So I’m very close to my due date now and I only have a few weeks left, of which my baby girl could arrive at any point. Who knows, by the time you are reading this I could have had her? That would be very exciting.
I thought I would share with you what I packed in my baby bag. I have a bag for items for my baby and a bag for items for me. I have them both packed, ready by the front door for when I go into labour. A few things to note first is that I plan on having a normal delivery which means I have not planned to have a caesarian section. Thus I have only packed enough items to stay in hospital for one night. If I do need to stay in longer than Andy can always go get more items from home. The other thing to note for medical reasons, I cannot breastfeed and therefore I will be bottlefeeding.
So I thought some people might be interested in what I’ve packed for the baby and might find it useful for themselves. I might do a post about what was in my hospital bag, but I think I will do this after the birth and review what I found useful and what was not so much.
Let’s crack on then..
I wanted a bag that I could use again, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. I opted for a Primark bag and I really love it. It’s a pink and grey colour and it has a strap so we don’t have to lug it around with us and it has two compartments. The bottom compartment is separated by a zip and is where I’ve kept the baby’s first outfit and going home outfit. I can definitely use this in the future for either the gym (hm) or weekends away.
– Nappies – what is in the picture is not all that I am taking with me, but I picked a handful for the photo. Obviously we all know the score with babies so nappies have to be a number 1 essential. I believe these are Huggies nappies Newborn nappies, but we have loads of different brands of nappies ready and waiting.
– Cotton wool balls- My midwife suggested that when babies are first born to clean them with some warm water and cotton wool balls. So I have a large selection of them which I’ve stored in a unused nappy bag in my baby hospital bag. Again I’ve picked up a handful for the photo. These are Tesco own cotton wool balls, but most supermarkets will sell them.
– Nappy bags – You can get nappy bags just about in any store (except Aldi for some reason) and they are essential if you do not want dirty nappies sitting on the side. I have brought the pack as it was easier than taking a few with me to hospital. These are bio-degradable and from Tesco.
– Bottles – I’m taking with me sterilised Tommee Tippee Newborn bottles to hospital as I will be bottlefeeding. I’m well aware we will need to sterilise them again before feeding her, but I didn’t want to take them straight from the packaging to the bag. I’m taking about 5 in my bag, I don’t know if I’ll need this many for an overnight stay but better to be prepared. These bottles came in a Tommee Tippee Complete Feeding set and if you are pregnant and looking for sterilisers, bottles etc I would recommend this.
– Ready Made Formula – Again on my midwife’s advice that we wouldn’t want to be spending time making the powdered formula up when she is first born, we bought a few bottles of ready made formula. I will not be using these after the hospital and we have powdered formula at home. The recommendation was buy the same ready-made formula as the formula you will be using at home. However Aldi do not sell ready made formula, so I’m hoping this does not matter too much. There was 4 bottles in a pack and I’m taking them all.
– Blanket – She may need a few extra blankets if the weather continues as it has. This is just a plain knitted pink blanket that is from Mothercare.
So I’ve packed a few spare outfits in case or when she is sick/needs changing or I have a change of mind. A lot of newborn clothing can vary in sizing depending on what shop you go too and also I don’t know how big she will be when she is born. I’m still in two minds to pack another couple of baby grows and vests just in case.. I probably will.
The rabbit baby grow is from Tesco (We just have a Tesco nearby OK!) and it’s super comfy fleece material that she will look extra cute in – they are no longer selling it. The vest is from Morrisons Nutmeg clothing section and I just like what it says on the front. I’ve also included two pairs of socks that were a present from one of my closest friends and they are from Cath Kidston. I have around three pairs of scratch mitts that are from Sainsbury’s Tu Clothing Section. I have included two bibs and I just think they are so beautiful with the flowering patterns on and for some reason I have become obsessed with rabbits. This little baby is going to have a lot of rabbit related items. The bibs are from Sainsbury’s Tu Clothing Section as well. There are two muslins squares here and one has Winnie the Pooh on which I’m obsessed with, as she has a lot of Winnie the Pooh items in her nursery. They are from mothercare.
Finally her going home outfit and first outfit. I just cannot wait to put her in these and to hold her ahh!
It’s hard to see on the picture but her first outfit consists of a baby grow with sheep on it and it’s from Next. I didn’t want to go for anything too bold for her first outfit as I just want her to look adorable, which I’m sure she will. I’ve also included a pink plain vest with a little bear in the corner which is from Gap Baby. The hat and little shoes were knitted by Andy’s mum so they are originals.
The going home outfit consists of the baby grow with avocados on and says “Let’s Ava-cuddle” and this was the first item we bought for her. It also comes with a matching hat. This was from next. I’ve also included a vest that says “Born to play Xbox with my daddy” and this is from Etsy and was what I bought Andy after our 12 week scan. I’ve included a cardigan depending on the weather and this was again knitted by Andy’s mum.
So I hope you found that interesting and let me know what you packed/are packing in your baby bag.