Now that I’m 38 weeks pregnant, I think it’s time for me to get my hospital bag ready, just in case the baby decides to arrive early. In Australia, the hospital will provide us with some basic needs for the mum and baby, such as maternity and nursing pads, and diapers. Of course some mums have preferences when it comes to these things, and we prefer to bring our own. But I’m not very fussy about bringing everything all at once. If I left anything behind, I could always ask my husband or dad to drive back home and get them. However, I have one special bag for the labour, and that is the most important bag to bring. Because I don’t want to look for things between my contractions.
These are the things in my labour bag: 2x heat packs, pregnancy booklet/card from the hospital, health care card, front-opening shirt that I don’t mind ruining for the birth, flip flops (which I’m going to wear as I head out for the hospital), hair ties, camera & mobile phones (NOT for taking pictures or snap-chatting during my labour, no way! But I want to have them around as soon as we are all clean, calm and decent).
Some women might want to bring their birth plan and TENS machine with them, but I am using neither of those things.
I am bringing a suitcase with mom and bub things, mostly things to wear after the birth.
Mom stuff: maternity pads, my own pillow, 2x nursing camisoles, 2x dressing gowns, 3x night gown and front-opening PJs, 2x nursing bras, a pair of socks, towels, hair dryer, slippers, vitamins, going home outfit (I’m ordering this beautiful dress!), toiletries – soap, shampoo, conditioner, cleansing wipes, papaw, body oil, lip balm, make-up bag (I want to look good in our first decent mom and baby picture) – tinted moisturiser, eyebrow pencil, light eyeshadow, eyeliner, blush stick, bronzer with brush, lipstick, entertainment – tablet, books, music.
Baby stuff: 1x sleeping bag, 2x swaddle wraps, 4 onesies, 1 jumper, 2 pairs of socks, 2 pairs of mittens, 2 bibs, warm blanket, warm beanie, his going home outfit, car seat fitted
Since I’m such a designarcissist, I wasn’t happy with the hospital’s checklist design, so I’ve decided to create my own. The good news is, it is available for you to download and print as a freebie! So whether you’re a mom-to-be or know someone who is, I hope that my checklist could be useful for you. Download your hospital and labour bag checklist HERE.
What could be a better egg holder, than the mother of the eggs themselves?
Download, print and make these hen egg holder for your easter eggs, both real and chocolate flavoured ones, big and small, decorated or plain. They are fun to make and give to adults and little ones.
Materials: Hen Egg Holder template (Free Download HERE), Adobe Reader (Free Download), Colour printer, A4 paper stock around 140-200 gsm, scissors, adhesive, x-acto knife and ruler for scoring, eggs
Cut out the hen template as well as the wings
Using X-acto knife and ruler, score marks on the dotted blue lines shown in picture, and fold in or out according to the instruction in the image. You should make a hexagon box in the middle from the foldings
Put some glue or double sided tape on the inner part of the hen’s tail and head, and stick both sides of the hen together
Stick the wing on the part of the hexagon that sticks out using glue or double sided tape
I’m 3 weeks away from my due date! By now, I have prepared all the essential things that I think I will need. Shopping for baby stuff is FUN. Things for baby are so cute and colourful, I don’t even know what to pick.
I divided my shopping list into two sections – big and small items. Big items consist of car seat, cot, mattress change table, breastfeeding chair and of course stroller. The smaller ones are baby carrier, breastfeeding pillow, sleeping bags and/or swaddles, linens, blanket, clothes, diapers and many many more. I did not buy most of the smaller stuff, as they were given to me by my parents, friends, and some hand-me-downs. I don’t mind hand-me-downs, in fact I’m very thankful for them, as long as they’re not smelly or torn. Newborns grew out of their clothes really fast, and I don’t want to buy too many clothes that he’s only going to wear once or twice. Plus, I’d rather splurge on clothes for when he’s able to go out more often.
In Australia, we have safety standards when it comes to certain baby stuff, like car seats and cots, and it actually makes shopping easier. Strollers have safety standards too, but there are so many strollers to choose from (although we don’t have as many brands as U.S does), it was almost like choosing a car! I had so much fun researching and trying to find the right stroller for me, my husband, and our baby. All strollers that have been approved by the Australian standard will be good enough for the baby, so it is more important to choose the one that fits your lifestyle (you and your partner). I want our stroller to be cute, practical, light enough and suits my budget of under $1000.
When talking to my friends and researching on the internet about strollers, some of their most common concerns based on each individual lifestyle are: can I jog with it? Will it fit in the trunk of my car? Can I use my baby capsule with it? Does it come with a cot? Can it be used from newborn? Is it light enough to travel with?
My own lifestyle concerns apart from the way it looks and the price are:
Is it light enough to bring on the plane (as an extra baggage, not carry on), because I’m going back to Indonesia at least twice a year?
Is it practical to fold?
Can I use it since the baby is born?
Is the handle long enough, because both me and my husband are tall (we’re around 178 cm)?
Is it easy to set up?
Are the wheels easy to maneuver?
My husband and I live a town centre away from the city, but we spend the weekends and day-offs in the city. We are not joggers or hikers (even if we do those kind of activities, we will NOT bring a stroller and a baby with us), and we don’t really spend too much time strolling in parks and gardens. The pedestrian walks around our house are smooth and flat. So I think that we’re living the practical, urban lifestyle. Also, we’re 98% sure that we’re not having anymore children (I’m the only child, and my husband is the youngest with a huge age gap between him and his siblings, so he’s practically an only child as well, and we think that it’s AWESOME to be the only child), so we don’t need strollers that can turn into a double stroller.
My friend who has similar kind of lifestyle as mine recommended Baby Jogger city mini, and I know that a lot of people in Australia love those baby joggers, but I personally think they’re too sporty for my taste. I also like the idea of having a cot, but after finding out that it will only be used until the baby is 6 months old, I think I could live without it.
Our choices were shortlisted to Bugaboo Bee 3, Stokke Scoot, Mountain Buggy Cosmo and Redsbaby Bounce. If you’re not living in Australia, chances are you might never heard of Redsbaby. Redsbaby is an Australian brand, and I’ve heard so many good things about it. The thing is, I can only get their strollers online, and they don’t have any demo days in Canberra at anytime during my pregnancy. There’s no way I would buy a stroller that I have never tried before.
After trying the other three strollers – The Bee3, The Scoot and The Cosmo, we finally chose The Bee3 because it encompasses everything that we require in a pram. The Bee3 is the lightest of all three (The Cosmo is the heaviest), and it is the easiest to fold. The Bee3 has add-on carrycot for purchase, but I’ve decided not to get it now and see how it goes when the baby arrives. My husband was skeptical when he saw how small the wheels are, but I’ve seen friends travel to Europe and walk their gravel pathways with their child in Bugaboo Bee3!
For the moment, I think I’m happy with my Bugaboo Bee3. But if the wheels and the small size turns out to be a problem in the future, I might consider going to Sydney during Redsbaby’s demo days and give it a try.
Below is a round-up I’ve put together for strollers that are similar to what I’m looking for.
Our last punny printable was such a hoot, I’ve decided to create printable puns for your easter eggs!
Plus, it makes easter egg decorating easy and fun. I have prepared different coloured pun cards for you to choose from (more than these three shown here), so you can colour your eggs with any colours that you like. To make the colours really pop out, I spray painted all my eggs white. I use acrylic and gouache paints to colour the whole eggs, and draw their faces using sharpie marker.
Download the Printable Egg Puns cards HERE, open using Adobe Reader (free download from here), and print with your colour printer on A4 sized paper or cardstock. Cut them out with scissors and paste them on the eggs using craft glue.
Don’t you think they’re egg-celllent? I hope that these crack you up!
There’s something about these festive and colourful printable pretzels that makes me want to celebrate something… anything at all! With all these free printables, you don’t need a reason to put up colourful garlands around your home. Something to cheer up your kitchen, maybe?