I’m 35 weeks pregnant now and it’s got to that time in the process whereby Mr M and I started to feel a little unprepared. We are probably (very likely) being paranoid first-time parents-to-be, but don’t the girl guides always say ‘be prepared’?
So earlier this week, we packed our hospital bags and I put my notes in my car, just in case Little R-M decides to make an early appearance. We have got three bags (I know!) – one for me, one for Mr M with a change of clothes in case he is at work when the call comes, and of course, one for little R-M.
I’ve read untold lists of what to pack and to be honest, I’m still not sure if I have everything, but I thought I’d share with you what we’ve packed in my bag…
Firstly, I raided Primark for some cheap and cheerful nighties and slippers. Both nighties are two sizes bigger than my normal size, and are front opening, so will be ideal for breastfeeding if we are able to.
The slippers are slip-on, so easy to get on, and they are memory foam soles! I cannot wait to try these on.
I also have a lightweight waffle dressing gown from Primark (not pictured) to cover up as I’m moving around, or in case I get chilly. And finally there are two nursing bras and some knickers, but I’m pretty sure nobody needs a picture of my underwear!
I will throw in a comfy going home outfit nearer the time, depending on the weather. I haven’t put this in yet, as I’m a bit limited on maternity clothes, so can’t afford for an outfit to be out of action at the moment.
Next up, the essentials. I got all of these from Asda and they include two packs of maternity pads, a packet of breast pads, and a bag of disposable knickers (not pictured). Oh the glamour!
I’ve also added in the eye mask that came with my Mama Academy pack, as I thought it may help me to get some rest if we are in overnight.
In terms of toiletries, I have packed:
Fold up toothbrush (not pictured) and toothpaste
Massage oil in case Mr M is feeling generous during labour
Dry shampoo (I don’t want to look a mess if I get sweaty and my hair goes greasy)
Water spray to cool me down during labout
Lip balm as apparently your lips can get really dry if you use gas and air
Extra Strong Mints for a freshen up
I also have a mini The White Company set in there in case I get the luxury of a shower, which includes a soap, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner and a body lotion.
3 x short sleeve vests
2 x sleepsuits
A sleeping bag
2 x bibs
A grooming kit with hairbrush, nail clippers, comb etc
Extra sensitive baby wipes
Cotton wool (not pictured)
Pack of newborn nappies (I’m hoping to use reusable nappies, but for ease at the hospital, I thought disposable ones may be useful)
I’m hoping to breastfeed, but just in case this isn’t possible, I wanted to cover the possibility of bottle feeding too.
2 x bottles
2 x cartons ready made formula
2 x dummies (just in case)
2 x muslin squares
All of this has packed perfectly into our fab Babymule changing bag, with each ‘category’ in a defferent compartment of the bag, so that everything is easy to find and access.