Motherhood,  Pregnancy

Packing my labor bag & baby bag

With baby number 3 on the way and with January making a fast appearance, I’ve decided to start packing my hospital bag. I know you may think that it’s quiet early, but with the increased amount of braxton hicks, pain and with the baby turning to face down; I feel as though it’s best to be prepared. So, firstly ladies, don’t forget to book your hospital at 20 weeks! Most medical aids & hospitals require this AND don’t forget to note down your pre authorization number. Make sure you receive your pre auth in advance and that all the important people (like your parents, spouse or whoever MIGHT be transporting you to the hospital) are aware of this number and have it on hand. Save it on your phone AND everyone else’s phone!

Things to pack for MOM:

  • Your hospital paperwork
  • 3 button down pajamas or night dresses
  • 8 pairs of comfortable but good fitting underwear
  • Heavy duty sanitary pads (a whole lot of them)
  • A gown or shawl
  • Slippers & Socks
  • 4 nursing bras
  • breast pads (a whole lot of them)
  • A nipple cream (Like bepanthen)
  • A feeding cover (for any visitors in hospital)
  • A set of clothes for discharge
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Soap & washing sponge
  • Antiperspirant/Lotion & other toiletries
  • Lip balm
  • Towel & Face cloth
  • Hairbands
  • Sanitizer
  • Phone, Charger, Two pin plug & Earphones
Make sure to have a great supply of juice or water on hand because breast feeding makes you DAMN THIRSTY. Also, get a few snacks to chew on, trust me on this.

Things to pack for baby:

  • Nappies
  • 4 onesies
  • 4 hats
  • 8 face cloths
  • Wet wipes
  • Bum cream (SudoCrem)
  • Baby Soap
  • Baby shawls & throws
  • Going home outfit
Don’t use any jewellery when in the delivery room. Don’t use perfume because the baby needs to smell your skin. Carry a mix of clothes for baby, my son was huger than expected and my daughter was smaller than expected. Carry clothes of 0-3 month and 3-6 months to be on the safe side. You can’t wash your hair in hospital; gross, I know. But what to do.. Just tie it back and hope for the best. Take an awesome gown! After giving birth, you’re going to need the comfort of the beautiful gown. If I’ve missed out anything, please give me a shout in the comments! Download the list here: Mommy Bag Baby Bag

Simone Gobin is a 24 year old, it graduate, wife to Avi and mother to Yash & Ralee Gobin. She spends her days being a mother and a wife. She has decided to start a blog as a creative outlet as well as connect with other parents. Her belief is that there is a lot to learn from other parents out there and she welcomes all advice possible.

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