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.

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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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What To Pack In A Baby Changing Bag

What To Pack In A Baby Changing Bag

Are you a new parent feeling overwhelmed about how to get out of the house with your new bundle of joy? Do you want to know what baby paraphernalia you will need to take with you? Or perhaps you’re parents-to-be and are trying to get your heads around how you would organise yourselves when adventuring out for the day. Well, not to fear as in this post I’m going to share with you my tips on how to pack a baby’s changing bag.

Whilst we were in our new born haze and cabin fever reached a peak we finally decided to brave the outdoors (when I say outdoors, I mean go for a 10 minute hobble and then straight back again…the joys of having a C-section). However once I’d built up my strength we decided to actually go out for longer…which would mean feeding the babies too….gulp!

Now, any new parent will understand the anxiety that goes with preparing to take a baby out and have to feed and change it. What do I need to pack? Apart from everything?? You have no idea where to start because you don’t actually know what you’ll need. At first I would look like I was preparing for a long haul flight with how much I’d take out with me. Now, after many attempts, I think we’ve finally got our heads around it and can now get our bag ready in under 10 minutes.

As we have twins I have to pack double of some items, however the list below can also work for one baby, just take off some of the extras.

 

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How to pack a baby changing bag. Do you wonder what items you need to pack into your baby’s changing bag? Follow this list to find out all of the essential items you will need.

 

 

Items To Pack Into A Baby’s Changing Bag

Here are my tried and tested tips on how to successfully pack a baby’s changing bag:

  • One flask of boiling water and one flask of cooled boiled water for the formula feed (it was so much easier when I was expressing breast milk as I could just quickly heat it and serve, whereas formula needs a little more preparation…so I was very grateful for this tip from a friend). This way I can make sure the formula powder is mixed with the boiling water first to kill any bacteria, then top up with the cooled water so that it is at drinking temperature (no one wants to wait for a baby’s bottle to cool down whilst they’re decibels perforate one’s eardrums…) so this works well.

  • 4 pots of formula powder. I always take enough for two feeds for the babies, you never know how long you may be out for! I always like to be extra prepared.

  • 4 sterilised bottles. I use the MAM self-sterilising bottles which are fab (I have written more about our experiences of using self-sterilising bottles in our Formula Feeding post)

  • A couple of emergency ready made milks

  • Bibs and muslin cloths

  • Two spare sleep suits and two vests (for those delightful poo explosions that only make an appearance when we’re out and about…)

  • Nappies, wet wipes, hand sanitiser and nappy bags. These are all stored in my travel nappy changing mat. This is very useful when you cannot find anywhere to place your baby down to change them

You may have noticed that each item is packed into a zipper bag and then kept in my rucksack. Having the items in separate bags help to keep things organised and nothing gets lost. I also prefer to carry everything in a rucksack as it leaves me hands-free (an essential when looking after two babies!)

I am sure that this list will adapt as the babies grow (I am already considering adding calpol and teething gel to this list with all of the tears we have recently had, bless them).

 

What Are Your Essential Baby Changing Bag Items?

What do you pack in your baby’s changing bag? Are there some items that I haven’t mentioned that you just could not do without? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

 

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