Swaddling Blankets - Most every baby that is born gets wrapped in that white pink and blue stripped hospital blanket. There may be a reason for this but I prefer to bring along my own and those hospital blankets are washed in harsh chemicals daily. Not to mention these bamboo blankets by Aden and Anais are extremely soft and cozy. I may have accumulated a few over the last few kids. They are perfect for swaddling, a cover up for nursing if covering makes you feel more comfortable. These are especially fabulous in the summer as they keep the heat out and that poor babe won't sweat as bad under there trying to grab a light snack.
I love purchasing these from our local beauty The Better Good on Broadway. While I was there I found this new gem by Coyuchi. I just love the colours and the feel of this lovely swaddling blanket. My husband and I do not find out the gender of our babies so I thought this was a perfect addition to some white bamboo blankies for our new babes.
For each child we are blessed with I purchase a blue and a pink of something cute I come across for its "welcome to the world" debut. I usually find my goodies at our local McNally Robinson upstairs in the kiddie section. They carry some of the cutest finds in there. These two caps are made by Kate Quinn.
Bring along some good ole chapstick!! For those hours of hard labour you will be wanting this.. as you most likely will have some dry mouth happening. On top of craving chap stick you'll also be wanting a cold cloth on your forehead and some ice chips to munch on.
If you have littles at home, they may be feeling a little left out so purchase them a few things to keep them occupied once home with new babes. Of course they'll be wanting to help all things baby but you're going to want some "alone" time as well. These will keep them excited and busy, well for at least one or two feeds anyways. I found these fun items at McNally Robinson. My fav puzzles are made by Crocodile Creek. They are the greatest quality and have the cutest illustrations on them. Tons of fun!
Lastly, well I'm sure I've missed a ton...
-comfy pants with a loose waist band - if you end up with a c-section
-TUNES- Must have tunes to play while labouring. It helps me anyways.
-a deck of cards and a crib board in case there is some down time... our first one we did anyways..
- big, ugly, comfy nursing bras (there's very little glamour to giving birth people)
-toothbrush and bathroom essentials
to name a few things