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13 delightful items for your hospital birth bag

Oh yeah mama. It’s go time.

13 delightful items for your hospital birth bag

1. Your birth plan (this *is* what you're heading to the hospital for after, all)


There's no "right way" to write a birth plan.

Your birth plan actually starts way before you put pen to paper. It starts as a relationship with the medical staff you've chosen, and a hospital or birth center whose labor and delivery options work for you.

Once you have those basics in place, a written birth plan helps to clearly communicate your wishes to hospital staff during the intensity of labor.

Questions cover everything from pain management options during labor to choices around your son's circumcision.

Let Motherly walk you through your options.

In Motherly's birth class, we'll go through ALL your birth options and help you write a birth plan that is right for YOU. You'll even get a printable birth plan and preferences workbook to bring with you to the hospital or birth center. Learn more.

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2. Clothes you can wear to labor in comfort + style

Pick out a beautiful labor gown for comfort and (of course!) for your first family photos. James Fox Co. makes lovely gowns for labor that we just adore! They also have shoulder snaps that allow for easy breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact post-delivery.

3. A beautiful bag

Every first-time mama overstuffs her hospital bag, so we're not going to dissuade you from adding the kitchen sink to your tote.

But we truly love the idea of a buying a special bag that you'll bring with you to the hospital greet your little one—and for the many overnight trips to Grandma's house that are soon to follow.

Let your partner know that it makes a fabulous new-mama gift. ?

4. An amazing camera

We're not about to suggest that your husband strap a GoPro onto his head, (although, you know, that would be cool). But we definitely recommend bringing a high-quality camera with an empty and ready to go memory card.

You're going to want to capture every little adorable first move baby makes, and you'll cherish HD videos and photos for decades to come. (Be sure to learn how to use it before the big day!)

Totally worth the investment.

Promise.

5. Breastfeeding-friendly snacks

Stuff your bag full of oats and honey bars from Kind, and you and your partner will stay energized through labor, delivery and hours spent snuggling your baby.

Plus, oats are widely considered a galactagogue, a big word that indicates a substance is believed to help boost milk supply. (You'll be an expert on these terms in no time.)

6. Lovely lip balm

Mamas love to take EOS Lip Balm to combat the hospital's dry air. And not just because it's 100% natural, but also because its packaging is just so darn cute.

Plus, the sweet scents are sure to remind you of the special times you spent kissing your new baby.

7. A super-comfy nursing bra

Bravado's Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra gets top marks from mamas and designers for how comfortable it is against mom's and baby's skin.

Removable foam cups inside the bra help to conceal leaks, and the one-handed clip release makes it easy for baby to get to boobie.

You'll have strong opinions about nursing bras soon, but this bra is sure to fit the bill.

8. A stunning robe for greeting visitors

Wrap your little one inside for a little breastfeeding and skin-to-skin, and then cover yourself back up when your family and friends drop by to visit.

9. A toiletry bag stocked with overnight supplies

You may move rooms a few times during your stay at the hospital or birth center, so make it easy on yourself by packing your toiletries and cosmetics (not to mention hair supplies like a blow dryer and elastics) into an easy-to-transport bag.

10. A dreamy receiving blanket

Perhaps you have a family heirloom that you want to bring to the hospital, but if not, be sure to grab a blanket for snuggling with baby.

So, so sweet.

11. The sweetest ever coming-home outfit

Nobody does take-home outfits better than Etsy. You'll find custom monogrammed outfits, on-trend mini-me ensembles and matching siblings outfits.

Dress your baby in layers—heavy sweaters and jackets are a no-no in baby's carseat, so having cardigans and blankets to add to your little one's look is ideal.

12. Fabulous loungewear

Your job at the hospital after baby is born is to chill out and bond with baby. That's easier to do when you're super comfortable.

We are wild for Storq's maternity clothing and accessories bundles, which take you from your first trimester to postpartum with key items to shape your wardrobe.

Plus they're super soft and look amazingly chic in all those photos you'll be taking with baby.

13. An outfit for you to travel home in

Most women look six months pregnant when they leave the hospital with baby. This is normal! But it also affects how you'll dress in the weeks and months postpartum.

Pack a special look for you that makes you feel amazing—we love this nautical dress from Seraphine that features easy access for nursing. The A-line silhouette also allows extra room to disguise the pads you'll be wearing the whole month after birth. Again: normal. Pair with leggings for a super-smooth look.

The dress will begin to drape more in front as uterine swelling goes down, and it transitions from summer to winter months equally well.

Bon voyage, mama!

And don't forget...

• Safely installed carseat

• Extra-long phone charger

• Your insurance card + photo ID

• Flip-flops (for the shower), sandals or socks (to walk the halls with)

14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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