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baby essentials - part 1

baby essentials - part 1

As baby 3 fast approaches me and my family... it's to the point of packing that darn bag again. I feel as if I just unpacked it with my second... and he's soon to be 3 come february. Where to heck is our time going?? Which brought me to this post. Mostly, for my first time mom's out there and of course everyone will have different views on what goes into packing that bag. but here's mine!

As baby 3 fast approaches me and my family... it's to the point of packing that darn bag again. I feel as if I just unpacked it with my second... and he's soon to be 3 come february. Where to heck is our time going?? Which brought me to this post. Mostly, for my first time mom's out there and of course everyone will have different views on what goes into packing that bag. but here's mine!

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.

the aden and anais even come with a little "how to" on the swaddling end of things... my husband has been a pro since day one with this and myself... I may handle a few newborns from time to time so I;m not too shabby either.

the aden and anais even come with a little "how to" on the swaddling end of things... my husband has been a pro since day one with this and myself... I may handle a few newborns from time to time so I;m not too shabby either.

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. 

These are some major hospital essentials. ESPECIALLY the lanolin cream or nipple cream. Ladies- you'll thank me later.   

These are some major hospital essentials. ESPECIALLY the lanolin cream or nipple cream. Ladies- you'll thank me later. 

 

well after having a period free 9 or so months you will likely curse this part of child birth, but it's reality, Think about it. You're giving birth to a 7+ pound child through your vagina, what do you think is going to happen. All I can say is stock up on those heavy duty over nighters... you'll be needing them. It's okay, it will calm down eventually and will go back to "normal" but will take a wee bit.

well after having a period free 9 or so months you will likely curse this part of child birth, but it's reality, Think about it. You're giving birth to a 7+ pound child through your vagina, what do you think is going to happen. All I can say is stock up on those heavy duty over nighters... you'll be needing them. It's okay, it will calm down eventually and will go back to "normal" but will take a wee bit.

These are handy to stuff a few in your purse, in your car, in the diaper bag, in a kitchen cup board and especially in your drawer at the office. They will save you from a few embarrassing moments here and there. When your milk first comes in, it really comes in. That a fabulous thing for you and your babes, trust me. Nothing better then nursing your little one. It one of my fav things with new babies. However along with the golden rush of liquid gold comes a few leaks here and there. These nursing pads will help ya out:) but we sure to add some nipple cream on there first so you don't stick to the pad. Basically like ripping off a bandaid if you don't. ouchie. not fun. learnt the hard way. boom- you've been warned. 

These are handy to stuff a few in your purse, in your car, in the diaper bag, in a kitchen cup board and especially in your drawer at the office. They will save you from a few embarrassing moments here and there. When your milk first comes in, it really comes in. That a fabulous thing for you and your babes, trust me. Nothing better then nursing your little one. It one of my fav things with new babies. However along with the golden rush of liquid gold comes a few leaks here and there. These nursing pads will help ya out:) but we sure to add some nipple cream on there first so you don't stick to the pad. Basically like ripping off a bandaid if you don't. ouchie. not fun. learnt the hard way. boom- you've been warned. 

Next to your squeeze bottle (you can ask me personally about what that is) this will be your other best friend. This will save your poor nipples from cracks, soreness and bleeding. Now of course the best method of this is proper feeding, so don't be scared to get that lactation consultant in there asap so that you're feeing proper right off the hop. The in home nurse that comes to your home few days after you have arrived are so knowledgable and handy. Super helpful woman and an amazing program that the Public Health puts on. - big thanks to you ladies. I could go on for days about the benefits of nursing your baby. Perhaps a whole other post in itself:) 

Next to your squeeze bottle (you can ask me personally about what that is) this will be your other best friend. This will save your poor nipples from cracks, soreness and bleeding. Now of course the best method of this is proper feeding, so don't be scared to get that lactation consultant in there asap so that you're feeing proper right off the hop. The in home nurse that comes to your home few days after you have arrived are so knowledgable and handy. Super helpful woman and an amazing program that the Public Health puts on. - big thanks to you ladies. I could go on for days about the benefits of nursing your baby. Perhaps a whole other post in itself:) 

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...

-flip flops

-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.. 

-some munches 

- big, ugly, comfy nursing bras (there's very little glamour to giving birth people)

-toothbrush and bathroom essentials

to name a few things

 

 

 

 

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