With my last pregnancy I was very under prepared when it came to having my hospital bags packed, Not just for labor but in general, I spent a lot of time in hospital and feel that my nights there would have been better if I was more organised.
Just sitting here now I can think of a number of things that I didn't take last time that I will be packing first this time.
I am currently going through a crazy list writing obsession, I did this with my last pregnancy but I am possibly getting worse this time around!! (SHHH don't tell my Hubby)
Even though I was prepared last time I honestly wasn't and I had no idea what I would need I packed the wrong sort of baby clothes, the wrong clothes for myself and I didn't even have breast or maternity pads!! Looking back on it now it makes me laugh at how naive I really was.
Over the next few weeks I am going to start packing and buying the things that I actually need to take to the hospital not the things that I might need.
I am planning on packing 3 different bags this time, One for me, one for bub and a small one for Jarryd.
Whats in my bag;
Clothes- Yes I know, the most obvious thing I will need! Basically I am not planning on a long stay if its an uncomplicated birth, so I will pack a few pairs on undies, nursing bra's, PJ pants, maternity tops, singlet tops, a jumper/cardigan, track pants and jeans! Being winter I need to make sure I am nice and warm! I will leave another bag packed at home incase I have to stay longer than planned.
Toiletries- Toothbrush, tooth paste, deodorant, razor, lip balm, shampoo and conditioner, body wash (soap free), hair brush and ties, some make up (I wont use it I doubt), moisturizer.
Maternity pads and Breast pads- I have started to stock up on these items and I will be trying reusable breast pads this time around but I also have disposable ones to start off with!
Ural Sachets- I was recommended these by a fellow mum who told me that they help with the sting while going to the toilet if you have any tearing.
Nipple Balm- I didn't get cracked nipples last time but you never know what will happen this time around!
Camera and charger- This is almost the most important thing for me! I love catching the moments of labour and pure love of the first minutes when a child is born!
Phone and charger- Hopefully I don't forget these!
Wallet- I might need to buy something and I also might need my ID or health cards!
Purple Book- This book has my whole pregnancy documented in it so they know what check up's and tests I have had. (this will be packed after my last appointment)
Toilet Paper- The hospital stuff is like using sandpaper after having a baby.
Whats in babies bag;
Wondersuits- I am planning on taking a three 4x0 and two 3x0 as I am not 100% sure if she is going to be as small as Toby.
Singlet Suits- I will take two 4x0 and two 3x0.
Mittens- I will only take one pair of these as I didn't use them with Toby.
Socks- I will take a few pairs, winter is freezing!
Swaddles- I will take some blanket swaddles and a zip up one as I am terrible at wrapping swaddles!
Nappies and Wipes- pretty self explanatory!
Hats- will need these since its winter.
Going Home Outfit- God I hope it fits her!
Dummy- Toby had one but we will see if she likes it because Toby only takes one kind.
Whats in hubby's bag;
Snacks- Jarryd eats a lot so I will make sure I pack him plenty to snack on during the day.
Change of clothes- You never know what he will get on the first pair and I don't want him sitting around all dirty.
Phone and Charger- He can make all the calls afterwards.
Bring on having our next precious little family member here to complete our family.