Hey Mommies (rather soon to be mommies),
Butterflies in your tummies…. as due date approaches..
Oh, i remember my days of pregnancy when I longed to see my baby… I was curious to know what my baby looked like – is it a boy or a girl?, how would my life change post delivery, would it be normal delivery or c-section….. questions and questions churning in my head and for all the answers I had to just WAIT!! Waiting was the most difficult task…
My due date was 12th May… And approximately a month before my due date I was asked to just rest at home as I can have a baby anytime.. So i was waiting for my baby from12th apr and my li’l devil entered my life on 23rd may… So, that was a whole 1 month and 10 days of wait in which I was doing nothing but just wait, wait and wait.. I was no longer going out for a walk, no domestic chores (I was at my mom’s place), fed up of TV… My only source of entertainment (read survival) was browsing through scores of internet sites reading peoples birth stories, looking for interesting and unique names of boys and gals…
And during this period of never ending waiting, I found that I could do a far more important task… It was to pack a bag for the hospital… U never really know when u go into labor or break your waters.. So having a completely ready bag handy was a great idea!!!
Things that I found useful which could be carried for the hospital during delivery are:
1. A nice soft cotton saree (old one preferably) to lay it inside yr baby’s crib
2. Some big square cut cotton cloth pieces as cloth nappies (Diapers are no good for new borns). Also new cotton nappies would not be as useful as the excreta of a new born is all black and sticky and impossible to wash.. Its always better to use such cloth pieces and throw it off.
3. A soft blanket
4. A scarf for the mother
5. A belt or a cotton towel to be tied around the mother’s waist post delivery
6. Sanitary pads
7. A disinfectant to wash yr hands regularly before holding the baby and also give it to the visitors
8. Regular toiletries like soaps, tooth brush, toothpaste, hair brush etc..
9. A soft cotton towel for the baby
10. A small scarf for the baby or a cap
In the above mentioned list whenever I mentioned old, soft cotton clothes I had washed them beforehand, soaked them in dettol, dried them and packed it.. Hygiene is the priority. Also new jhablas and new nappies are too harsh on the new born’s skin… It is better to use old sarees, bedsheets etc…
So, there you go mommies… Pack your bags and get ready on this exciting journey of motherhood….