When I was pregnant with Paige I was always on the lookout for advice and help. I spent hours researching everything from breast feeding to prams. Then as the weeks closed in and my pregnancy started coming to the end I started looking at labour and birth. Nothing can prepare you for that if it's your first baby because you just don't know how your body will react. Even now, second time around, I'm still not 100% certain on what to expect. Yes I have Paige's birth to go by but this time could be completely different. One thing that will be similar will be my hospital bags.
I never did a what's in my hospital bag post with Paige, I wish I had now as when I started packing it I couldn't for the life in me think what I used. With Paige I was in hospital for 17 hours after she was born. I'm hoping this time will be quicker but it really depends when baby boy wants to come.
I'll start with my bag first as that's the boring part.
5 pairs of underwear
2 pairs of socks
A maternity/nursing bra (review here)
A pair of maternity pjs (review here)
Bikini top (as I'm hoping for another water birth)
An old towel
A coming one outfit (black lounge pants, baggy t shirt)
Another top (just incase)
Some pj pants and a maternity vest
Hair clips and hair tie.
His giraffe comforter
A pair of mittens
2 pairs of socks
3 newborn sleep suits (8lb-10lbs)
4 newborn bodysuits
3 bottles of ready made milk ( I plan to try breast feeding again but just incase it doesn't work out)
Cotton wool pads
1 small muslin cloth
1 Aden and Anais muslin
I also have a list of last minute things for Mark to pick up before we leave the house for hospital. Camera, charger, phone chargers and change.
I haven't packed snacks as I couldn't eat in labour last time and if Mark wants anything that's what the change is for. At the birth centre we are also free to make toast if I really need something to eat and the shops aren't open.
We only live 5 minutes away from the hospital so if we need anything else or run out of anything I can get mark to pop back home. That's also why I haven't packed mark any clothes. I doubt he will stay over at the hospital if me and baby boy have to anyway because of Paige.
Thanks for reading,