What to pack in your hospital bag when your baby will be in the NICU! 

I don’t know how many “what’s in my hospital bag” videos I have watched on YouTube. Way too many to count between this pregnancy and when I was pregnant with Jaxon, that’s for sure.

As I started to make a list this time around, I noticed that I couldn’t find anywhere about what you would need if you know your baby is going to be in the NICU. So, I decided to put together a list of things I needed during Deckards NICU stay and I hope this can help some of you future or current NICU momma’s out there!

To start, I packed the basic things I needed, almost as if I was having a normal birth. Toiletries, a couple changes of clothes, things like that. This list is going to be focused a little more on what your baby will need/want during their NICU stay.

• Side snap/button footless onesies – You’ll want these so that wires can easily hang out of the bottom of the onesie and you don’t want anything you’ll have to pull over their head or torso if they’re having to have surgery

• Hats and mittens – If your baby can’t wear clothes for a while, this is nice way to give them a little something so they aren’t completely naked the whole time they’re recovering and the mittens will keep them from scratching their face. We ordered ours from a small shop called LouLou and Co. It was started by a NICU nurse so it has a special place in my heart.

• Swaddle blankets – You’ll want stretchy swaddles in specific. You can’t properly swaddle your little one with all their tubes and wires, so a stretchy swaddle you can’t knot at their feet leaving the wires hanging out is a must. Audrey’s Bear swaddles from Etsy are AMAZING. They have a Swaddle4Swaddle program. For every blanket that is bought another gets donated to NICU babies! How amazing is that?!

• A lovey – I ordered lovey blankets for Deckard from Saranoni. These are THE softest blankets and they are the perfect size for your baby. He’s 5 months old now and still falls asleep with one of them! It’s nice for your baby to have something from home to cuddle with when you can’t be there.

• Mama’s scent – I’m sure you may have heard this already, but a moms scent is obviously extremely comforting to their baby, so a shirt or anything that smells like you is essential.

• A pacifier – If you’re a mom who plans on using one I would have one packed. We used the natursutten brand with both of our boys. It’s made with breastfed babies in mind. So if you’re planning on breastfeeding after your NICU stay, these are the ones to choose!

As for the basic stuff like diapers, wipes, and pump parts, the NICU should provide all of those things for you. I will have everything I listed linked below for you guys if you want to see what we got or if you would like to support any of the small shops or the Swaddle4Swaddle program!

I hope this list helped some of you NICU mommas out there and makes the upcoming journey a little bit easier for you. Feel free to share this list if you found it helpful!

LO

Items mentioned:

Pacifiers: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AVMF10/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_c_api_EvPBAbM0CWWW3

Lovey blanket: https://saranoni.com/collections/bamboni/products/taupe-bamboni-home-throw-blanket

Swaddles: http://etsy.me/2har3Ku

Side snap onesies: http://www.spearmintlove.com/organic-kimono-bodysuit-maple/

LouLou&Co hats and mittens:https://www.loulouandcompany.com/collections/newborn-essential-bundles

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5 Tips for traveling with baby 

If you’re anything like me and like to travel or your family lives half way across the country you find yourself taking trips with baby pretty often and need all the help you can get. Me and baby J have traveled back home to Florida a few times now and here is my list of 5 things I couldn’t live without when traveling.

1. Babywearing: I don’t know about your little one but Jaxon loves to be worn, but now that he’s older he also loves to be able to look around not staring at my chest. I’ve found that the easier the carrier the better when traveling. I loved wearing Jaxon in a wrap when he was tiny but all the fabric makes it’s a little difficult in the airport. My WildBird ring sling or ErgoBaby 360 are my favorite when at the airport. 

(Pictured above is my WildBird Ringsling in color Warbler!) 

2. Backpack diaper bag: I have never appreciated a backpack more than when I am in the airport. With all the extra stuff I have to pack the weight being distributed evenly while I wear baby and have to carry a bag is amazing. My favorite bag in my FawnDesign diaper bag. I get so many compliments and you can’t even tell it’s a diaper bag! It’s has 5 pockets inside and is nice and spacious. There are also two side pockets and 2 front pockets. Sadly I’ve never got a good picture of me wearing it but there’s a picture below of the FawnDesign brown bag and you can see more on their site!

3. Familiar place for baby to sleep: If your baby is anything like mine you don’t want to change ANYTHING when it comes to their sleep routine so whenever we travel we always take our life-saving Dockatot with us! This has helped my little man with just about every sleep problem we’ve had. It’s honestly the number 1 baby must have in my opinion. It’s breathable and keeps baby feeling snug and secure all night, which in turns help them sleep through the night no matter where you are!  

4. Hands free bottle: When my family and I go home we often have to travel between my parents and my in-laws. Baby J always seems to get hungry in the car and this hands free bottle has made my life so much easier! I found mine for $10 on Amazon for 2! They suck on it just like they would a pacifier while the bottle can sit in between their legs in the car seat. 

5. Distractions: My little man is getting to the age where he doesn’t really sleep much on a plane anymore. So we bring lots of toys and always he favorite lovie or paci. Anything to keep him happy and enjoying himself as much as possible! We bring small toys and tethers, like his play phone and banana shaped tether that he loves! 

Thank you so much for reading and feel free to share with all your mommy friends who made need some tips for traveling with baby! 

LO