Packing Your Hospital Bag : A List of Must Have Items

when it comes to packing your hospital bag, everyone will tell you what must haves you will need to bring.  at first, it seems a little overwhelming because you feel that you are going to wheel six suitcases into the hospital with you, but really it’s simple.  for me, this is my second baby and i will be delivering at the same hospital only 20 months apart.  i say this to say…i know my hospital and i feel really prepared this time.  which means, this mama will not be overpacking.  there are definitely some essentials that i will be taking with me for nostalgia and comfort, but for the most part i will also be realistic and know that the hospital pretty much has everything i will need.  honestly, that’s their job.

when packing your hospital bag, think of items that will make you comfortable and will make things easier for you.  diapers, wipes, mama pads, and bedding are all provided for you (or at least they should be), so try not to overthink and overpack.  my hospital supplies all the diapers and post birth supplies for mama, so i am not going to run out and buy a bunch of that stuff to take with me.  instead, i am focusing on what is going to help me and baby the most during our stay and during our travel home.

as i worked towards beginning to build my hospital bag, i collaborated with a lot of beautiful companies to bring this bag together and am grateful to the shops that sent items to be featured within this post.  at the end of this post, you will find a list of all the shops that sent things for my hospital bag so definitely go check out their beautiful products!

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Packing Your Hospital Bag : A List of Must Have Items

Packing Your Hospital Bag : A List of Must Have Items | Bethadilly Photography

Hospital Bag Source List

some of these shops sent items for free to be featured within our hospital bag.  a huge thank you to these shops!

mama bundle courtesy of Tubby Todd

lace nursing bra purchased from Motherhood Maternity

lactation bars courtesy of Oat Mama

multi-use cover courtesy of Copper Pearl

leather changing mat courtesy of Gathre

pacifier clip courtesy of Ryan and Rose

lace trimmed swaddle courtesy of Charley Charles

going home outfit purchased locally

Other Recommended Items To Pack

lip balm

essential oils

overnight items for parents

going home clothing for parents

spare clothes parents

bathrobe

slip on shoes (or walking slippers)

your own pillow

camera/memory cards/batteries

snacks

car seat

diaper bag prepped for ride home

don’t feel like you need to bring your entire home to the hospital.  once your baby is born, you will be so focused on him or her that those one or two items that you forgot won’t be a big deal.  and more than likely, the hospital has everything you need during your stay.  focus on what unique items will make you to most comfortable, what items you want your baby to have during the first hours/days, and what items will get you comfortably home.  and by golly, don’t forget the carseat.  in fact, just put it in your car around 35 weeks pregnant…you will be happy that you did.

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Kid Friendly Apple Pie Recipe

well, it is only october 2nd and we have already enjoyed two really good apple pies this season…and the leaves haven’t even changed yet.  i mean, there is just something about pie after september that is totally necessary.  we went apple picking about a month ago and came home with lots of yummy apples that begged to be put into either a pie or crisp.  i am not much of a cook (because i just don’t enjoy it much) but when it comes to baking, i honestly can impress you.  just ask my husband…he was way too happy with these apple pies.  and to surprise you even more, the recipe i used was from a children’s picture book!  not lying.  because our little one is about a year and a half, i knew i wanted a kid friendly apple pie recipe that could involve her in some way.  and surprisingly, it turned out the be the best pie recipe i have found!

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Kid Friendly Apple Pie Recipe

Kid Friendly Apple Pie Recipe | Bethadilly Photography

the night before we went apple picking, we read amelia bedelia’s first apple pie to our little girl.  it is honestly one of our favorite fall books because it is really cute and has a lot of fun humor (which can totally be appreciated by us adults who have to read the same book over and over and over again!).  since this was our daughter’s first apple pie, this book was totally meant to be!  and to make it even better, there is a recipe at the very end of the book for an apple pie and it is dang perfect!

to be completely honest, i made the pie and she munched on apples.  and a year and a half, our little one isn’t walking yet so it wasn’t easy for me (and a pregnant belly) to hoist her up the entire time to help me.  next year, this girl will have flour in her hair and we will have a lot of fun.  but we still had fun eating apples while i did the baking.

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A Classic Gender Neutral Nursery – Baby No. 2’s Room!

of course, one of the best things about being pregnant (for me anyways) is styling the new nursery.  i am not a lover of themes.  no really though, themes are just not my thing.  i think themes are all little overwhelming and i don’t like walking into rooms and seeing 100 bunnies on the walls, blankets, clothes, etc.  i didn’t base our first baby’s room around a theme and for the second baby, i didn’t either.  instead, i went for a style.  the style of this room is simply classic, with a little farmhouse feel.  i am a lover of classic things, wooden toys, knit dolls, and simplicity.  if my grandmother were to buy it for her new baby years ago, it is something that is definitely my style.  i am a picky vintage lover.  (definition: lover of vintage, but really choosy).  🙂  furthermore, we aren’t finding out the gender our little one so our nursery was designed to be a classic gender neutral nursery.  but if you know me in real life, i have an aversion to color so even if we knew the gender, i would have still gone neutral…it’s just calm and soft.  not to mention, it’s the perfect recipe for white balance perfection.

as i worked towards creating the classic look i was going for, i collaborated with a lot of beautiful baby companies to bring this nursery together and was humbled with the number of shops who sent items for our new baby-to-be to be featured within this post.  at the end of this post, you will find a list of all the shops that sent things for our nursery so definitely go check out their beautiful products!

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A Classic Gender Neutral Nursery – Baby No. 2’s Room!

A Classic Gender Neutral Nursery - Baby No. 2's Room! | Bethadilly Photography

Nursery Collaboration Shops

*the following shops sent items for free to be featured in our new nursery.  a huge thank you!

juniper bonnet courtesy of June Isle Clothier

classic baby rattle courtesy of Bannor Toys

lux oxford shoes courtesy of Honey and Hide

sign over crib courtesy of House Off Ninety Six

nettle overalls courtesy of Little Cottonwood

leather baby changing mat courtesy of Gathre

sebastian the lamb (20”) courtesy of Cuddle and Kind

pom pom swaddle and lace swaddle courtesy of Charley Charles

coffee teether and braided clip courtesy of Little Sapling Toys

striped swaddle and burps cloths courtesy of Copper Pearl

kimono coverall courtesy of Tane Organics

bebe embroidered hoop courtesy of Oh Dear Clothes

little nursling onesie courtesy of Milo’s Corner

baby brush set courtesy of Natemia

nature jumpsuit and bandana bib courtesy of Lenny Lemons

baby milestone cards courtesy of Blossom and Pear

Additional Nursery Source List

brushed brass dresser knobs purchased on Amazon

piggy bank purchased locally but can be found here

gold round mirror purchased at Target

crib purchased on Amazon

sophie giraffe purchased locally but can be found here

rectangular shelves purchased locally but can be found here

whale bookends purchased on Amazon

moses basket purchased on Amazon

crib sheet purchased on Amazon

changing pad cover purchased on Amazon

crib skirt purchased on Amazon

giant plush giraffe purchased on Amazon

9 months book purchased on Amazon

a is for atom book purchased on Amazon

and now the countdown to baby begins.  all the clothes are washed and hung.  big sister is saying “baby” and brushing up on her nursery rhymes.  mama and dada and banking sleep and preparing for two under two.  and all we do is wait!

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Nursing Friendly Clothes For The Modern Mom

when i had my first baby, i was fortunate enough that she took to breastfeeding right away, very easily, and continued until about 2 weeks before her first birthday when she self-weaned.  after worrying that breastfeeding wouldn’t work for me and hearing all the struggles of other mamas, i was so relieved when my daughter literally taught herself to breastfeed within an hour of being delivered by c-section.  in the months ahead, the actual act of breastfeeding was easy for us.  what wasn’t easy was clogged milk ducts, threatened mastitis, and being limited to certain wardrobe pieces because most clothes aren’t very nursing friendly.  with our second baby on the way, i am prepping my body and my closet for breastfeeding again and was happy to find a really beautiful shop of nursing friendly clothes for the modern mom.

i collaborated with milk made market and they sent me their beth dress, a nursing friendly dress that easily pulls down because of the stretchy fabric.  it’s so nice to find a dress that i don’t have to completely take off to nurse in!  what’s even better, this dress looks really cute with a bump!  i originally wanted this dress for nursing, but loved that i could also rock it with a bump beforehand.  because don’t we all love to get the most out of our clothes!?

if you look at the items in milk made market’s shop, you will be relieved to see that they create so many fashionable items that are also easy to nurse in.  we can say goodbye to wearing tank tops only, or loose fitting tops and hello to really cute outfits that allow us to nurse easily instead of struggling in and out of!  definitely go check out their shop, their beautiful products are so refreshing and encouraging to breastfeeding mamas!

Nursing Friendly Clothes For The Modern Mom

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A Big Sister Basket : Gift Ideas for Older Siblings Once Baby Arrives

shortly after finding out we were expecting, i began to think of ways to make this time special for my daughter.  she is going to become a big sister!  and with that, comes a lot of excitement and a bit of change.  my husband and i knew from day one that we wanted to have our children close together.  all this to say, our children are going to be very close in age and, with that, they will never know life without the other one.  something we really wanted.  even though our daughter will be really young when the baby arrives, it is important to realize that change is change, no matter the age.  and amongst all the change, i want her to feel special and so loved.  in an effort to do that, one thing we will be doing is having a big sister basket just for her that the baby is going to bring her when we come home from the hospital.

i teamed up with a variety of amazing shops that sell a variety of children items to put together a big sister basket that my daughter will absolutely adore.  i made sure to not only fill it with some of her favorite things, but to also fill it with some new toys (ahem, distractions) that will keep her busy while mama is breastfeeding around the clock.  i just love the idea that she has a little basket of things that are new and special for her and only her.  she got a quick peek at the basket today, as i was photographing it.  but being that she is 17 months, she is like a little goldfish and will quickly forget about it and be surprised once again once the baby brings it to her in a few short months.  for now, it is tucked away awaiting labor day!

below you will find a sneak peek at her big sister basket, filled with all of our favorite things sent to us by some of our favorite shops that i collaborated with!  at the very bottom of this post, you will find a source list of every shop that contributed to make this basket possible.  be sure to go check out their beautiful shops!

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A Big Sister Basket : Gift Ideas for Older Siblings Once Baby Arrives

A Big Sister Basket : Gift Ideas for Older Siblings Once Baby Arrives | Bethadilly Photography

Big Sister Basket Source List

knee high socks + hair bows courtesy of CammiandCo

leather mary janes in cashew courtesy of Mon Petit Shoes

ABC & number flashcard set courtesy of Blossom and Pear

Belle the dog knit doll courtesy of Bla Bla Kids

white xylophone courtesy of Little Cottonwood

wool necklace courtesy of The Whimsical Woolies

flutter bloomers courtesy of The Little Spoons

mini ring sling courtesy of Hope Carried

board book from Amazon

basket from Amazon

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