Family: Hospital bag for baby #2 + big sister bag for Livi

Hi friends! It’s hard to believe that preparation time is finally here, and that we could be meeting our little lady anywhere between the next 4-6 weeks (give or take). Since the fall season tends to get super crazy -especially now that Livi has a schedule of her own with activities and preschool- I knew that I needed to get bits and pieces of life put together before things get even more exciting in the next couple of months.

My #1 priority this entire time has been making sure we have a plan for Livi. (The dogs were no problem since our neighbor is their groomer and dog sitter. She’s already on labor watch!) Now that we know she’ll be safe and happy with friends when the time comes, I felt comfortable enough to start really working on other things, like continuing to remove and wash stored items, put the nursery together, and get hospital and back-at-home supplies in order. The nursery has been a slow and steady process, and everything else is coming together.

Here are two of the things I got done this week:

1) A big sister backpack for Livi. I have a backpack ready to go, which has a sippy cup, pair of pajamas, outfit and shoes, favorite book, and a couple of toys. I also included a list of all phone numbers (Tom, myself, our doula, the hospital, Liv’s pediatrician, my mom), just in case.



2) Hospital bag! Even though I was determined not to, I WAY overpacked for Liv’s birth. I wasn’t sure what I would need and what the hospital had on hand (hint: they have EVERYTHING you need for the baby), and ended up taking a superfluous amount of baby gear and clothing. We’re taking things down this time. 😉 The bag feels pretty empty since a lot of it is stuff I’ll grab on the way out (like toiletries and my camera).

-Tote bag (an old beloved one from lulu)

Push Pack (which has everything you could wish for post-birth. The full list is here)

Push Pack Retouch Sunday7872

Pajamas (it feels a little more like home when you’re wearing your own clothes)



-Toiletries (contact solution, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, lipgloss, moisturizer, face wash), slipper socks and shower flip flops

-“Going home” outfit for the baby and myself. For the baby, I’m packing two outfits (newborn and 0-3) and for me, black stretchy pants + plaid shirt = done. 

-A baby blanket/swaddle

-Camera (I’ll probably skip my laptop this time and put up a quick post on my phone)

-Kindle/iPad (to read during downtime. Last time, we had frequent visitors, but this time my mom is traveling out to stay with us for a couple of weeks, and then my nana. We’ll get to see the rest of the Tucson fam and Tom’s fam over the holidays.)

-Gift for Livi from her baby sister. I’m not sure what I’m going to do for this yet, but I’d like to have it wrapped and in the hospital bag, ready to go. I’ll probably go to the Disney store and get her a figurine set, since she’s really into make-believe right now. 

-Snacks for the L&D staff. Last time I brought macaroons, and they loved them! I think I’ll make another giant batch and freeze them. If you have any other ideas, please let me know?

-Making sure the car seat base is installed and ready to go. We washed all of the material for the Orbit this past weekend, and installed Liv’s little kick board. She LOVES it.

I’m also trying to decide if it’s worth taking the Boppy or Brest Friend to the hospital. We brought the Boppy last time and it seemed like such a nuisance, but at the same time, I had no clue how to use it. 

Brest friend

Is there anything I’m forgetting?




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  1. Ashley Ikonomidis on September 1, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    I’m due on the 19th and have my bag all packed. I’d recommend some spare change for the vending machine in case you deliver at 3 a.m. and the cafeteria is closed and a button-down shirt for your hubs in case you aren’t able to do skin-to-skin immediately and he’d rather not fully remove his shirt. A towel and pillow from home are clutch too. Best of luck!

  2. Alexis on September 1, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    I recommend taking the boppy. I made my hubby go home and get it with baby #2. Even though I had nursed my daughter for 2.5 years (I stopped 5 months into my 2nd pregnancy), breastfeeding was still a challenge for me and the boppy helped get baby boy into position. Way better than hospital pillows. Plus I used it between my knees in place of my maternity pillow at night. 🙂

  3. Christine on September 1, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    I brought my boppy and just left it in the car, but then my husband ended up using it as a pillow because the hospital ones were so uncomfortable. I also brought my own pillow and loved having the nicer thread count.

    My husband also had to run out to get a celebratory beverage for himself to toast our little guy – can’t hurt to throw a nip or beer in your bag for the pilot!

  4. Amie on September 1, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Good point on the boppy, ladies. I hadn’t planned on taking mine (due sept 21st) but now I think I will. For a gift to my son from the baby, I bought a toddler digital camera ($35 on Amazon)(he doesn’t have one) that I think he’ll love. I’m also taking nursing tank/bra because I didn’t with my son and I wished I had. I’m not one to go braless, especially with all the visitors I had when my son was born.

  5. Leah on September 1, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Sounds like you are very prepared! I’d bring a breastfeeding pillow (leave In car). Using hospital pillows is hard. I preferred my Brest friend pillow when my babes were young for proper positioning and to help my back not get sore. I also brought a fleecey throw for myself to make the bed more cozy. Good luck. It won’t be long now!!

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2015 at 9:15 pm

      thank you! i will definitely add it to the pile 🙂

  6. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries on September 1, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    I think it sounds like you have everything good to go! You’re making me feel like I still have SO much to do – haha! Which, I guess I do… I keep putting things off, but she really could make her arrival any time now. Funny how different it is the second time around!

  7. on September 2, 2015 at 3:40 am

    Thanks for this list! I’m totally clueless as to what to pack, and I usually over pack for everything, but I know I won’t want a lot of extra stuff that I don’t need!

  8. Emily on September 2, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Being prepared made me feel so much calmer the second time around! Only suggestion I would make is to bring a heating pad. I found the cramping post-delivery to be much more intense than the first time around & the heating pad was a big help. Good luck!

    • Fitnessista on September 2, 2015 at 8:46 am

      wow that is an awesome tip. thank you!

      • Emily on September 2, 2015 at 10:46 am

        I thought of one more (and then I’m done, I swear! 🙂 I also brought a Belly Bandit & started wearing probably 4-5 hours after my little guy was born. Not sure how you feel about compression wraps, but I didn’t use one with my first & wanted to give it a try. I really liked the extra support both for my abs, but also for my back during those sometimes-hunched-over feeding sessions. For what it’s worth, there you go!

        • Jess on September 5, 2015 at 5:40 am

          Yes I second the belly bandit!:)

          • Fitnessista on September 7, 2015 at 9:56 pm

            totally happening! thank you for the reminder!

  9. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on September 2, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    You’re so close!! Ahh how exciting!!

  10. Nour @ Kale and Coconuts on September 2, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Oooh the Brest Friend was a life saver! love that breast feeding pillow!!

  11. Lara on September 23, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Love the idea of the big sibling backpack. Thanks!
    Wishing you a wonderful birth!

    • Fitnessista on September 23, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      thank you, friend!! so excited for you <3

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