As you may well know already, I had a fantastic hypnobirthing experience when I gave birth to Buzz. While I know no two labours are the same, I’m eager to be filled with the same positivity and calmness this time round. So Hollie De Cruz from London Hypnobirthing came over this weekend for a little top up session. It was so gorgeous. Me and Tom both fell asleep on the sofa – that’s how relaxed we were.
The hospital bag is finally packed and ready to go. I know lots of people worry about what to take and what to leave behind, but I think the whole thing is very personal to the individual. I know I seriously over-packed last time – it’s near impossible to leave anything behind when you think it might be the tiniest bit useful during the life-changing event of bringing new life into the world!
This time, however, I’ve been a bit more restrained. With that in mind, I made a little video over on YouTube sharing the details of what’s in my special bag and have decided to reveal a list of those items on here too in the hope that it might inspire or make someone else’s packing a bit easier! Important to note that I don’t think this list will be right for everyone. Also, the only things we need to take for the baby is their going home outfit as the hospital we’re going to provide everything else during our stay – so if you do use this list don’t forget your nappies and other baby essentials!
A list of my list:
In my vanity case (to be used throughout my hospital stay):
Ogx Brazilian Keratin shampoo and conditioner, Dove Purely Pampering nourishing body wash, Dove deodorant, Salt of the earth stick, Batiste dry shampoo, Caudalié beauty elixir spray, Champneys Blissful Bump body oil and moisturizer, disposable razor (in case I feel the need to be silky smooth at any point), Burt’s Bees squeezable beeswax lip balm, two Oral-B pulsar toothbrushes, Colgate toothpaste, Tangle teezer hairbrush, head band, hair bands (multiple in case they snap – they always do when it’s important), Nelsons’ Arnica tablets, Lansinoh nipple cream.
2 x Naked bars, Nairns cheese oatcakes, Dr Karg’s crackers, Kinder Choco-bons, Jelly Babies, Lindt Hazelnut dark chocolate, 4 x Bounce balls, Dextro energy tablets.
Baggy t-shirt, Moontide bikini (basically so old it’s now vintage), hospital notes, hypnobirthing book by Katharine Graves (I’ll read parts of it when I’m not listening to Hollie De Cruz’s hypnobirthing MP3s), havaianas flip flops, tens machine, mini fan, essential oils.
Once the baby is born:
2 x Mamalicious PJs (both good for breastfeeding), Jack Wills dressing gown, Medela nipple shields (they worked wonders last time), Boots maternity pads, Lansinoh breast pads, 5 x Jojo Maman Bébé knickers (no one should be made to wear disposable knickers), Jojo Maman Bébé nursing bra, Bravado maternity bra, socks.
Topshop shirt dress (nice and baggy), Isabelle Oliver maternity leggings, chunky cardigan, boots, socks, two outfits for baby – two sleepsuits, two vests, two hats, one knitted cardigan, snowsuit, Bugaboo wool blanket, Maxi-Cosi car seat, 2 swaddles (one from Aden and Anais, the other from Buttermilk), 3 muslins (from Marks and Spencer), a bit of olive oil (put a tiny bit on your baby’s bottom once they’re born and it’ll make the first nappy change soooo much easier).
Yet to pack:
Make up bag, laptop and charger, phone chargers, camera and chargers…
And this is all packed in a lovely bag from Tiba + Marl.
I think that’s everything I’ll need, although I know the longer I remain pregnant the more I’ll be packing in. Haaaaaa…
Also this week:
…I went along to support CoppaFeel!’s bobbball event at the Copper Box Arena. Tom and my brother Mario were both playing at the event, but I obvious had to sit out and watch. I loved it. I’ve never seen a game played before and had no idea on the rules beforehand, but the disco theme that accompanied it caused a grin to be plastered on my face throughout. It was so funny. I hope the ladies at CoppaFeel! repeat the event next year, as I’d love to play!
…We finally met baby Lola, who is a little beauty. It was so lovely to see Harry and Izzy in their wonderful little newborn bubble. With Buzz around, I don’t think our house will have quite the same relaxed atmosphere when Sprout arrives!
Sending you all lots of love,