Preparing, or better known as nesting…usually takes place in the third trimester of pregnancy, or even as early at the second and it is Mom’s (Dads actually can get it too!) urge to organize and tidy up the house in preparation for baby’s arrival. This is a good thing Mama. It’s your innate ability to prepare for baby’s homecoming in the best way that you can at the time.
This may be a blog post topic done over and over again but time and time again it is needed to help each and every Mom out there prepare for the big “B-Day”. B-I-R-T-H…it may be a daunting word that stirs up mixed feelings. It is the day that you finally get to meet your little one, but there are also so many unknown details about that day that could also stir up a couple butterflies as well. So we are here to help ease things a bit Mom...
Once baby comes, your world turns upside down... not gonna lie about that! And if you will be anything like me you might be a bit out of it for the first couple days. I felt as though I was doing the new-mommy-trance dance. So, you want to be prepared and able to have everything you need in your hospital bag easy to grab, or at least have a firm circle of family members or good friends that would easily be able to go to your home or pharmacy etc. to grab it for you. But between prep for the birth itself, to then after baby is here (yes Mom, after birth responsibility continues!) with all the essentials for baby and yourself to be comfortable…you want to have a checklist that you can turn to. I hope this one is yours!
- Notes (your mantra, sonogram baby pictures - whatever helps you get your mind right)
- Music playlist (with headphones or speakers)
- Hair band, extra hair ties, clips - You know we have matching hairbands for your Maternity Gown right? ;-)
- Slippers and flip flops (I like both because I don't like to shower in public bathrooms barefoot!) - We have plush slippers to match your gown, check out our Catalog
- Towel x2
- Maternity bras
- Breast pads
- Clothes to stay a couple days (think both comfortable and cute)
- Mobile phone
- Camera (if its not on your phone)
- Some snacks handy (if your anything like me your a snacker - think Gatorade and granola bars, rice cakes, cookies etc.)
- Medical folder (you will receive a lot of paperwork, having a folder will keep things organized)
- 3x pjs
- Newborn diapers (although hospital provides, you want to have your own. It’s up to you what you chose, cloth or disposable)
- Baby wipes (same as above - although in all honesty a big Mom-2-Mom Tip is to use water and cotton circles for the first days / weeks to avoid newborn diaper rash or at least add water to your Baby Wipes packet (I still do this and my LO is almost 2!) to dull down chemical impact for your newborn’s baby bum because newborn diaper rash is the worst!!! And you would totally cry …. Trust me here from experience, even when using Sensitive Wipes it makes a world of a difference to wait!! Ask your Mom or Grandma, they may have done the same in their time…
- Cotton Wool
- 2x Muslin Squares
- Scratch Mittens
- Coat or Snowsuit for Winter babies
- Car seat (another Mom-2-Mom tip, practice with a baby sized stuffed animal putting it in and out of the car seat, it will save a bit of nervousness the day leaving the hospital!)
- Shampoo and Conditioner (make it your favorite one, moments showering will be a time to relax. I showered with my baby in her cot wheeled right in front of the door, you will find your moments)
- Massage oil for labor
- Essential Oils (I found this to be a helpful overview)
- Facial Spritz
- Shower gel
- Nipple Cream
- Make up (think easy BB cream and tinted lip balm)
- Hand sanitizer
- Hand Cream (you will be washing your hands A LOT and it will murder your hands!)
- Toothbrush/Toothpaste/Mouth wash
I really hope this list was helpful! If you're anything like me, you will look at a bunch of lists and you will find one that matches you. Some people pack an enormous amount of stuff, as if they are literally moving in, but I'll warn you about packing too much...if you have to move rooms your poor husband will be the one stuck lugging the bags! Poor Dad!
So let me tell you, as long as you have these essentials you will be more than fine. Between the hospital providing goodies (use them for what they give, this also goes for Free experience and advice!), gifts from family and friends, your hubby running back and forth to bring you things you totally “need”, you will be good :-)
But certainly having a list of the basics, plus our Mom-2-Mom tips and extra goodies that would make your stay a bit more memorable…well thats just us here Taking Care of Mom and Baby…
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