Midwives recommend that you have your hospital bag all packed and ready to go by 36 weeks just in case baby decides to make an early arrival. Today, at 36 + 2 I finally got around to packing it all up.
I’ve gathered together all my fave bits and pieces (and of course the not so glamorous post birth essentials) and compiled a little list for both me and baby which hopefully other mums-to-be may find useful!
For me during and after labour:
- Firstly, maternity notes/file – don’t forget those or your other half will be zooming back home to collect!
- Comfortable clothes for labour – I’m really hoping for a water birth this time around but I HATE the idea of being in a bikini or worse, naked! I popped to our local Matalan and picked up some super comfy black longline vest tops to wear in the birthing pool. I figured these would be ideal as they’ll save a little bit of modesty but not be too restrictive and at £4 each, I can throw them out afterwards. I’ve also popped in a loose fitting nighty just incase my water birth plans don’t materialise.
- PJ’s – for a bit of comfort once baby arrives. I’ve packed my absolute favourite ASOS Maternity PJs, I’ve practically lived in them this pregnancy.
- Aromatherapy oils – to provide some comfort during labour.
- Snacks and drinks – a few bottles of water along with some still Lucozade to keep my energy levels up. I’ve also popped in some Eat Natural bars for a bit of a wholesome energy boost and some jelly sweets for an instant sugar hit. Avoid fizzy drinks as these can often make you sick.
- Lip balm – my absolute favourite is this Omorovicza Perfecting Lipbalm. Dry lips are so common during labour, especially with gas & air!
- Nursing bras – I’ve packed two Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bras which have to be the world’s most comfortable bras (a little more on these beauties below)
- Nipple cream – Lansinoh is life saving to new breast feeding mums, providing super fast relief for soreness and you don’t have to remove before your next feed. You 100% need this!
- Breast pads – not at all glamorous but 100% essential!
- Maternity pads – I’d recommend a couple of packs (again, lovely!)
- Huge comfy knickers, preferably dark in colour. You certainly don’t want to be wearing your best lingerie post birth. I’ve been and bought a 5 pack of giant granny pants for ultimate post birth comfort. Again, £4 from Catalan. Total bargain.
- Breast feeding friendly clothing – either a button down PJ top or I’ve opted for vest tops with a loose fitting light PJ top. It’s super easy to pull down your vest top underneath your top and avoid showing your boobs to the entire hospital ward.
- Toiletries – toothbrush, toothpaste, dry shampoo, a flannel, soap, deodorant. My Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish is a total must. Anything you’d normally use to make you feel a little more human. I remember brushing my teeth post Nora felt like absolute heaven!
- Hand Sanitiser – need I say more?!
- Make up – now I know most people would think I’m crazy for even contemplating make up either during delivery or shortly after but I very rarely go barefaced and anything that makes you feel more like yourself is a total essential. Plus, no one wants to look 100% hideous in their first photos with a new baby! My essentials are Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer (honestly, the best under eye concealer, ever) and Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red.
- Hair accessories – bobbles/clips etc are essential for sweaty labour times and I’ll totally be taking my GHD’s for post birth fringe rearranging.
- Going home clothes – think comfort!
- Phone charger – think of all that battery draining, photo taking and post baby Instagram notifications!
- Car seat – you won’t be allowed to take your baby home without a suitable car seat. We’ve gone for the Cybex Aton Q Car Seat and Isofix base which is suitable for rear facing up until 18 months.
- Nappies – new babies can only be described as wee and poop machines. I’ve popped in a pack of new born size 1 Pampers.
- Water Wipes – it’s recommended that you only use cotton wool and water on brand new babies sensitive skin but I found these amazing Water Wipes in Boots. They’re 99.9% water and 1% fruit extract, making them ideal for new babies skin and much less hassle than cotton wool.
- Baby Blanket – I can’t wait to wrap our new baby in this beautiful Modern Burlap muslin/blanket.
- Sleep suits & vests – two or three of each should be enough!
- Hats – these are essential, your midwife will pop a hat on baby as soon as he/she is born to help regulate their body temperature.
- Going home outfit – something super cute but comfortable. I am in love with this H&M Whale outfit!
So there we have it, hopefully I have everything covered and won’t be kicking myself mid labour when I’ve forgotten something important!
I just wanted to touch again on the amazing Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bras I’ve kindly been sent to use through my pregnancy and breastfeeding months. I have real issues finding comfy bras at the best of times! Throw pregnancy and breastfeeding into the mix and you’ve got me tearing my hair out. The Body Silk Bra has totally proven itself to be the comfiest bra ever. Designed for mums with an active lifestyle this bra is perfect as an everyday nursing bra, especially in those early feeding days. They have super easy to use open/close clips that you can manoeuvre with one hand and amazingly, these can be removed and converted into a regular bra once you’ve stopped nursing. How good is that?! I really love the racer back straps and the non-beige colours. Let’s face it, breastfeeding isn’t the most glamorous of activities and these Bravado bras definitely help mums to feel a little more like themselves.