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WTF...Hospital Bag

HATCH Collection’s Ariane Goldman is packing up for Baby #2.

WTF...Hospital Bag

As the founder of HATCH Collection, Ariane Goldman has seen more than her fair share of blossoming bellies, including her own--now twice. Yet, while we all know she’s got the most covetable maternity clothes at her disposal, with her second baby due in just one month, it’s time to start thinking about the big birth day...and, of course, the hospital bag.

Just what is this seasoned NYC mama packing up for her little one’s big debut? "This time around, I'm not as romantic about the outfit for the baby,” she says with a laugh. “The layette I planned and planned for the baby [number one] didn't fit, so her take-home pics were a mess!”

Ariane’s also (smartly) got mama’s own TLC on her mind. “I know more about how critical comfort is during this time, so I’m focusing more on me, and bringing soft, easy pieces. I actually created the HATCH-to-Hospital box based on what I needed in the hospital, so I'm already better equipped this time around!"

Here’s 8 of Ariane’s birth-day essentials.

1. Cashmere wrap (similar style). My mom gave me one years ago and it doubles as a blanket.

2. HATCH-to-Hospital box. For all the goodies: the nightie and robe, the cashmere socks, and the underwear!

3. Jambox. I can't wait to listen to mellow tunes while nursing my baby!

4. Chilote House shoes. The BEST shoes to walk around the hospital in. AND chic!

5. Le Labo x Opening Ceremony candle. I want the room to smell yummy during this exciting time.

6. Jurlique Face oil. My skin will be dry, so I will need a little pep and rejuvenation.

7. Carmex. Obvious!

8. HATCH Cashmere Joggers. What could be more comfy than cashmere sweats in the hospital?

Illustration by Jennifer Cascino of Famous Swan Productions.

In illustration, Ariane is wearing: HATCH Collection Sweep Dress; HATCH Collection Montaigne Coat; Isabel Marant Beslay boots; Hermes Evelyne Bag (similar style)

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Motherly editors’ 7 favorite hacks for organizing their diaper bags

Make frantically fishing around for a diaper a thing of the past!

As any parent knows, the term "diaper bag" only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on www.comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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