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“ What did you have in your birthing bag – or wish you had? ”

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It would probably be faster to list what I didn't have in my birthing bag than trying to remember all the things that I did pack.

No, really!

Look, I had read all the magazines and I had torn out the pages with the suggested ‘what to pack’ check lists.  I was so onto it, and my bags were pretty much packed and ready to go from about week eighteen… you know… just in case.

I had ‘baby’s first’ outfits (a couple to choose from in case I couldn't quite decide), ‘meet the grandparents’ outfits, and of course a selection of ‘going home’ outfits - all washed and neatly folded.

I had at least three different types of dummies and breast pads, maternity pads, burping cloths, swaddles, button-up nighties, elastic waist trackies, a variety of baby books, baby journals, baby rattles, cuddly toys, and a lunch box full of prosciutto.

What?

It had been a while between slices of deli meat.

And that was just the baby’s bag.

I had a whole other bag packed for the actual birthing suite.

That ‘birthing’ bag had clearly-typed instructions on how I wanted a drug free birth, along with a pack of playing cards (to entertain the Read more

It would probably be faster to list what I didn't have in my birthing bag than trying to remember all the things that I did pack.

No, really!

Look, I had read all the magazines and I had torn out the pages with the suggested ‘what to pack’ check lists.  I was so onto it, and my bags were pretty much packed and ready to go from about week eighteen… you know… just in case.

I had ‘baby’s first’ outfits (a couple to choose from in case I couldn't quite decide), ‘meet the grandparents’ outfits, and of course a selection of ‘going home’ outfits - all washed and neatly folded.

I had at least three different types of dummies and breast pads, maternity pads, burping cloths, swaddles, button-up nighties, elastic waist trackies, a variety of baby books, baby journals, baby rattles, cuddly toys, and a lunch box full of prosciutto.

What?

It had been a while between slices of deli meat.

And that was just the baby’s bag.

I had a whole other bag packed for the actual birthing suite.

That ‘birthing’ bag had clearly-typed instructions on how I wanted a drug free birth, along with a pack of playing cards (to entertain the hubby and I as we passed the time between contractions). 

There was an oil burner and lavender oil to make the room smell nice, an eye mask for snoozing, and a CD called ‘The Call of the Ocean’ (which was basically just 60 minutes of whale sounds). 

I have no idea why I had a CD of whale sounds… I think I read somewhere that they were supposed to be soothing (or something) for both the baby and the mother.

I had a flowing cotton night gown from Country Road that I intended on wearing during the birth.  It was white and had pretty little embroidered flower buttons on it.  There was a pair of fluffy bed socks, a make-up bag, a list of people to call and their phone numbers, some spare change, bottles of water, and a variety of snacks to keep my husband’s hunger at bay.

Well, I can tell you that pretty much 99% of those things were a complete waste of time.

I had a hard enough time concentrating on just remembering to breathe during the contractions, let alone play a game of cards - and if someone had dared to use the words ‘drug free’, I would probably have thrown a stainless steel kidney dish at their head, before I shoved a pair of forceps down their throat. 

The smell of lavender gave me one gigantic headache, and the poor whales sounded seriously like they were being harpooned (which I found very distressing, especially after the sounds were amplified after a puff or two on the happy gas). 

The smell of Doritos® on my husband’s breath made me want to punch him, and I couldn't give a rat’s ass about how I looked, so the make-up bag was a complete joke.

The pretty night gown didn't even make it out of the bag, because somewhere between arriving at the hospital with a level of modesty intact, and screaming for nobody and nothing to touch me, I pretty much decided I was going a la natural… except for the bed socks. 

I definitely recommend packing some bed socks.

 

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Sonia

Sonia is a proud Mama of three beautiful boys, a domestic goddess, perfectionist and overall crafty individual. Being a true Gemini, Sonia has the personality for any occasion with all instances expressed in her blog Life Love and Hiccups. The blog is her outlet to share fabulously flawed attempts at being the unstoppable mother and wife. Sonia’s often-hilarious hiccups in life are posted with her audience throughout social platforms, in an attempt to make the audience feel good, relaxed and at home. Sonia shares her crafting adventures, love of cushions, life with boys and other random stuff along the way.
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My last baby was a planned homebirth (almost four years ago) so there was no birthing bag to be packed.  I remember having my baby bag packed and ready to go just in case when I was about seven months pregnant with my first child.  I must have packed and repacked it at least a hundred times over.  What did I have in my bag?  About half a dozen outfits, singlets, swaddles, bibs and of course a cuddly toy or two. 

I loved the smell of baby stuff - from the wipes to the hand-washed tiny clothes.  Packing the bag was always an exciting event, because you’re almost there but not quite, and you’re just so desperate to finally meet this baby.  I actually wish I did pack a bag for my homebirth, because in the end it was a two hour labour from start to finish, and when the time arrived there was no time to organise or prepare.  My poor husband was running around the house at 3am looking for everything we needed.  He kept bringing out the wrong clothes, and didn’t quite understand that the first outfit was kind of a big deal.  In hindsight, I wish I had of been more organised and set aside a  small bag with some baby clothes, blankets and that very important first nappy.  But in the end it doesn’ Read more

My last baby was a planned homebirth (almost four years ago) so there was no birthing bag to be packed.  I remember having my baby bag packed and ready to go just in case when I was about seven months pregnant with my first child.  I must have packed and repacked it at least a hundred times over.  What did I have in my bag?  About half a dozen outfits, singlets, swaddles, bibs and of course a cuddly toy or two. 

I loved the smell of baby stuff - from the wipes to the hand-washed tiny clothes.  Packing the bag was always an exciting event, because you’re almost there but not quite, and you’re just so desperate to finally meet this baby.  I actually wish I did pack a bag for my homebirth, because in the end it was a two hour labour from start to finish, and when the time arrived there was no time to organise or prepare.  My poor husband was running around the house at 3am looking for everything we needed.  He kept bringing out the wrong clothes, and didn’t quite understand that the first outfit was kind of a big deal.  In hindsight, I wish I had of been more organised and set aside a  small bag with some baby clothes, blankets and that very important first nappy.  But in the end it doesn’t matter if you have forgotten something, because what really matters is that you’re taking home a healthy baby.

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Sarah

Sarah is a passionate, fit, family-orientated, loving Mum of four kids and a ‘hippy’ husband. She is on the journey to move more, eat better and live a life well loved! As a Registered Midwife and Nurse, when it comes to writing about health matters Sarah gracefully separates fact from fiction while combining personal experience with university qualifications. Sarah sets the standards high with her understanding of nutrition with the additional help from her sidekick Hubby, Brad. Move Fuel Love showcases Sarah's passion for fitness, family and zest for life.
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Guess what?  I didn’t even have my bag packed when I went into labour with my first child!  You see, I had finished work a few days beforehand, and my due date was still two weeks away, so I thought I had plenty of time.  But my daughter decided to come early and I wasn’t as organised as I wanted to be.   I did have a general idea of what I wanted to pack, which my husband and I threw together, when, after the first six hours of light contractions, we realised I really WAS in labour.   But there was one particular thing we forgot in the rush: we didn’t pack any clothes for the baby!  The hospital had spare clothes so that was all good, and my husband went shopping for baby clothes the next day.   The next time I gave birth, I was more organised earlier on!

After doing the process four times over now, there are certain things on my list to pack:

  • Lanolin nipple cream
  • Pawpaw ointment
  • Cloth breast pads.  I preferred cloth to disposable, and they are easy to throw in the wash with regular clothes.
  • Maternity pads
  • Pretty (but comfy) pyjamas.  Make sure they are easy for breastfeeding.
  • Bed socks/light slippers
  • Undergarments
  • Toiletr Read more

Guess what?  I didn’t even have my bag packed when I went into labour with my first child!  You see, I had finished work a few days beforehand, and my due date was still two weeks away, so I thought I had plenty of time.  But my daughter decided to come early and I wasn’t as organised as I wanted to be.   I did have a general idea of what I wanted to pack, which my husband and I threw together, when, after the first six hours of light contractions, we realised I really WAS in labour.   But there was one particular thing we forgot in the rush: we didn’t pack any clothes for the baby!  The hospital had spare clothes so that was all good, and my husband went shopping for baby clothes the next day.   The next time I gave birth, I was more organised earlier on!

After doing the process four times over now, there are certain things on my list to pack:

  • Lanolin nipple cream
  • Pawpaw ointment
  • Cloth breast pads.  I preferred cloth to disposable, and they are easy to throw in the wash with regular clothes.
  • Maternity pads
  • Pretty (but comfy) pyjamas.  Make sure they are easy for breastfeeding.
  • Bed socks/light slippers
  • Undergarments
  • Toiletries – including hairbrush, hair band, lip gloss and a bit of foundation.  I used the lip-gloss for blush if I felt like it.
  • A nice loose-fitting outfit and shoes for going home
  • Bag for dirty clothes
  • Snacks (muesli bar, dried fruit)– I never found hospital food to be enough!
  • Something to read
  • Camera – or Smartphone
  • Clothes for baby
  • Breastfeeding pillow
  • Being organised certainly helps, but if you don’t have things perfectly, it all pans out in the end.
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Kelly

Kelly is an inspiration for all Mums who see the joy in life and motherhood in a fast-paced world. She loves every moment in life from little to big, is inspired by all and creates beautiful masterpieces along the way. Kelly believes in creating a happy childhood for her children, it’s like gifting them little memory anchors that can be drawn throughout their entire life. Be a Fun Mum is Kelly's blog where she showcases insight into being the absolute best mum she can be.