You have the diapers, wipes and onesies all lined up waiting for the arrival of your new baby but have you packed your hospital bag yet? Expecting moms are too busy getting everything ready for the baby that often you forget to pack the essential items that you’ll need to make your labor, delivery and recovery, pleasant and comfortable. Whether you’re having a C-section, being induced or waiting for the baby to arrive on its own timetable, have your bag packed and ready to go with these essentials. In addition to the items listed here, don’t forget your cameras, video cameras, cell phones, a book or magazine, and your favorite snacks for post-delivery!
For the hospital room, pack comfy socks and a robe (it’s cold in there): KN Karen Neuburger Polka Dot Lounge Socks, $15, at karenneuburger.com and Super Soft Long Robe, $49.50, at victoriassecret.com
Cosmetic/toiletries bag: Stephanie Johnson Hillary Hanging Bag, $58, at stephaniejohnson.com
Going home outfit for mom: Moody Mamas Posh Mama Pant, $44, at moodymamas.com and Maggie Maternity Wrap Top, $65, at maggiematernity.com
Going home outfit for baby: Serena and Lily Take Me Home Set, $68, at amazon.com
Nursing pillow and nursing bra: Boppy Bare Naked Pillow, $29.99, at target.com. Visit our nursing bra buying guide to select the best bra for your lifestyle.