Choosing a diaper bag was an easy decision for me! I wear neutrals just about all the time, so I knew I was looking for either a brown or black diaper bag that would coordinate with anything and everything. I also knew a must-have was a hands-free option. This GORGEOUS Lily Jade bag fits the bill perfectly. This is the Shaylee and I’m just smitten! It easily turns into a backpack which will allow me to have all hands on deck for travel with this little one here soon. Plus, it’s just beautiful. It’s simple and clean look was appealing to me along with the great size. It can hold so much! I also love the gold details and the fact that this will look so great with our stroller!
Packing the hospital bag was a bit of a task for me. There are so many lists online of what you need, what’s nice to have, and what you don’t need. The thing is that every post is different and every mom has different experiences + suggestions to offer. I decided to pack the baby’s items in the Lily Jade bag and pack our items in a separate bag. While having two bags isn’t necessarily ideal, I knew our things would get all mixed up and it would drive me crazy, so the better option for me was to pack seperately. I knew the hospital would have diapers and wipes, so those weren’t necessarily things we’d need, but I thought I wanted to use our Seventh Generation and Honest diapers along with the water wipes. It became evident pretty quickly that I didn’t care to use these and went ahead with what the hospital had stocked. They go through sooooooo many diapers and wipes in those first few days, so it was worth it to us to use what the hospital had.
And, of course I packed a small bottle of hand sanitizer – those who know me won’t be surprised one bit! It ended up staying in the bag most of the time, too, because visitors just used what the hospital had or washed their hands at the sink. We used it in the car on the way home, though, so that counts! These Little Sapling Toys blocks are just the cutest. Ideally, I’ll take monthly photos with he and the blocks to document his first year, but I thought it would be fun to have a couple of photos in the hospital with them, too. I used them to take a cute “1 day old” photo. 🙂 I threw in our Instax camera because who doesn’t love instant prints of a tiny new baby? These will be sweet memories to have printed right away! James took a photo of me right before I started pushing and then we took a few over the next couple of days at the hospital and I just LOVE having them! They’re so fun to have sitting in a little bowl to look through often. Since we didn’t know if we were having a boy or girl, I wanted to pack a few items that were a bit more gender specific! I ordered two super cute Little Unicorn swaddles and I also tossed in a bow and striped hat to go along with the white L’Oved Baby onesie for a going-home outfit. We ended up using the dinosaur blanket and I just think it’s THE cutest! Over the course of the 3 days we were at the hospital, he was mostly swaddled in the hospital blankets and wore the hospital kimono shirts to make it easy to check his umbilical cord and do quick diaper changes. We did use the dino swaddle as well as a couple of other swaddles we brought along, too. He wore his hat we brought a couple of times and he came home in the L’Oved Baby onesie. The only things I packed that we didn’t need were the diapers and wipes. There wasn’t anything that I left at home that I wished we brought for baby. He didn’t need much and in those first days we were happy to use what the hospital provided. We even snagged the diapers, wipes, and a hospital blanket to bring home in addition to the nail file and comb + brush.
We had a WONDERFUL experience with our hospital. The nurses, doctors, and lactation consultants were outstanding and incredibly supportive. I’ll do a post soon about what we packed in our bag, what we loved that we had, and what we realized later we should have brought with us!
This post is sponsored by Lily Jade. All words and opinions are my own.