Being prepared is recommended, let’s just say I learnt on the job…
Baby 1. Bag packed with candles, programmed ipod, pillows and pretty tops. … all of which were thrown at my husband during labour… Along with a heck of a lot of expletives and whatever else was in reach.
Baby 2. Bag packed with baby clothes and a pair of my husbands underwear. that was IT (??) actually, mens briefs are surprisingly comfortable post baby.
Baby 3. Bag packed with something like the following. phew.
1. Baby clothes. Generally you need a few options with a wee beenie to keep your little one snug. soft organic cottons are perfect like Wilson & Frencys suits and Nurtured by Nature. Beautiful greys are great when you aren’t sure what you are having, although if you do, the gorgeous Fox & Finch is soft and stunning.
2. Baby wraps. The hospital generally provides everything, but it’s nice to have a good wrap from home you can snuggle them in, and learn the wrapping technique with it too, otherwise it never works like the nurse said. Love Henry wraps are flannelette and just divine. perfectly snug for winter and so soft.
3. Woolen blanket. This will only be used for your trip home, but make it merino and soft, super light and warm, We love Babu
4. Baby bags like Bella Buttercup’s are a Godsend, even from day one. Have the wipes, bum cream, hand disinfectant and newborn nappies all packed and ready to go inside this brilliant bag, it will become as essential as your handbag.
5. Bathrobe. Because there is a chance you can look civilised if you wrap this around your tired self when fetching toast or meeting visitors, and slippers I think are mandatory, or should be. I’m pretty sure bare feet in hospitals is a bad idea. Also, feet get really cold (throw in some socks)
6. Some lovely stretchy breathable cotton PJs with a breastfeeding friendly top. It’s nice to look nice. I found these here.
7. Big cotton knickers, probably in a 5 pack, any colour so long as they are black. Don’t get attached, throw them as soon as you get home (please do, I think I still have a pair in my drawer, hideous)
8. Toilet bag with….. are you ready? On top of your standard tooth brush, hairbrush shampoo and makeup get up, you should take these!
-Panadol (it’s all you are allowed, sob)
-Ural – If you had a vaginal birth and were torn to buggery you will appreciate this,
-Lansinoh cream – Keep applying, I’m pretty sure it made no difference but it gave me hope. More importantly, it was hands down the best lip balm I have used,
-Earplugs. If you have to share a room, they can be very handy.
-Nail file. Snaggy nails and babies don’t mix
-Hairbands & clips. A stray hair would drive me insane… oh wait, that was labour, everything drove me insane
-Pads for all the leaky bits.
9. Something for the kids. We had siblings that were keen as beans and a little freaked out. They need a little treat and some attention, I like Seedling because it gives you a chance to sit down and create something (with everything provided) and not just spend all the time talking about the baby that has just invaded their lives. They need to feel special too.
10. Note book and pen. you will be constantly asked to sign stuff, and you will need to make notes, an old supermarket and a crayon just wont cut it this time.
11. A smart phone for all the important stuff… Alert the world the most precious little baby has been born, call your Mum, google “is it normal to want to kill my hisband during birth”, last minute name ideas, watch dirty dancing on youtube when you are feeding for hours from 3am and to take that precious photo that will become the perfect screensaver.
12. a Camera, a good one. Because Goddamnit they grow up quick, you want to remember it all.