Baby number three is now less than two weeks away! I have found myself cleaning and scrubbing like a mad women over the last few days which can only mean one of two things…. either my house was incredibly filthy to begin with or…. baby is close and I’m nesting! I like to think it’s the latter… (insert wide eyed blushing emoticon!)
Thrown among the nesting has of course been the hospital bag packing. I like to think I’m fairly prepared by now seeming this is my third child and I have packed two hospital bags before (one of which was hastily left in the car on arrival at the hospital due to a quick birth!) so we will soon see if I’ve finally perfected it!
Below is a list of items I have packed which will hopefully help other soon to be mums who are currently packing your hospital bags. Take or leave what you like, this is obviously just a suggestion from my past experiences understanding that everyone has their own needs…
Mini Shampoo & Conditioner
Femfresh (intimate wash, optional)
Lansinoh nipple cream
Lansinoh nurshing pads
Libra Maternity pads
Most of these items are self explanatory! I always pack my own mini toothpaste so I can leave the big tube at home with hubby and the kids, same goes for the shampoo & conditioner.
Make-up – Each to their own but I know all mums can relate when I say your first shower after having bubs is A-MA-ZING! and personally, I like to feel half human again after the mammoth task I have just completed of pushing a watermelon out of my vajay vajay! So, after my shower I take the time to moisturize and then pop on a little mascara and bronzer. Now, I’m not suggesting a full Kardashian make up sesh (but again, each to their own) I personally though just like to feel fresh and feel good about myself and mascara helps me to achieve this!
Femfresh – Well, this is a personal choice but let’s just say things are a bit NQR down there once bub pops out! I find Femfresh much better to use than soap but warm water down there afterward is also just fine.
Lansinoh – Best known for their nipple cream (which is amazing on sore cracked nipples) have now branched into nursing pads. They are perfectly contoured and are “soft firm” so they mold around the breast nicely without flopping or being too stiff – a new fave and something I will be wearing for quite a few months to come!
Libra Maternity Pads – Another tried and trusted brand, self explanatory but please buy the maternity ones! Trust me….you’ll need them big!
PJ pants (black)
Soft baggy pants
Control briefs (black)
Spare t-shirt for hubby
Comfty clothes are a must – You’ll be sore! I prefer dark colours on the bottom (leggings, soft pants, pajama pants) just in case you have a little leak which probably will happen. I like to wear a big soft cardigan rather than a dressing gown (no annoying ties and helps you feel a bit more together when you have visitors)
Slippers – Ain’t nobody want bare feet on hospital floors! I’ve always bought a new cheap pair to throw out after the hospital stay is over, the ones pictured are just $4 from Kmart.
Control briefs – Black (same reason for dark comfy clothes) buy them tight! These will keep your pad in place and also help to make you feel “sucked in” not for vanity purposes but more so that you feel together (your baby home going to be flopping about after birth, the more together you feel the better plus it will help your muscles start to repair).
Nursing singlets – I discovered this brand when I was feeding Stella, Top Secret Maternity and their singlets are the best! They have a shelf bra which is really supportive to the point where you won’t need to wear a bra, they also have adjustable straps and are super comfy. Good to wear to bed and under t-shirts while feeding bubs.
Spare t-shirt for hubby – We found out the hard way after baby number one! If hubby gets in there and helps deliver and also holds the baby after birth then you are going to need a clean t-shirt for him to pop on afterwards! Trust me, they don’t come out looking like they do in the movies – I am yet to see a “clean” baby birthed yet!
Wondersuits (size 0000 & 000)
Singlets (size 0000 & 000)
Huggies newborn nappies
I have dressed all my newborns in Bonds Wondersuits – They are so soft and comfy, they have feet so you don’t need to put socks on them and I don’t wash them before wear (shock horror!). Lenny was 8lb2oz when he was born and he was still swimming in a 0000. They look tiny but unless you have a chuncka of a baby, 0000 is the safest size to buy for when they are first in hospital (but don’t buy too many! they won’t be in that size for long!). Pack at least three then if you need more you can always get hubby to nip out and buy more!
Beanies – If you forget the beanie they will roll up an old singlet and pop it on your babies head to keep it warm immediately after birth…ummm… no child of mine is wearing a singlet on its head for it’s first photos! Pack two just in case.
Huggies newborn nappies – I always stick to Huggies at least for the newborn stage. They are not the cheapest but they are the best quality by far and have a wee indicator line on the front so you can check the line to see if the nappy needs changing which is handy with newborns seeming their wees are so little. Some hospitals provide nappies for your bubs, but many nowadays don’t, so give them a buzz beforehand just to check.
Presents for the older kids
Presents for the kids – We started the tradition with Lenny when Stella was born and will now continue for both of them with this baby. The baby “brings a present” for their new brother and sister. It helps the kids feel excited and included in what is a very overwhelming time for them plus it keeps them quiet for a few minutes on their hospital visits! It doesn’t have to be anything expensive, just a token gift so that they don’t feel jealous when they see all the gifts the baby receives!
And that’s it! I’m sure there is probably a few things I have forgotten but these are the essentials for me and I’m sure hubby can pop out and get anything I need once we are settled in!
Less than two weeks to go! Eeeeek!