10 Things I’ve Learned After 10,000 Sales on Etsy

10 Things I've Learned After 10,000 Sales on Etsy

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When I first opened my Etsy shop in the spring of 2014 I had no idea what I was in for. I spent days slaving away creating new products, anxiously waiting for my first sale. Then, finally, “cha-ching”! My phone made this random register noise that I had never heard before. Turns out that it was a notification of a sale in my Etsy shop.

Cue the happy dance.

Fast forward almost 3 years later, I am so very fortunate to be able to say that I have had over 10,000 sales on Etsy. I was also able to quit my corporate career once I was earning six figures a year on Etsy.

But, I’m not going to lie, achieving this success was no overnight thing. I put everything that I have into my Etsy shop. There were nights where I was up until 2 in the morning finishing orders. I’ve even passed on taking vacations because that would mean I would have to shut down my shop while I’m away.

Needless to say, I’m obssessed.

Here are 10 things that I’ve learned after 10,000 sales on Etsy.

 

Owning an Etsy Shop is a Building Process

If you take a peak at some of my most recent earnings reports you’ll see that I earn a full time income on Etsy. But, I’ll be 100% honest and let you know that’s not always been the case. I opened my shop in the spring of 2014 and I did not become a full time seller until January 2016. I’ve learned that owning an Etsy shop is definitely a building process. Anyone who tells you that earning a full time income on Etsy right away is a liar, or a scam artist.

I’ve learned that you should start small by offering a few products to start. Once these products sell you should invest most (or all) of your profits back into your business by creating more products, advertising, etc.

I personally like to think of it like a game. I LOVE tycoon games.

 

You Have to Work Hard

I’ve also learned that once you decide to open up an Etsy shop you’ve got to work extremely hard to achieve the success that you want. You can’t just list a few products and expect sales to come rolling in. You’ve got to really work hard and educate yourself about everything there is to selling on Etsy. I spend a lot of my spare time reading blogs, watching YouTube tutorials, and participating in Facebook group discussions. 

 

The Forums on Etsy are Very Helpful

There are many people who aren’t aware that there’s a forum community on Etsy. I make it a habit of checking the forums daily. You’ll see that the Etsy team gives updates to recent changes almost every Monday. 

If there’s any glitches on the Etsy website it will be posted in the “bugs” section.

But, if there’s anything that you need help with that’s related to Etsy then feel free to ask others in the forums. 

 

SEO is Important to Learn

SEO (search engine optimization) is extremely important when it comes to achieving sales. I’ve spent a lot of time learning all that I can about SEO on Etsy. Take a moment to read my 10 Tips to Improve Your Etsy Shop SEO and Rank Higher in Etsy Search to learn how to optimize your listings for search.

I go over things such as improving your product titles, listing descriptions, keywords, and more!

The more you work on optimizing your products the higher they will rank in search when someone is looking for something in particular. And, the higher your product ranks, the more it will be seen and purchased by others. Make sense?

 

Ship Orders on Time

Another important thing that I’ve learned over this past year is that your shipping rate is one of the factors that determines your placement in search. Etsy recently announced this in a conference. So, not only is shipping packages on time important for customer service, it’s also important for your placement in search. The more orders that you ship on time, the better placement you will have in search.

I kept running into a problem when customers would fail to leave the information that I needed to fulfill orders. If that happens I’ll try to reach out to that customer and if I can’t get ahold of them I refund and cancel their order.

 

Etsy Does Not Tolerate Copyright Infringement

I belong to a lot of Facebook groups that are related to Etsy and one thing I’ve learned from these groups is that Etsy does not tolerate Copyright infringement.

I’ve witnessed many people lose their Etsy shop due to selling things with Disney characters, college logos, etc. I’ve definitely made it a point to stay clear of any material protected by copyright or trademark.

 

Setting Goals Keeps You Motivated

One great way that I’ve found helps to keep me going every day is by setting goals. I have a goal list saved on my computer which I list monthly goals and yearly goals. Every month I set a couple of new goals such as “create 20 new products” or “make x amount of money”. These goals are what keep me motivated to keep going every month.

 

More Products = More Sales

I know that this may seem too obvious, but the more products that you have available for sale, the better chance you will have obtaining more sales. That’s why I’m constantly focused on creating more and more products.

But, I always ensure that the products that I’m creating are great quality. There are shops who sell similar products as me who have thousands of products for sale, but most of their stuff is 👎. Therefor, I’m always about quality over quantity.

 

Pay Quarterly Taxes

I’ve definitely learned a lot about taxes, especially over the past year. One of the things that I’ve learned when it comes to taxes is that if you’re making a decent amount of money it’s a good idea to pay quarterly estimates to the IRS. Hopefully you use a good bookkeeping system such as Outright by GoDaddy. Programs like these automatically track your profit and loss and generate an estimated amount that you should pay to the IRS for a specific quarter.

Do yourself and your accountant a favor and just pay these quarterly estimates. You can easily fill out and print the quarterly voucher here.

 

Track Your Inventory

Finally, one thing I never realized when it comes to tax season is that you have to track your inventory of supplies. Basically, you can’t claim supplies that you haven’t used up for the year.

I found out this information through the Accounting & US Tax Compliance Facebook group. This group is extremely helpful when it comes to tax time.

To learn more about tracking your inventory and other tax related information you can check out Paper and Spark.

 

Well, in closing, I hope that above 10 lessons that I’ve learned have helped you and your handmade business. I’m so extremely fortunate to be able to say that I’ve achieved over 10,000 sales. Maybe I’ll have more lessons learned after I achieve 50,000 sales 🤔

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February 2017 Earnings Report – How I Earned $9,931.25 Last Month on Etsy

February 2017 Earnings Report - How I Earned $9,931.25 in One Month on Etsy

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Hello March 🙂 and hello baby Arya! Just incase you’re new to my blog and don’t follow me on social media I had a baby! Arya Elizabeth was born on February 28th at 4:19 a.m. It was quite a shock considering she wasn’t expected until around March 22nd.

Arya Elizabeth

Funny story: my water broke on the evening of February 27th. I had 13 open orders that needed to go out still! Needless to say, I got to work. No, seriously, I’ve never printed and shipped packages so fast in my life! I even dropped the packages off at the post office before heading to the hospital. By that time I wasn’t contracting yet so I knew I had enough time and the baby wasn’t going to fall out of me. This just proves how dedicated I am to my shop.

Thank God for the DYMO 4XL label printer, it’s such a life saver when you’re in a hurry.

Anyways, now I’m finally home and settled in a bit. She’s at the newborn stage when all she does is eat and sleep so I’ve got plenty of time to catch up on blogging.

Now onto the report…

And, don’t get me wrong – I’m not sharing my earnings to be braggy. I don’t want to come off as cocky because I’m not. I truly want to show the world that it’s absolutely possible to earn a full time income selling what you love to make on Etsy. Even more importantly, I want to show you how.

If you take a peak at my other blog posts you’ll see that I offer tons of tips that are related to starting and running a handmade business. Here are some of my most recent posts:

 

So, how much money did I earn from Etsy in February?

$9,931.25, before any expenses.

At the beginning of February I set a goal of earning at least $8,000 because my books show that I made $6,000 in the month of February last year. I’m so glad I surpassed that goal!

 

How do I earn thousands of dollars a month on Etsy?

In case you’re wondering what I actually sell on Etsy, I sell printed invitations for baby showers, bridal showers, holiday parties, etc.  I did not go to school for graphic design, but I’ve been working with Adobe programs for years.

I first started out on Etsy in 2014 by selling digital files of invitations that people could download and take to a print shop.  After a long time of busting my butt and saving some serious cash, I became the print shop!  Now, I sell invitations that are designed, printed, and mailed to the customers doorstep.  My shop has grown from earning $7.00 a day to earning over $1,000 in one day (but, only on some days 🙂 ).

There are a lot of factors that contribute to earning six figures a year on Etsy including SEO (search engine optimization), great product photography, excellent customers service, quality products, and much more!  I’ll break down each category.

SEO

I preach about SEO (search engine optimization) constantly.  SEO is without a doubt the number one reason why I get so many sales. SEO is basically a strategy of word placement that will help your items rank higher in search.  So when someone searches for “Fall Baby Shower Invitations”, one of my listings appears on the first page of the search results.  To learn more about SEO for your Etsy shop I’ve written an in depth article called 10 Tips to Improve Your Etsy Shop SEO and Rank Higher in Etsy Search.

Great Product Photography

We as humans are very visual. When given a lot of choices at once our minds tend to automatically focus on the one thing that draws the most attention.  That’s why it’s so important to have excellent product photography.  Use natural lighting and avoid photographing items on the floor!  For my best photography tips check out 10 Product Photography Tips for Your Etsy Shop.

Excellent Customer Service

Providing excellent customer service is definitely one of my top priorities.  I’ve had so much repeat business within the past year because my customers love that I communicate quickly and because I ship my orders out as fast as I can.  I know that I’m not going to please everyone out there, but I try my hardest to do so.

Quality Products

To put it in simple terms, if I don’t personally like the quality of my product then I won’t sell it. I always aim for the highest quality product with an affordable pricing point.

Quantity of Products

If you have more products available for sale in your shop then you’ll most likely get more sales.  This year I ended with over 800 products in my shop and I hope to have over 1200 products listed by the end of this year.

Offer Matching Items

Finally, my biggest tip that I have for earning thousands a month on Etsy is to offer matching items.  So, for example, I sell printed invitations.  This year I extended my product line to offer matching inserts for the invitations such as diaper raffle inserts, book inserts, games, etc.  Doing this alone prompted my business to explode!

Here are a few more helpful blogs that I’ve written about selling on Etsy:

 

What’s new this month?

Well, like I stated earlier, I had a baby! That’s definitely something new. This month will most likely see no new change considering the baby situation.

 

What are my goals for March?

I’m not going to stress myself too much this month. I plan on re-opening my shop on March 6th so I’ll see what happens. I’m still waiting for things to pick up for bridal shower season.

But, even with the newborn baby I’m still going to aim for earning at least $7,000 for the month of March.

So wish me luck everyone! I did it last year with my first daughter so I’m sure I’ll be able to do it again now!

 

What are your goals for this month? Let me know in the comments below!

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My Top 10 Must Have Products for Newborns

Top 10 Must Have Products for Newborns

 

As many of you already know, I gave birth to my little Arya at the very end of February. Time is seriously flying by.

I absolutely love the newborn phase though. Seriously, all she does is eat, pee, poop, and sleep.

Now that she’s sleeping so much, I have a lot of time to catch up on blogging. I figured I would take the time to write about my top 10 must have products for newborns.

And, just in case you’re interested, you can check out what was in my hospital bag!

Now, onto the products.

 

 

Swaddle Blankets

My absolute favorite product for my newborn has got to be swaddle blankets. Back when I was expecting my first child, I did a lot of research and found that many women recommended the Aiden and Anais swaddle blankets. So I bought like 3 packs of them.

Guess what? I hated them. They were too stretchy and light that it made my swaddles fall apart (and I’m a really good swaddler).

The swaddle blankets that I absolutely love are the receiving blankets that are given to you at the hospital. They have just the right amount of stretch to make a perfect swaddle.

If you’re a first time expecting mother then I highly recommend learning how to swaddle. Both of my girls couldn’t fall asleep without being swaddled. Oh, and um, take a few of those receiving blankets home from the hospital if you can.

 

Rock n’ Play

The Fisher Price Auto Rock n’ Play Sleeper is also a top favorite of mine. I love it so much that I bought 2 of them. One for each floor of my house (that way I don’t have to carry it up and down stairs).

The Rock n’ Play is the perfect solution for a sleepy newborn baby. It automatically rocks the baby and also plays music or white noise! It also looks super comfy.

 

Perfect Pull Wipe Dispenser

You never realize how much you need both hands to change a newborn. One hand to hold the wiggly legs up and the other hand to quickly wipe. It really sucks when you’re using a pack of wipes and 3 wipes pull out at the same time when you only needed one.

That’s why I love the OXO Tot PerfectPull Wipes Dispenser. The weight that’s used in the dispenser is perfect for pulling out only one wipe at a time (I guess that’s why it’s called the perfect pull?).

 

Podster Pillow

When I need to set my newborn down for a minute I’ve found that this Podster Pillow does the job of keeping her snug.

In fact, my 14 month old is still using her Podster Pillow to nap in!

 

Travel Wipes Dispenser

For a while when I would go out with my first daughter I would just throw a pop top pack of Pampers wipes in my diaper bag. After a while I realized that my diaper bag was really heavy and turns out the package of wipes was the cause.

The OXO Travel Wipes Dispenser is the perfect size for any diaper bag or purse. You can fit plenty of wipes in the container.

 

Infantino Twist and Fold Activity Gym

This activity gym is great for entertaining your little one. The dangling toys will help him or her develop hand and eye coordination. 

I personally use the Podster pillow to place my infant in under the play mat if she can’t reach the toys.

 

Graco Pack n’ Play with Reversible Napper and Changing Playard

If you’re looking for the perfect playard to purchase for your newborn then I highly recommend the Graco Pack n Play with Reversible Napper and Changing Playard.

I actually use the changer part during the first couple months then once she’s old enough I’ll use it as a playpen.

It’s also great to use as a crib if you’re ever traveling with your infant.

 

Boon Lawn Countertop Drying Rack

I have to admit that when I first saw the Boon Lawn Drying Rack I thought that it was tacky looking and I didn’t want anything to do with it. But, when I started washing bottles on a daily basis I realized that it might actually come in handy.

And, now I absolutely love it. It’s so great just to wash a bottle and quickly stick it into the “grass”.

The only downside is that it can get yucky after a bit so I would recommend sticking it in the dishwasher every couple of days. I don’t think it’s possible to wash all of the grass sticks by hand.

 

Triple Paste

There’s no doubt that you’re going to run into a diaper rash with a baby. Thankfully my first born didn’t have very sensitive skin and we haven’t had too many rash episodes. But, when she was about 9 or 10 months old she developed a very bad rash. It looked so raw and painful that it made me cry just looking at it.

I tried every cream you could think of – butt paste, desitin, etc. But, the rash wasn’t healing as fast as I thought. That’s when my mother in law recommended Triple Paste. I went out and bought the biggest jar. It’s a bit pricey, but it lasts a long time. More importantly, it cleared up my daughters diaper rash overnight!

 

Sleepers

When you’re a first time mom you’re most likely going to be tempted to buy all these cute newborn outfits (you know, the onesies with the matching pants and socks). But, to be honest newborns don’t need all of that. Sure, the outfits are cute but they’re too much of a hassle. Putting a onesie on a newborn is tricky because their head isn’t very stable.

That’s why I love using sleepers for the first 3 months. I love sleepers because they’re so easy to put on a newborn. Just lay the sleeper down flat, then lay your baby over it, slip in their little arms and legs and button them up. I also love the fact that they cover the feet so there’s no need to put socks on.

 

And, that’s it! I hope that this list has helped you in your journey to finding newborn must haves. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below 🙂

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5 Reasons Why You Need a DYMO Printer for Your Online Business

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Fun fact: When I first started selling online I used stamps to “pay” for my postage on the packages that I was sending out. Yes, stamps. I would send out packages with 6 to 7 Forever Stamps stuck to them.

Cue the dying laughter 🙈

Mind you that this is was in 2010, a bit before all of the online shipping tools that we have access to.

Thankfully things had changed by the time I joined Etsy in 2014. But, even still, I found that shipping packages was a bit time consuming.

Does the following scenario sound familiar?

*presses “print shipping label” button
*printer makes odd noises while warming up
*label prints out on paper
*cuts label down with scissors
*throws out excess paper
*tapes all 4 sides of the label to the package

… then you realize that you’ve got 5 more packages to ship out 🙄

Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Here are 5 reasons why you should invest in a DYMO 4XL printer for your business.

 

The DYMO 4XL Saves You Time

The main reason why I purchased the DYMO 4XL Printer was to save myself time. When I first started selling on Etsy I would print the label on a 8.5×11″ paper, cut it down to size with scissors, then tape all four sides of the label to the package.

So time consuming.

Eventually I upped my game and purchased Avery shipping labels which I could use to print 2 labels on one sheet of paper. This worked for a while, but I still had to wait for my printer to calibrate before it would print the labels. 

With the DYMO 4XL everything is like, instant. Seriously, the label prints instantly. Then I rip the label off the machine, peel the backer off of the label and stick the label to the package.

Done. Onto the next.

 

The DYMO 4XL Saves You Money

Secondly, although it’s a bit of an investment upfront, I promise that if you purchase this printer you’ll be saving yourself money in the long run. When it comes to printing labels from an inkjet printer you have to factor in the pricing of ink. I’ve heard of some people paying over $200 just to replace all of the ink cartridges in their printer.

The DYMO 4XL is a thermal printer, meaning that the label is produced by using a heat technology. That’s right, this means no ink is required for the 4XL. Let me repeat, no. ink. required. Ever.

You’ll also save money on shipping labels with the DYMO 4XL. Currently, the price for 200 Avery shipping labels is around $16.00, or about $.07 per label. If you purchase the DYMO compatible labels through Amazon then the cost of 880 labels is $29.99, or about $.03 per label.

Just a fair warning that using labels that are not considered a DYMO brand can void your warranty if anything were to happen to your printer. I’ve never had an issue with the labels mentioned above.

 

The DYMO 4XL Labels are Waterproof

One of the major drawbacks of printing shipping labels on an inkjet printer is that if any water gets onto the label it could smear or smudge the ink. This could cause the tracking code to become unreadable, or even worse, the delivery address could become unreadable. Rain happens a lot, and if you’re printing your labels on an inkjet printer then this may happen to you.

Thankfully you won’t have to worry about this issue with the DYMO 4XL! Labels printed with the DYMO printer are absolutely waterproof due to the thermal technology used to print them.

 

The DYMO 4XL Produces Less Waste

It’s always a great thing to be environmentally conscious. There is so much less waste when it comes to using the DYMO 4XL. You don’t have to cut away excess paper AND you don’t have to waste so much ink. #winning 🙌

 

The DYMO 4XL is Easy to Set Up and Install

Finally, I have to say that installing and using the DYMO 4XL is quick and painless. The only advice I want to give you is that if you purchase the DYMO 4XL please don’t use the driver that’s given to you in the package (the CD driver). Instead, download the correct driver from the DYMO website directly. For me, the CD was outdated, causing a lot of label sizing issues.

Just follow the prompts to set up and make sure you change your shipping label settings on Etsy to print on a 4×6 label.

So, in closing, I’ve seriously had zero complaints about the DYMO 4XL printer since I’ve purchased it. If you take a look at the reviews on Amazon I’m sure you’ll see all of the positive reviews as well.

If you do decide to purchase the DYMO 4XL let me know what you think in the comments below! Or feel free to comment if you have any questions about the DYMO 4XL, I’d be happy to help if I can!

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My New Facebook Group for Creative CEOs

The Creative CEO Facebook Group

 

Hey everyone! I’m SUPER excited to announce that I’ve created a Facebook group for all of us to join for networking, learning and growing!!

I’ve mentioned Facebook groups in a few of my previous blogs. Just in case you’re not familiar, a Facebook group is a group (duh) that’s dedicated to a certain niche or topic that you can request to be a part of. It’s basically an online community. Facebook groups are like my secret weapon for gaining knowledge about anything blogging or e-commerce related.

 

What can you expect from the Creative CEO?

First, you’ll be able to connect with many other amazing creative CEOs (Chief EVERYTHING Officers) just like you! You’ll be able to build connections, network, and collaborate with other like minded individuals.

I guarantee that you’ll also learn a TON about owning an online business. I’ll be sharing tips and resources regularly, and you’ll be able to get answers to all of your business questions (well, mostly all of them).

The best part? You’ll see that I’m a real person and not some random posting these blogs.  I would LOVE to do some Facebook Live sessions once there’s a good audience 🙂

So, what are you waiting for? Click here to join The Creative CEO Group!

 

Members will have to be approved by myself and I ask that everyone follow the following rules:

1. No Self Promotion
Please do not post your online shop or blog as a promotion. You can only link to it once in your introduction post.

2. Please do not start any follow-for-follow threads
The only promotional/follow threads allowed are the threads posted by Christina. If you have an idea for a daily or weekly thread then reach out to Christina at hello@christinaceo.com

3. Keep Things Positive
This group was created for networking, learning, and growing. Positive vibes only ✌️

4. Complete Your Follow Up
If you participate in any of our promotional/follow threads then you must complete the follow up no later than 3 days after the thread is marked as “closed”. I will personally check each and every thread to ensure all follow up has been completed.

*If you are found to be regularly breaking these rules, you will be removed from the group.

If you have any questions feel free to reach out at hello@christinaceo.com

 

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What’s In My Hospital Bag as a 2nd Time Mom

What's In My Hospital Bag as a Second Time Mom

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Well ladies, I’m officially 36 weeks pregnant! That’s right, it’s almost go time. For those of you who are new to my blog and may not be aware, I’m due to have my second child around March 22nd.

I had my first child (Savannah) on January 15th of last year, 1 day after her due date. So yes, if you do the calculation I will be having 2 kids under 2. They will be about 14 months apart. Am I crazy? Yes.

With that being said, I’m all about being a minimalist this time around when it comes to packing. I overpacked way too much for my first so now that I’m a second time mom I have a better idea for what I’ll need.

And, if you’re a first time expecting mom reading this looking for some guidance then I have 1 major tip for you … ask the hospital what they will provide you and baby with.  If the hospital that you’re planning on giving birth at offers a tour for expecting mothers then take it. Ask the tour guide if there’s a list of things that they provide for you and baby.

Luckily for me, the hospital that I delivered at provided almost everything I needed for myself and baby.

Diapers? Yes. Nipple pads? Yes. Swaddle blankets? Yes.

Needless to say, I didn’t need much from home.

I will preface this by saying that I do not intend to breastfeed this time around. Breastfeeding just did not work out for me. So if you’re planning on breastfeeding you may want to bring along a boppy and a few nursing bras along with the following recommendations that I have.

 

My Bag

When I realized that I was going to have 2 under 2 I realized that I was going to need a big bag. I had my eye on the Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM for quite some time and I decided to finally purchase it before I gave birth. That way, I could use it as a hospital bag and also a diaper bag later on.

I love that this bag is so big. I also purchased a bag organizer from Divide and Conquer on Etsy. The organizer definitely comes in handy for giving the bag shape and organizing all of the small things (well, duh).

 

Heating Pad

I was blessed to have the oh so dreadful back labor with Savannah. Every time I had a contraction it felt like someone was bending my lower spine in half. The uncomfortable hospital bed didn’t make things any better, which is why I’m not leaving my house without my Sunbeam XL heating pad this time. It might also come in handy if it’s cold in the hospital (which it usually always is).

 

Pajamas

Let’s face it, those hospital gowns suck and they’re down right ugly.I’ll also admit that I feel more “decent” wearing PJs when other people are visiting. The hospital gowns are just too open for me.  Which is why I’m bringing my own PJ’s that I purchased from Target. I would suggest finding a pair of PJs that button up in the front if you’re breastfeeding, but also because nurses and doctors are going to be checking you constantly.

 

Bras

I also plan on bringing a few bras with me because, well, I don’t like the puppies hanging out, especially if friends and family are going to be visiting. If you’re planning on breastfeeding then I recommend bringing a couple nursing bras.

 

Extra Underwear

I feel like no one warns you about how much fluid and blood comes out of you after birth (sorry, tmi I know). You’ll most likely be provided with mesh underwear after birth, but I’m going to pack some good ole granny panties just in case. You’re going to need them when you go home anyway. I purchased 2 packs of the Fruit of the Loom Women’s Beyond Soft Bikini Panties.

 

Socks, Slippers and Sandals

Hospitals are frickin’ cold, which is why I’ll be bringing lots of socks and my ugg slippers. I’m also going to bring a pair of sandals to use in the shower (if I’ll be able to take one).

 

Going Home Outfit

I plan on looking somewhat decent when going home, even if I’m justing going from the hospital, to the car, to my house. A comfy pair of maternity jeans and a long sleeve shirt will do the job.

 

Toiletries

There are some toiletries that I absolutely know that I’ll need at the hospital. Here’s what I plan on packing in that category:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Hair brush
  • Hair dryer
  • Hair ties
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Wash rag
  • Soap

Basically,I’m going to bring with me anything that’s part of my “bare minimum” morning routine.

 

Makeup

Yes, makeup. Even if you think that you’re not going to have time to apply it, just bring it. Especially if you’re planning on doing pictures with your new little one.  You’ll be surprised that your baby will nap so much that you just might have time to apply it. But, just bring the bare minimum, or what you would do for a “no makeup, makeup” look.

 

Extra Long Phone Chargers

I also made it a point to purchase these 10 ft long iPhone chargers off of Amazon. It’s great that they come in a 2 pack so my husband and I can both have one. The 10 ft long cords are amazing because as we all know the standard length cords are like being handcuffed to an outlet.

 

Going Home Outfit for Baby

Notice that I’m only bringing one outfit for baby? Well that’s because the hospital will provide baby with a top and plenty of swaddles to keep her warm and snuggly during her stay. I won’t need to actually dress her until we leave (which is great because I don’t want to worry about the umbilical cord falling off prematurely because of constant changing).

And, that’s seriously the only thing that I am bringing for baby. I know you’re probably shocked. But the hospital provides everything else needed for baby including diapers, wipes, formula, blanket, hat, etc. Like I said earlier, just double check with your hospital first. 

 

And, that’s it! Luckily my husband and I live fairly close to the hospital that I’ll be delivering at so we really don’t need to worry about packing too much for him since he can travel back and forth. But, if you’re not close to the hospital then consider packing clothing and toiletries for Dad.

Is there anything that you think I missed? Let me know in the comments below!

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