08 September 2015

Packing my Hospital Bag- and the only overnight Bag you will EVER need!



Robe // Slippers // Alma Rose Bag c/o // Nursing Bras // Pajama Pants // Swaddles // Onesie // Blanket


Happy Monday, friends! Oh wait...it's Tuesday. :) Don't you just love a long weekend? I hope you all enjoyed the greatest Labor Day. I for one am sorry to see the summer go, but looking forward to all the things Fall Brings. :) 

Speaking of Labor, this weekend really got me thinking about packing our hospital bag. Although labor is still a few weeks out for me, it never hurts to be prepared, and it definitely helps my first time mom anxiety to know that we would have what we needed should we have to rush out the door in a dramatic "my water broke!" situation. :) 


My mom used to Joke that I would have my hospital bag packed and by the door the day I saw those two pink lines, and i'm so happy to report I finally have that bag sitting by the front door as of this weekend! It really helped that I had my gorgeous Alma Rose Lydia Bag (which is on sale right now!) to get me organized. While marketed as a diaper bag, this bag is basically the best overnight bag i've ever owned.



I think you could easily pack for an entire weekend trip in the Alma Rose Lydia, with plenty of room to spare! Each bag is made from premium Italian pebble leather, with a wipeable interior, and comes with a changing pad, and a clutch that is perfect for moms on the go that don't need to tote the entire bag around, or it's perfect for a toiletry bag which is what i'm using it for! This bag is heavy. But in that great, high quality heavy way. I know you could fill her to the brim and not have to worry about it compromising the quality of your bag. 



When I started fillin-er-up, I was able to pack 3 hospital outfits, a robe, my laptop/charger, slippers, socks, a going home outfit for me + baby, all of my toiletries, and I barely made a dent in the storage capabilities of this bag.




Side note, I can't get over how cute this little "future draft pick" sweatshirt is. :) Side note x2, my Bellifly Maternity Pillow has been the only thing that has given me rest the past few nights...you need one!


So if you can't tell, i'm a huge fan of the Alma Rose Lydia bag, and I will use it not only for baby, but for weekend trips for years! 

Because no hospital bag post would be complete without a giant checklist, I thought i'd share with you what I have printed on our fridge for easy packing! This may be too much for some, and too little for others, but after asking tons of mamas and moms-to-be what they found helpful in their bags, I put this list together and I think it will be just enough for our stay in the hospital. 



In other random news, I wanted to thank you all so much for all of your sweet advice last week on changing Absolutely Arkansas to a brand new name! After weighing the pros and cons and doing a ton of research...we're GOING FOR IT! So we're currently working on the new design, and i'm trying to go back through the archives and fix as much as possible to fit the new name. In the meantime, things might start looking a little wonky around here, but I appreciate your patience while we're under construction!

What did you find helpful during your hospital stay? Did I leave something out? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for reading, friends. :)

Until Next Time,
xo Kylie

17 comments:

  1. Your hospital packing list is way prettier than mine hahaha mine is a 3 page list all scribbled together. I should probably type it up!! Have you sent in your hospital pre-admisison paperwork? That will save you some time as well! And are we supposed to take our social security cards to the hospital with us??

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    1. I need to do that! I keep meaning to and I keep forgetting. :) That's a really good idea though. I've heard to bring your Social Security card! I'm just going to put them in the paperwork file anyway to be safe.

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  2. It definitely looks like the only bag you'll ever need. I love all of the compartments! So excited to read more about the new addition. You have just been glowing lately! XO

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    1. It's amazing! For Moms and travelers alike :) Thank you, Anna!

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  3. It seems like you just started posting about the baby and now you have your bag all packed! I'm so excited for all the changes you have going on :)

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    1. We're getting close! I feel like i've known i'm pregnant for way too long and the patience is really starting to wear thin!

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  4. That is the most beautiful diaper bag I have ever seen! I would totally use that now.

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    1. I have been using it non stop and we have no baby in sight! Well, you know, i'm large and in charge, but you get what i'm saying ;)

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  5. Looking so good! I've been thinking about you this week and glad to see your bags are all packed! Can't wait to see your little guy. Our bags are sitting next to the bed - any day now over here!!

    Can't wait to see the new brand for the blog also!!

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    1. Thank you, Mary Leigh! We're in the home stretch. I'm so excited for you guys! I will be stalking you like crazy waiting to see pictures of that precious boy!

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  6. Hey Kylie. After I stopped laughing I thought I would give you some advice on what you need to bring. The bare minimum is best. If you bring everything on that list you will regret it. You usually change room at least once and usually more. You do not want to lug everything around with you just to unpack and repack it up 4 times. The only things you should bring are a going home outfit for you and the baby, pillows for you and Jake, and toiletries. Even if you don't bring anything the hospital has everything you need and you can always wear the clothes you came in with. I'm sure jake will make a trip at some point to the house to get the car seat. Do not bring the car seat into the hospital when you first arrive. Keep it at home or in the car. Also, if you bring all of that stuff with you on your first trip, you might just be sent home and have to carry it all back out. Keep whatever you bring with you in the car until you are for sure admitted. I have seen lots of people bring so much stuff just to end up making several false alarms. 99.9 percent of patients could care less what they look like. You will more than likely be too exhausted, sore, and hormonal to do your makeup or hair. We (the nurses) do not let you sleep. We are in your room A LOT!! If you have any other questions let me know. I have been doing this for 12 years. Bring the minimum.

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  7. You got 2 of the most important things on there: your own pillow and stool softeners! I swear, I was more afraid to go poop the first time after having my 1st than I was to go through labor again! If your hospital doesn't offer them to you right afterward, start taking them. Life.Savers.

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    1. I've got a full bottle in my bag to be safe! I've heard that can be more terrifying than labor...so i'm trying to make it as easy as possible ;)

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  8. Great list of what to pack - one thing i forgot which is pretty important is a charger for your phone and camera....thank goodness I was able to borrow one

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    1. i have put a circle AND a star next to our battery chargers! Don't want to forget those!

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