Despite being an excessively organized person who had plenty of time to pack (I went to 42 weeks), my hospital bag was embarrassingly ill stocked. Not only did I fail to pack cute, spirit-bolstering transition clothes for the leaving-the-hospital photos (I still cringe about the fact that I left the hospital in the same maternity track pants I arrived in…), but I forgot to pack other important toiletry basics and much needed self-care/relaxation products. Part of this oversight was due to general cluelessness; part due to the fact that I was busy over-packing Laurel’s bag with an excess of coming home outfits and other unnecessary gear.
Sound familiar? The good news is that there’s a terrific new solution for expecting moms who are unsure of what to pack for the hospital, or not-so-new moms who won’t have time to pack a bag because they’re too busy chasing the kid(s). The Birth’a Bag is one of my new favorite picks for an amazing baby shower or thank-you-for-bearing-my-child gift. Neutral and stylish on the outside (i.e., not embarrassing for dads to tote), but with pretty contrast fabric on the inside, this adjustable shoulder bag doubles as a diaper bag (complete with coordinated changing pad and plenty of pockets to keep gear organized), and is replete with a fantastic array of natural and organic face, hair, and body products, snacks and tea, as well as calming music, a disposable camera, and even a t-shirt for your birthing partner.
Birth'a Bag donates a portion of sales to organizations that support prenatal health and wellness; so picking up one of these fab bags will benefit others, while ensuring that you’ll be properly stocked for your hospital stay. Just be sure to also leave a cute and comfy transition outfit by the door.