SISJ PREGNANCY: MY BAGS ARE PACKED, BUT WHAT’S IN THEM? >
Packing for a holiday is second nature to me, so I found this rather easy, KIDDING! I have packed, re-packed and re-packed again. At just over 36 weeks, I think (key word: think) I am ready to go. Much like my philosophy on pregnancy, labour and then kid-wrangling is extremely personal. What I have packed may not work for you and vice-versa. I would, however, encourage any positive and wise words if I have missed something. It would also be great to hear about your personal experiences and any last-minute advice you might have for me!
WHEN TO PACK YOUR BAGS:
There is no right or wrong answer here, but I would suggest you have your bags packed by 36 weeks at the latest (I think I was ready at 31 – keen much?!). It’s important to remember that all hospitals and maternity wards will vary in their policies about what you are allowed to bring with you. During your birthing classes and maternity ward tour, the midwives will most likely communicate that you can also take a few items from home. This could include: your own pillow, music, iPads (my hubby is banned from bringing his – ha-ha!), all to make the environment more personal and less clinical. To those of you who may not be planning a hospital birth, you still may need to go in unexpectedly. I would strongly suggest to still have a bag packed by the time you are about 36 weeks pregnant. Lastly, don’t forget your cameras and phone charger!
MUMMA’S BAGS (INC. LABOUR):
LABOUR BAG: You may want to pack a mini labour bag as well (tote size). This includes: my TENS machine, 2 x heat packs, massage tools for my back, slippers, dressing gown, face towel, hair ties, deodorant, black nightie for birth and a knit/cardigan.
HOSPITAL BAG: Ladies, for once in our life this is NOT a fashion parade! However, if you feel like packing some glam OOTD’s, go for your life. I on the other hand will be comfortable and practical (her famous last words!). To be honest, I did spoil myself and buy some gorgeous new Peter Alexander PJs and maybe a few new pairs of ‘nice’ tracksuit pants. Hello, I will totally be ready for my close-up! It’s all about finding the perfect balance of comfort, practicality and still feeling good. There’s no doubt you will have visitors and be snapping away, so whatever works for you is the right answer. Below is a list of what I have packed – (total number of items based on 4 days in hospital) >
- Maternity pads (and lots of them!) – the hospital will have these as well, but I preferred to buy my own (TOM Organic)
- Breast Pads – I haven’t experienced any leakage so far, but I am prepared for anything. I again went with TOM Organic
- Toiletries bag – Paw Paw (for me and bubs), make-up wipes (quick and easy way to freshen-up), face cloths x 2, Bio Oil & DNA Elements Mummy Tummy Oil and normal moisturiser (often hospital air is dry), lip balm, exfoliating gloves and body wash, soap, eye drops, shower cap, travel shampoo and conditioner
- Nursing singlets/tops x 4
- Tracksuit pants (maternity friendly & loose) x 3
- Dressing gown (a comfy one and a nice silk one)
- Maternity bras x 3
- Cardigans/knits x 3
- Small camera & large pro camera (including: all chargers, and my iPhone charger!)
- Lap top and charger – just in case I feel like doing a bit of work…
- Make-up bag – including my hair dryer (I dont want to look totally feral, ha-ha!)
- Slippers & bed socks
- Pregnancy recovery shorts (I bought the SRC ones)
- My own pillow – TBC (I think this will be a last minute grab when we leave in the car)
- Health insurance info, if required
- Pregnancy card (from OBGYN visits) – my OBGYN fills in a blue card every time I have an appointment (weight, measurements etc.), you need to bring this with you
- Any medications you are on (pregnancy vitamins – for me this is also my iron supplements, Vitamin D supplements, Thyroxine)
BABY YOUNG’S BAG:
Each hospital will differ in terms of what they have on-hand and allow. It is important if you have any questions, don’t forget to ask well in advance so you can be super prepared. Birthing classes are an ideal time for these sorts of questions. It’s also great to ask your mummy girlfriends, as they might have some creative suggestions you haven’t thought of. Now regarding my bag, I am positive I have over packed, but I would rather have too much than too little. I have also packed both muslin wraps and swaddle/sleep suits, as I have no idea what she will prefer. PLEASE NOTE: my hospital have advised me not to bring nappies, as these will be provided.
- Muslin wraps x 3
- Sleep suits (swaddle) x 2
- Jumpsuits (size 0000 – newborn) x 4 // jumpsuit (size 000) x 1
- Singlets x 3 // singlet jumpsuits (legless) x 2
- Socks x 1
- Face cloths x 2
- Beanies (light) x 3 & headband x 1 (for some cute photos of course!)
- L/S & S/S t-shirts – one each
- Leggings x 3 (size 0000 – newborn)
- Bibs x 4
- Blanket (warmish) x 1
- Peter Rabbit – of course!
DON’T FORGET! > It is absolutely essential that you get your baby’s car seat fitted well before your due date. If your seat is not fitted you will not be allowed to leave the hospital post-discharge. I had mine professionally installed (including a certificate to show the hospital staff) at 34 weeks. Keep this certificate on you to show the nurses during your discharge. Make sure you have also practiced how to correctly fit bubs before the time comes. Most brands will have a video or instructions on their website or YouTube. Safety comes first!
A big thank you to my readers who suggested I put together this post! You’ve made me feel even more confident that I am ready to go… I think! Obviously I am a newbie when it comes to labour and everyone has their own method and style. I hope you found this useful.
Thanks, SJ x