As you know, Lest and I are both about to pop - I'm at 38 weeks and Celeste is at 30 weeks, exciting times ahead! We've both caught the nesting bug big time and things are all set up in our nurseries, ready for our beautiful babies to arrive.
I'm not going to lie, it's been wonderful having our own online store to shop at and test out a range of the most luxe baby products to stock our hospital bags and nurseries with. So much fun! But seeing as we're first time mums we've also asked our top customers with kids for their feedback about our products, because, well, we haven't even got our babies yet!
So with their help, and our own testing, this is what we've purchased for our hospital bags and nursery.
The hospital bag
1. Pads, pads and more pads
We've been warned - things won't be pretty down there post-birth! So our bags are full of the beautiful TOM Organic maternity and nursing pads.
2. Nourishment for our lips
Everyone keeps saying that we'll need lipbalm so I've packed the Lanolips 101 Ointment Multipurpose Balm. I've been using it on my itchy nipples and my lips and will continue to do so during my hospital stay, I'm sure.
3. A blend of essential oils to help during labour
Little Bairn Calming Labour Blend contains a special blend of 100% pure, certified organic essential oils to relax (!?) and ground mum during labour. Here's the ingredient list:
- Cedarwood Atlas: To soothe and ground. Helps reduce stress, anxiety and tension.
- Lemon: To help restore focus.
- Mandarin Red: To help revive and restore mental energy.
- Lavender Maillette: To bring deep relaxation. Also stimulates circulation which in turn facilitates easy breathing.
- Bergamot: To gently release pent-up emotion.
- Chamomile Roman: To help bring a sense of calm.
Directions: Diffuse into air, or add two drops to a tissue and place under pillow.
I was lucky enough to be given an electric diffuser / vaporiser so I'll be taking that with me to the hospital. You just need a little water, a dash of essential oils and the room fills with a subtle scent which we hope will help, even if just a little!
4. Body oil
I've also put into my bag my favourite body oil by Eco. Modern Essentials - everyone swears by its magical powers to minimise stretch marks and it just feels so nourishing, I'm sure I'll want to use it after a nice hot shower post-birth.
The Nursery - change table
So this is my change table as it is currently set up. I'm sure it will get messed up and moved around a lot as soon as I start changing actual nappies (!) but so far I have boxes of nappies, loads of face washers and rags (all washed with The Laundress Baby Detergent!), a first aid kit (the green bag on the bottom) and a cute little nipple container given to me by my brother Tim - no idea what to put in there but it's too funny not to have out on display!
And here are a list of the products that have been recommended to fully kit out my change table:
1. Little Bairn oils, balms and sprays
I've been recommended a number of products from the Little Bairn range, including the bottom balm and the talc-free powder. I've also got the sleepy time bath and massage oil and the sleepy time nursery spray - because anything that helps them nod off is worth a go right!?
2. Odours be gone - room sprays
I've also got an odour-be-gone mist spray by Bondi Wash. I've changed some pretty smelly nappies in my life (courtesy of my little brothers and now my nieces!) so I know how useful it is to have a natural room spray close to hand for the bigger explosions.
3. Natural hand sanitiser
I'm already using and loving the Dr Bronner's Lavendar and Organic Hand Sanitiser - you can spray it onto hands to quickly kill bacteria when no soap and water are available, or use as deodoriser: spray twice or more into the air to enjoy a wonderful lavender aroma. Spray on children’s hands and faces to clean up sticky messes too! So nice not to have to worry about all the chemicals in those commercial versions.
4. WotNot wipes
I'm stocked up on WotNot Biodegradable Baby Wipes. They've been developed by two Australian mums to cleanse, moisturise and soothe your baby naturally. Using only the finest and most gentle natural extracts, all WOTNOT products are free from sulphates, petrochemicals, parabens, chlorine, artificial preservatives and fragrances - they know WOTNOT to put in. WOTNOT baby wipes are 100% biodegradable and compostable. They are enriched with Australian certified organic aloe vera to gently cleanse even the most delicate skin.
I've also packed two nappy bags - one for me and one for my husband, Brendan, who is going to be the stay at home dad after the first few months. So of course I've included a pack of the these wipes in the travel pack version for wen we're out and about or in the car.
Next on my list - the recommended items
Everyone that has tried out the DnA Elements baby range swears by all their products - so next on my list is the Baby Vapour Rub and the Baby After Bath Lotion.
I'm also dying to get one of everything from the Brightwood range, including the gorgeous baby nail brush and this bebe comb. So much cuteness!
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Do you think I've got everything I need for my hospital bag and change tabe? Or have I forgotten something important? Would love to hear your recommendations!