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This stage of your parenting journey would require you to prepare two bags: one for you and the other one for your baby. These bags should be prepared on the seventh month of your pregnancy. In case of unexpected delivery, at least the bags are ready. Whenever you feel that it’s time to go to the hospital, then you can just lift your bags without any hassle. Like the checklist of baby things I posted in the previous blog, I am sharing here the checklist of items you should consider bringing to the hospital with you. These are the items that my hospital bags contained.


Mom’s Bag


  • Adult Diapers (2)
  • Maternity Sanitary Pads (4)
  • Regular Sanitary Pads (8)
  • Pajamas/Night Gown with front opening for easy breastfeeding (2)
  • Panties (4)
  • Nursing Bra (1)
  • Set of Clothes for going home (1)
  • Something to tie your hair with, if you have a long hair
  • Bath towel and face towel
  • Toiletries
  • Candies, crackers and bottled drinking water
  • Extra pillow

Putting on adult diaper immediately after birth is preferable because bleeding is more profuse. The first one is usually provided by the hospital. Bleeding should lessen the following day so you can switch to using maternity sanitary pads instead. Maternity pad absorbs more fluids, but it is very thick and wide. When bleeding is less heavy and you are up and about to do frequent pad change, then switch to your regular sanitary pad. The crackers, candies and bottled drinking water are particularly useful when you arrive at the hospital while still on early labor but advised not to go back home. Candies and water will work well for dry mouth. But once you’re done with enema procedure, you cannot take anything anymore. Labor is expected to progress after this procedure because of stimulated uterine contractions.


Baby’s Bag


  • Baby Vests (4)
  • Mittens (2)
  • Booties (2)
  • Bonnets (2)
  • Wash cloth/bibs (4)
  • Receiving blankets (2)
  • Waterproof sheet (1)
  • Cloth diapers (12)
  • Diaper clips (2)
  • Disposable diapers (6)
  • Petroleum jelly (1)
  • Cotton balls (1)
  • Bath towel (1)
  • Baby liquid soap (1)
  • Ethyl Alcohol, 70% (1)

If you intend to breastfeed your baby, don’t bring feeding bottles and formula milk for fear of your baby getting hungry if breast milk doesn’t come at once. Mother-baby friendly hospitals do not allow these items as well. Having feeding bottles and formula milk available won’t do you any good in terms of inducing milk let down. More info on breastfeeding will be provided in a later blog.



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3 comments
  1. elsa November 22, 2009 at 4:54 AM  

    malaking tulong talaga tong naisipan nyo ate phine..

  2. Mama Sez November 22, 2009 at 7:19 AM  

    Thanks Els, we are even contemplating on making an ebook. Sana magawa namin.

  3. kat December 7, 2009 at 10:06 PM  

    Good one on PARENTING JOURNEY - it helps a lot!

    We clearly share similar parenting experiences and views.
    I've been reading one that I'm hooked on - http://todayscliche.com/.
    I have a feeling you'd get a lot out of it.

    Incredible job on your blog; keep it up.

    Thanks,
    peter

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About Us (circa 2009)

Our journey led us to this place. A little more than 10 years ago we began our journey as husband and wife. Three years later, we found ourselves with two bundles of joy- a daughter and then a son. They're the children we've dreamed of having.

About five years since the birth of our son, an unexpected gift came- a younger brother to our school-age kids. And soon enough, a baby girl arrived to round the family membership.

Brave was a term used by a friend to describe us. Challenging... and loving it -- yeah, this journey is not for the faint of heart.