Many mums-to-be become very conscious of harmful chemicals contain in everyday products and textiles which can irritate baby’s sensitive skin.
So here is a list of what to take in your pregnancy bag. I have tried to keep it as sensible as possbile while highlighting eco options when available.
Don’t forget to pack in advance in case your little one decide to arrive early.
- Hospitals notes and /or birthplan.
- Old nightdress or oversized tee shirt to give birth in.
- Music, magazines, book (just in case.. keep it light an easy).
- Cooling Spray.
- Pillow, Yoga Ball, massage oil (such as Natalia – Labour Massage Oil), heat pack, hot water bottle and everything else that will make you feel more comfortable and ease the pain.
- Helios Homoeopathic Childbirth Kit (get your birth partner to study the kit before hand!).
- Tens machine (if using – Avoid my mistake and check it before hand rather than arriving at the hospital and notice the pads are missing!).
- Healthy Snacks (rice cake, juice, crackers… something light and easy for you to eat and something a bit more substantial for your birth partner).
- Lots of change (for vending machines emergency)
Depending what time you give birth (baby are given the all clear to leave 6-8hrs after birth) or if you have a c-section you might have to stay at the hospital overnight or even a few days. So plan for at least an overnight stay just in case.
- Loose fitting comfortable nightdress or pyjamas (practical enough to breast feed).
- Clothes to go home in (loose fitting and comfortable)
- Nursing Bras such as Anielina
- Nightgown, slippers.
- Heavy flow, night time or pregnancy sanitary towels (Natracare makes 100% organic cotton ones which are also chlorine-free).
- A few pairs of old panties that you will not mind throwing away.
- Camera (and phone numbers of all the people you will want to tell).
- Toiletries (hairbrush, shower gel, toothbrush, toothpaste etc… and anything else to make you feel human again!).
- Ecover Cream cleanser + sponge (in case the hospital sink / shower or bath is not as clean as you wish).
- Arnica (Helios Homoeopathic Childbirth Kit) to make your recovery quicker.
- Healthy Snacks (cereal bars, seeds, juice etc.. personally I also indulge in chocolate bars. I was shocked to see what the hospital had on offer for food).
- 3-5 pyjamas
- 3-5 bodysuits
- Swaddling Blanket
- Biodegradable Disposable nappies + Nappy Sacks such as Moltex Oko or Nature Babycare. (even if you are using real nappies for the first few days use disposables. The first bowel movements contain meconium which is black, sticky and very hard to clean)
- Cotton Wool (Simply Gentle make a range of organic one)
- Biodegradable Wipes (look out for Natracare, Earth Friendly Baby etc.. best to go for unscented one).
- Organic Baby Clothes to go home in (make sure if the weather is not that warm that you have something warm enough)
- Car Seat + Organic Blanket (if it’s cold)