Quick Fix Friday: How To Treat Cradle Cap

Quick Fix Friday: How To Get Rid Of Cradle Cap

Welcome to Quick Fix Friday! The blog post of the week where I share a tiny tip that has helped me survive with my baby twins. Sometimes, in the delirious, sleep-deprived haze, it’s the little things that stop you from snot crying over spilled breast milk (do you REALISE how long it takes to express that stuff?? Anyway…).

Here is my tiny tip of the week:

How To Treat Cradle Cap

As a parent, strange things come up all of the time that you’re having to deal with…runny poo, gunky eyes, teething rash…the list goes on. One thing we had to deal with was cradle cap. For anyone who hasn’t heard of this before, cradle cap is greasy, yellow scaly patches that sometimes appear on the scalps of young babies (you can find out more information about cradle cap on the NHS website).

coconut oil. how to get rid of cradle cap. how to treat cradle cap

How to treat cradle cap. We found that rubbing coconut oil into our baby’s scalp twice a day helped to get rid of it.

Although not contagious or uncomfortable for babies, it’s not the nicest of things to have on the top of your baby’s head. If you follow me on our Foxfairy Twins Instagram Page you’ll know I tried a few things to help get rid of the cradle cap. And the best product that helped us was…

Coconut oil!

This stuff is magical. I would gently rub it into my baby’s scalp twice a day. It only took a couple of weeks for the cradle cap to completely disappear! It also makes them smell delightful too.

Do You Have Any Tricks?

Do you have any little tricks that have helped you with your little one?

 

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Quick Fix Friday: How To Stop A Baby Rolling Over At Night

Quick Fix Friday: How To Stop A Baby Rolling Over At Night

Welcome to Quick Fix Friday! The blog post of the week where I share a tiny tip that has helped me survive with my baby twins. Sometimes, in the delirious, sleep-deprived haze, it’s the little things that stop you from snot crying over spilled breast milk (do you REALISE how long it takes to express that stuff?? Anyway…).

Here is my tiny tip of the week:

How To Stop A Baby Rolling Over At Night

As a parent, after a few months you finally start to feel like you kind of know what you’re doing. Routines start emerging and you know your baby’s cues. That is until they grow a little more, change the way they are doing things or learn a new skill. Then it’s back to the drawing board in search for the new solution.

It’s funny how you are pushing for your baby to meet the next pending milestone and then when they actually do it, you instantly regret it. We experienced this feeling last week, where Beatrice had finally learnt how to roll over onto her tummy. The bad news was that 1. She actually hates tummy time, so being on her front was not fun, and 2. She did not know how to roll back over onto her back. Problems.

Although I went from being a mumma who could leave her 5 month old twins on the floor and drink a ‘hot’ cup of coffee (lucky, I know) overnight I became a yoyo…up, down, up, down, turning Beatrice back onto her back as she wailed louder than a banshee as she miserably flapped on her tummy like a poorly seal. Now, I didn’t mind it because it is all a learning experience for her and she needs to struggle a little bit before she can actually turn herself back around. But what troubled me was bedtime. What if she rolls in her sleep? Will she be able to turn her head enough to breathe? What if I don’t hear her on the monitor? Worry, worry, worry.

That was when many lovely followers from our Foxfairy Twins Instagram Page suggested rolling up a towel and positioning it under the sheet like a ‘0’ so that she fitted in the middle. This way it would stop her from being able to roll onto her tummy. And guess what? It worked! So a massive, massive thank you for your help. You guys are the best 🙂

young baby yawning. bedtime routine. a day in the life of twins

How to stop your baby from rolling over at night.

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Do you have any little tricks that have helped you with your little one?

 

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Quick Fix Friday: Baby Changing Stations

Quick Fix Friday: Baby Changing Stations

Welcome to Quick Fix Friday! The blog post of the week where I share a tiny tip that has helped me survive with my baby twins. Sometimes, in the delirious, sleep-deprived haze, it’s the little things that stop you from snot crying over spilled breast milk (do you REALISE how long it takes to express that stuff?? Anyway…).

Here is my tiny tip of the week:

Setting Up Baby Changing Stations Around Your Home

As I prepared for our new arrivals, I tried to plan for every eventuality (you’re not that surprised really are you?). I knew the likelihood of having a caesarean was quite high so I had that in my mind as I organised all of the baby paraphernalia around our home. Although I had taken a lot of pride in setting up my baby changing station in the nursery, I knew that after day 1 of walking up and down the stairs every 2 hours day and night to change a nappy was not going to last.

So to help ease the nappy changing fiasco I set up baskets of baby changing items around the house. These included: nappies, baby wipes, cream, nappy bags, 2 spare sleep suits and 2 spare vests (ready for any nappy leakage!). Pete laughed at me as I placed them around the house, but as soon as we had two 5 day old babies come home from hospital at 10.30pm, I can tell you he was rather grateful. It’s the small things I find that really help and this was one of them.

Setting up mini changing stations around your house can help with the endless day and night nappy changes.

Setting up mini changing stations around your house can help with the endless day and night nappy changes.

 

Baby changing basket. Advice for parents. Parent Hacks

Put mini baby changing baskets around your home so you can easily change your babies.

Do You Have Any Tricks?

Do you have any little tricks that helped to ease the nappy changing times?

 

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Quick Fix Friday: How To Make Nappy Changing Simple

Quick Fix Friday: How To Make Nappy Changing Simple

Welcome to Quick Fix Friday! The blog post of the week where I share a tiny tip that has helped me survive with my baby twins. Sometimes, in the delirious, sleep-deprived haze, it’s the little things that stop you from snot crying over spilled breast milk (do you REALISE how long it takes to express that stuff?? Anyway…).

Here is my tiny tip of the week:

How To Make Nappy Changing Simple

Setting up the changing area was one of my favourite jobs. Making sure every section was carefully planned and put together ready for the twins’ arrival created much anticipation (and calmed my inner OCD gremlin).

Once the twins were finally here, I quickly noticed that I was fumbling around with the nappy bags, trying to desperately capture the hideous nappy stink bomb before we got covered in that awful baby poo (how…HOW can it smell THAT bad??!). Being a twin mumma, double nappy changes meant I repeated this process many times a day. I was growing increasingly frustrated that I couldn’t open the nappy bag whilst wrestling with the babies (how come if you look away for a second they’ve managed to plunge their foot straight into the poo and spread it across the whole room?? UHHH?!). I needed a solution.

 

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How to make your nappy changing area organised and simple

 

That’s when I took one of my stationary tins and started using it as a miniature nappy bin. I would open the nappy bag and put it into the tin, ready to capture the next stink bomb. The great thing about using this is that you can put the nappy into the bag one handed, whilst attempting to control your baby’s unpredictable octopus legs. It’s the simple things in life that make it better, don’t you agree?

Do You Have Any Tricks?

Do you have any suggestions on how to make nappy changing time a little easier?

 

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Twin Night Time Feeding

Night Feeding Twins

If you have a new baby, you’re probably wondering what a typical night time feeding routine looks like. If you have twins, I am sure you are even more intrigued by how others are surviving. This is my experience of night time feeding twins.

If you follow my Foxfairy Twins Instagram stories you’ll know that sleep has been a tricky area for us. When you’re surrounded by young babies that sleep from 7pm – 7am (yes, I actually have a friend whose baby actually does sleep that long. Not bitter in the slighted) and endless information and guides which will advise you on how long a baby should sleep for, it’s no wonder this subject can be frustrating for a parent.

Someone once said to me ‘you don’t know what the word tired means until you have a baby’ and gosh were they right. Before babies I was a serious napper and could fall asleep in 10 seconds for little bit of shut eye. I also needed my 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep at night else I would go from being Miss Honey to Miss Trunchball. Not pretty.

Night feeding with twins. Once the babies have been put to bed, do not take them out of their room to feed at night. This helps them to stay a little sleepy. I use the curved cushions to prop the babies up, feed them and then put them straight back down to sleep.

Night feeding with twins. Once the babies have been put to bed, do not take them out of their room to feed at night. This helps them to stay a little sleepy. I use the curved cushions to prop the babies up, feed them and then put them straight back down to sleep.

Thrown into the new whirlwind of having two newborn babies and well, you can imagine the shock. Feeding every 2 hours to begin with (am I the only one who didn’t realise that it means every 2 hours after you BEGAN the previous feed, not from when they finish? This means you could start feeding at 2.45am, the babies take almost an hour to feed, then include the nappy changes and settle back down to sleep, that takes you up to 4am, only to be awoken 45 minutes later for the next feed. It. Is. Horrendous. Now I understand why sleep deprivation is used as a form of torture).

The only reason Pete and I survived this newborn demand was because we took it in shifts to look after the babies. As I was expressing and topping up with formula it allowed Pete to help me feed them (see my previous posts about Feeding Twins for more information about how we did this). We would each watch the babies for 6 hours so the other one could sleep for more than 45 minutes at a time. You would not believe how incredible you feel if you have been surviving on 3 disrupted hours of sleep to having a chunk of 3-5 hours of solid, precious sleep. It literally saved us from going insane. It also emphasised the importance of team work between Pete and I, especially in the early days.

Fast forward to month 3, we began our bedtime routine (see my post about Bathing Twins) in order to establish good bed time habits. Once they were in their cot for bed time we would only feed them in their bedroom, using the curved cushions to prop them up. Once finished, I would gently pat them on the back and put them straight back down to sleep. I would also only change their nappies if they were soiled. Apparently, at this stage it is common for babies to start needing less feeds throughout the night so therefore shouldn’t wake up as often for feeding. HA! Sorry, was that a funny joke? Our babies were certainly not ready to give up their night feeds at this time. And the fact that I knew some babies could, made me feel frustrated. All I wanted was to sleep for more than 3 hours at a time (Pete was back to work so it was harder to work in shifts now).

Swaddling can help a newborn baby to sleep. It mimics them being in the womb and helps them to feel safe and secure. It also stops them jolting and waking themselves up.

Swaddling can help a newborn baby to sleep. It mimics them being in the womb and helps them to feel safe and secure. It also stops them jolting and waking themselves up.

That’s when I started reading lots of different sleep guides on how to help your baby to sleep longer at night. Some suggested giving more milk throughout the day (our babies refused, or would just projectile vomit it back up, probably as a protest to stop making me overfeed them),  give a ‘top up dream feed’ where you feed the babies in their sleep at around 10 or 11 pm in order to help carry them through until the early hours (I tried this several times and I think I was actually disrupting their natural sleep cycle as they would then wake up after 2 or 3 hours for another feed. Greedy monsters) or when they do wake up for their 2am feed, try to pacify them for 10/15 minutes to get them used to having this feed later and in the end not need it until the early hours of the morning (HAVE YOU TRIED THIS WITH TWINS?? To pacify one baby when they’re screaming for a feed at 2am and you’re exhausted would be hard enough, but with TWO BABIES?! Not going to happen).

So guess what we did? Nothing. We just let them wake up for their night feeds. And guess what? It has gradually started to stretch out. At the moment, being 4 months old, they now have their 6pm bottle, go to bed, wake up at around 10.30-11pm, then wake up around 3-4am. It’s not perfect, but we are definitely going in the right direction. I am now feeling calmer about it (if still a little sleepy-eyed) but progress is being made. I am hoping that when we begin weaning and they put on more weight perhaps they will surprise me by sleeping through until 6am (am I asking too much? Maybe. But I can wish).

What Is Your Night Time Routine?

How does this compare with your little one’s night time feeding habits?

 

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Quick Fix Friday: How To Give Medicine To Reluctant Babies

Quick Fix Friday: How To Give Medicine To Reluctant Babies

Welcome to Quick Fix Friday! The blog post of the week where I share a tiny tip that has helped me survive with my baby twins. Sometimes, in the delirious, sleep-deprived haze, it’s the little things that stop you from snot crying over spilled breast milk (do you REALISE how long it takes to express that stuff?? Anyway…).

Here is my tiny tip of the week:

How  To Give Medicine To Reluctant Babies

As the week 8 inoculations were fast approaching, everyone kept telling me to buy baby calpol and give it to the twins straight after their jabs. This was to help control any potential fever. Being flustered over having to watch and comfort not just one baby as they get punctured with more holes than a sieve, but two, I was already slightly anxious. Now I also had to give calpol to two crying babies, in front of the nurse, as well. Great.

So, the nurse gave the first lot of injections and I got the medicine ready. Luckily the calpol came with a baby friendly syringe so this surely couldn’t be that hard. Baby crying, squirt medicine into baby’s mouth, baby swallow, happy baby.

But no.

As soon as I started to squeeze the calpol into Beatrice’s mouth, she automatically spat it back out. Hmmmm. Not what was supposed to happen. The nurse suggested squirting the medicine into the side of her cheek to help her swallow it. Again, Beatrice being the joker that she is (but I was not finding this funny), she spat it out again. What a madam.

This was not going to  work.

Of course over the next few days I was worried about her suffering with a temperature. This can’t happen every time! I had to think of a way to get her to swallow the calpol.

Isn’t it funny that these solutions always come to you at 2.43am? During the midst of a crying frenzy, Beatrice began to get a temperature. I needed to get her to take the medicine this time. That’s when I remembered that she sometimes liked to use my little finger as a dummy, which would automatically make her swallow. Could this be the solution??

So, I filled up the syringe, put it into the side of her cheek, squeezed a little bit of the purple goo into her mouth and quickly got her to suck on my knuckle. And as if by magic, she swallowed it straight away!

Hurrah! I had finally found a way to get her to take her medicine. I felt like I deserved a gold star (celebrate every win of course).

So, if you have trouble getting your baby to take their medicine, try getting them to suck on a dummy or your finger to encourage them to swallow it. I’d love to hear if this works for you!

*Since writing this post, I have also found that Francis needs distracting too in order to take his medicine. So as I squeeze the calpol into his mouth, I give him my finger to suck whilst blowing bubbles onto his hand. He think it’s hilarious and doesn’t realise that he has medicine in his mouth and will just swallow it. Woohoo!

Do You Have Any Solutions?

Do you have a baby that struggles to take their medicine? What tricks do you have to get them to take it?

 

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Parents Hacks: How To Survive Life With a Newborn Baby (Part 2)

How To Survive Life With A Newborn Baby (Part 2)

As you are thrown into the whirlwind of keeping a newborn baby alive, you will desperately start searching for tips and advice on how to make life that little bit easier. Here is part 2 of my little tips that helped me to get through the first few months of motherhood:

  • Always think ahead of items that you will need in the future and buy them during the sales. I bought our two high chairs and stair gates when the babies were 2 months old, ha! I know it may sound ridiculous, but I know they are items we will definitely need so I wanted to make sure we got them at the best price possible.

  • When feeding twins, once they have strong neck control, you can use one hand to lift one baby up after feeding to allow to burp, whilst the other baby finishes their feed. This is what we like to call the ‘lift and burp!’

Baby twins bottle feeding, the lift and burp

Parent Hacks: The ‘Lift and Burp’. When feeding twins, once they have strong neck control you can lift one baby to burp whilst the other one finishes their feed.

  • CAYG (Clean As You Go). This has literally saved me from living in an environment similar to Jumanji. For example, as I finish changing a baby’s nappy I make sure I have wiped down the changing mat, restocked the nappy bag tin and packed away any stray clothes before I leave the room. This means I don’t have to go back in later to tidy before the next nappy change.

  • No matter how tired I may feel in the morning, I always wash my face and put a little bit of make up on. I found this helped to lift my mood and feel more human. And coffee. Lots of coffee. Ooooh AND dry shampoo. Dry shampoo will be your best friend.

  • Prop baby books across the sofa and put your babies underneath it to keep them entertained

Baby twins underneath baby book. Baby entertainment

Parent Hacks: Prop a book over the sofa and put your babies underneath to keep them entertained.

  • Distraction, distraction, distraction! If I have been holding one baby for a while and I know they’ll probably be grizzly when put back down, I try and distract them, such as making them laugh / singing to them as I put them down into their chair/floor. More often than not, because I’m acting like such a buffoon the baby doesn’t notice that they have been put down. #winning

  • But following on from that last point, please remember that babies will cry! It is how they communicate. So long as they are not hungry, have a wet nappy, cold/hot, unwell or need comfort, they are probably just expressing themselves (in the noisiest way possible…!) Don’t be alarmed. I try and keep myself sane in these situations by singing along with their cries. If you are finding the crying too much, take a couple of minutes and then go back to them. So long as they are safe where they are they will not come to any harm. Then once you feel ready you can go back and continue to distract / comfort / dance / sing through the cries. Good luck!

  • If you need to entertain your babies whilst you have 5 minutes to get dressed / brush your teeth / have a wee… use the washing machine as the ultimate #freebabyentertainment. Works every time for us!

Babies entertained by washing machine

Parent Hacks: Use the washing machine as entertainment for your babies!

 

  • Do not spend more money than you need to on baby vests. Buy the basic ones. No one will see them and I can guarantee that they will be stained with yellow poo. Don’t waste your money on expensive poo catchers. That’s just silly.

    To keep tummy time interesting, use patterned bibs to encourage your baby to keep their head up for as long as possible.

Baby tummy time

Parent Hacks: Use a patterned bib to keep your baby entertained during tummy time.

 

Any Other Tips?

Do you have any other tips or advice for surviving life with a newborn baby? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

 

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Parents Hacks: How To Survive Life With a Newborn Baby (Part 1)

How To Survive Life With A Newborn Baby

As you are thrown into the whirlwind of keeping a newborn baby alive, you will desperately start searching for tips and advice on how to make life that little bit easier. Here are some of my little tips that helped me to get through the first few months of motherhood:

  • As a new parent you need to invest in a coat with big pockets. I mean, BIG pockets. Like, if Narnia did pockets. The amount of stuff you need to have to hand or stash away is unbelievable. My coat pockets currently contain: two baby hats, one oyster card, a pair of gloves, one silencer (aka a dummy), chewing gum, a baby rattle, a credit card and a collection of house and car keys.

  • If you are using formula, pot up your powder into portions for the night feeds. Then at 2.34am you can just tip the powder into the bottles, rather than deliriously counting and then miscounting the scoops. As we have twins and they are on different amounts of formula, I also label them to make sure I know which pots are for which baby.

formula-pots

Parent Hacks: How to survive life with a newborn baby. If you are using formula, pot up the correct amount of scoops for the night feeds so that you are ready to feed throughout the night.

  • White noise will rescue you from any screaming baby. As soon as I put it on we go from ear-shattering wails to silent, sleeping babies. It’s truly magic and works every time. Download an app now!

  • Use the line at the front of the baby’s nappy to see if it’s wet or not. A dry nappy will have a yellow line and a wet one will be blue.

  • If a baby’s nappy has leaked everywhere (and if you’re one of our babies, this will happen often…), pull their vest down over their shoulders rather than over their head to avoid your baby being a poo head. Ha.

  • To stop losing baby socks in the wash, use a mesh laundry bag to wash your socks in. This will stop them from disappearing into the wash cycle, never to be seen again.

  • To stop your baby from being distracted whilst feeding, put a colourful sock / puppet on the end of your finger and hold it up for the baby to look at whilst they drink their milk.

Baby twins bottle feeding

Parent Hacks: How to stop a baby being distracted during feeding time. Put a sock or puppet on your finger to keep them focused on feeding, rather than looking around.

  • To make sure your baby swallows their medicine (this works really well if you have a baby that spits out calpol / teething powder etc) is to give them a little bit, then quickly give them something to suck on (I use my knuckle but you could use a dummy or a bottle) to encourage your baby to swallow. This makes sure that they take their medicine rather than automatically spitting it back out. This works for us every time!

  • To make sure your baby changing bag is always ready for the next outing, replenish it as soon as you come in from your day trip. Almost as soon as I walk in the door, I empty the things that I have used (baby bottles, formula pots, bibs and nappies) and restock immediately. That way, when I need to use it for the next time, I know that the only thing I need to put in it will be sterilised bottles and hot water. Easy!

  • Swaddle babies to help them drift off to sleep. This mimics being in the womb and helps them to feel safe and secure (and they look adorable too!)

Baby twins swaddled to sleep

Swaddle babies to help them feel safe and secure. This mimics being in the womb and helps them to sleep.

 

  • Use your time effectively to complete jobs around the house. Even when I’m waiting for the Prep Machine to fill a baby’s bottle, I quickly put a few items away from the draining board or put the laundry on to wash. This helps to keep the chores to a minimum.

  • Put a small tin on your nappy changing table and use as a miniature bin to hold your nappy bags in place. This way you can hold your baby whilst putting the dirty nappy straight into this tin, rather than trying to shake the nappy bag open then try and wrestle the soiled nappy into it.

Nappy bag bin for a baby changing station

Parent Hack: use a small tin as a nappy bag bin to keep your nappy bags in place whilst you are changing your little one’s nappy.

Any Other Tips?

Do you have any other tips or advice for surviving life with a newborn baby? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

 

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Tips For Mums-To-Be (Part 3: Postpartum)

Tips For Mums-To-Be (Postpartum)

You’ve been growing your little bundle of joy for 9 months, you have been Googling every article to do with pregnancy and birth, but what about when you actually have your baby in your arms and the midwife says: ‘You’re being discharged today, it’s time for you to go home’. What then? I was guilty of spending hours preparing for the pregnancy and birth that I didn’t think much about how I was going to cope with newborn babies. I felt like I should have been vetted or something…’What, so I’m actually allowed to go home…with two babies…do you not want to check that I’m actually capable??’ I felt like I should have had some sort of degree certificate in order to be gifted with such a responsibility. But alas, no. So what tips and advice would I give to someone who has just entered into postpartum?

Newborn baby twins in hospital. One day old babies.

Looking after newborn babies. During postpartum it is really important to take it easy and look after yourselves so that you are able to look after your babies.

  • You must, must must say yes to help. Even if it is to have someone come over for a couple of hours and cook you lunch, bring you milk, do your laundry or let you nap. You are going to be exhausted, overwhelmed and beyond elated. All of your energy will be used up on feeding, changing and just gazing at your brand new baby. Let someone look after all of the other stuff.

  • I wish I had bought some ready made formula as a back up. As I was getting to grips with expressing, I felt massive pressure to pump enough milk for our babies. Having some formula to fall back on would have elevated some stress.

  • It’s normal to check your baby’s breathing. Like, all the time. You are not crazy. Just a new mumma. No apologies needed.

  • Prepare many changing stations or at least have changing supplies around your home. That way you don’t need to keep walking up to the nursery room to change nappies. I did this after day 1. Walking up and down stairs to change nappies every 2-3 hours after a C-section wasn’t going to happen.

  • It is absolutely acceptable to not have guests for the first few weeks if you don’t feel up to it. You have just given birth, you’re trying to fumble your way around learning how to look after a new baby (or more…) and the sleep deprivation will take its toll. Be easy on yourself and see people when you are ready. People are very understanding.

 

Newborn baby twin with sleeping Daddy

Make sure you look after each other so that you are able to look after your babies. Take it in turns to nap when you can.

  • If you brush your teeth once a day and change your underwear, you are winning at life. I applaud you. I remember the first few days I was home, I had stayed in the same pyjamas for 3 days and didn’t brush my hair (poor Pete). Once I had got into the swing of things I began putting on a little bit of make up and stopped relying on dry shampoo to freshen up. This helped me to realise when it was night and day (as you’re awake all of the time you lose track) and to overall feel more human.

  • One tip that literally saved Pete and I from malfunction was taking it in turns or ‘shifts’ to look after the babies. As I was expressing and topping up with formula Pete was able to bottle feed the babies whilst I had a good 3 hours of sleep (you will not believe how grateful you will be for that much uninterrupted sleep…!) and then I would take over. We didn’t see the point in both of us being painfully exhausted.

  • It’s ok to need a break. I think trying to recover from the birth is demanding enough, let alone then being needed by your baby day and night, every hour of every day. If you need a breather, get someone to watch your baby, even if it’s just for a couple of hours whilst you have a little bit of precious time to yourself. A happy mumma means a happy baby.

Do You Have Any Tips To Share?

Do you have any tips or advice about postpartum that you would like to share? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

 

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Tips For Mums-To-Be (Part 2: Hospital Bag)

Tips For Mums-To-Be

In our previous post we discussed  our Tips For Mums-To-Be (Part 1: Pregnancy). Now, approaching the third trimester, every Mum-to-be will be told to pack a hospital bag ready for the birth. Cue the Google search. There are endless lists online advising which items you should pack…but what do you actually need to take with you (apart from the obvious toothbrush and change of clothes)? Below is a list of essential items to pack for your stay in hospital.

 

What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag

  • You will need lots of big knickers. And I mean, REALLY big. After birth, not only does your tummy resemble something similar to a deflated bouncy castle, it will be tender from giving birth, whether that be natural or by caesarean. My high-waisted, three sizes bigger than normal, Primark granny pants were perfect post C-section attire. They sat comfortably over my scar and were big enough to hold in place the pads that I had to wear afterwards (I didn’t realise how much you would bleed post-birth). The great thing with having cheap knickers is that if they do get stained you can just chuck them away.

  • Which brings me onto my second point: you will need to wear thick pads after birth. Yes, the hospital will provide you with some (but they are similar to 3 stacked Ryvitas all bundled into one…) so I preferred using my own ones that had wings to make sure they stayed in place.

Polka dot weekend bag

What to pack in your hospital bag

  • Large, or better still, maternity clothes to wear home. I am sorry to break the news but your amazing body has grown two babies for many months, it’s going to take a while to shrink back down. The reality is you will leave with your bundles of joy…still looking like you’re 6 months pregnant. Be easy on yourself, you have just created a miracle (or two!).

  • Wet wipes / face wipes, lip balm and moisturiser to freshen up throughout the day. Helps you to feel more human.

  • A sleep mask. Hospitals are always brightly lit so if you can block it out so that you can rest for a few precious moments in between the 2 hourly feeds then do it.

  • Take a pair of slippers to use around the ward. It’s common to have to wear extremely tight socks after surgery to avoid blood clots. These are so long, it’s good to have something on your feet to avoid slipping around.

  • Music and magazines in abundance to break up the day.

  • A purse with lots of change for the car park and vending machine.

  • Lots of dried snacks such as breakfast bars, raisins and oat cakes and drinks such as cartons of orange juice to help keep your strength up.

Oliver Bonas multicoloured bird make-up bag

Remember to pack your hospital bag in advance so that you are ready if your little bundle of joy decides to make an early arrival!

  •  Hospitals do have breast pumps that you can borrow but I wish I had taken my own in so that I didn’t stress about getting one when I needed it.

  • Pack LOTS of breast pads! I bought disposable ones at first, then moved onto reusable bamboo ones…so…soft…

  • You must must must use nibble balm after every feed. Let’s just say, if you don’t…you wont make that mistake again.

  • Write a list of people you would like to contact after you have given birth. It might sound a bit like crazy organisation but it is so helpful when you are so distracted by the new babies, hormones, sleep deprivation and adrenaline.

  • Baby sleep suits, baby vests, mittens to stop your babies from scratching themselves (if not already attached to the sleep suits), baby hats, tiny nappies, nappy bags, wet wipes, nappy cream, baby blankets and coats to wear home.

  • Some people like to also take a ‘going home outfit’ for the babies to wear. Cute for the photos.

 

What Were Your Essential Hospital Items?

Are there any items that you could not have done without during your hospital stay? Which were your hospital must-haves? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Tips For Mums-To-Be (Part 1: Pregnancy)  |  Tips For Mums-To-Be (Part 3: Postpartum)  | Baby Haemangioma | A Day In The Life Of… | Nursery Organisation | Travel Organisation | Feeding | Guest Posts | Tips For Mums-To-Be | Parent Hacks: Survive With A Newborn | My Pregnancy Story | How To Bathe Twins | What I Miss From My Child-Free Life | Twin Night Time Feeding | Parent Anxiety21 Activities for Babies | Monday Musings | Work It Out Wednesday | Quick Fix Friday | Snapshot Sunday