Now I don’t want to brag but I like to think I’m a bit of an expert with packing the hospital bag when it’s time to have another baby. Today I’m 35 weeks and I’m usually more organised and have my bag ready but here it is done and ready to go!
I always love a new pair or four. Yes I have 4 new pairs packed in my bag – heh it’s my last baby and I’m going to look lovely in hospital. I never pack nighties because after my c/section I have to wear support stockings and trust me it is not a look I love walking down the corridor in a nightie, slippers and stockings. Some of you are thinking who cares but to me it’s a bit too much like socks and birkenstocks. I don’t go there. I love grandpa tops (button down tops) for pj tops as they are a little bit fitted and great for feeding.
As an adult I didn’t have a dressing gown until I was pregnant with Keira and I was proud to say that I still wore that dressing gown. But retro daddy suggested recently that it was looking a little ratty so I got another one. I love Sussans for their sleepwear so I stocked up there.
big pack of undies
I love a good big pack of undies in dark colours, nice and comfy (by this I mean big) and the great thing is that you can chuck them out if you need to. Because I’m in for 5 days I don’t like to give washing back to retro daddy to take home. Firstly he will have enough to do looking after 4 kids but also because we still have some ‘issues’ around separating whites and colours! Take plenty more than you need and just keep a laundry bag/plastic bag in your suitcase
I tend to go a bit overboard as it’s better to have more than you need and spare your hubby going out to buy some. I usually have 3 packs in my bag which more than lasts me the 5 day hospital stay
If you’re having a c/section and have to wear the support hose then remember this when packing your slippers. For some reason when I had the twins I forgot about this and bought very cute fluffy thong slippers. They looked amazing but I had to roll the support hose back off my toes to wear them and wish I had a slip on that covered my toes. Just a little thing but I learnt my lesson. Some people don’t care but I do!
maternity bras and singlets
I love love love the Bonds maternity singlets rather than maternity bras in hospital as they are soft and comfy and I much prefer them over a bra. They cover up my huge deflated tummy and just feel nicer on and also give a bit of cover up when you’re feeding a baby. I’ll never forget though learning to feed twins the nurses would tell me to take my top off completely. I’d be sitting there without a top of any sort and visitors would come in and there I was……..exposed! I can’t imagine doing that now but anyway love the Bonds singlets and have 4 packed ready to go. They are also great to wear while pregnant so I’ve got 2 bigger sizes and 2 a smaller size (not in the cup just in the size) post baby. Totally recommend them. I buy mine at Big W and Myers.
I didn’t have a cushion with keira but really needed one with the twins and then got a single one for elodie. They really are great for me because I’m only a shortie and find that the height of the cushion is just perfect for me to feed and lie baby on. I love ‘milk bar’ cushions which are australian made and have a removable cover. They have a handle so you can carry it around and it’s just the perfect size for me. I kept the packaging for my twin cushion and sold it on to another twin mum when I was finished with it for a great price. I consider it an essential and much more comfortable than sitting with a few cushions under the baby.
When I’m at home I love washable breast pads which are lacy on one side and padded and just lovely and soft (I like the Avent ones which you can pick up at Target or any baby store). But for hospital I take in disposable pads. You need them if you are staying in till your milk comes in – oh boy doesn’t that come as a shock when you wake up to 2 huge watermelons!
I love my pink bag which hangs off a door and is clear inside so I can see everything. I keep everything pretty simple, my favourite shampoo and conditioner, nice body wash (nothing is as good as that first post birth shower!), tinted moisturiser, lip gloss, my Chanel Allure, hairbrush, morroccan oil and toothpaste and toothbrush. I once stood next to a new mummy with so much makeup on during a baby bathing class in the nursery and I couldn’t get over it. I don’t do makeup in the hospital but I love my tinted moisturiser (huge Garnier BB cream fan by the way) and find that is plenty. I’ve heard of people taking hair straighteners and hair dryers but I leave all that at home!
once upon a time lollies were in my bag for me but these days they are there for hairy moments when the kids get sick of being in the room!
I like to do a bit of craft when baby is napping, I can’t sleep during quiet time in the hospital when no visitors are allowed or when I get a spare minute or two. Remember 5 days in hospital and no kids means I’m not used to it! For the knitters out there I only pack circular needles now since I had to ask my very highly regarded OB to please pick up my knitting needle off the floor as I couldn’t get out of bed yet. That was embarrassing.
camera, phone and chargers
being the one who takes photos I need to give retro daddy a quick lesson in how to use my camera each birth but he always does great. Don’t forget to have plenty of room on your camera and have your charger packed. Ditto for the phone. I also take in my laptop for a bit of blogging, reading and entertainment too when baby is sleeping and I don’t have any visitors.
And that’s it….. my bag is packed and ready to go! And that is the wallpaper in my bedroom. Yes, really! And you were wondering why I haven’t shown you any pictures of my bedroom yet. Well that would be the reason why!
And if you have any advice to expectant mummies out there on what to pack or want to share what goes in your bag then please share………………………..like Becci reminding me to pack a going home outfit! YES! I need one for myself and something special for the little man.!