I'm Audrey, co-founder of Daylily Paris, and I wanted to share with you some tips for preparing your suitcase for the arrival of your baby.
I was 39 weeks + 3 days pregnant when I wrote this checklist, so I might as well tell you that I was right in the middle of it! It therefore seemed interesting to me to share with you my little experience (this is my 3rd pregnancy) by revealing the contents of my suitcase for maternity as well as some ideas to put into practice during your last month of pregnancy to feel ready the day your baby arrives!
- To think in advance to be ready
- The maternity suitcase
Things to think about in advance to be ready:
- Think with your other half about the layout of your interior , particularly the space for your little one, and everything you will need to welcome this newborn in the best conditions: changing table (on wheels or fixed, small or large model), baby bed (co-sleeping or not? talk about it with your partner), bathtub for washing baby, baby clothes, baby bottles (in case you do not want to breastfeed or if you are having difficulty) , changing bag, stroller, car seat... You can also install the car seat some time before the term, or familiarize yourself with attaching the cozy to be perfectly operational on the big day!
- Create your birth list with the things that you really like and share it with those around you, especially to those who ask you for it. The advantage is that your loved ones (family, friends, colleagues, etc.) will be sure to please you. In addition, these gift idea suggestions generally fit all budgets. And then, it's always better than receiving 5 cuddly toys, 2 health book covers and 10 pajamas in 3 months! Consider sharing your birth list early - ideally during the second trimester, or even as soon as you announce your pregnancy. (Also, if you lack inspiration, consult our article for a original pregnancy announcement ) This will remind the people around you that for most items, we need them before baby shows up... Don't hesitate to clearly indicate which items are essential to you before (to prepare your room for example) or from the birth of your child. Beyond childcare items, remember to include what will be useful to YOU, as a young mother. For example, you can put our Mama Saver postpartum kit on the birth list, which brings together all the essentials for a successful postpartum.
- Do the laundry of all the accumulated belongings as you go so as not to feel overwhelmed as the end approaches (especially since the basket of dirty laundry will quickly fill up when you leave the hospital!)
- Finalize your childbirth preparation classes : why not do a session on labor postures with your darling? On the one hand, because this will allow you to help the baby come down on the big day and find the most comfortable positions to manage the contractions. And on the other hand, this will allow your partner to acquire the necessary techniques to best help you give birth and thus feel invested, and not suffer the situation, without knowing how to relieve yourself.
- Think about your postpartum organization . You can separate tasks in advance with your other half to reduce the mental load. We have also prepared a checklist for you to make your life easier!
- The last and undoubtedly the best tip: prepare small meals at home beforehand and place them in the freezer
Believe me, you will be very happy to find them after leaving the maternity ward and not to have to cook during your first days as young parents!
The maternity suitcase
It's better to think about it in advance and prepare your maternity suitcase during your 7th month of pregnancy to be sure not to forget anything and for latecomers like me ;-) at least try to finalize it before 38 weeks ! You can prepare the bulk of your belongings and make a list of things you use every day and that you will add at the last minute, such as your toiletry bag or your cell phone, so that you don't forget anything when you leave. Prepare your suitcase in advance: this will help you plan for the new life that awaits you, but also give you a lot of zenitude... nothing worse than having to pack a suitcase in a hurry because the contractions arrive sooner than planned. And between us, once finalized, you can peacefully enjoy the end of your pregnancy: whatever happens, you are ready!
This step is very important and can be a source of joy when it comes to thinking about baby's first outfits to immortalize his birth. However, I might as well warn you right away, you also have to think about things that aren't very glamorous...
To begin with, you need to distinguish 2 different things: the suitcase for your stay in the maternity ward on the one hand and the one for the delivery room on the other. Do not hesitate to check with your maternity ward to find out what it provides or does not provide, such as baby diapers or equipment to help with labor in the room, for example.
Bag for the delivery room
For Mom :
- If you have followed my tips on postures and you have some equipment at home, bring it: breastfeeding cushion (which will also be used during your stay), ball, etc. Ask your maternity ward for information on the elements that can be made available by the midwife in the labor room.
- A long t-shirt
- A water mist
- Disposable briefs or shorties
- A small speaker with a playlist that you have previously chosen as a couple, a tablet with your current series
- A massage oil for your other half to massage you to help you get through the contractions. You can think of Huile Sensorielle which will also leave a delicate scent on your skin (and which will still have an anti-stretch mark action). This oil, like all of our treatments, does not contain essential oils and is perfectly safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding!
- A cotton hat (it risks getting dirty so avoid the beautiful wool hat knitted by your grandmother)
- 2 bodysuits and 2 pajamas (birth and 1 month size)
- 1 wool bra
- 1 pair of socks
- 1 pair of slippers
- 1 sleeping bag
Suitcase for maternity
For Mom :
- 2-3 Comfortable and pretty outfits for photos but also for walking in the corridors. Bet on comfortable clothes to feel comfortable during your stay because between the flow of milk and the post-partum period, believe me, you will have no desire to be squeezed into tight clothes ;-)
- 1 Pajamas or nightgown. Nightgowns have the advantage of not restricting your body and not tightening around the stomach, an important point if you gave birth by cesarean section.
- 1 dressing gown or bathrobe
- 1 comfortable bra
- 5-6 Disposable or cotton panties that you don't want...
- 2 packs of sanitary napkins for heavy flows (the really big ones). This is what I used for my first 2 deliveries.
- or else, disposable absorbent panties (urinary leak type): not very glamorous but it revolutionized my life for this 3rd birth
- Compression stockings (especially if you have a cesarean section because you will be lying down for some time)
- 2 towels (with a glove if necessary)
- Toiletry kit with the usual essentials (toothbrush and hairbrush, toothpaste, intimate gel, shampoo, etc.) Les Bulles Lavantes for your shower gel which would also be suitable for baby :) and with your beauty products, anti-stretch mark treatments and moisturizing cream in particular. It is important to continue for at least 3 to 4 months after giving birth. I can only recommend Daylily treatments which are also compatible during breastfeeding. In particular, you can finish your Anti-Stretch Mark Ritual morning and evening with Le Lait Fondant and L'Huile Sensorielle if you have any left. Otherwise, I advise you to switch to our Mama Self-Love Box which contains two products: The Sensory Oil and The Creamy Balm, designed to continue the prevention of stretch marks but also help to nourish and firm your skin, to fade cellulite if needed and to correct any stretch marks that have appeared. Find out in detail how to take care of your body after childbirth .
- Makeup kit if you want to doll yourself up a little;
- Tissues ;
- 1 dirty laundry bag, which you will only have to empty into the machine when you return home;
- A hairdryer if one is not available on site. Let's say it straight away: we don't recommend that you bring a hair dryer just to blow dry your hair, but also and above all to be able to easily dry (cold) wounds resulting from childbirth after a shower. This can be useful particularly in the case of episiotomy;
- A mist to soothe and rinse your private parts when using the toilet. You will find this essential in our Mama Saver kit which I told you about a little above. You can also slip the postpartum kit directly into your maternity suitcase.
- (or a small bedside lamp possibly) because the neon lights in the hospital room in the middle of the night when changing the newborn or breastfeeding him is just horrible!
- Small things to snack on + bottle of water;
- If you have a sweetheart and nice relatives, don't hesitate to tell them what would make you happy instead of maternity meals which are not always delicious and/or copious: tray cheese, salmon or beef tartare, cold meats, shellfish, seafood, sushi, etc.
- A good book and/or magazines and/or a tablet with a few films…
- Your phone and/or your camera… + your phone charger and that of the camera if necessary. There is no doubt that the camera will be working at full speed to immortalize baby's first days! Or a notebook if you want to write it all down;
- Don't forget the family record book if you have one (as well as all of your administrative file: examinations carried out during pregnancy, maternity registration file number, blood group card, social security card and Insurance card…)
If you are breastfeeding:
- 2-3 Nursing Tops;
- 2 nursing bras;
- A nursing blanket or shawl if you want a little privacy;
- A treatment to relieve and prevent the formation of cracks;
- Soothing hot/cold nursing pads. Cold to soothe when milk comes in and in case of engorgement or mastitis. Don't hesitate to ask the maternity staff if they can put them in the freezer (and ask your darling to accompany them so they can find the place). And the warm one before feeding or the breast pump to facilitate extraction.
- 5 bodysuits
- 5 pajamas
- 3 pairs of socks
- 2 pairs of slippers
- 2 wool bras or vests
- 2 hats
- 1 cute outfit (or several) if you want to take some birth photos
- 1 sleeping bag (in addition to the one you put in the bag for the room)
- 3 small, very absorbent bibs
- 2 diapers
- 2 towels or bath towels
- 1 baby hairbrush
- 1 specific baby soap
- 1 bath thermometer
- Physiological serum, biseptin, sterile compresses
- 2 packs of size 1 diapers
- 1 pack of wipes (with suitable composition) or large diaper pads
- 1 over-pajamas, a pilot suit or a footmuff for the outing, depending on the season
- 1 baby sling if you want to carry your baby from the maternity ward
- 1 special infant car seat (this one can stay in your car ;))
Little tip from mom: it's better to plan too much than not enough. You may be treated to a few explosive diapers (the famous meconium ;-), baby may regurgitate, nothing worse than having to call your other half for help to ask them to bring back things or pick up the bodysuits to wash them...
That’s it for me! Don't hesitate to add ideas in the comments if you think of something that I might have forgotten and that could make life easier for a young mother in maternity ward.
Wishing you all a wonderful birth and a wonderful meeting!