Life has been crazy these past few months. Working full time, dealing with a toddler with way too much energy, renovating our bedrooms and our backyard made me sooo much less organised this time around. It was indeed much easier when pregnant with Stefan. Although we bought our first home when I was 6 months pregnant with him and we basically changed every corner inside out by ourselves and after work, it was still easier to deal with everything.
24th of March and we don't have the car seat installed. Thankfully, Luca will use Stefan’s old nursery room so it’s not too much work to be done there, and I am planning to deal with this all day today.
I thought if I start with getting my hospital bag packed, I'll at least have one thing ticked off my list! I am keep forgetting I am due in less than…2 weeks now.
Baby’s (co-sleeping) cot is being assembled this afternoon in our bedroom so hopefully I will manage to do a deep clean in all 3 bedrooms tomorrow. And then I can relax …unless another strong nesting need will come by. Again.
The term hospital bag is used kinda fast and loose, as really, it’s multiple bags. One for mama, one for baby, one for the birth partner and possibly another bag in the car with extra stuff you likely won’t use. But it’s good to be prepared.
Here’s what’s in the labour half:
- 1 x lightweight silky dressing gown in a dark floral pattern (in case of stains/leaks/other horrors I don’t know about yet)
- 1 x nightie to give birth in (comfy and oversized)
- 1 x nightie to change into after (with buttons for breastfeeding easy access)
- 1 x pair of slippers
- 1 x pair of socks
- 1 x eye mask
- 1 x lavender sleep spray (to help relax me)
- 1-2 x LED tea lights
- 2 x hair bands
- 1 x tub of skin moisturiser (La Roche Posay)
Here’s what’s in the other half for after the birth:
- 24 x maternity pads
- 3 x giant full-brief knickers (seriously giant, I bought these ones off of Target but they were live saviour last time too)
- 1 x nursing bra (my comfiest one from Bonds)
- 1 x maternity joggers (they’re my comfiest bottoms, Lorna Jane)
- 1 x post-partum joggers (Active Truth are the best)
- 2 x normal pair of socks
- 8 x breast pads
- 1 x nipple cream
- 2 x mini packs of tissues
- 1 x Huggies wet wipes, flagrance free
- 1 x travel-sized shampoo
- 1 x travel-sized conditioner
- 1 x travel-sized shower gel
- 1 x travel-sized La Roche Posay micellar water
- 1 x roll on deodorant (Forever Living Products, aluminium free)
- 1 x moisturiser (my fave La Roche Posay)
- 1 x toothbrush and 1 x toothpaste
- 1 x pair of flip flops for the showers
- 1 x hairbrush
- Phone charger
I don’t usually wear any makeup – so this will be missing from my bag :D
Ok, I think that’s it. Surely that’s enough but I’m thinking that if I need more clothes, Cosmin can pop home and get them for me.
Ok, baby stuff. This one was actually a lot easier to pack as most internet sources are in agreement on what you should take. And second time around definitely easier than the first.
Here’s what I’ve packed for baby’s hospital bag:
- 24 x Huggies Nappies in size 1 (newborn)
- 1 x Huggies baby wipes, flagrance free
- 1 x mini Bepanthen (I’m sure I won’t need it this early but it’s small so just in case)
- 3 x short sleeved bodysuits (Jamie Kay is by far my favourite)
- 3 x organic cotton pants (Jamie Kay again)
- 2 x mittens
- 2 x socks
- 3 x onesies (Snuggle Hunny Kids, Jamie Kay)
- 2 x sleepsuits (Love to Dream, stage 1)
- 1 x cotton hat for post-birth
- 2 x muslins (from Snuggle Hunny Kids)
- 1 x swaddle (from Snuggle Hunny Kids)
- 1 x blanket for the car seat (over the straps) – (Jamie Kay as well!)
- 2 x Dr Browns dummies (glow in the dark)
- 1 x Dummy holder
- 1 x Dr Browns glass bottle (just in case...)
Hopefully that’s enough, but again if I need more Cosmin can fetch it. We only live 10 minutes from the hospital so it’s easily done.
Birth Partner’s Bag
Who knew the birth partner needed a bag too, huh? But when you think about it, it makes sense. Baby daddy is going to need stuff too.
I’ve left this one down to Cosmin to pack, I mean it’s his bag after all. But here’s the brief I’ve given him!
- A change of clothes (we don’t know how long we’ll be there, but chances are he’ll want to change clothes at some point)
- Basic toiletries (toothbrush, deodorant, etc)
- A portable speaker
- His own snacks (because I don’t want him eating all mine!)
There you have it, everything I’ve packed for my trip to the local labour ward!
Later Edit: Luca did came a bit early, on the evening of 25h of March at 38w5d :)
But we managed to get everything ready just before my first contraction started, around 4pm.
In matter of punctuality Stefan is by far the winner - he was born on his due date, at exactly 40 weeks, on his dad's birthday (yes, they share the same bday, like it wasn't enough that they are 100% copy-paste) and Mother's day 2018! What were the odds?