Hospital Bag Must-Haves

One question that we get asked time and time again from women is, "what do I need to pack in my hospital bag?" As birth doulas, we've had the amazing opportunity to sit beside women as they journey through one of the most life-changing events she may ever experience. At The Birth Boutique, we talk a lot about how to set a woman up for a POSITIVE birth experience & one very valuable piece of that puzzle is creating the right atmosphere for a mother to have her baby. Having the right personal, tangible objects can lend itself greatly to creating this space.

We'll start packing our hospital bag by thinking about our 5 senses. We want to focus on stimulating the senses in a positive and relaxing way...

  • Smell - Aromatherapy
  • Sound - Music, playlists, meditation or relaxation tracks
  • Sight -  Visuals to focus on, pictures from home, pictures of older siblings
  • Taste - Snacks, honey sticks, mints, life savors
  • Touch -  Pillows and blankets from home

Some other must-have's that we see woman use throughout the labor process are...

  • flip flops and, or slippers
  • clothes to labor in if you prefer not to wear the hospital robe. Woman often prefer loose fitting clothes and a sports bra. A soft robe from home is great and gives easy access for skin-to-skin
  • toilet paper - seems like a silly item to care about but trust can matter
  • nice shower supplies for your first shower post-delivery. treat yourself! 
  • snacks for partner or change to use in vending machines 
  • going home from the hospital clothes - we love the Molly Ades Hospital Bag Bundle, which includes nursing-friendly tops and recovery pants 
  • clothes for the babe - we love the Monica + Andy "hello baby" organic cotton line 


date is, what are we going to wear?

It’s that time of the year again & we’re coming up on your family photo session. Let’s chat for a moment about what everyone will wear. 

The best way to start organizing your thoughts and the clothes is by choosing one or two colors as your “theme.” You can build and mix once you have those color(s) chosen. Try not to plan matching outfits for everyone but rather, coordinating outfits. 

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Not everyone will be in solid colors - adding one or two people with patterns is a great way to tie everyone in together. 

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Patters are great, in moderation.

So, be sure to only pick one or two different patterns in the group and build around those patterns with neutral colors (cream, beige, grey).

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navy + neturals = <3

If you’re looking for ways to string your theme colors throughout the outfits, try accessorizing - think scarves, jewelry, shoes…. 



What to avoid?….uncomfortable clothes. If you’re kiddos aren’t comfortable, it’ll likely come through in the photos. Same rule applies for mom and dad! Have fun with it and pick clothes that are your families style. We want these pictures to represent this time in your life!

Last rule, stay away from clothes with big logos or graphics! 

I hope that these simple steps help you build your photo shoot wardrobe. I can't wait to reconnect and capture some special moments between you and your family!