As Cleveland's best newborn and family photographer, we offer a luxury experience for newborn, maternity, and family photography. Our beautiful natural light studio exclusive to our clients is conveniently located in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and is convenient for clients in Canton, Akron, Cleveland, and all throughout Northeast Ohio. Pour a glass of wine or a cup of coffee (or if you're like me, a can of pop!) and enjoy our recent blog posts below.
Erin Davison Photography is Cleveland's best newborn and family photographer. Our beautiful natural light studio exclusive to our clients is conveniently located in Akron, Ohio for clients in Canton, Akron, Cleveland, and all throughout Northeast Ohio.
Erin offers a luxury experience for newborn, maternity, and family photography including planning consultations, a lovely designer Studio Wardrobe for your entire family, and a selection of heirloom quality artwork to display in your home and pass down to your children and generations to come. Pour a glass of wine or a cup of coffee (or if you're like me, a can of pop!) and browse my blog posts below.
Hi friends! As a Cleveland Newborn Photographer, a large part of my business involves interacting with new moms and so I wanted to start a blog series that they might find useful while preparing for a new family member’s arrival!
I’m going to kick off this blog series by sharing a list of my must have items for your hospital bag! I have given birth twice, and I remember how overwhelming this process was to try and think of everything I might need while at the same time trying to pack lightly. I actually suggest packing two bags; one smaller labor bag and a second larger recovery bag that you can leave in the car until after you’ve had your baby and been moved to your recovery room. While everyone will have their own different preferences and favorite items, I hope that sharing mine will help alleviate some of the stress that comes with packing your bag!
A tennis ball (to apply counter pressure on your back)
A picture of something or someone special (to use as a focus point)
Ample hair ties and bobby pins
Beverages to sip on (Gatorade or Powerade)
*Light snacks (protein bar, muffin, etc)
Snacks for your partner
1-2 pairs maternity leggings (3-4 pairs for c-section stays)
2-3 comfy button front tops
2-3 pairs comfy socks
3-4 pairs of granny panties UNLESS you go with the Depends!
Baby going home outfit
1-2 rolls of toilet paper from home (sooo much more comfy than hospital TP!)
Depends Silhouette diapers (laugh now, thank me later!)
Your own pillow
A pack of your favorite long or nighttime pads with wings
Camera and extra battery/memory card
Toothbrush and toothpaste (hers and his)
Basic travel size toiletries (like deodorant!)
Lansinoh Lanolin (this brand is the best!)
Breast pads (I preferred disposables)
Clothing: plan to still wear your maternity sizes. It’s totally normal to still have a 5-6ish month bump for awhile after giving birth!
The hospital will provide you with everything you NEED for your baby (diapers, wipes, formula and pacifier if you choose), but a swaddle pod can help your baby feel more secure on the outside after being tucked inside for the past 9 months. And a more secure feeling baby sleeps more 😉 You’ll also want to pack your baby’s going home outfit (choose something comfortable for the car ride, it’s their first ride after all!) and you’ll need to show the hospital that you have an appropriate car seat before they’ll let you leave the hospital.
*I’m not a doctor or medical professional. Most will tell you clear liquids only during labor, due to the risk of aspiration should an emergency come up and you need placed under anesthesia. I was personally willing to take this small risk because I can’t run a marathon on an empty stomach, but this is something you should 100% discuss with your own medical team and make an informed decision!
** Most hospitals will provide you with an abdominal binder should you end up with an unexpected c-section. With my first birth, an emergency c-section after a looooooong active labor, the hospital never even mentioned these to me and I suffered in pain for weeks unnecessarily. I wasn’t willing to take any chances the second time around, so I made sure to buy one on amazon just in case. This hospital did provide me with one and it was amazing, so I did not use the amazon one until weeks later (because it was too small until then anyway, ha! Make sure you size up several sizes!!).
Erin Davison Photography is a Cleveland Newborn Photographer offering classic and timeless maternity, newborn, and family portrait photography in Northeast Ohio. Located in Uniontown, service areas include but are not limited to Akron, Canton, Massillon, Cleveland, Medina, and Wooster. The most popular time for booking here in Northeast Ohio is between May through mid-October. Portrait sessions tend to book one month in advance, while maternity and newborn sessions should be booked early in the second trimester to ensure availability at the time of delivery. Erin offers a high-end, full service experience including a pre-session consultation, exclusive access to the Studio Wardrobe, an online viewing gallery to share with loved ones and download your included high-resolution digital files, in-person viewing and ordering sessions, and an array of stunning artwork such as beautiful albums, prints, wall art and more. I can’t wait to hear from you and help create your own beautiful heirloom memories!
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