I have been thinking of doing this post for weeks but there’s never been enough time or energy or simply lack of creative juices flowing. I think I suffered a little bit from the latter one during this pregnancy. I tried to blame it on a shift in priorities but to be honest, I’m not sure what it was. Anyway, it’s gone now so yay!!! :-)
I’m due in 4 weeks. Two more weeks at work and I’ll be officially on my maternity leave. Like any other first time mamabear, I stocked my kitchen with natural remedies to induce and shorten labour; dates (tip #1: six a day during the last 4 weeks, you can get them in one of the Middle Eastern shops) and a raspberry leaf tea.
I finished shopping for my baby last month. I did start quite early to be honest, I think once the first trimester finished. I guess I was too excited not to look at those cute little things plus I knew I would be buying lots from abroad and it’d take a while for everything to arrive. Do I regret? Absolutely not :-)
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One of the first things that we bought was a car seat with a base (BeSafe Isofix). I got it on Adverts from a lovely Polish couple from Bray. (tip #2: for safety reasons make sure not to buy a second-hand car seat that is older than 5 years).
Next we bought a crib. Again, we got it on Adverts. I believe in buying second-hand. It is such a great way of prolonging life of things that someone else no longer needs.
From the moment I saw Stokke Sleepi Crib on Pinterest, I knew this was The One! I loved its oval shape and how functional it was!
It grows with a baby, so after 6 months you just extend its sides and add a bigger mattress and you are sorted for another few months without compromising on space. And since we live in a small cottage, we need something that fits in our bedroom. Ah yes, have I mentioned that our baby will be sharing a bedroom with us? Another benefit of having this crib is the fact that it fits through the door. So we don’t need an extra day-bed. We can just move a crib from bedroom to living room and voila! the little one is hanging out with us!
Once the “big” stuff was sorted (tip #3: we waited 4 months for the buggy to arrive so make sure to order in advance) I moved on to accessories & clothes. And I was in heaven!
It’s not a secret that I love textiles. So I probably got carried away a little bit, but no regrets!
Majority of muslin, bamboo and flannel clothes I bought in TK Maxx, like my favourite Aden & Anais. Others, I ordered directly from the producers, like Kuba’s fave ‘Shit just got real’ swaddle scarf by Coveted Things. I wrote about it here.
I also love blankets so I made sure to get a few of those too. I ordered a couple from Effi, La Millou and Jollein plus one beautiful dusty pink blanket by Color Stories which I bought here in Ireland at Nordville.
Finally, a wrap! Both, Kuba and I believe in attachment parenting so buying a wrap carrier was a non-brainer. We decided to get a Solly Baby wrap – I wrote about it here.
The biggest challenge for me was buying clothes. Babies grow really fast. So there’s not much point in buying very expensive clothes. But on the other hand, I prefer buying less but of a good quality. And so I hand-picked few brands (Gray Label, Petite Soul, Coodo etc) and waited for sales ;-) Also, I decided to get some multi-packs for newborn at Mamas & Papas. All white but I love them.
Let’s move on to care products.
I read SO much about all different kind of products for babies (from oils, nappies, to creams and balms) and moms (for after the labour, nipple creams and maternity pads) that I could probably write a book ;-)
Here it is in a nutshell; lanolin is not as good as everyone thinks so I found another brand that does lanolin-free nipple cream: Moo Goo Udder Cream. It smells lovely and it has really good reviews. You can order it online or buy in Nourish on Wicklow St.
Lastly, I would like to recommend Almond Oil for the perineum massage (although for the love of God, why it is called a massage is beyond me!). I started doing it around week 34 so fingers crossed it protects me from third degree tears (tip #4: no need to spend a tenner on a special perineum massage oil, the almond oil does the job just as well).
Storksak Organics is the brand I chose for the little one. They only use the natural and certified organic ingredients so exactly what I was looking for for the delicate skin of our baby girl.
Finally, my hospital bag.
I used eumom hospital bag checklist to pack my bag although, as mentioned in my previous post, I cut it by half. I added TENS machine though which I plan to use once the surges start.
As many of you know, I took hypnobirthing class and I’m listening to GentleBirth tracks so my iPhone and a loudspeaker are going into my bag too.
I packed a separate small bag for the labour ward. It contains a black dress which I got in Lidl (it cost something like 8e so I won’t feel guilty throwing it away after the birth), a pair of flip flops which can be easily rinsed if needed, a small face towel, a lip balm and a face mist. I also plan to bring 2l of water with me (tip #5: bring a straw too so your partner can hold a bottle for you) and some homemade energy balls & bars.
For after the post-birth I bought Natracare maternity pads and witch hazel which is one of the safest natural postpartum vaginal care options around.
Ufff, I don’t think I have ever written such a long post. Next time I’ll tell you all about GentleBirth and placenta encapsulation, yes! I’ll be “eating” my placenta!
Thanks for stopping by and please share your thoughts or ask questions if you are a mamabear too, I would love to hear from you!
Have a lovely evening!
DISCLAIMER: I paid for all the things in the post with my own money, nothing was sponsored. Recommendations are 100% honest.