Monday, April 29, 2013

Zipping Up The Baby Bag



I seriously can't believe it's that time already. My baby bag is packed and READY to go - filled up squished down, and overflowing with ready-ness.

Baby Beetleshack 3's arrival is imminent- as I type this, the heart burn and simultaneous hunger pains confirm it (hold on, i'm getting a snack).

Since I know i'm going to be in hospital and away from my creature comforts for at least 4 days, i've taken extra time and care in packing my bag, ensuring i'll have everything I need to be as relaxed and comfortable as possible.

Lets cover some of the basics, shall we?

Number One - Undies (or do you prefer knickers?). As ridiculous as it sounds, undies are the item i've spent the most time considering this time around. Why? because past experience tells me that they must be black and they must be comfortable. Having a caesar means that wearing regular hipster undies can be rather painful. The elastic seems to end right where the scar is positioned- not a happy coincidence. While the midwives and my mother suggest waisted 'full briefs' to be the solution, I prefer to think that super soft lace tops might be perferrable. I stocked up on extremely large, extremely soft underwear from Cotton On Body- i think it will do the trick**.

In addition to amazing undies, fabulous maternity bra's are also essential. Personally i'm a fan of Bonds (or k-mart brand) maternity singlets- they seem to do a nice job of staying in place and keep that jiggly post baby belly in check... as much as possible anyways. K mart also have a really great cross over sleep bra for $5,  I've packed a couple as they are very comfortable, very soft and hold a glamorous breast pad in place like a pro.

Pyjama's are next on the list. Each time i've checked into hospital for baby birth, I've included a new set. They are a little luxury just for me - something to make me feel a bit better about all the waking and feeding and leaking that my body will be enduring. This time around i've packed Arabella Ramsey's 'babmi' for Target p.j's along with a beautiful organic cotton set sent to me by the lovely sisters at Sorella and Me. Both offer easy access to the ol' breasts and as an added bonus, they totally co-ordinate, see! BAM!

Like everything else, clothing needs to be loose fitting and soft. I've packed a couple of pairs of floaty harem pants (including my favourites) and relaxed cotton knits that i've collected from Supre over the duration of this pregnancy (not as bad as they sound, really). I'll also be packing this amazing shawl* once I can take it off my body for long enough...  in fact, i think i'll just wear it in. It's deliciously warm and unbelievably snuggly. Whenever i'm wearing it Pippi climbs in for a snuggle cuddle, I'm hoping the new baby will do the same. A couple of brightly coloured scarves have also made their way into the pack, they are sure to provide a touch of modesty when breast feeding and visitors coincide!

Because i'm vain, i've also thrown in the basics of my makeup kit* as well as this amazing Paul Mitchell shampoo - pregnancy makes my hair so flat and oily and this is the only product i've found that gets me two days without a wash, well worth the extra spend at priceline. I'm looking forward to long, silent showers (please little baby, be a good sleeper) and more than 25 seconds to apply mascara. I've also packed this toning/ moisturising mist* to help combat the dry skin that comes with being in an air conditioned environment.


It's a given that i've packed a bazillion teeny tiny 0000 wondersuits- it's safe to work on a about 3 changes a day, right!? My mum has made some beautiful wraps that are also safely tucked away ready to be filled with baby.

It can also be assumed that the remaining 50% of my bag is filled with maxi pads, breast pads and other glamourous personal hygiene items.

All I need to do is put that bag by the door and wait.

What was the best thing you packed into your baby bag? Did you take your own pillow? Any Luxuries you can suggest?



If you're interested in the baby bag pictured, it's one I collected on this trip to Melbourne. I can't recall the name of the market stall I bought it from but you can find similar here.



* these products have been gifted to me
**okay, okay- so i bought a ten pack of nanna undies from target too. 


55 comments:

  1. Traci Sparkle DevlinApril 29, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Oh honey this made my heart beat a little quicker. So excited for you. Big kiss tx

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  2. Aesop hand cream! The smell, the feel, and now I relive all my bubs with that ritual...
    By jove Im pumped for you, jealous, and pumped! Teary eyed, and pumped!
    And some haighs chocolate...just because I could! Oh the gluttony!
    Of course the pressents for the other two from baby!... which was the most exciting thing ever! A simple collingwood cap for mr 5 and mr 3 got a soft plush magpie teddy...which he called sidebottom, because its funny! and because thats what he thought baby was going to be called... No way!
    Blessings to you and your brood!

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    1. I can't believe I forgot to write that in! YES THE PRESENTS!! I have octanauts books, gak, play dough, dollies and bottles... thats one per day.... i think they will be suitably impressed by their new sibling!

      thanks for the love Lisa :)

      xxx

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    2. Sidebottom = the most awesome name ever.

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  3. I totally agree, careful undie selection is a must. Having pretty, new pjs is also something that was top priority too. They also made me feel somewhat normal and fresh.
    The only thing that I added when I had my second was a pack of post-it notes as I was forever sending my husband home with lists of things to collect/things I had forgotten. Oh and I packed my own energy boosting snacks like nuts, oat and raisin biscuits....and maybe a few small packets of lollies ;)
    All the best as you wait out your last days before you pick up that hospital bag :)

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  4. I just had my first baby a little over a month ago and I scoured the Internet looking for what to pack in my hospital bag because I was so paranoid I'd forget something and also i was basically clueless.

    I definitely brought my own pillow and i was so so so glad that I did. The pillows in the hospital were flat and for some reason they were low on pillowcases so had I used their pillows, I would have had several without cases. Gross. Don't be embarrassed about bringing it! A TON of people do. Totally normal.

    I know you're totally a pro at this, being your third babe, but don't forget the snacks! It was such a life saver for us to have some gummies and protein bars for those late night feeding sessions when you're starving and don't want to walk to the vending machines (although my husband did a few times because I was still craving chocolate.) hahaha

    Best of luck, lady! Baby will be here so soon!

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    1. never a pro Larisaa! Congrats on your new addition and thanks for the 'fresh on your mind' hot tips!

      *mental note... pack snacks!

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  5. My favourite item each time was new PJ's.

    The one thing I forgot the first time and never again was hair ties. I got so annoyed by my long flat sad hair that I had to get someone to bring my hairties to get it up and out of the way. I know so silly but at the time it was so annoying.

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  6. I felt a tinge of cluckiness ...oh alright a lot of cluckiness....all the best and so look forward to seeing your little family pics on the other side. xx

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  7. Oh how exciting! I can't wait to see pictures of this new addition and it's gorgeous room! What about something to read? You can always get family and friends to bring what you forget.

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    1. Just went and bought some magazines today! Great idea, thank you :)

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  8. Love, hugs and excitement to you lovely lady! X

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  9. Something to read when the little one isn't feeding is the only thing I can think of. Good luck I hope everything goes wonderfully, don't forget to be gentle with yourself and rest.

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  10. i can't believe you squeezed all that in, wow! reminds me i have to finish mine... x

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    1. EEEPPP!! So excited for you Gaby, life's about to get REAL! ;)


      xo em

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  11. where did you get that bag? Its gorgeous!

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    1. i bought it in melbourne at a market but I put a link at the end of the post with a link to similar.

      x

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  12. I bought a new Bonds hoodie for wearing in hospital...soft and comfortable. Best of luck Emily!!

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  13. take a notepad and pen to write down some very immediate thoughts and feelings. lots of love...I am currently packing away our baby era, with immense gratitude and nostalgia, but also no desire whatsoever to continue on! what a glorious time, but short-lived for good reason. see you on the other side, you five-to-be little family, you. x sarah

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  14. All the best lovely. Painted toe nails. Cheered me up no end when in pain/tired and the womanly art for baby pleasing purposes lol!

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    1. Ahhh yes, right you are!

      Got the pedi on Monday- coral to mach my fave floral pants :)

      xo em

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    2. Just a warning: some hospitals have a CS policy of removing nail polish because we need to assess oxygen flow to your extremities (nails in hands and feet) in surgery. It's heartbreaking for me to have to remove lovely pedicures sometimes!! You might want to check before you go 'all out' and get pampered on Monday xx good luck x

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  15. I bought my dear friend a gorgeous heat pack from Sussan for those nasty after-birth pains I have heard about. She popped it straight in her hospital bag! Lou says they are amazing and this childless lass has no reason to doubt her!

    Not long now! :D

    xo
    lis

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    1. Too funny Lisa- a beautiful Lisa that I know bought me EXACTLY the same thing!!

      great minds!

      xx

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  16. HUGE HUGE HUGS!
    Best of luck, rest up, enjoy that hospital food, relish your nana knickers (honestly I never went back to bikini briefs - pfft to muffin tops!).
    And remember we are all here sending you good thoughts and looking forward to meeting your gorgeous baby.

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  17. Take care Emily and enjoy every minute of the hotel, I mean hospital stay! Cannot wait to meet the teeniest Beetleshackian. mel x

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    1. BAM. i'll make it blue cheese- of oh mercy!

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  19. Big, BIG knickers. And big, BIG luck and joy to you, Em. x

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  20. How exciting, all the best. Take care and rest up (when possible). Looking forward to meeting your new family member.

    With both of mine, the touch of luxury was a pedicure – bright red to make me smile (I never ever get them normally).
    I, like you also pack HUGE, black knickers and a bazillon maxi-pads. But I'm not really adventurous with my clothes – soft button down tops that are easy to feed from and black trackies.

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  21. It's been 16 years since I last packed a hospital bag as I had homebirths for my last sic children but from what I can remember deodorant! That bag is just stunning!

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  22. And dont forget warm socks or slippers to wear over the compression stockings to keep your feet warm.
    You will do amazing Em. Can't wait to see your new little addition.x

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  23. All the best bringing the new baby into the world!

    Definitely get your toenails done...they look so much better poking out from your compression stockings when they are painted.
    And don't forget the chargers for your phone and camera!

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  24. if i could do it again (sigh) i would pack more beauty and luxury..no vile paper pants and crap night shirts! I would also pack a book and something to do! my packing was rubbish, i thought i would be in and out all 3 times and each time i was in 4 days...7days! i am so looking forward to meeting your baby number 3 and holding you in my thoughts and prayers alongside excited little eek noises that keep escaping! go emily and number 3!! xxxxxx

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  25. First time My mum packed my bag because I was already in hospital, this time (second time)
    I brought new pjs, a kimono, breastfeeding singlets + socks, big ugly undies. a little bag with some light foundation, mascara, lip balm. + the things for the baby. I do wish I took better slippers.

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  26. yay, yay, yay, yay, yay. I am counting down till the day I get to inhale baby's sweet newborn scent.

    You will be amazing x

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  27. I think I might need new PJs for the hospital too! A little treat after all that chaos! Best of luck with everything, I hope baby makes a smooth transition. x Karen

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  28. Oh, how exciting!! Definitely camera, chargers, lip balm and slippers :)

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  30. So excited for you guys! I packed a little laptop, some dvd's and some yummy organic chocolate to enjoy during the late night feeds. A nice pair of bed socks came in handy too. It sounds like you have every thing covered - look forward to hearing about your bub's arrival.

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  31. So exciting! I think you've got it covered. Don't forget lipbalm, and water. And chocolate! And I have to say, after my c-section I did wear "nanna undies" as I couldn't abide anything touching my scar - they kind of made me feel more secure, which is ridiculous, i know. I wore them for a few weeks after then enjoyed throwing them in the bin when my scar had healed. Good luck! xx

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  32. Best wishes for the next few days, Emily!
    If I was packing my hospital bag again, I'd make sure to include some chunky muesli cookies! I was ravenous after giving birth (and for the months that followed), and the hospital food was revolting! My close relatives were kind enough to supply me with yummy, covert meals!
    I hope all goes as smoothly as possible and I can't wait to hear news of the little one's safe arrival :-)

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  33. I'm 10 weeks away from having my 4th baby. My 14 yr old son is loading (albeit not very enthusiastically) my kindle with new books (despite prefering the real thing, the kindle has the advantage of saving space and the luxury of choosing whatever novel I may be in the mood for) New pyjamas a must, will not let myself wear them yet but have washed them in lovely scented detergents.Embarrassed to admit i get them out of my bag often just to ponder and smell them. Have really connected with your blog over the last few months. Wishing you all the happiness in the world X Andrea

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  34. How exciting... I have a photo on my fridge of my husband & children (with our third baby only hours old) and it makes me smile everytime I see it because it was the best day of my life, as I new I had 'all' my family together for the first time... happy days!! All the best. Liesl x

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  35. These are really useful tips, esp the bit about the undies. I only have hipsters at the moment but now that I've read this post, I'll be getting the regular ones just in case I end up having a c-section. I'll definitely be keeping these tips in mind for when I have my baby in September.

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  36. I'm a mama of 3 and my last baby has been the most delicious sweet little peach. Just reading this makes me cluck cluck cluck for one more! Can't wait to see what lies ahead for you and your family.

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  37. I am so excited for you em, I hope you have a beautiful rest for those four day, thinking of you lots xx

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  38. How about a journal? I think that's something I'd like to have handy. You could write Baby a letter while you wait to meet :)

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  39. Oh I adore that baby bag and I'm SO excited for you! Can't wait to meet Baby Beetleshack v3.0. My handcream and peppermint footspray were my favourite things. I really suffered with swollen a feet a couple of days after my daughter was born (until my milk came in) and the Peppermint FS was really cooling. Big kisses to your belly xx

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  40. I love you bag, and i love that you treat yourself to new pj's! But some essential items that I took with me include

    1. A photo of my eldest child
    2. A book (or two) depending on how fast you read... it really is quite when its just you and the newbie
    3. Music (just download some on le old iphone!)
    4. Chocolate (and lots of it) - shhhhh hide it!!!

    Yay! all the best for the arrival of Baby Beetleshack! xx

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  41. Good luck to you my dear.

    I cannot wait to hear your wonderful baby announcement.

    xx

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  42. Sounds like you were totally sorted! This is coming to you AFTER you have had your baby, so ... did you pack everything you needed?


    I did not pack enough knickers when I went in to have baby #3 - not cool. Not cool at all!

    Hugs,
    B

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em