Baby Shower Gift Idea: Travel Kit to Take to the Hospital

Next time you attend a baby shower, help the guest of honor be as prepared as possible by gifting her with a kit that contains everything she’ll need during her stay at the hospital.
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Photo By: Melanie Grizzel

Photo By: Melanie Grizzel

Photo By: Melanie Grizzel

Photo By: Melanie Grizzel

Photo By: Melanie Grizzel

Photo By: Melanie Grizzel

Photo By: Melanie Grizzel

Photo By: Melanie Grizzel

Planning Ahead

Expecting mothers often spend their entire pregnancies planning away. But when due date arrives, months of planning can quickly go out the window as the spontaneity of delivery strikes! The mom-to-be in your life will definitely appreciate this thoughtful gift.

Soft and Snug

There’s no product as useful or as versatile as a great quality swaddle. Made of light-weight muslin that’s soft to the touch, swaddle blankets are a must-have when feeding and putting baby to sleep. Choose swaddles in sweet patterns and soft colors that coordinate with the baby’s sex (or if it’s a surprise, neutral colors), then roll and tie together with a wide satin ribbon.

Baby's First Outfit

Gifting the mom-to-be with baby clothes is always fun, but giving her the perfect coming-home outfit for baby is special and sentimental. Choose a simple one-piece outfit that has a darling pattern, and most importantly, is as soft and comfortable as possible. Don’t forget mittens, a cotton newborn hat, and if the baby is expected to arrive in the winter, include a onesie that can be worn under the outfit for extra layering. Fold it all neatly in a pile and tie together with a neutral satin ribbon.

If the Shoe Fits

Hospitals provide gowns, socks and slippers to wear during your stay, but many women prefer to bring their own. Since it’s likely that your expectant friend will spend time walking around her room or trolling the halls of the maternity wing, gift her with crisp, plush slippers. Again, a pretty satin bow takes this item from practical to present.

Come Clean

Shampoo, conditioner and soap are also provided by the hospital, but most women are partial to the products they use at home. Do some digging to find out the brands that your mom-to-be prefers, then fill travel-sized bottles with enough of each to last her a week. Since loose bottles can get lost in a large bag, you may want to pack them all into a flat glassine bag. Then fold it shut and seal with a piece of colorful Washi tape.

The Bare Necessities

Often, the things we absolutely can’t live without are small and inexpensive. Just think of the desperation you experience when you can’t find a hair tie! Help avert crisis by packing a drawstring muslin bag full of everyday, drug-store necessities. Moisturizing face wipes are a girl’s best friend, while a hair brush and elastics are non-negotiable. Lastly, don’t forget hydrating lip balm and coconut oil for all-over moisture.

Whole Provisions

During and after labor, sustenance is key. And while hospital food is ready and available, chances are it may not fill all your nutritional needs. Homemade granola bars are a breeze to prepare and stay good in the freezer for a few months. With the right recipe, they are packed with energy-boosting ingredients. Of course, water is always essential, but having a few bottles of hydrating and potassium-rich coconut water on hand can prove handy as well!

Pack It In

Arguably the most important element of all: a spacious weekender tote to contain it all. Choose a large woven bag with sturdy leather handles to allow the mom-to-be to easily see its contents. Stuff the bottom of the bag with tissue paper, and spend time arranging the different components. Insert items starting with the largest in the back, filling in the remaining space with smaller items. Lastly, tie the hair ties onto a tag reading “hospital bag” for a splash of color and easy identification. Take one last look at your hospital kit, make any necessary tweaks, and admire your gorgeous, thoughtful gift!

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