I’m getting a right little tub on me now! I can’t believe I’m 16 weeks tomorrow, it’s very exciting to think that in just a months time we should be finding out if it’s a boy or a girl! This week has been pretty good, the tiredness is easing off and I’m sleeping better. I’ve also had no sickness, the only issue being that my sinuses have been a bit blocked. Tomorrow we go to our first hypnobirthing workshop which should be very interesting, I will report back!
I’ve also started to have one cup of very mildly brewed green tea a day and my coffee lust has returned so I’m enjoying some organic decaf occasionally. I’ve also been enjoying the odd chai latte from Starbucks. I checked the caffeine in these and it’s well below the recommended amount, so it’s nice to be able to get a foamy fix!
This week I’ve transitioned into some proper maternity clothing as even my jeggings have started to feel uncomfortable. As I mentioned in last weekend’s post, I found some great maternity jeans in New Look, but later that weekend I noticed that Primark do maternity clothing as well! I picked up two pairs of jeans in different styles, one for £7 and the other for £11 as well as a couple of maternity bras and a top. What a bargain! I also got some black jeans from eBay for a few quid. I’m definitely very well sorted with clothing now!
Thinking ahead to when the baby comes I’ve started to pull together a list of what we might need. Just as I mentioned in Wednesday’s wordy post, we have to be realistic about the chances that we will still be living in our one bed flat when the baby arrives, so I’m very wary of not buying too many things that will take up space, waste money and not get used. I’m trying to hold off buying things until we find out the sex, then I think I’ll start and have a lot of fun with it!
There’s only a few things I know for definite I would like:
1. Baby sling / carrier – Tula
2. Travel system with car seat – Mother Care
3. Co sleeper – SnuzPod
4. Perineum massage oil – Boo Boo
5. Hospital bag – Cath Kidson
6. Belly Oil – Love Boo
7. Organic cotton baby grows – Natural Baby Shower
8. Organic Nappy Cream – Green People
I think that slings / carriers are way better than prams and much more natural (as well as space saving!) so that is top of my list. I’ve spoken to a few Mama’s that prefer the more natural route and they all love their slings. However, for practicality I will need a pram and car seat and that one from Mother Care is reasonably affordable. Another thing I’ve been reading up on is co sleeping. I love the idea of it, but I wouldn’t be confident doing it in our bed so the next best thing appears to be these co sleepers where the side comes down so they attach to the side of your bed. I love the design of this SnuzPod that also functions as a regular bassinet. For me, I am interested in trying out the perineum massage oil as I really would like to try and avoid tearing in labour. It’s gotta be worth a try right? For going into hospital and then maybe to use as a baby bag afterwards, you can’t beat Cath Kidson. Right now I’m using my Neom massage oil and Argan oil body lotion, but I will need to restock on bump oil and this 100% natural option looks good and affordable. When the baby arrives I’d like continue choosing natural / organic products and have some organic cotton baby grows, these ones from Natural Baby Shower seem to be pretty affordable and the nappy cream from Green People sounds good too.
Other things I need to think about include breast feeding and getting a breast pump, changing mat, natural nappy options, I could go on!
It’s a bit scary how many things you seem to need to think about and consider, but I know we’ll be fine. I think it’s just starting to hit me how fast time is moving now and I do want to be as prepared as possible ready for my due date!
If you have children, did you use a sling or co sleep? How prepared did you feel in the lead up to birth? If you haven’t had children, how do you think you’d approach the task of getting prepared for a baby?
I love that you’re still rocking the stripes :) And I think you can definitely tell you’re pregnant now – you have the cutest little bump ever.
Honestly whenever I read baby posts it strikes me that there’s so much stuff I’d never even considered out there for kids/mothers. You’re very obviously super-organised, but I’d just be running around like a headless chicken and have no idea where to even start. The purple pram/carrier is gorgeous, particularly the colour.
I think you can only prepare for so much with kids – the best thing you can do would be to relax a bit and make sure not to add any additional stress by worrying :)
Thanks Jess, I keep wondering at what point they’ll make me look fat haha! You are so right, I keep thinking that if I forget something it’s not hard to pop to the shops and get it!
I passed on you pregnancy blog to a friend a few weeks ago when she told me she was pregnant. She loved reading it and having a look at the rest of your site. Unfortunately on monday she lost her baby. Sad times, please send out positive happy thoughts.
Hi Laura, I am so so sorry to hear this, I’m sending lots of loving thoughts to your friend. Given my worries through the first few weeks of pregnancy I can imagine how devastated she must be, absolute heart felt condolences to her xxxxx
Your bump is getting really “proper” now- can’t think of a better word for it than that :)
Gosh there is so much to think about- I agree with Jess I think try to relax and not stress too much- after all once baby arrives you can still go to the shops (or have someone go for you) if you forget something.
I know someone who did hypno-birthing and she swears by it and loved her birthing experience which I think is not that common, so worth a try for sure.
Thanks Maria! That’s just what I’ve said in reply to Jess, it’s so easy just to pop to the shops if we forget anything. The hypno birthing was brilliant!
Chai lattes are my favourite! Well I would say that, they inspired my whole blog!
They are one of my faves!
Glad you are thinking of babywearing, Laura as newborns love to hear mama’s heartbeat & thus less likely yo cry. Yep, my newborn was a Babasling & co-sleep babe(best thing ever as you will find out, Laura! Exciting times ahead lovely mother-to-be(enjoy:)!
You actually don’t need as much stuff as you think(hold back as peeps are so generous when a baby arrives:). See if you can get hold of Debeorah Jackson’s Baby Wisdom if you can, you won’t be dissapointed!
Thanks Karina I will check out that book, I definitely agree we probably won’t need as much stuff as we think we do!
I know I’ve said this before, but posts like this really overwhelm me – and I’m not even pregnant!! There’s so much to research, buy, know about…you are ‘coping’ amazingly. I do enjoy reading the posts though don’t get me wrong! It just highlights everything I don’t know.
I really like the idea of natural nappies. But again, so much to know about them – like sizes, materials, how to wash them… There’s a great blog (you might already know of it!) that I read a lot. She’s a very ‘natural’ mother, vegetarian and amazingly creative -> http://www.neverhomemaker.com/
It’s worth a read – especially when she went through her pregnancy and then bringing up her little girl (who’s a toddler at the moment).
Thanks Anna! I hope these posts help a little for when your time comes! I’ve been looking at the natural nappies as well but I have no idea how they work really, or how practical they can be. I have heard of never home maker, been reading for years she’s awesome!
You are glowing in your picture Laura! I’m with you on the ‘can’t hurt’ philosophy. If I was pregnant I’d be covering all the various bits of my body with oils, creams, you name it!
Aww thanks Zoe! I am loving my body oil right now :-)
Hi! You look fab :-) enjoy your pregnancy and take some time for yourself because once your little bundle arrives you’ll be super busy! I loved my slings. I had a few different ones…I hired them I think. It was so long ago now! The carriers you wear on your body or back with frames in are SO uncomfortable. Some slings wrap around you in such a way that they really support your back too. When you go with the buggy and travel seat combo get the LIGHTEST!!! My babies slept in their cots next to me and also with us in bed! They were fine, we didn’t sleep brilliantly but then you won’t for the first 5 years!!!! You get used to it :-) How exciting! xxxx
Thank you! :-) Thanks for that tip, I’ll definitely be looking for the lightest one! I am trying to prepare myself for the lack of sleep, eek!
Oh AND both of mine wore natural terry nappies and thrived. They were not hard to wash and not that stinky as long as you use liners, and they were a felt type cloth too that I washed. I also used eco disposables when I absolutely had too. It all worked brilliantly and I’m fairly sure that 10 years later it’s all evolved even more. Gosh, now I’m feeling broody!
Thanks for that, I definitely want to try the natural nappies but had no idea how to use them but I’m sure I’ll learn!
NCTdo gr8 bulk disposables, I like Bambu, Moltex & Naty(handy to have post partum).
I got some cloth nappies via EBay Wonderoos, Kushies & an org brand with a bunny on the label. TotsBot do a trail pack of 3 different ones including bamboo! See if there is a resource near you thatlets you preview the choices. Do a google search with ‘mama pack’* might help!
* don’t forget to claim yours, it’s a free alt to the bounty one(not sure what the petrochemical-based Palmer’s doing in there thought???!
Hope this helps!
Thanks again for all that advice! Just checking them out on google now :-)
Also worth mentioning local authorities ten
tend to offer real cash incentives to use cloth nappies & nappy laudering services too!
Tbh I wouldn’t go overboard with preparations. I usually just had my ‘bag’ packed, one for me and another for the baby with our initial essentials. People will be very generous aswell. We reserved a pram in a local shop and my husband collected it and the car seat just before I got discharged from hospital. I bought a medela swing electric breast pump and I have loved it.
Great idea for keeping the pram on order. I’m actually thinking about how I can manage what people get for us, not because I’m ungrateful, far from it! But we only have so much space!
I co-slept with my daughter when she wouldnt sleep anywhere but my chestM but otherwise she slept in a bassinet beside our bed for the first 5 months – my goal was to move her into her own bedroom from 5-6 months which she did fairly easily! Now she is 16 months old she sleeps in her cot and only really gets into bed with us if she has an early wake up call and we all want some extra sleep! I had a sling but she hated it and refused to stay in it when she was little so we used the pram a lot. I think next time i would invest in a much better baby carrier so that the baby can sit upright instead of lying back! I had a breast pump etc too but turned out i was useless at pumping and charlie refused the bottle so goes to show that even when you think you are prepared they have minds of their own ;-) but getting everything sorted before she arrived helped me have a sense of control over the situation (which i completely lost once she arrived! Lol) good luck with getting everything prepared!
Thanks Bron, I think that’s really important that I remember that I can plan as much as possible but the baby might have her own ideas!
Only a month until you find out the sex – how exciting!! It is so overwhelming how much has to be organised for a baby, it is great you have a rough idea of what you’re after! The only advice I can give on slings is to check the guidance – I think the recommended design has recently changed to reduce the risk of suffocation. Funnily I have that Cath Kidson bag as my going away bag – I’ll be thinking of it as a hospital bag now haha!
Ah thanks for that tip Claire I will check that out with the slings. Haha I I know that’s a pretty posh hospital bag but I might as well do it in style ;-)
I used a sling when M was tiny and we also had a BabyBjorn that my husband still Uses now. She loves it but with a steep hill and ongoing pelvis problems I struggled to sling her once she got above a certain weight! We didn’t cosleep but the layout of our room and height of the Moses basket and bed meant I could always see M and she could see me. She stayed in our room in basket and cot until she was 9 months old and was always in touching difference!
As for preparation, we did NCT classes and I read a lot so I think I was prepared as I could be, I understood what could go well and also what might happen if things didn’t go so well – but ultimately I don’t think you can ever truly prepare for something so far outside experience. The classes were really reassuring for my husband too.
I think the BabyBjorn looks like it would suit James a lot better! I had the hypno class yesterday and it was excellent, really reminded me that although I’ve never given birth my body knows what to do biologically, and then the best I can do is go with the flow when labour comes!
Laura – one of the things I missed off my pre baby list was a blanket for the newborn in hospital! I had to use the scratchy hospital ones, we have this one: http://www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-knitted-star-pram-blanket-red/p231227716 which looks perfect 5 years later. For you, I recommend wearing flip-flops as an alternative to slippers, my waters didn’t stop breaking and you can wear in the hospital shower if you fear the hygiene. I had a proper pushchair but would recommend a Maclaren or similar in its place. After the first month or two you will realise you don’t need anything too bulky and will use the Maclaren until baby is 3-4, plus the Cath Kidston red and white spot one is divine! I also like the fox pushchair – http://www.cosatto.com/products/pushchairs/supa-pushchair/foxtrot it makes me want another baby just so I can use it… We bought moon-lights http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ecozone-Moonlight-Energy-guarantee-continuously/dp/B000QGBW78 they are eco-friendly and are great for night feeds and to stop little ones fearing the dark – plus you can nip to the loo in the night without bumping in to anything. Will let you know if I think of anything else x
Wow, thanks for all of this Susannah, really helpful advice!
Gosh I have no idea never thought about it…..I guess if it ever happens I’ll see at the time but I’m not sure bubbas are in my future!
I would like to think I’d be organised when we had a baby, but knowing me it’s incredibly likely I’d forget stuff! Nothing that couldn’t be rectified, but both Dan and I are quite laidback and I’m sure both Mums would be the ones panicking over if we had everything in place!