You buy and try a lot of products when you have a baby. It’s confusing and expensive plus your baby’s needs will change so often that getting from one day to the next is challenge enough!
The birth of your baby is a time of celebration and bonding, and should be enjoyed without the stress of trying to read their little minds. Here’s a list of hospital bag items I highly recommend, the stuff you REALLY need to help you and your baby through those first few life changing days.
Your newborn will LIVE in a little onesies in the hospital and once home and with so many gorgeous designs out there it can be hard to choose!
My pick, the Wilson & Frenchy Winter Tree Top Growsuit ($34.95), made from fair trade cotton and comes in a delightful range of prints.
The full length arm and leg design is your best option to keep bub warm and snug during the first few weeks and months.
A baby swaddle is an absolute must have item for your hospital bag!
I love the Aden and Anais set of swaddles ($49.99/4pk) which are quite possibly made from the softest fabric you’ll ever touch. The light breathable muslin fabric keeps your newborn cool and their generous size makes swaddling easy.
Plus, they get softer with every wash and can double as a pram or breastfeeding cover, changing pad cover, burp cloth, tummy time blanket and more.
I love the great range of eco nappies out there. My favourite, Bambo Nature, which was THE recommended Green Buy in CHOICE Magazines 2014 review. Need I say more?
With 9 different sizes from birth to training pants, these disposable nappies ($17.49/30pk) are the only alternative nappy brand with independently accredited green credentials.
A must for bringing your baby home from the hospital, finding the right car seat is one of the most important decisions you will make.
The Maxi-Cosi Euro ($479) is suitable for newborns up to 4 years making it an excellent investment piece. With forward and rear-facing positioning, it has a patented ISOFIX compatible latch system that enables you to secure your child’s car seat quickly and safely in 3 easy steps.
Over to you Dads!
Grovia Magic Stick
Keep your hands clean and keep baby happy! The Grovia Magic Stick ($18.95) is an all natural and organic baby bum cream safe to use with cloth or disposable nappies.
Suitable for minor skin irritations, chapped skin and even stretchmarks.
Aroma Hospital Set
The Aroma Hospital Set ($52.44) is perfect for bath time.
Aroma free and made especially for sensitive skin, each product is designed to sooth and clean plus they are compact in size, which makes them a great travel item.
ChamonixRain Organics Burp Cloth
Combine practicality and stylish appeal with the Chamonix Rain Organics Burp Cloth ($5.95).
A must have for all new mums, the range is completely organic and made from eco-friendly materials including 100% certified organic cotton and bamboo.
Generous in size, the Joey Wipes ($3.95/80pk) are also unscented and very durable.
They have just the right amount of moisture and softness and give little bottoms a clean like nobody’s business.
Finding the right baby carrier can make a big difference with your postnatal experience and as you bond with your new bub.
The Ergo Four Position 360 Carrier ($229.99) offers the best baby wearing ergonomics from birth to toddler plus it provides a wonderful way to bond with your new baby.
It’s ideal for breastfeeding on the go, complete with an SPF 50+ hood to protect bub’s head at all times. Made with naturally breathable 100% cotton fabric and filling, the 4 carry positions are designed to ensure safety and comfort, and also align with the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.
Finally, make sure you pack a generous baby blanket which can be used for so many situations with Bub.
The Kate & Kate Love Letter baby blanket ($109) has an extra special something. Firstly, the colours and fabrics are gorgeous. It’s oh so soft and beautifully warm for wrapping up your precious bundle. Great for the pram and travel too.
Some other handy hospital items to consider:
Socks, jacket and hat to keep baby warm when leaving the hospital as this may be the first time they will be exposed to the breeze and cold air
3 x singlets
A few extra grow suits
If bottle feeding, check if you need to supply your own bottles and formula
Going home outfit
Most importantly, making sure you are organised early on will help reduce any stress and maximise your bonding time with you little one during such a special time.