Newborn photographer Fareham shares hospital bag tips…….One thing I really missed in 2020 was booking and planning a holiday, and especially buying lots of little bits and pieces for the holiday each week. Usually, I love making lists of all the things that I need for the holiday, and ticking each of them off as I buy them. It’s all part of the ever-growing excitement of looking forward to your holiday. It must be similar to when you find out you’re pregnant, and as it gets nearer to your due date, you start to get your hospital bag ready. While it can be exciting looking forward to meeting your new bundle of joy, I’m sure it can also be a bit scary at the thought of going through labour.
Bag? Or Even Suitcase?
So, how early did you pack your hospital bag? Perhaps you’ve chosen a bag, or even a suitcase. When I was doing some research for my blog post, I found that there are lots of websites that offer advice on what to put in your hospital bag. This list is great – it’s from the NHS. It covers all the practical things you will need for you – and your baby.
I also loved the Which website the best, as it gave some examples of what parents forgot to pack. The main point being snacks. And also one mum who wished she’d packed her favourite chocolate bar. I love the way it included some thinking out of the box ideas – like gin!
This was a great hospital bag post: https://somethingdifferentltd.co.uk/hospital-bag-checklist/
Thinking Outside the… Bag
I also thought I would come up with a list of some unusual hospital bag recommendations.
First of all, I thought I would start with my choice of bag. I just love this gorgeous duffle bag from Katie Loxton. It looks amazing. You might have seen in my recent post that I am drawn to the colour pink and what a surprise, this bag is pink too. This website also has some great baby gift ideas.
A few years ago, when I was preparing a post on what to pack in your hospital bag, a mum recommended boiled sweets, as your mouth can get pretty dry when in labour. So now, in my lovely welcome pack for my mummies, I pop a little card with my contact details so that when their little one arrives, the mummy can message me so that I can get them booked into the diary. And with the card, I send them a few boiled heart sweets too. Something sweet before we meet in my lovely newborn photography studio at Cams Hall!
Who would ever have thought that a bendy straw would make it to a hospital bag? Well, when you feel hot and thirsty during labour, it might not be possible to sit up, but with a bendy straw you can drink from any angle, and you don’t have to move to a new position either.
Pretty in Pink Daddy to Be
A couple of years ago, I used to pop in some lip balm into the welcome pack as your lips can get chapped during labour. Lip balm is a great way to hydrate your lips. What I didn’t realise was that the lip balm was bright pink, and one of the dads used it without knowing it was bright pink. I would love to have taken a photo of him!
On many of the hospital lists I’ve seen, it recommends socks and slippers. Especially at this time of the year, our feet get cold, so it’s always comforting to snuggle up on the sofa with some lovely cosy socks or slippers. I’ve never been a big fan of slippers, but my best friend bought me some slipper socks for Christmas, and I have to admit that these have been great with a cold kitchen floor in lockdown. For you though, not only will slippers keep your feet warm, they’re also great for walking up and down the labour ward, and protecting your feet from any foot infections.
Going back to planning my holiday shopping list, I also normally download some audio books from my Amazon Audible account. And with lockdown, I’m now on a mission to get more exercise so I’ve gone to my Audible account to download some books to listen to whilst I’m out and about walking.
So what else would you include in your hospital bag? I would love to hear your comments.