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I went to the doctor yesterday, and this baby is coming.
Like, in six weeks, maybe five… but still he's coming soon.

It's been 2 and a half years since I've had a baby, so I was hoping that I could snag some help on the best and hottest new stuff that's out there from all of you wonderful mama's.
You are all the best.
Here we go:

1 | labor and delivery
A couple of questions here…

Do you wear the hospital gown, or bring your own clothes? I find the gowns terrible, but was curious if you wore something else, than what was it, and are you happy you did?

What were your favorite items that you brought from home for your labor and delivery?

2 | post-partum
I've seen some awesome postpartum clothing out there, and was curious if any of you have tried and loved any of it? 
I'm all about sucking in that squishy belly after the fact. So squishy.

Also, you better believe I will be taking some of those extra special mesh undies home with me.

3 | newborn
Oh I can't wait to snuggle this little muffin.
I also want to be prepared with everything that he will need.
Any favorite soaps, blankets, toys that I should know of?

4 | baby gear
Like I said, it's been a little while since I've had a little babe.
And that means that a lot of cool new things have come out.
SO, any baby gear I should be investing in?
Solly wrap or Ergo baby?

5 | anything else
What else am I missing?
Any other key pieces that I should be purchasing before baby comes?
What could you not live without?

Thanks for helping me prepare you guys!
In other news, I've got a new blog design {long overdue} going live this weekend hopefully.

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Peace out.


  1. I brought my own thin robe and matching nightgown that I had purchased from Motherhood Maternity. I really appreciated having it as it made me still feel feminine and pretty at a time when it is hard to feel that way...It also looks nice when you have visitors come by to see you and the baby. And of course, the gown was nursing-friendly.

    Chels @ Red Velvet Rooster

  2. I was wondering the same thing this time around about bringing own clothes vs. hospital gown. With my first, I brought a cute hospital gown but never broke it out, my delivery took every ounce of energy so I couldn't care less what I was wearing. This time around I do think I'll want to stock up on some comfy pajamas, but will make sure they have very forgiving waistlines with next to zero elastic (that can hurt!)

  3. Wishing you all the best with your labor, girl! Looking forward to seeing your new blog design soon :) Have a fab weekend and thanks for hosting the link up! xo - Brenda // Chatting Over Chocolate

  4. We had our 3rd earlier this year, and I started babywearing for the first time. I loved a Maya ring sling for when my son was under 12 lbs. It was easy to maneuver and stuff in a diaper bag when not in use. But as he got heavier, I needed something that distributed his weight more evenly (since the sling only goes across one shoulder) so now I use an Ergo. I've worn him multiple times for an entire day (vacation, hiking, going to a college football game 2 hrs from home, etc), and it's extremely comfortable for both of us. It's even great for smaller outings, like going grocery shopping, to my Moms group at church, to the zoo, etc. I love it, and so does he!

    So excited for you and your family! Prayers for a safe delivery and healthy baby!

    -Jess, Sweet Little Ones

  5. How exciting! It's getting so close, I can't even begin to imagine all of the feelings you have right now! Sending well wishes for the next few weeks to you and your family!

    Linds @ Not A Mom

  6. Yay for babies! No matter what my husband would bring me...HE had to promise me that he would bring CHAPSTICK! We were in an out so quickly, I didn't pay attention to much else, but for some reason, our hospitals were sooo dry.


  7. baby carrier wise--Tula. Get a tula. I had an ergo and it was fine, but once my son reached about 24 lbs., it started to hurt my shoulders and back. The tula is even more comfy! I started using it right away with my daughter and she pretty much lives in it now (8 months old) because chasing after a two year old boy is hard to do with a baby in your arms ;)

  8. I hope you have a safe and easy delivery! I just had my second in April. I wore the hospital gown until I was allowed up out of bed and then switched to my own, comfortable and nursing friendly, pjs and thin robe. I knew I was going to be breastfeeding and sometimes pajamas aren't the most covering, especially when your milk comes in, so the robe gave me some extra coverage for visitors and looked a little nicer in pictures than the beautiful pattern on the hospital gown. I wish, I wish I had gotten a Solly baby wrap. Next time :) For this little lady, I love her Snooza, rock n play sleeper, and my infinity scarf nursing cover. Hope this helps!

  9. I have both the Ergo and the Solly Wrap, but I find the wrap way easier to put on by myself, where as the Ergo I always feel like I can't buckle it right without some help and like I'm lost in a bit of a maze :) I think as my little one gets bigger it will work even better, but while she's little I love my Solly!

  10. i stocked up on matching pj sets made for nursing & wore those in the hospital. I had a csection & infection so was there a bit longer, but I think those hospital gowns are so uncomfortable. I loved being in my own cozy clothes!
    I have the Solly wrap & love it. Also, its so lightweight & easy to carry around for when you are out & about!

  11. Invest in an Ollie Swaddle. I PROMISE it is worth the money. It swaddles tight and stays in place. Furthermore, it is one size so you can use it longer! I've never read a bad review on them and my youngest one LOVED hers. Good luck!

    PS, I'm fairly certain this is my first time commenting. Sorry about that :)

  12. I'm a huge fan of the Halo Sleep Sack Swaddle. Both my babes slept in those. And then I would be lost without the video monitor! :))

  13. Haha okay, since I had a baby in January (and am having another next April!) I feel qualified to answer :D

    1.) I wore the gown up until the hospital people came to take photos and when we were leaving. Why ruin my own clothes? Same goes for those glorious mesh undies.

    2.) Speaking of the mesh undies...ask for more! They are great to just toss after a day and grab new ones. I also grabbed some free lanolin, a nasal bulb, diapers, tucks medicated pads and those amazing ice pack pads they have. My fave postpartum clothes were oversized sweaters and leggings/yoga pants. Hides the leftover belly and is super comfy all winter!

    3.) I was told by multiple pediatricians and dermatologists that the Johnson & Johnson soaps are extremely drying and not recommended! We are still using the Honest Company body wash on Lucy and love it! It got rid of her newborn cradle cap in one wash! I still love J&J lotion (the pink one!) and those super soft baby washcloths (they're great for makeup removal too). I loved having a nice swing, bouncer and activity mat too. A Boppy pillow is great for tummy time as well as nursing!

    4.) My favorite gear I had with Lucy was my Infantino Mei Tei baby carrier and now my Baby Bjorn carrier. I also love my Britax car seat and stroller, or the Chicco Together if you're looking for a double.

    I have a feeling it will all come rushing back to you, mama! Don't worry too much and enjoy these last few weeks!! 💙


  14. the ROCK N' PLAY bedside sleeper was a God-send to us!
    we wished we would have brought towels from home - those tiny hospital towels are pitiful!


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