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Expecting a baby? What to pack in your hospital bag.

19 Jan

Even if you are planning a homebirth it is always a good idea to pack a bag for the hospital just in case.  As with the birth of my son, things don’t always go according to your birth plan and you may find you have to go into hospital for some or all of your labour and birth.  I never really found a good list of things to pack so I’ve put together my own, I hope some of you will find it helpful!

Things for the mum to be:

Your birth plan and maternity notes

Dressing gown – you might be wondering around the labour ward for quite a while

A couple of nighties (if you plan to breastfeed you might want to make sure you have some that make this easier)

Slippers or flip flops

Socks – your feet can get really cold in labour

Snacks for you and your birth partner – try to avoid sugary snacks and stick to things like bananas and wholegrain bars that will give you more sustained energy.  Don’t forget bottles of water or juice.  Go for ones that are easy to sip from, not cans

Swimsuit for you and your partner if you are planning a water birth.  If you are not planning a waterbirth make sure you have something comfortable to labour in.  An old T Shirt and jogging bottoms are fine – keep in mind that whatever you wear may get a bit messy

A change of clothes for when you go home.  Don’t expect to go back to your old pre-maternity clothing as soon as your baby is born.  I’m afraid it takes a bit longer than that!

Nursing bra and breast pads.  Reusable breast pads work out far cheaper than buying disposable ones

Big comfy pants or disposable pants

Take your own towel, it’s unlikely the hospital will provide one

Large sanitary towels

Camera (don’t forget to make sure batteries are charged!)

Toiletries, including deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, hairbrush etc.  Lip balm is also a good idea as you may get dehydrated.  If you have long hair you might want to take hair bands etc to keep it out of the way when you are in labour – it’s amazing the little things that can annoy you when you are having contractions!

Items needed for baby

Baby clothes, including hat, scratch mittens, 2 – 3 baby grows and vests

Blanket for baby

Washable or disposable nappies and wet wipes.  Don’t forget you can get washable wet wipes too!

Muslin squares – great for mopping up sick and dribble

A going home outfit, don’t forget a snowsuit or similar if the weather is cold

Don’t forget, you will also need your baby car seat.  You won’t be allowed to leave the hospital without it

Other items you might want to take:

Ear plugs!  It can be impossible to get any rest in hospital because of the comings and goings all night long, don’t worry you will still hear you baby if he/she cries

Herbal teaschamomile is particularly good for it’s soothing and calming properties

Essential oils – try lavender or Bergamot.  You can either add a few drops to some carrier oil and use as a massage oil, or place a couple of drops on a tissue and inhale or sniff the oils.    There is a really good article on which oils to use during pregnancy and labour here.

An ipod or some other kind of music player, along with your own choice of music.  This can really help with distraction and relaxation

TENS machine.  If you plan to use one it is advisable to take your own as the hospital may not have one available

Arnica tablets.  I swore by these after my second birth.  I recovered from stitching and bruising far quicker than I did after my first baby was born when I hadn’t taken them.  They are homeopathic so perfectly safe for you to take whilst pregnant or breastfeeding.  You can start to take them when you go into labour

Telephone numbers and change (or your mobile phone) for those all important phone calls at 2 am!!

Was there anything else you found useful to have while you were in hospital?  Was there anything you desperately missed that you would recommend taking?

Mummy’s feeling a little worn out right now….

21 Nov
Wine & Chocolate HDR

Image by beatbull via Flickr

After two weeks of various illnesses I am feeling a little worn out.  It started with my youngest having a tummy bug, which of course he shared with me and my husband bless him.  Just as we were getting over this my little one then came down with a nasty cold that led to a chest and ear infection.

The two weeks have left me feeling pretty washed out and as if I’ve got no energy left to give to anyone else.  Is this bad?  I hope I’m not the only  mother who feels like this sometimes?  I’m so exhausted right now that I’d like to either shut myself away with some wine and chocolates or better still head off to a health spa with no internet, phone and most importantly – no children!

Trying to work from home whilst nursing a poorly child (and taking the occasional bowl of soup to a sick husband) is no easy task I can tell you.  Of course the work gets put to the bottom of the ‘to do’ list and when I finally come back to it I am so far behind that I just don’t know where to start!

Hopefully this week will be a better one.  My little one is certainly much improved so I am keeping my fingers well and truly crossed.  Anyway, I feel a bit better now I have got this off my chest.  How does everyone else cope when they feel like this?

Win Burt’s Bees Baby Products worth £50!

19 Oct

For some strange reason I thought that Burt’s Bees only made products for babies but how wrong I was!  There are some truly lovely products for mums and dads too, so of course I was only too happy to try them out!Burt's Bees Bubble Bath

Naturally Ageless Line Diminishing Day Lotion contains Pomegranate extract which has highly antioxidant properties.  I’ve been using this cream every day now for about a month and my skin is quite noticeably softer.  I wouldn’t say the lines have diminished as yet but hey, we’re not talking miracles here.  I’m definitely going to carry on using this though because I love it’s natural ingredients and it doesn’t contain any nasties.  It’s priced at £21.99 which I think is very reasonable because you only need a tiny amount so it will last you for a very long time.

I’ve also been using the Beeswax Lip Balm which is fab!  I’ve used lip balms for years now, for some reason I’ve always suffered with chapped dry lips.  This Beeswax Balm is the best product I have come across.  It moisturises really well but seems to last for longer than other balms. It tastes good too but of course you’re not supposed to eat it!

Of course it’s not all about me and as usual the little ones have been busy testing products too.  Our favourite is the Baby Bee Bubble Bath.   Makes bath time fun with tear-free bubbles.  You also have peace of mind that there are no ingredients that can irritate delicate skin.  We’ve also been using the Baby Bee Shampoo and Wash which is £9.99.  It has concentrated ingredients so it will last for ages.  It smells lovely (must be the Orange and Lemon oils) and is a good all over wash and shampoo.

Burt’s Bees have some great environmental policies.  All their products are strictly labelled so that you know exactly what ingredients are in them (Most of their products are 99% natural. By the end of 2010 they plan to have 100% natural ingredients in all their products)  They do some fantastic work for the community such as raising awareness about the disappearance of honeybees and helping to build affordable green housing.  They have also taken steps to ensure that NONE of their waste is sent to landfill.

We have a fantastic hamper of Burt’s Bee baby products to give away!  The hamper of goodies is worth £50 and contains the following items:

Baby Bee Shampoo and Body Wash

Baby Bee Fragrance Free Shampoo and Wash

Baby Bee Bubble Bath

Baby Bee Nappy Ointment

Baby Bee Nourishing Baby Oil

Baby Bee Dusting Powder

For your chance to win this fantastic prize, head on over to Burt’s Bees and find the answer to this question

What is the featured ingredient in Baby Bee Bubble Bath?

Is it:  a) Lavender, b) Vanilla Extract or c) Almond oil?

Email your answer to tracy@greenmums.co.uk.  Please put the title ‘Baby Bee Competition’ in your email.  Closing date: 1st December 2010

Good Luck!