organize most of our electronics miscellany in this “It’s a Mama Bear Thing” travel pouch.
Snacks // A few shelf-stable snacks like nuts and bars in your bag can hold you over until your next meal if the cafeteria is closed in the middle of the night, etc.
Toiletry bag // See below.
Makeup bag // Some below.
Travel blow dryer // I don’t feel bad bringing this with me because I only have to do my hair once and it will last for a few days with dry shampoo. So 20 minutes of heat styling my hair will likely be doable postpartum. Getting ready is seriously like therapy for me, so to each their own on this one as well.
Belly Bandit // We’ll see if I’ll be able to fit my Belly Bandit within the first few days after delivery; I wasn’t able to with my daughter because of my C-section, but I could get it on a few days later. It depends on the size you buy too. I’m hoping for a VBAC this time and to not retain as much water. I was actually thinking of trying a postpartum girdle, because the Belly Bandit I bought would ride up on me and get all bunched up, so I wasn’t as encouraged to wear it. I do tend to like things that work like shapewear, though. If you had a positive experience with a postpartum girdle/corset/wrap, please let us all know in the comments what you used.
Nursing pillow // I’m going with the Ergobaby natural curve nursing pillow this time. It’s good to bring your nursing pillow to the hospital so that you can learn how to use it with the lactation nurse.
Momsense // I can’t wait to use this gadget to measure how much milk I produce. Of course it won’t be much in the beginning, but I still want to see.
Extra pillow // Because the hospital pillows really are as bad as they say.
Birth plan // I typed mine up from a template I found online last time, but it wasn’t really necessary. One, my OBGYN already knew what I had been discussing with her at my appointments, and two, literally nothing went as planned anyway and I had to have an emergency C-section. Bring it if your hospital/OBGYN says you should.
Mama’s Toiletry Bag
Body wash (and/or soap bar)
Body lotion (and stretch mark cream)
Facial cleanser & toner
Toothbrush & toothpaste
Q-tips & facial cotton
A few makeup brushes
Car seat // To take baby home, of course. I’ll install it in my car in a few weeks.
Baby’s diaper bag // I’m bringing my 7AM Enfant diaper bag for baby’s things, because it’s big and easy to see everything I’ve got all at once. I like to travel with it. It’s got a handful of compartments inside, so everything feels pretty organized, as well as a changing pad and a detachable zipper pouch.
Going-home outfit // Since last time my daughter blew out in her beautiful vintage knit sweater and pant combo within minutes, I’ve learned my lesson and packed a few simple and soft outfit options. I’m thinking either my son will wear a pajama sleeper/footie or a kimono-style snap closure onesie with a matching jacket/pant set. I still have time to change it up if I want to. Not a huge deal.
Car seat blanket // This is such a soft blanket, I wish I could have one in my size! We’ll probably keep it in the car seat until we need it to go home.
Swaddling blanket(s) // I’m planning to use these for pictures and as a breastfeeding cover when family visits.
ZoLi nail trimmer // Mittens never stayed on my daughter, and I can always use socks if I really need to. I’m bringing my fancy baby nail trimming contraption with me instead, because, frankly, I’m totally intrigued by it and hear it really works. It’s basically an automatic nail file with 4 different heads.
Baby record book // I’m going to do my best to fill this out since everything will be fresh in my mind at the hospital. I did it with my daughter, so I feel obligated to do it for my son.
Gifts for nurses (have someone deliver something yummy like pastries or bring a box of chocolates with you)
Gift for Vienna from baby brother
Vases for flowers (we had a hard time figuring out where to put flowers last time)
Gel nails and lash extensions?
Hope this list helps with your packing as well! Be sure to enter below for your own set of Bravado Nursing Bras.
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