Saturday, 11 March 2017

Must Haves // Hospital Bag

Packing your hospital bag is such an exciting time! It means you're getting closer to that due date you're counting down to and it's another reason to nest and 'faff' (which I bloody love). Obviously, there's much more than these 10 items that you'll need to pack in your hospital bag but I couldn't pack mine without these. For a full list of items to take, have a look at Mothercare's online list.

1. Sleepsuits

My god I love a baby in a sleep suit, I mean is there anything cuter?! *all the heart eyes*. My favourite place to get sleep suits is Next, they always have such a great selection of designs, they're a good size (handy when you can't help but make big babies!) and the quality is second to none. I tend to take about 6-8 sleep suits with me in my hospital bag but that's because I know I'll be in hospital for a few days. Have a look at their girls and boys collections online.

2. Nipple Cream

I breastfed Ollie for 3 days and tried and failed with Elsie but both times I've had Lanolin cream in my bag. It is a lifesaver! It was so soothing to use during those 3 days with Ollie as you can apply it as often as needed and it's completely safe to use while feeding, unlike other creams. You can buy it from all major supermarkets, baby shops and Boots.

3. Camera

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I love to take photos. Granted, everyone has a smart phone these days but it's always nicer to have a 'proper' camera in your hospital bag to capture those precious first few hours/days. I used to have a Nikon D3200 but it was so big and bulky to carry around (and Aled didn't like using it, which is a pain when you need him to be your photographer!) so I've recently bought a Canon EOS M10 and I absolutely love it. I wish that I'd have bought it before having Elsie but never mind! I know it's an expensive buy, but if you are in the market for a new camera, I can't recommend it enough. It's very easy to use and the picture quality is unreal. I bought it as a set with an extra lens from Currys.

4. Maternity Pjs

Invest in some comfy maternity pjs. I'm not a fan of maternity nighties, however practical they may be for breastfeeding, I'm totally a pjs girl (and even better if they're legging bottoms ones). When I was pregnant with Elsie I bought some maternity pjs from Topshop and Next. The Topshop ones were so worn and knackered by the end of the 9 months but my Next ones are still in great condition. They've got these really cute swan ones for sale at the moment.

5. Face Wipes

You've no doubt got these at home anyway, but I couldn't live without them in hospital. As I've had two c-sections, you can't leave your bed for over 24 hours so having some wipes to freshen your face up every now and again feels amazing. It's the little things that make you feel a bit more human! My favourite face wipes are Simple ones.

6. Lip Balm

I suffer from dry lips and cold saws quite often but they're even worse when I'm in hospital. I think it's the temperature of the wards (it's quite warm to keep the babies happy) and using gas and air can dry them out too. So make sure you have a good lip balm in your bag!

7. Car Seat

Obviously, you're not going to take your precious new bundle home without one, but I thought I'd share which car seat I'd pick. We've actually got a Maxi Cosi Cabriofix as I bought it when I was pregnant with Oliver and kept it for baby number two. However, if I was going to buy one again, I'd get the Maxi Cosi Pebble Plus. I really rate the Maxi Cosi car seats, they have a great spec, they look comfy (can't exactly test that one, but the kids have never complained!) and look nice too (anyone else fussy with how car seats look?). Oliver has got the Tobi car seat and we're looking to get the Rodifix once he gets closer to 4.

8. Hospital Bag

I've got one of the Pink Lining holdalls which I use as a hospital bag and when we go away to Centre Parcs. It fits so much in it! There was plenty of room for all of my stuff and baby's things too when I packed my hospital bag. They are fantastic quality, have a removable shoulder strap and come in a couple of different designs, I've got the navy bows print but the current prints are black cabs or navy boats.

9. Water Wipes

I'm not sure if it's the same in all hospitals, but in our one, you're encouraged to use cotton wool and water when changing your baby's nappy. This is going to sound awful, but I'd much rather use wipes as the cotton wool is so fiddly! Water Wipes are the next best thing, they are chemical free and so soft and gentle so you can rest knowing that they won't irritate your newborn baby's skin. They are more expensive than normal wipes, so I just use them for the first couple of weeks when their skin is most delicate and then move onto the Pampers sensitive skin ones.

10. Nursing Pads

A hospital bag staple, but I found these breast pads by Lansinoh to be the best. They're individually wrapped and have a self adhesive strip on the back to keep them in place which is handy. Not much else you can say about breast pads really!

I hope this helps anyone due to pack their hospital bag soon :)


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