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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A New Baby Costs HOW Much????

There is much speculation about how much it costs to raise a child from baby to adulthood. Recently The Guardian stated that it can cost a whooping £231,843 to raise a child to their 21st Birthday  to feed, clothe and educate each new member of the family. This includes childcare, but does not take into account loss of earnings if a parent opts to stay at home, or reduces working hours. The report also reveals that the first year alone could cost a parent upto £11,498. So where does this money go and what can we do to reduce it?

The second hand market is becoming big business as people who have had babies try to recoup costs, whilst those starting on their parenthood journey are budget saving and aiming to slash costs. Our Little Pickles Markets are ideal for both markets, with families being able to hire tables to sell their good quality pre-loved baby items and buyers paying a minimal £1 per adult entrance fee. There are other organisations who run similar events, so look around to see what is on in your area. These places are ideal for picking up second hand cots, moses baskets, prams, pushchairs, baby monitors – all the things you need to see you through your first year.

You could also try eBay, Freegle, Gumtree, Freecycle and Facebook selling pages to pick up second hand items, although obviously in some cases, you have not actually seen the item before you agree to buy it, and sometimes saying “no” is not as easy as it sounds when you have arranged to meet someone at their house!

There are some items that you will inevitably want to buy new and in this instance, I would suggest trying your local Poundland, or waiting for the Aldi Event (other supermarkets also run similar promotions). Toiletries and some basic items are available very cheaply here. Another tip would be to join all the baby clubs that major retailers have. Most supermarkets have them, as do other high street names. Many of them offer freebies as an incentive to join and can be quite useful.

A New Baby Cost HOW Much

If you have a Childrens Centre in your neighbourhood, then pop along to see what they have on offer. Our local one offers baby massage, toddler groups, baby groups, coffee mornings and messy play, to name just a few! Some classes are free, others will charge a nominal amount, but it can be a lot cheaper than other baby groups. They may also offer a toy library, which will give you a chance to sample toys on offer to see what is suitable for your child. Once you have seen what catches their eye, you know what to look for when buying for them.

There are other costs you will encounter, such as nappies (reusable are obviously cheaper than disposable, but that is a whole other topic!). You will also increase electricity usage as you are home more and no doubt washing a lot more than you would have previously! However it is clear to see where it is possible to make some savings that will help to offset the other costs that you cannot avoid.

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Little Pickles Markets Buyers Tips

Our mission is to save parents as much money as they can kitting out their growing families from bump to early school years at our Little Pickles Markets and on through their primary years at our BIGGER Pickles Markets.

With this in mind we have a few tips to help you to be a savvy nearly new shopper.

  1. Raid the change jar – If you have your £1 entry ready on entry to the market, it help the queue go down quicker, so you can get shopping quicker. The stall holders also appreciate it if you have change instead of handing over a note.
  2. Time your shop – Our popular markets do attract a long queue of money savvy parents eager to scoop the bargains, so if you want first dibs make sure you arrive early to get to the front of the queue. If you like a quieter shop, you can arrive later, don’t worry there will still be tons of great quality bargains left.
  3. Make a list and set a budget – if you are expecting a new baby you might have a long list of needs and wants, if you keep note of what you need already have will help you to ensure you don’t get duplicates. Make a little note of how much you are willing to spend on certain things, it’s only a bargain if it is something you need/want and are going to use.
  4. Take a second look – You will be amazed what you can miss on the your first circuit around the market venue, after all there will be tons of bargains for you buyers to see. So take a second or even third walk around the venue and see what pops out.
  5. Lastly be safe – if you are buying battery operated/electric items make sure you see these working before purchasing. If you would like to use a plug socket please ask the market organiser and she will be happy to help on market day. Also if you are buying a a pushchair or highchair or anything else that may have a knack to using it, make sure that you get a full demonstration from the sellers.

We hope these tips help and please share any tips or advice you could offer Little Pickles Markets newbie buyers.

buyers tips

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PAW PATROL: PUPS AND THE PIRATE TREASURE – Review

Faryl (5) is a huge fan of Paw Patrol and when he gets his turn with the zapper, he heads straight to Nick Jr to find an episode of Paw Patrol, to see what Ryder, Chase, Skye and the rest of the patrol have been upto.

But I think we must have seen them all by now, so when Faryl heard that there was an all new DVD, he was excited to give it a try.

We snuggled down after school one afternoon to watch the 6 new episodes, Faryl was hooked and mesmerised by the patrol’s mystery adventure to search for Pirate Treasure. In the last week we have watched it a couple of times and he’s sisters Jolie (6) and Aliza (2) are loving it too.

The DVD lasted about an hour and half in total, but you can just watch one episode at a time. It also includes a Video Storybook. With a U certificate you can be reassured that the it is suitable for the whole family.

Paw Patrol: Pups And The Pirate Treasure is available to buy from Monday 14th March, just in time to treat your Little Pickles over the Easter Break, well there’s nothing better than an duvet day, with some cracking DVDs and popcorn to chill out over the holidays.

PAW PATROL: PUPS AND THE PIRATE TREASURE -Review

 

LIST OF EPISODES

  1. Pirate Treasure
  2. Ghost Pirate
  3. Save the Bay
  4. Save a Goodway
  5. Pool Day
  6. Circus Pup

Disclaimer: We were offered a review copy to watch and post an honest review on our blog.

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A Few Mother’s Day 2016 Gift Ideas

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we have a few pressie ideas for your Mum, Grandma, Nanny, Great-Grandma or Nanna.
B-Organic Lotion
B Organic Hand & Body Lotion and the Foot BalmB-Organic Foot Balm

They are both made with certified organic ingredients without the harsh, nasty chemicals. They do work great on Eczema and Sensitive skin or you just enjoy luxury, gentle organic skincare. They are made in the New Forest,
Hampshire. They are both multiple award winning organic products, including Winner of Beauty Awards.

 

The UnmuUnmumsy Bookmsy Mum Book

The Unmumsy Mum writes candidly about motherhood like it really is: the messy, maddening, hilarious reality, how there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach and how it is sometimes absolutely fine to not know what you are doing.

The lessons she’s learnt while grappling with two small boys – from birth to teething, 3am night feeds to toddler tantrums, soft play to toilet training – will have you roaring with laughter and taking great comfort in the fact that it’s definitely not just you…
The Day That Frame

The Day That framed picture.

A traditional framed picture is a classic way to display landscape photography. Everything about The Day That framed photographs is of the highest quality; from the archival ink and paper to the high end frames with glass chosen to reflect the fact that we want your photograph to last a lifetime. Every photograph is personalised by hand and all the pictures are signed, adding that personal touch. There is a selection of frames to choose from, to fit with your Mum’s decor. A completely unique Mother’s Day gift.

 

deluxe skincare setTropic Super Deluxe Collection

Treat your loved ones or yourself to the ultimate range of our stunning freshly handmade, award-winning skincare. With everything you need to cleanse, tone, exfoliate and truly indulge, our most luxurious collections are the answer to your gift list this season.
Our collections come beautifully wrapped and boxed, so all you have to do is sit back and let these gorgeous products work their magic.
This collection contains:
• Smoothing Cleanser (120ml)             • Face Smooth (100ml)
• Night Repair (50ml)                            • Eye Revive (15ml)
• Tropic Headband                                 • Bamboo Face Cloth
• Vitamin Toner (120ml)                       • Skin Revive (50ml)
• Eye Refresh (10ml)                              • Organic Elixir (50ml)

 

Mums That Care

365 Quotes for mums that CARE book

A Unique gift book or to inspire you each day:

Daily quotes and thoughts in parenting and personal development to inspire

“Mums that Care”

365 is a must have for a Mother’s bookshelf. The book walks you through the entire year offering an amazing quote to start your day along with encouragement and inspiration. After each quote the Author Tarryn Hunt follows up with an explanation about how this may pertain to raising children and ideas of how the days Quote can be worked into your routine for the day. With so many ideas and helpful parenting advice it doubles as a guide and daily resource. I highly recommend this book as it warms the heart and soul while inspiring us all to be the best Mum possible.

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