As much as I would always like to think I am organised within an inch of my life, I am probably nowhere near. My apartment is a constant cleaning-in-progress mess, we still don’t have a nursery built and I not even begun to think about buying the big important stuff a baby requires. However, despite this the one thing I have decided I will be organised about is my hospital bag. The thought of being unprepared for his grand arrival is starting to terrify me and I feel I must nail this bag on the head even with no nursery or furniture! To start my preparations, as always, I’ve turned to our good old friend Google and done a bit of reading. Hello NetMums! We all know it’s not hard to end up reading an unbelievable and overwhelming number of forums, blogs and comments but I did come to one big conclusion: Everyone is different.
I am currently at 30 weeks and 3 days and have been made abundantly aware that I look positively enormous for someone who has just less than 10 weeks to go. (I’ll give you some context – I am only 5ft3, before pregnancy was a size 8/10 and from behind you can’t even tell I’m pregnant). I have begun to panic a bit at the thought of our little one arriving before his due date so decided to begin organising things to put this hospital bag together now I’ve brought a sturdy duffle bag.
To begin with my starting lists seemed to consist of a mixture of things for myself and the baby that I may or may not use. The more I thought about it, the more I realised I might work on a process of elimination basis and add or take things away as it gets closer and closer to ‘the big day’. Below are the things I’ve put in the bag for baby so far:
- 2 ‘going home’ sleep suit – both with build in feet and scratch mittens
- 1 full length baby grow – no feet or mittens
- 2 newborn long sleeve bodysuits – just in case he’s tiny
- 2 0-3-month-old short sleeve bodysuits
- 1 0-3-month-old no sleeve bodysuit – in case he’s warm
- 1 soft toy – to stop him crying of course (this is being made so isn’t in the bag yet)
- 4 muslin cloths – may need more, 4 seemed like a good starting point
- 2-3 dribble bibs – please see above comment ^
- 2-3 pairs of socks – different colours & thickness
- 2 pairs of scratch mittens – baby’s nails can be sharp
I have only put a lot thought into items for the baby and I’m already being much slower picking the things I want to put in the bag for me. I’ve put this down to still being quite unsure about what kind of birth I am going to aim for – yes aim being the most important word here as I don’t believe anyone knows how a birth will unfold. Again, I have started looking at my birth plan but I will talk more about that in depth in be a future post no doubt. The starts of my ‘me list’ looks a little like this:
- Nightwear (1 PJ set, 2 nighties) – preferably with buttons for breast feeding and a wide/elastic waistband for comfort
- 5 pairs of ‘Bridget Jones pants’ – yes those big comfy ones that come up to your armpits
- A million maxi pads – because we all know that these will be an absolutely necessity
- Pack of face wipes & some moisturiser – just to try and feel a tad normal
- 3 – 4 Nursing bras – for maximum ease when feeding the little one
- ‘Mothers Balm’ by Neal’s Yard – I was brought this as a gift and absolutely swear by it
- Camera – As a photographer, this an absolute must no matter how awful I may look/feel
The quantities of the above are based on not knowing how long I’ll be in hospital so covers a maximum stay of 3-4 days. I still need to do things like toothbrush, paste, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, etc. but my SO is going to take care of chargers, phones and a call list because there’s less things for me to think (and forget) about.
I do still have a little way to go yet with just under 10 weeks left so I feel I’m running out of time to somehow find the strength and organise the rest of my life properly especially with my maternity leave creeping up on me at just 25 days to go! For now, I think I’ll stick to being content my bag is pretty much almost packed and pray that if I have forgotten something, that eventually I will somehow remember – even with my gooey baby-controlled mind!
(Could not resist this bear hat – Hoping this will be his first outfit post-birth!)
Hope you’re all enjoying being back at work and having a Christmas-decoration-free home. (Mine looks so bare now, almost as if it were a little tidier!)
One Curious Mother x
Striped Sleepsuit – Mothercare
Spaceship Sleepsuit – Cath Kidston
Red Dribble Bib – Zippy
White Sleeveless Baby Grow – Asda
Grey Bear Hat – H&M
Grey Star Swaddle – Swaddle Me