A few weeks before I was due I asked our followers for some tips on packing my maternity bag, a lot of our followers then asked me to share these tips. Its taken a bit of time to put together but these are a combination of tips I received from followers and what I learned myself. Im not going to include the usual and obvious bits such as pjs and shampoo but some extra things you might not think of including in your bag and what you should have at home.
Separate labour bag: I had a smaller bag for the labour ward, which had the babys first outfit, a nappy etc. It just made things easier for Dad to find, hes flustered enough at that stage so make things simple for him!!!
Vaseline: I got this tip from a friend who is a midwife. The first poo, the meconium, your baby produces is black and very sticky. Pop some vaseline on your newborns bottom when putting on their first nappy and it’ll make taking off the sticky substance much easier!
Cold cloth: For obvious reasons it gets pretty hot in the labour room and windows are kept firmly shut, you dont want you little baby getting a shock arriving into a cold room. So I found having a cold cloth quite handy to wipe your brow (#diva) and it makes himself feel useful!!
A pillow from home: This is one of the things I regretted not bringing. The pillows in the ward were rubbery and therefore really hot and sweaty which made sleeping really difficult! Bring your own pillow for a little more comfort!
Plastic bag for used clothes: Super handy to have either to keep your fresh clothes from your used clothes or to simple send a bag of used clothes home with your other half!
Ziplock bag: Pop babys vest, babygro, hat and mittens all into a bag and it makes finding each outfit for your baby easy
Shower cap: You may not have the energy or to be honest the interest in washing your hair for your first shower so have a shower cap handy
Flip flops: For obvious reasons…..your baby is the only thing you want to bring home with you!!
BB cream (and maybe some blusher): Not everyone will be bothered with this but sometimes a little makeup can make us all feel a little better and it helps for the photos!!! I love note cosmetics bb cream myself!
Dark Penneys Cotton Underwear: A lot of lists recommend bringing disposable underwear but Disposable Underwear + Maternity Pad = Disaster. Just buy the multipack of Penneys briefs instead and dispose of them!!
The first two items were recommended by a follower and I in turn highly recommend them
New Pajamas: Leave a set of new pjs ready for when you come home because there is nothing like new pajamas is there?!
Clean Bedsheets: Ask your other half to have a fresh clean set of bedsheets on your bed for your first night home because after new pjs there is nothing like freshly washed bedsheets!!
Tea Tree oil: A few drops of this in your bath acts as an antiseptic and helps with the healing process
Witch hazel: This can help sooth and heal
Arnica Tablets: They are good for any brusing you may have (sorry 🙈)
I really hope this helps and best of luck to all the Mammys to be out there