As I’m nearly 38 weeks pregnant with our second baby, I feel like the countdown is now truly on!
I went through a massive phase of not feeling ready, with a toddler in tow and a crazy, hot heatwave – I’ve found getting everything ready has been quite a challenge this time round. But after a quick whizz round ASDA this weekend to get a few bits from their new maternity range – I’m pleased to say my bags are now packed!
We have also assembled the cot and the baby’s clothes are washed, so I’m feeling so much more organised and I think we are ready (as we will ever be!).
As this is my second birth I wanted to share some tips and essential products for getting ready for baby, and a couple for after labour too! I had NO idea what to expect the first time round, I packed so many useless things in my hospital bag, so I hope you find this helpful…
1. Pack your hospital bag well before your due date
Get prepared as early as possible! Don’t do what I’ve done and leave it to the last minute. It’s recommended by midwives that hospital bags are packed between 34-36 weeks, so get organised, then you can relax when you feel massive (like me!).
2. Make life easy for yourself where you can
The new ASDA maternity range has nearly everything you’d need for your hospital bag and some treats for pregnant mums too, so there is no need to traipse around countless shops, you can get everything all in one hit – or even online!
3. Pads and disposable briefs are essential
For your hospital bag, ASDA stock really lovely soft maternity towels and disposable briefs – OK, not the most glamorous products, but an essential you’ll need lots of straight after the birth and for a few weeks afterwards. I’ve bought a little stash of the maternity towels for at home too, so I don’t need to worry if I run out after getting home from hospital.
4. Prepare for hospital and home
It’s not just pads, make sure you stock up on all maternity products for your hospital stay, but also have enough to see you through, at least, for the first week at home. When you arrive home from the hospital, going on a shopping trip is the last thing you’ll want to be doing. Essentials like maternity pads, breast pads, wipes and nappies will be the main culprits.
5. Breastfeeding or not, you will most likely need breast pads
Breast pads are also an essential product and ASDA stocks them in all different shapes and sizes, so it might be worth getting a couple of different packs to see which suit you. I’ve stocked up on both ASDA maternity breast pads (disposable for hospital) and washable for when I get home, so I can get a longer usage out of them and they are better for the environment. I’ve been impressed with how soft they are, especially after a first wash in the machine with some fabric softener.
6. Think comfort and convenience
For your hospital bag you’ll need some comfy nursing bras, nighties that are suitable for breastfeeding (maybe a dark colour too!), and a light dressing gown. These can also all be ordered through George.com.
7. Make time for a pre-birth pamper
Don’t forget to treat yourself! Shopping for maternity essentials isn’t all about functional disposable pants and the unglamorous side to birth – make sure you pick up some lovely treats like the NSPA bump butter or NSPA stretch mark oil for a good pamper before and after the birth – you deserve it!
8. Take care of your nipples
Once baby has arrived, you might find you have sore nipples so it’s good to know ASDA also stock nipple shields. These aren’t an essential but you may thank me for this info when you are feeling a little tender! I used them with my first baby, Violet, for a bit and they really helped.
9. Stock up on breastfeeding essentials
If you are planning to breastfeed, you can also buy ASDA maternity milk storage bags and sterilising bags for the microwave.
10. Stay calm – you’ve got this!
Last tip, don’t stress about getting everything ready and organised (I know, I am one to speak), everything will come together. You will have everything you need and if you don’t, just a quick trip to the shops and you’ll have it all sorted. Thank goodness for ASDA’s new maternity range!
If you are pregnant like me, good luck with getting everything packed and organised!
What are your top tips for preparing for baby’s arrival?
Disclaimer: this post is sponsored by Asda.