To be super prepared for your trip to the hospital to deliver your little bundle(s) of joy, 'they' suggest to pack 3/4 bags.
For the hospital: 1. For Mom Pre Delivery - Health care card and insurance forms - ear plugs - soothing music - distractions to pass time - movies, magazines, pen and paper - robe, housecoat and/or sweater - socks 2- 3 pairs - slippers - toiletries and personal items; lip balm, lotion, brush, tooth brush, deodorant, contact solution, shampoo conditioner (travel size is best), hair tie - sugar-free candies to keep mouth moist during labour (sugar candies will make you thirsty) Optional: - extra pillow - bath towel + hair dryer - swim suit (for the shower, if you like) - mini fan This bag can then go back in the car after birth and bring in the following items: 2. Post Delivery - nursing bra (Bravado brand is great but pricey, Thyme sells more affordable ones) - breast pads - breast pump (if you want them to show you how to use it) - button up comfy pj's (as it is cold at night and you have to take your gown off to nurse), night gown that can be ruined - maternity/full bum under wear (6 pairs-pads don't work well in thong) - heavy flow maxi pads (over night with wings - you will need to wear for a few weeks after vaginal delivery) - a comfortable (and cute) outfit (for pictures when leaving) 3. For baby - pacifiers/soothers - swaddle/receiving blankets (hospital has some but nice to have your own good quality ones) - undershirts (3) - a couple newborn size sleepers (zipper instead of snaps, with feet if possible) - newborn size socks - hats - scratch mittens - 5-10 newborn/infant diapers (Pampers Swaddlers are great) and wipes - a warm blanket - seasonally appropriate out door gear - plastic bag for laundry
4. For Dad - energy drinks, popcicles and food (for mom and him as he maybe getting a work out supporting mom through labour) - a change of clothes and hygiene products - a swim suit (if he decides to join Mom in the shower/tub) - labour tools to help mom (massage tools, oils, tennis balls, hot/cold compress, etc) -list of comfort techniques for mom (here through maternity book) - ear plugs - change for vending machines - cell phone and charger - camera w extra batteries, memory card - music - movies/I pad - gum
Make sure car seat(s) are in the car and you know how to properly secure baby in it (the hospital won't let you leave without checking)
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My Mom just sent me the link to this post from a fellow Mom blogger and it brought me to tears. It is a beautiful way to describe the incredible transformations our bodies go through as mothers and a positive way at looking at the evidence left behind after the miracle of birth. There are things about my body that will never be the same after carrying the twins but I wouldn't trade those beautiful little boys for any body in the world and they certainly bring me more joy than a six pack. Enjoy this beautiful post from a young mother...
28 December 2013
"Babies Ruin Bodies"
An Ode to my Postpartum Body.
Before I became pregnant, someone told me, "don't have a baby, babies ruin your body." It has been over a year since Anabel began her life. This time last year she was a
microscopic speck inside of me, and we were announcing our pregnancy. Between then
and now, I have gained and lost fifty pounds. Four months after her birth, and my body
still carries proof of her existence.
I have dark pools under my eyes. A valley where my belly button once was. Hips with a new
amplitude that my teenage self wouldn't recognize. I have lines mapped across the
mountainsof stretched skin left over on my midsection. Lightening bolts on my sides proving
I once was too small to contain all of the love that filled me. Lines indicating that my
daughter once lived inside of me.
Do you realize the significance in that? Every limb, finger, toe...her heart, even,
developed near the very place my own heart beats inside of my chest. Those mountains of
skin are all I have left to prove that we were once one and not two.
How can I be ashamed of that?
I have so much to say about seeing my grandfather's eyes embedded into the sockets, and
under the brows and lashes of her father's. I see the seventeen year old boy I fell in love
with, and my grandpa as a child all at once every time she looks up at me. She even
wears my ears and my chin. The two very things I cursed having the most growing up. Not
much makes me feel more beautiful than seeing tiny renditions of those same features on
Anabel, and realizing just how special they are.
My body grew that. Not everybody has that privilege. Sure my belly is a bit softer nowadays, but the way it moves when I jump up and down
sends my girl into fits of giggles. And yeah, my hips are hardly as narrow as they used to
be, but they sure know the perfect figure-8 motion to sway her to sleep. My twenty-one
year old hair is even beginning to gray, but not much soothes her more than my hair
between her little fingers.
I am not something flawless in the eyes of society, or even close to what I once was
physically, but my perfect girl sees me for who I am. To her, I hang the moon. She knows my heart - she knew it long before we met. And she loves me for it.
I cannot tell you how much worth and validation I feel because of that truth. My body is only a vessel for my spirit. An incredible vessel. It is strong, well, abled, and
My body is full of life.
My body is powerful.
My body made me a mother.
If anything, I was ruined by the world before I knew her, and she made me whole again.
I have added my own personal opinions as well since I recently had twins.
I have polled 25+ Mom's across
Canada and asked them for their favorite must haves and tips. Including nurses/medical professionals and moms of multiples. Answers are in
order of popularity when numbered. This list is updated often so please check back. (last updated Jan 13, 2014) See below:
breast pump - 1. Medela Electric (Double Pump, Freestyle) Must for twins, 2.
Avent double pump
tip: these are expensive you can borrow, rent or buy a used one as
nipple cream - Lansinoh, Medela nipple cream & breast
pads, Lanolin, breast milk
- Some say no cream or aids should be needed as breast feeding should
not be painful if it done correctly. If it is painful for you, seek out
the many local help options to assist you and baby with getting the proper
- applying a few drops of breast milk to nipples right after feeding
si one of the best natural healers
- start applying as soon as you start breast feeding – don’t wait
until nipples are sore
- other great nipple aids: nipple shields, Lanisoh cooling pads,
breast pads for leakage
- the hospitals are using a new cream called Baby Butz www.babybutz.com , that
is supposed to be amazing. I find it to be really thick and hard to spread but
works perfectly directly around the anus to prevent diaper rash and then use
something creamier for the rest of the bum/area.
- baby's bum needs to be very dry before applying the cream,
otherwise it locks in the moisture and causes diaper rash.
- from a Mom who's child has NEVER had diaper rash: "we never
used wet wipes - we kept a bowl of sterile water (Boiled daily) and used large
square cotton pads to clean her and then used sudocream as a barrier
- cornstarch also works well
wipes- 1. Costco diaper wipes... 'the best and cheapest', 2. Aleva
diaper bag – 1. Kate Spade, 2. JuJuBe "Packabe", 3. Scout by Patunia (best
for Dad's) 4. Patunia Pickle Bottom, 5. Prada, 6. Gucci, 7. Tory Burch
tip: Skip Hop (best for travel),
soothers- 1. Gum Drop (Ortho approved), 2. Avent, 3. Soothies (medical), 4.
tip: Avent bottle warmer, steamer (saves time from boiling water,
you don't have to buy a bottle drying rack - you can leave the bottles to
dry in the steamer) I find a bowl of hot water works just as well and takes up
less counter space ;)
formula - 1. Nestle brand, 2. Enfamile, 3. Similac, PC brand
tip: You should have formula as a back up even if you plan on
breast feeding. Kirkland brand from Costco is basically the same stuff as
Nestle and you get double the amount for the same price or cheaper
tip: Amber teething necklaces seem to be a favorite. Numbing creams aren't really recommended any longer but Hylands does make a natural version that can be found on Well.ca
gas aid - BioGaia drops, Gripe water, tummy rubs
baby bath products – 1. Aveeno, 2. Johnsons and Johnsons - I like Melaleuca
bassinet - 1. "pack n Play" with bassinet/newborn napper option, 2.
Monte baby bassinet, 3. Jolly Jumper brand
tip: most typically won't need a bassinet per say just something that
easily rolls or can be carried from room to room or a play pen. They will
usually only use a bassinet for a couple weeks - 3 months max anyways.
car seat- 1. Peg Perego – Primo Viaggo (with the extra head support), 2.
Brittax, 3. Chico (lighter option), 4. Graco, 5. Safety First
tip: a mirror for them to see themselves and you can angel it so you can see
them in the rear view as well
stroller - 1. City Select (must for twins), 2. Bugaboo, 3. Umbralla strollers
for travel, 4. Bumbleride, 5. B.O.B, 6. Safety First
high chair - 1. Bumbo with tray, 2. booster seats that attach to your normal
kitchen chairs, 3. Lobster Chair (attaches to a table), Tripp Trapp,
Inglesina (attaches to a table), Ikea (attaches to table) 4. Graco
sleep training system/book - 1. Baby Whisperer, 2. Healthy Sleep
Habits Happy Child (3rd edition), 3. Happiest Baby on the Block, 4.On
becoming Babywise, 5. Kitty Raymond-parenting expert in Calgary, Tracy
Spackman's method, Lullababy, Gina Ford
- the 'sleep sheep' (travel) was mentioned many times as were
white noise toys/machines of all kinds. Also the Fisher Price aquarium seems to
- lots of newborns will sleep a ton until the development stage
around 4 months where you may need to sleep train
- sleep sacs/gro bags are great post swaddling
- phone app “Total Baby” to keep track of schedule (only app for
twins) - for twins my favorite book and baby bible basically is 'A Contended House With Twins' by Gina Ford and Alice Beer.
swaddle blankets - 1. Aden and Anais brand 2. Muslin
must have items for baby - swaddle blankets, lots of burp cloths
and bibs, Vitamin D drops, BioGaia Probiotic digestive drops, Sophie the
Giraffe, Sleep Sheep or white noise of some sort, a humidifier works wonders for dry Alberta air, tummy
time mat/play mat, vibrating chair, excer- saucer, Jolly Jumper, wipe warmer,
sleepers that zip (as opposed to button up)
must have items for toddler - books, music, outdoor toys, playdough,
chalk board, magnets, Cloud B, jolly jumper, stacking cups, a big box - you'd
be amazed at what the box become with their little imaginations, Ipad
must have items for mom - HELP - as much as possible in the first 3 - 6
months, wine, time-off/nanny/nite nurse (must for twins), a cleaner/maid,
frozen meals (my personal favourite), melatonin (natural sleep aid for mom), hooter hider for public
breast feeding, Thyme nursing tank top and Bravado nursing bras, nipple cream,
& breast pads, nipple shields, maternity leggings, book: 'Girlfriends Guide
to First Year of Motherhood', full bum undies for post birth maxi pad wearing, Belly bands for breast feeding, beaba baby cooker
from william-sonoma, great for making home made baby food, M Coat while
pregnant in the winter http://themcoat.com/ can
use after too
travel items - a good baby carrier, travel high chairs - My Little Seat,IPAD, umbrella stroller, good ear phones that stay on their little heads,
bibs, kids backpack, hat for cold planes, books, soft baby toys, window shade,
blanket, mirrors for the back of the seats so they can look at themselves,
travel crib/play pen, tupperware, Skip Hop diaper bag, Gopod (travel excersaucer), www.nannyintheclouds.com
tip: get a cheaper car seat for travel so you don't have to take
yours out of your car
baby carrier - 1. Beco carrier - makes a carrier where the
baby can face out and in, 2. Bjorn, 3. Baby Wrap
play pen/yard – 1. Graco pack n play, 2. Baby Bjorn travel
vehicle for children - any safe all wheel drive and one with TV's,
Something with LOTS of trunk space. A mirror in the car for them to see
themselves and you can angle it so you can see them as well, Mini Van -Honda
Odyssey, Toyota Sienna. Suv - Highlander, BMW
maternity store – Destination Maternity, H & M, GAP,
Old Navy, Thyme
Calgary - Posh Mommy in Kensington, Ella Bella,
Edmonton - Yo Momma
tip: going up a size or two in regular pants and tops is great for the
first 4 – 6 months, flowy tops are great, you will most likely need proper
maternity pants for 3rd trimester, Topshop and/or American Apparel body con dresses
kids store - West Coast Kids/E children, Joe Fresh Superstore, Babies 'r' Us,
Restoration Hardware, Kazc Kids, Caters, Old Navy, Amazon
tip: babies go through clothes so fast and barely wear outfits before 3
months that you mostly need sleepers for the first 3 - 6 months, don’t spend
too much money on clothes until they can wear them longer - 18+ months, size 5
shoes seem to get the longest wear for toddlers (about 10 – 18 months old)
- having friends and family give you frozen meals for the first
few months as finding time to cook/make food can be difficult
into midwives or dulas for birthing process and look early in your pregnancy as
they are hard to find – look into ‘the business of being born' movie - but be
cautious of home birth as complications can arise that may cause issue for baby
if not close to a hospital