This definitely isn’t a Mummy blog, but after having been to hospital twice to deliver babies, I’ve learned a little something about what to pack in my bag for the hospital stay and what I didn’t really need despite those lists of what I supposedly needed to bring with me. Here’s a little insight into my hospital bag that any expectant mothers might find useful. It’s not everything in my bag, just my absolute must-haves. Note this is just stuff for me/you, not stuff for the baby. If you want to know what to bring for baby, there are a million lists out there that are all basically the same (jumpsuits x 5, singlets x 5, bunny rugs x 3, nappies, wipes, the end).
For the birth:
1. Wireless bluetooth speakers
I really enjoyed the distraction of music while in labour, and I had two playlists, one called “Delivery Room – Fast” and one called “Delivery Room – Slow” and they were what you imagine. Fast music for when I needed to focus on a beat or fast rhythm of my favourite upbeat songs, and a slow one for when I needed quiet time but didn’t want just the silence of the delivery room. I also found these great for during the days once bub was born to have a little music playing softly in the hospital room to drown out the sounds of the hospital. We used my iPod and iPhone’s bluetooth to have music playing nearly constantly while in the delivery room. It also meant that when my babies were born, there would be a song playing that I will associate with that moment for the rest of my life, which is nice when I hear it on the radio or it comes up on my iPod in shuffle mode. An instant reminder of a wonderful moment in our lives. For my daughter it’s Sitting’ On The Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding. For my son, we’re not sure because things happened VERY quickly, so I know there was a Killers song playing a few minutes after he was born, but in the moments before that? We have no idea, sadly!
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