We're welcoming back Kayana from blog The Central Nest
to share the joys and adventures of being a mum as part of Bonds Baby Search 2014. The great thing about Kayana's blogs are the insight they give mums-to-be on topics that we don't often think about before becoming a parent. Here she gives us tips on what to pack to the hospital when you're about to pop.
Preparing for the upcoming birth of your little babushka can be a nerve-racking time so here is a list of things to take with you to hospital.
First thing's first – you need to remember that this is not a fashion competition. The midwife will not recognise the value of your Versace sleepwear or expect you to wear your Victoria Secret brassiere during labour.
You need to take the basics. Think comfy trackie-dacks, big oversized cottontail undies and a couple of maternity singlets. I personally relied heavily on my BONDS maternity singlet during labour. It allowed cover up for modestly but still allowed freedom of movement.
You should pack a minimum of 7 rolls of the most expensive toilet paper you can afford. This will be the most valuable addition to your bag. This is not the time for homebrand toilet tissue. TRUST ME.
You will need some glamorous items that no one really likes talking about. Take maternity pads with you. Grab some breast pads. You should also go see your friendly pharmacist and let him introduce you to the wonder that is Lasinoh. This will save your nip-nips from becoming cracked volcanos of fire.
You should also remember the everyday essentials. No baby should enter a world smelling bad breath and B.O. – take your deodorant and a toothbrush people.
Your birth support partner needs to be taken care of as well. We packed a change of clothes for my husband and it was one of the greatest choices we made. After being in the labour ward for almost 48 hours he was happy to grab a shower and change.
You will need an assortment of clothes for your new little birdie. Think singlets, socks, beanies, booties and onesies. When you think you have packed enough, pack one extra. It is unlikely you will know exactly the size of your unborn babe so pack 00000, 0000, 000 variations. My second baby went straight to 000 and didn’t even stay there for long!
You will need some wraps. While hospital blankets are great, there is nothing nicer than wrapping your new little baby in your own wrap and snuggling up together.
Pack your camera, and charger. Pack your phone and charger.
You should also pack a going home outfit for you bub. For yourself think your ‘never-lets-me-down-even-on-bloated-PMS-day outfit’. As for your baby, choose something that is timeless and will still be beautiful in 20 years when you look back at this wonderful time.