what's in your hospital bag?

What’s in your Hospital Bag?

Have you got your hospital bag packed?

With my first child, I remember being so organised and having my hospital bag packed weeks before she was due to arrive. My dates were actually a week different to the scan dates so I wanted to pack a little earlier than necessary. As it happened, I was induced after being 4 days late due to my hind waters breaking!

I had so much in my bag, literally everything you could imagine!

What I found second time round was it was better to pack 2 bags, one for when I was in labour and one for when baby was born, which I left in the boot of the car, just in case I needed to stay in.

After 2 children and chatting with lots of mummy friends it seems that most of them did the same.

As a helping hand, I thought it would be useful to compile a list of useful items for each bag.

Labour Bag

  • Toiletries – flannel, shower gel, toothbrush, toothpaste, hair bobbles, brush shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, lip balm
  • Make-up – you may want just a little bit of powder and gloss for a new born family pic.
  • Face wipes to keep you cool
  • Thin, dark dressing gown and slippers / flip flops (maternity units are so hot!)
  • Nighties – perhaps cotton and if you want to breastfeed, have some that unbutton down the front
  • Nursing bra and breast pads
  • Nipple cream – if you choose to breastfeed and the latch isn’t right it will be painful!
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Comfy knickers – several pairs
  • Maternity pads
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Hospital notes and birth plan
  • Tens machine (some Children’s Centres hire them out for a small fee).
  • Comfy joggers and a vest / t shirt
  • Newborn nappies, cotton wool, little pot for warm water during nappy changing.
  • Vests and babygros for baby
  • Muslins / bibs
  • You may also want to take your birth ball, in case the hospital ones are in use
  • IPod to help you stay relaxed.
  • Magazines – some labours are quick while others can take a bit longer.
  • Snacks for you and your birthing partner.
  • Coins for the car park meter

It’s worthwhile getting your birth partner to pack a bag with a few essential items for them too, including a full charged camera!

If you plan to go in the birthing pool and want to keep a bit of dignity, it might be worth popping a loose vest top in your bag that you can throw away after.

But believe me, when you’re in labour, keeping your dignity is the last on your mind and you will have forgotten all about it when your bundle of joy is in your arms!

New baby bag

The bag that I kept in the car just had a few extra bits, I just sent the labour bag home for washing, keeping some of the bits with me, and replaced it with the new baby bag.

  • More nappies
  • Clean nightie and underwear
  • More vests and babygros
  • Scratch mitts
  • Going home outfit for you and baby.
  • Blanket for baby.
  • Newborn teddy / soft toy

It’s also essential to have your baby car seat if you’re going home by car too, that can be brought into the hospital just as you’re about to leave.

I must say, it was only second time round that I did this, first time round it was, take everything, just in case!!

Both my labours were very different, with my daughter I had to stay in for a few days, (I won’t bore you with the details), and with my son we were in and out within 11hrs!

Just concentrate on your breathing and before you know it, you’ll be a proud mummy!

Written by Gemma one of our Dorset organisers

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February Half Term Fun – Dorset

As much as I think education is important for children, I certainly won’t be missing the school run for a week!  If it’s forecast to rain, you can guarantee it will pour down around 8.45am and 3.15pm. I’ll certainly be looking forward to some February Half Term Fun here in Dorset

So the kids are home and what do we do with them for a whole week?!  As well as the down time where you can chill out with a movie and indoor arts and crafts, it’s a great opportunity to get out for some fresh air and enjoy the beautiful Dorset countryside.

Take a look at some of these activities that are happening locally. I’m sure there are many more than the ones I have found too!

Monkey World

Each child who takes a present in for a primate and are accompanied by a full paying adult will get in for £1! Offer available during the half term week.

Moneky World Offer

Moors Valley Country Park – All week from 10am-4pm                                                       

Moors Valley can give you hours of fun for just the cost of parking. Explore the country park with the Percy the Park keeper trail. £1 per trail card.

Natioanl Trust, Corfe CastleAll week from 11am-3pm.                                                                                            

A castle quest, storytelling sessions and zip wire challenges are just a few of the activities happening during half term week. Don’t forget to take a teddy! Entry charge applies.                                                                                                                                             

Kingston Lacey All week from 10am-4pm                                                                             

Wrap up warm for a crisp walk and warm up in the Laundry and make some snowdrop bunting,. The event itself is free but park entry applies.

Corfe Mullen Library Monday 13th February. 2pm- 4pm                        

For those who are dinosaur mad, go along and learn about fossils and make your own dinosaur, find out more about this Free Event here

Bournemouth Pavillion Terrace Cafe Terrace Tales. FREE EVENT!

Monday 13th February at 10am – A storytelling session and enchanting songs with Molly Mermaid.

Wednesday 15th February at 10am – Scuba Stan will be telling you all about his Aquatic adventures.

Friday 17th February at 10am – Enjoy to curious fables and smuggling takes with Pirate Polly.

Open Day at Safewise Bournemouth – Wednesday 15th February

Visit the safety village for an interactive learning session on being safe. Free fun treasure hunt during your session. Find out more here

Moon Studio Ceramics Family Ceramics Workshop

Monday 13th February , 2:30pm. (Holton Lee, Poole)

Tuesday 14th February, 10:30am or 2:30pm. (Christchurch)

Thursday 16th February, 10:30am or 2:30pm. (Christchurch)

Or Make You Own Fun

So as well as these events why not take a stroll, scoot or cycle on the Bournemouth promenade or along the path at Hengistbury Head to allow the children to use up all their energy. You could even wrap up warm and sit at Mudeford Quay for a spot of crabbing.

Perhaps feeding the swans at Christchurch Quay could be on your list of half term activities where your Little Pickles can enjoy the fresh new play area that has recently opened.

Whatever it is, treasure each moment with your children because before you know it they’ll be leaving home and having Little Pickles of their own!

Written by Gemma our Dorset Organiser

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Looking for Flexible Working – Join Little Pickles Markets

Why join Little Pickles Markets?

Little Pickles Markets is an award winning name in nearly new sales, recognised by Theo Paphitis (Ex-Dragon’s Den) and we have a huge demand for our established sales, so there is scope to cover a much larger area and eventually the whole of the UK.

With our experience within the industry, our team offer a wealth of knowledge in organising these events, so will be able to give you step by step guidance and support you to have the same success in organising your own events.

We have a good web presence, with a well rated google website, increasingly viewed blog and impressive social media following.

What we can offer you?

  • You will join a strong and friendly team of parents already working flexibly around their families and other commitments
  • We will help you to make your markets a success with a designated team to guide you through a 12 week plan to get your first 2 markets off to a great start. This will build you firm foundations to continue to build your markets in your local area
  • Little Pickles Markets have the backing from some well known national brands in the baby industry
  • With a low entry cost of only £99 you have little risk and will start to earn money within a few months
  • Your events will all be listed on our website.
  • Your kit will include everything you need to promote your markets
  • Earnings are unlimited, so the more you put in the higher the rewards for you.

So if you would like a new challenge, looking for flexible working and would like to chat more please let us know when is best to contact you.

Some of our Little Pickles Markets Team, on a recent training day
Some of our Little Pickles Markets Team, on a recent training day

What do our established organisers say?

Tanya – Hampshire Little Pickles Markets Organiser

‘Hi, I am Tanya one of the Hampshire Organisers and mum to a 10 year old son and 3 year old daughter. I joined LPM in April 2013. I was apprehensive at the start about how I would cope out of my comfort zone of an office environment, which is all I had known since leaving school 20 years ago. I started with a couple of venues to run. I have gained so much self belief, confidence and have a flexible working week around my children and even take them with me sometimes. I have been able to do so much more with them financially it’s a great feeling. In 2016 I will be running 8 venues across Hampshire and can not wait to get started. All of this and still with the added bonus of working when I choose. So why not come along and join the Team I did it and can honestly say I have never looked back.’

Gemma – Dorset Little Pickles Markets Organiser

‘Working with Little Pickles Markets helps me to bring the work life balance I need to fit in with life as a busy mum and wife. It means that I can be at the school gates and performances most days, and has also given me the opportunity to earn extra money for my family, meet new people’

Eibhlis – Hampshire Little Pickles Markets Organiser
‘Little Pickles Markets has been amazing, giving me the opportunity to earn money and grow a small business that fits in with family life! I can work in the evenings, when my children nap in the day and at weekends when my husband is home to help with the children. It has helped me keep my independence and has given me drive.’

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changing bag

What’s in your Changing Bag?

What’s in your changing bag?

When I first became a mum I knew that the size of my handbag would have to change.  Gone were the days of the small bag with just enough space to put your purse, keys, lippy and mobile phone in.

My very first nappy changing bag, (I only had 2!), was grey and boring but very practical and had so many pockets inside and out! I could practically fit my whole house in it!

The contents of the bag went a little like this…

Changing mat – a handy little foldaway mat that can be used anywhere, including the boot of your car!

Nappies – I always carried way too many, and being a reusable nappy kinda mum, the size of the bag was a big deal! I did have the odd spare disposable nappy too, you just never know when you’re gonna get caught out.

Wet wipes – with my first little pickle, they were the washable type, but my second child they were disposable ones. They just have so many uses; mucky hands, sticky fingers, bumps and bruises and a quick fix to clear up the odd bit of sick!

Hand Sanitiser always came in handy for freshening up after a nappy change, but I have been known to squirt some on the table in a coffee shop ready for snack time too!

Nappy bags were handy not only for the dirty nappies but for keeping the mucky clothes contained.

Spare Clothes – from vests to babygros, cute girly outfits to boy’s comfy trousers. Depending on the age and stage of my kiddies, there would even have been a spare pair of shoes for those potty training accidents!

Breast pads – I exclusively breastfed so the last thing I wanted was a leakage, especially when my daughter was newborn, the feeding was all over the place and milk was on tap.  Breast pads have other uses though, I once used it as a plaster when I was on a long walk and had the worst blister on my heel you can ever imagine!

Muslin squares – handy for feeding, using as a bib, over the shoulder burps and even as a sunshade.

Suncream and sun hats in the summer, and gloves and a beanie for the winter.

Calpol sachets and teething gel / powder – handy to slip safely in the bag.  If it wasn’t my bubba that needed them, they were always handy to help out a friend.

changing bag

As my family grew from child to children,

additional bits were added to my bag, which was upgraded to a more sophisticated style.

Snacks and sippy cups for my toddler.

Crayons and a pad, books and small toys – for those times when you just want to finish the coffee you treated yourself to, while it’s still warm!

Tissues for runny noses or teething dribbles.

Money – lots of change was always a must. Popping to the shops for supplies and getting the buggy out of the car, all set up for baby and toddler, was always a mission.  To then find you don’t have any change for the car park must be any mum’s nightmare. I was caught out on numerous occasions stood at the parking meter when I remembered that I hadn’t replenished my coin purse!

As well as the essentials there would be a small space, somewhere in the bag, for my bits

Purse – a must when having a coffee and cake catch up with another mummy friend.

Mobile phone – full of hundreds of baby snap shots.

Lip gloss

Powder brush to help cover up those dark circles

Sunglasses –  nothing worse than going for a walk with the sun in your eyes.

Chewing gum / mints – did I ever rush out the door without brushing my teeth?! I don’t think so!

So this is mine, what’s in your changing bag?

Written by Gemma our Poole and Ferndown Organiser

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I didn't know you were there

I didn’t know you were there!

I didn’t know you were there!

I was tired all the time and had been working for two weeks straight on my feet in the run up to Christmas. I thought after Christmas and New Year I would start to feel less tired!

How wrong was I! It was now the middle of January and I had all sorts of thoughts running through my head. I wondered if maybe I was diabetic as I have struggled with my weight since a teenager. I was now 27 and worried that maybe I had abused my body with eating junk, drinking too much on a Friday and Saturday night and was now paying the price.

I plucked up some courage and made a doctors appointment for 31st January, the day which would change my life forever!

The Doctor asked me lots of questions and gave me an examination. I popped up on to the bed and he pushed quite hard on my stomach and left the room.  I was so worried I didn’t know what to think.

He returned after a few minutes with a Fetal Doppler he put it on my stomach and within seconds there was a heartbeat! I couldn’t believe it. I was pregnant.

He said I was quite far gone so he would send me for an emergency scan. I went the next day and they told me as they had no point of reference for size as I hadn’t had a previous scan that I was probably close to full term! I couldn’t believe it. What was I going to do? My partner already had children! How could I be that far pregnant without knowing I hear you ask! Well I had periods every month, he was small and laying flat on my spine. I had no bump. I had probably put on 10lbs in last year but I did this all the time up and down with my weight. I suffer with back pain already. How could this be happening?!

I was worried about telling my partner and it was his Birthday. I decided I would tell him over dinner and take it from there. Only we were not alone for dinner in the end so I couldn’t do it! I was in shock didn’t know what to do, where to even start. I decided I would spend a couple of days getting my head around it and went and got a couple of baby grows and a little outfit and hid them under the bed in a bag with my scan photo. The days went by and it got harder and harder. Until one night the baby decided enough was enough and I started having contractions.

Newborn Ryan
Newborn Ryan

So from 11 days of pregnancy, Ryan was born on 11th February, a gorgeous little boy. Who still 11 years on I am never sure if he is here, as he is still quiet and laid back but most of all he is my precious son.

Written by Tanya – Little Pickles Markets Hampshire Organiser

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