At my last midwife appointment last week, I was gently reminded that I am nearly full term, and that I should probably start thinking about packing my hospital bag. I assured her it was on the list, and she said ‘I hope it’s near the top of the list!’. I have a vague memory of having my hospital bag packed way in advance last time, and having it sitting in the hallway ready. As due date came and went and Frey showed no signs of wanting to be born, we moved the bags upstairs as they were getting in the way. As for preparation such as getting Frey’s bedroom ready, I finally did that shortly after he turned a year old! I found it all a bit overwhelming, all the stuff that was needed before a new baby arrived, and I was very grateful for my Mum’s help in researching things like car seats and prams for me last time!
With baby two, luckily not so much stuff is required, but I still need to get ready and prepare for his arrival, so that’s what I’m doing this week, before I’m full term, 37 weeks, this coming Sunday. Although hopefully he will wait a little longer than that before he decides to join us.
Firstly, the hospital bag is now ready to go – and it’s not in the hallway this time getting in the way! Here’s what I’ve packed..
I’ve gone for two separate bags, one for me and one for baby, as of course baby’s bag won’t be needed while I’m in labour so it can just be put away for when he arrives. I’m using a little cabin bag sized suitcase, nice and compact and fits everything in nicely.
I’ve put a little note on top of the bag for things to pack on the day as I’ll need them between now and then, and these are..
I also need to get some sweets and energy drinks, as these were also handy to have in the bag.
For baby’s bag, I’ve used a changing bag. Baby’s things are all so tiny they fit nicely in a little changing bag!
The other crucial thing I need to pack for baby is his car seat, as you can’t leave hospital without one! We have a maxi cosi pebble that Frey got a lot of use from, which is coming out again.
Frey helped me get out all of his newborn clothes to wash earlier this week, and I’ve realised that after these few that I’ve packed into the hospital bag, there aren’t many left! I think I gave many of his newborn clothes away to the refugee appeal when he had grown out of them, so I do need to add a few more things to my shopping list…
Shopping for baby when I live in a rural area is made so much easier by being able to shop online. I just write my list, then after Frey is in bed I can go onto the computer and order the things I need, and they turn up at the door a few days later. We’re so lucky to live in a modern age where we can shop like this! I’ve also ordered all of my maternity clothes online, as these are pretty much impossible to find in shops, especially where I live. If you’re interested in home shopping catalogues, have a look at lovecatalogues.co.uk where you can find a lot more information.
Were there any essentials that you packed into your hospital bag that I’ve missed from my list? What about essentials for a new baby? I do hope I don’t forget anything too crucial!
Disclosure – This post has been written in collaboration with lovecatalogues.co.uk