A lot of mums in their second trimester start to have a melt down as they don’t have a baby checklist, don’t know what to buy and how many items to buy. You can get carried away by buying baby clothes and spending a lot. My suggestion is stick to the basics at a reasonable price. I am 27 weeks pregnant now and I haven’t yet purchased anything. I do have my baby shower coming up and I will wait to see what gifts I will receive. However I still like to be organised with a baby checklist which I have prepared one after speaking to experienced mums.
What should I pack during Labour – Hospital Bag
Start preparing your hospital bag around 34 weeks. I only have 7 more weeks to go, eeekkk!! This is the time to gather all your baby essentials you need during labour, birth and after your baby is born.
- All your documents, including your birth plan and maternity notes
- Maternity bra, Maternity Pads
- Dressing gown; preferable a light one, dark in colour to hide any stains
- Slippers which will be easier to get off and on.
- Socks, to keep you warm during labour
- Loose maternity clothes; bring a spare set just incase you need to change through labour. A maternity top with front opening which will make it easier for breast feeding.
- Pillow; its always nice to rest on your pillow as you may be a while in the hospital
- Creams or massage oils to help you relax during labour
- Toiletries; lip balm, hair bands and hair brush
- Towels; Face Towel, Bath towel
- Underwear; at least 2 comfy old ones, preferable cotton ones
- Plastic Bag; for any dirty clothing
- Antiseptic cleaning wipes, for those who are concerned about the quality of the hospital cleanliness
- Snacks and Drinks; energy drinks to keep you going, snack bars, nuts, raisins, bananas
- Entertainment; bring your own MP3 Player, Ipod, headphones (I will be bringing my relaxation music, to help during breathing)
What to pack for my baby?
I do suggest to leave your baby’s hospital bag in the car until you have given birth saves you carrying another bag.
- Nappies bring at least 12, in case you might have to stay over night. Newborns do go through at 12-15 nappies a day)
- Nappy bags
- 2 or 3 sleep suits and vests
- Pack of wipes
- Cotton wool balls
- Folding up changing mat or towel
- Baby Blanket; (Pram size) I prefer the baby cellular blankets which I will be taking with me
- Muslin Squares; for wiping up any milk your baby brings up
- Scratch Mitts, Hat, 1 pair of socks or booties
- Car seat; make sure this is placed in your car securely to take your baby home
Junior Joy Muslins – Your baby will go through at least 8-10 muslins a day. You will need a few in the house, in your car in your changing bag. Muslins are really a mother’s best friend!
Blankets/Receiving Blankets. Cellular blankets have been used many years ago and they still use them today, they are light and breathable. I suggest to start off with the pram size to pack in your baby’s hospital bag. If you have a cot or a cot bed you can buy those sizes too.
Junior Joy Scratch Mitts – These mitts will help prevent your baby scratching his/hers face whilst sleeping.