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Maternity Bag

Yesterday, I started packing my maternity bag. I’m already 37 weeks pregnant, so I though It would be better not to risk more days without anything prepared! 😉

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I’m calling it ‘Mom-For-The-Second-Time’ syndrome! During my first pregnancy,I did everything by the book, so at 28 weeks pregnant I had everything alreadry packed and prepared for the big day! This time, I thought about it, I mentally planned a bunch of details, but in practice, most of the things are being effectively done by now! So, I’m wondering what should be the third time… 🙂

Back to the main theme: The Maternity Bag. You should have in mind all the items you would need to stay 2 to 4 days in the maternity, as it would depend not only on the type of delivery, but also on the well being of the mom and the baby.

For the Mom:
– A briefcase with all your health examinations and notes done during pregnancy;
– A lightweight and dark colour dressing gown, as you will end up pacing hospital corridors, either in early labour, or later with your baby (to give him bath, for example);
-Some backless slip-on slippers, as it should be easy to get on and off;
-Some warm socks. Believe it or not, your feet can get cold during labour and during post-partum;
-2 or 3 colorful nightdresses with front-openings, as it will be helpful during breastfeeding time;
-2 or 3 Nursing bras;
Breast pads;
-A good lip balm, as your lips can dry out quickly on a warm labour ward and during breastfeeding time.
Something to help you relax or pass the time, such as a book, a magazine or even a tablet;
Hairbands or a clip, specially if you have long hair;
Toiletries and makeup items. Travel versions would save you some space. Don’t forget: deodorant, hairbrush, toothbrush and toothpaste;
Post-partum gridle;
Something nice and very, very comfortable to wear on the day you’ll leave the hospital. It will take a while for your tummy to go down, so you’ll probably still need your maternity clothes when you get home;
-You should also check with your hospital if you’ll need more items, as their rules may vary.

For the Baby:
-4 sleepsuits and vests;
-2 or 3 muslin squares, for mopping up any milk your baby brings up;
-2 pairs of socks or booties;
-1 hat;
-1 outfit for the trip home (all-in-one stretchy outfits are easiest);
-1 warm and soft baby blanket;
Jacket or snowsuit for winter babies;
Baby car seat;
-You should also check with your hospital if you’ll need more items, as their rules may vary.

For the Father or Birth Partner:
-A change of clothes and some comfortable shoes;
Mobile phone and charger;
-A digital camera to take photos or a short film of the early moments with your baby;
-Some snacks and drinks, so than he will be able to stay with you all the time, rather than leaving the room to search for food;
-A prepared text message to send to all of your friends and family after the big moment.

If you have other children, you should also leave some notes with their daily routine, special needs… So than whoever will take care of them will know how to maintain their day-to-day life, at least with minimal changes – A bigger change in their lifes is already coming home soon!!

If you have any pets, you should also arrange someone to take care of their needs during your absence.

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