Becoming a mum is one of life’s greatest moments. Over the past nine months you’ve nourished and nurtured your baby, and now it’s finally time they come into the world.
However, for a lot of mums - new ones in particular - preparing to bring your little one into the world can be quite stressful. And being stressed is the last thing you need at such an important time.
Even figuring out what to take with you to the hospital can be a bit of a headache. Just what are you supposed to bring, anyway?
At Brauer, we want to help you be fully prepared for the birth of your beautiful baby. So, here’s a handy little list of hospital essentials to pack with you when the time comes.
Breastfeeding your new baby is a fantastic way to bond and ensure that they are receiving the very best immune-strengthening nutrients they need to grow and thrive. However, it can leave you feeling a bit raw.
Though not every mother experiences sore, dry or cracked nipples, it is very common. So, it's best to come prepared.
If you're not sure what to look for in a nipple cream, why not try natural Paw Paw ointment? This wonder product helps to moisturise and soothe the area so you can go about your day comfortably.
When you've got a new baby, it can be easy to lose track of things or get distracted. However, if you're breastfeeding, it's important that you can remember which breast you last used and which is next so that you can regulate your milk supply.
By downloading a feeding app on your phone, you can help yourself to keep tabs on this so you don't forget.
When you go to the hospital to give birth to your child, it's important that you're as comfortable as possible. After all, no one wants to be going through contractions and also have underwires poking into them.
Taking maternity bras with you will help you to be relaxed and comfy.
Another great addition to the hospital bag is a nursing bra. These bras are specifically designed for easy access when breastfeeding, so you don't have to fumble around trying to take your bra off while you have a hungry baby waiting.
Wraps - Muslin
One of the most important items to bring with you to the hospital is a couple of lovely muslin wraps. Brand new babies tend to cool off very quickly, so swaddling them in a gorgeously soft blanket will help them to stay nice and toasty. Swaddling your new baby also helps them to settle, so you can get some much-needed rest.
If you pack these essential items with you for your hospital trip, you'll help to ensure your birth and first few precious moments with your infant are the best they can be.
After you have given birth, it's natural to experience some leaking of breast milk from time to time. However, that doesn't have to mean extra laundry. Taking absorbent nipple pads with you and tucking them into your bra means you'll be prepared for if/when your breasts leak. Nipple pads come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be disposable or reusable.
Decent drink bottle
Giving birth isn't exactly a champagne picnic, and it's a marathon, not a sprint. As such, it's important that you keep your strength up with lots of liquids.
Taking a decent drink bottle with you to the hospital gives you something that you can grab and gulp whenever you want to, instead of carefully handling a plastic cup in the middle of a contraction.
When your beautiful baby is born and it's time for a feed, fussing around with hospital pillows to support them can be annoying, and in the end, might not give the best experience for either of you.
Instead of relying on creating a makeshift support, bring your preferred feeding pillow with you to the hospital.
This way, you'll know each time you position your baby for a feed they, and you, will be comfortable.
Stuffy Nose Relief
Hospitals and their industrial-strength air conditioning can get a little much sometimes - both for you and your new bub.
Help yourself and your baby breathe easier by taking along some natural saline nasal spray. At Brauer, our Baby Saline range is gentle enough to use from birth and can help to remove any mucous that might be causing congestion. We also have Saline spray for adults - explore our Saline products here.
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