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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
My friend, Des, mentioned that she has started packing her hospital bag which made me realize that I haven't made an entry about it yet. This is part of my "help the preggy mommas" series. Coz what to pack on the hospital bag is another thing that made me crazy. Here I am hoping that this blog entry would shed some light to other expectant moms out there. Especially, the first timers.
- Going Home Outfit – I suggest you bring a dress you can easily slip into. Or a nice set of jammies if its fine with you. Whatever you prefer just make sure its comfy and roomy and with easy access for the boobies because your newborn would want to latch on them anywhere. In the lobby while waiting for the car, in the room while waiting for the nurses, while you're on a wheelchair being wheeled into the lobby. Get the picture?
- Maternity Pads/Adult Diaper (1 pack)
- Socks (1-2 pairs) – It can get really cold in the hospital.
- Extra Slippers – Bring a comfy, big pair. It's possible you'd get manas after giving birth so you really to bring your comfy slippers.
- Extra PJs or Dress – Of course there's the hospital gown but if you're like me who doesn't like to wear one, you can bring your own of course. Kasi hubadera ang peg ng hospital gowns eh. Or if you want, you can bring jammy bottoms para di naman masyadong exposed.
- Cotton Robe – I find this useful if I have visitors or well-wishers.
- 1 Nursing Bra and 1pair Nursing Pads – For when you go home.
- Underwear – Bring as much. You’ll be bleeding so you need to change them often. If you’ll use adult diapers then I guess you wont need much. Another option is buying disposable underwear. Atleast you don’t need to wash bloody underwears. :)
- Abdominal Binder – Needed for those undergoing C-section. I didn’t bring one, the hospital provided mine. But it got blood stains. So I endured bloody binders for 2 days. Eeewww…
- Underpads – I used mine on the car coz my water bag broke and I’m drippin’. You also need to change the underpads provided by the hospital after delivery coz it can get bloody. You don’t want the hospital to change it coz I’m pretty sure it’ll be costly.
- Glasses/Contact Lens (if you are using one)
- Going Home Outfit
- 2-3 Receiving Blanket
- 4-6 Pajamas
- 2-3 Long Sleeved Tie-Sides
- 2-3 Sleeveless Tie-Sides
- 4-6 Mittens
- 4-6 Booties
- 2-3 Bonnets
- Baby Wash
- 70% Alcohol
- 1pack Newborn Diaper
- 4-6 Burp Cloths
- Cotton Balls and Cotton Buds
- The number of baby clothes you have to bring depends on the number of days you'll stay at the hospital and of course, how accessible the hospital is from your home. I stayed in the hospital for 3days so that list is just enough. Except that I only bring 2 receiving blanket only to end up asking my sister to bring another one because Skye decided to soil on the first one the moment she was roomed in. I suggest you pack the baby clothes separately and label them so you wont end up rummaging through the bag for the baby essentials. These are very small items remember, so proper packing is a must.
- I also suggest you ask about the hospital where you plan to give birth. ManilaMed gave my newborn a welcome pack which includes alcohol, a pack of newborn diapers, a small cetaphyl and thermometer. Sayang din kasi sa space yung diaper na dinala ko. Hindi naman nagamit. :)
- Change of Clothes
- Bath Towels
- Extra pillows and blankets
- Toothbrush, Toothpaste and Mouthwash (For Nanay and the Companion)
- Facial wash
- Wash Cloth (For Nanay because you can’t have a decent bath yet so punas, punas nalang muna)
- Shampoo, conditioner, soap/body wash (For the companion)
- 70% alcohol
- Hand Sanitizer
- Shaving Kit (For the companion)
- Betadine Feminine Wash
- Powder or BB cream
- Lip Balm
- Comb or Hair Brush
- Philhealth Certificate of Contribution
- Philhealth Member’s Data Record
- Philhealth Claim Form 1 for you and your baby
- HMO Papers and Card (if applicable)
- Doctor’s Admission Slip
- List of the Hospital Documents you have to request for SSS and your healthcare provider's reimbursement (if applicable). Better to request for them while you are there coz it usually takes weeks for them to process it.
- Mother's Information Sheet (5 copies) - Everyone at the hospital will be asking you questions. And those questions are almost the same. Imagine answering them during labor? Haggard! In my case, just my name is difficult enough. They'd be asking for the details of your first menstruation and the likes, haggard talaga pag di prepared. And promise, effective sya, I just gave a copy to the nurses and they leave me to labor in peace. Medyo naloka lang ng slight yung mga tao dun sa hospital where I gave birth kasi talagang prepared ako. I just told them that I'm really OC like that at madali ako ma-haggard pag may detail na hindi ko maalala. Anyway, here's where I got my format.
- Birth Certificate Cheat Sheet - Ang OC ko ba? Hahaha.. I wanna make sure that all information on my child's birth certificate is correct. And if you don't wanna be bothered, this one is handy. Just give it to the hospital people or your companion and just check the details. Format available here.
- Mommy Book, Laboratory Results and Ultrasound Results - Even if you'll be handled by your own OB, the resident OBs in the hospital would look for it or double check. Better to have them handy just in case they have questions. Imagine trying to remember a certain detail while in labor. Oh diba? Kalurkey!
- Birth Plan (if applicable) – I don’t have one! But I’ve basically discussed everything with my OB so I think a birth plan is not needed.
- Valid IDs (just in case)
- Camera – How can you not have one? This is it! The big day. Have loads of pictures taken. Although the hospital did not allow companions at the operating room, a trainee was tasked to be my photographer. They got my camera and I was left with loads of photos. See my birthing pictures here. Just make sure the camera's battery is full and you have loads of space on your memory card.
- Cellphone – Have the important contact numbers on your favorites for easy access. Also, on my third and final trimester, i always see to it that my phone is always fully charged. As in I won't let it go below 50%. Mahirap na no. I also have my portable charger. Doble paniniguro. :) Praning lang.
- iPad/Laptop/PSP/Books – Anything na pamatay oras for you and your companion. Matagal ma antayan ang labor. And then, kelangan gising once the baby is roomed in. So make sure you have a libangan.
- Chargers – For all of the gadgets mentioned above need chargers. So pack them all. :)
- Drinking Water – We bring our own but most hospitals have hot and cold water available.
- Food – You need to bring snacks for you (if you are allowed) and your companion atleast while your in labor. Nakakagutom mag intay at mahal ang mga biscuit sa ospital.
- Cash/ATM card/Credit Card – You need moolah. Have cash ready, atleast for the deposit.
Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Celerhina Aubrey
Thursday, March 20, 2014
When I was pregnant, one of my major dilemma is coming up with a list of what to buy for my first born. I tried to google but it only gave me long lists of this and that and things that I haven't heard of. I was lost.
Some people are telling me not to buy too much because babies grow so fast. Sayang daw. Some people are telling me to buy things once I reached the third trimester para alam na ang gender and para di ma-stock ang mga gamit ni baby. Some people are telling me to buy early naman. Nakakaloka talaga. And since I just survived the first month of my Skye, allow me to share with you my very own list of newborn must-haves.
- Receiving Blankets - You need at least 4 of these. But you can actually buy more coz they are indeed useful. You can use it as swaddle. You can use it as bath towel. It can also be used as unan, kumot and sapin. Very useful. And for sure, they can still use it until their toddler years. Invest in these.
- Pajamas - I have 6 of these. Size 0-3 months. They are a bit big on Skye especially during her 1st 2 weeks of life but its okay. Newborns are ginawin so pajamas are necessary. The number of pajamas that you need to buy depends on how frequent you can do the laundry. We wash Skye's clothes every 3days so 6 pajamas are enough. But if you do the laundry once a week, then I guess you need to buy more.
- Long-sleeved Tie-Sides - I have 5. Size is newborn. Actually I bought 3 and has 2 hand me downs. I use them during the night to make sure that Skye won't get cold. Actually, if your place is a bit hot or if you don't have AC, I suggest you get the short-sleeved tie sides para naman di pagpawisan si baby.
- Sleeveless Tie-Sides - I have 3 of these. I use it on day time para medyo presko for baby. Again, you can get more of these based on how frequent you do the laundry.
- Mittens - I have 10 pairs. Mittens are important to prevent your baby from scratching herself. Paglabas ni baby medyo mahaba na ang nails and hindi pantay ang pagtubo. You can't immediately cut her nails coz it's still too soft. Honestly mahirap. We were able to cut Skye's nails when she's 2weeks old. Even then, we were not able to cut it properly. You need more of these because I change it often. Sinusubo kasi ni baby so I have to ensure that it is clean.
- Booties - I also have 10 pairs. I also change this one twice a day but since they are more prone to accidents (read: getting poops on it during nappy change) you also need more of these. You can also get a couple of infant socks if you want. You can use them during pedia visits para maarte si baby. All of my infant socks are hand me downs. Until now all of them are still big on Skye pero keri naman. I think she can use these until she's 3 months old.
- Bonnets - Get only 3 of these. I have 10 and honestly sayang. 5 of them are gifts lang naman but sayang padin. Sana di nalang ako bumili. :( First, they are not really safe (read my Safe Sleep post here). Actually, I think it has everything to do with the fact that Skye is teeny tiny. All her bonnets are huge. During her first week, we put bonnet on her everyday. Para daw di lamigin. But after that incident, I ditched the bonnet. Anyway, Mila says we can just put alcamforado on her bunbunan. And make her use the bonnet nalang if we have to go outside.
- Burp Cloths or Towels - Oh you need lots of these. I have 2 types of soft bimpo that I use. Small white ones that I also use as wash cloth and another bigger and thicker one which I also use in drying her after sponge bath. Make sure you get those soft bimpo coz newborn's skin are sensitive. Also, make sure you change them often.
- Lampin - I have a dozen of these but its up to you if you think you need them. Initially, I was thinking of using lampin on Skye for her first month. I was thinking of just getting covers if I think I'll need them but I have a changing mat that I plan to use. Pero ate! When I realize how frequent a newborn poops the entire day, naku! Disposable diapers galore na to keep my sanity. Promise. They poop like every 2 hours. Minsan konti konti lang but still. And Skye HATES nappy changing time. So imagine if I'm using lampin. That'll be nappy change every 30min or so. Mababaliw kami mag ina. But my lampin are still useful coz I use them as burp cloths and we also have presko time. That's 2hours in the morning where I let her use lampin only. That's after her morning pupu session. :)
- Newborn Onesies - Skye has some of these. Most are gifted. Though I bought her 2 plain white ones. She was able to use them on her 2nd week. Her Tita Irish gave her 2 super small ones na malapit ng mag retire kasi di na kasya. Imagine? 1 month nya lang nagamit yun. So I really suggest you buy the 0-3 months na onesies. Kasi they can wear them naman kahit medyo malaki. But, if you have loads of friends, better not to buy muna. Baka i-surprise baby shower ka nila. For sure may magreregalo ng onesie. Anyway, we use the onesies on her pedia visits.
- Frogsuit - Skye has 1. Buti nalang. Not really needed. We use this sa gabi also instead of pajama plus long sleeves. This is also what we use nung umuwi sya from the hospital. But honestly, you can live without it. Cute lang sya but not needed.
- Disposable Diapers - Omg! You need, need, need these. And lots of it. But don't stock up. There are loads of brands out there. You need to atleast try it before buying in bulk. I'm lucky I was gifted with loads of DDs. So by the time Skye was born we have 5 huge packs (24pcs per pack) of 3 different brands - pampers, huggies and EQ. The hospital also gave us 1 huge pack of EQ. All in newborn sizes. And ubos na sila ngayon. All six packs are used in just more than 3 weeks. Imagine??? May presko time pa kami nyan.
- Cotton Balls - Lots of it as well. Note that you can't do groceries immediately so if you don't have anybody helping you out, better stock up on these. I use them to clean the baby's face and tushies.
- Infant Cotton Buds - You need them to clean the ears and the nose.
- 70% Isoprophyl Alcohol (not moisturizing) - This is to clean her pusod. You can also use this before holding the baby or make people use it before allowing them to go near your child. Pero dahil maarte kami, we have the moisturizing alcohol para sa amin. Para this one is just for baby.
- Baby Wipes - Alcohol free and unscented. We use this if we're out and she needs nappy change. But now I also use this at night if I'm too sleepy to get the cotton and warm water. BUT I strongly suggest you use cotton and warm water in washing her privates. Mas malinis. Minsan lang ang baby wipes.
- Thermometer - I got a decent digital thermometer for Skye coz its really needed especially if you're paranoid like me. I always get her temperature to see if she's giniginaw or naiinitan. But better ask around, coz this is another common baby shower gift. And some hospitals give out themometers and they are pretty decent. I actually got 2 from the hospital and was gifted with another one. So I have 4! Haha.. I gave away the ones from the hospital and kept the other 2.
- Baby Wash - I use Cetaphyl. It was gifted. You can give your baby her real bath once natanggal na yung pusod. But you can wash her hair as early as day 1. Skye's pusod is gone on week 2. I give her a bath 4 times a week. Babies dont need to bath everyday. And in her first week of life, just water and cotton are enough. Make sure you get the mildest baby wash for your baby because they are so sensitive.
- Petroleum Jelly - Use it on your little one's tushies every nappy change. I had issues with rashes (wala pa naman actually, na-haggard lang ako nung namula ng onti pwet ni Skye) and was advised to use petroleum jelly. Effective naman sya. Another option is Drapolene cream. Alot of my mommy friends swear by it. I recently got one for Skye. Hihihihi.. It's for rash prevention and cure.
- Baby Tabo or Small Basin - You use them during nappy change and sponge bath. Your baby need to have her own set of these to ensure that it's clean. Got ours at Baby Company.
- Crib/Playpen - This one depends on you actually. Some people say it's useless coz you'll end up co-sleeping with your baby and the crib will be a tambakan. Well, I co-sleep with Skye because she refuse to sleep on her crib at night. But we make her sleep on her crib during day time. That way, its easier for us to move about and she could have uninterrupted sleep, so very useful ang crib. Also, we can convert it into a playpen which she could use pag malaki na sya. But I suggest you don't buy the expensive ones. Just the basic. You won't need those vibrators and music and toys and dancing lights. Believe me!
- Crib Matress and Pillows - I got the hypoallergenic one. It's pricey but worth it. Washable too!! I wash Skye's pillows weekly. Sulit sa quality.
- Nail Cutter - Told you we cut her nails on her 2nd week. Make sure you get the nail cutter designed for infants.
- Cycles Laundry Detergent - We use this to wash baby clothes. Designed for babies so its safe and mild.
- Changing Mat - For nappy changing session. I use a hand me down. Just a small plastic one. You can also use the one that goes with your baby bag kaso you have to remember to pack it evrytime lalabas.
- Baby Bag - For your pedia visits or Nanay's OB visits. The baby bag must be roomy enough for all the esentials.
Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2014 by Celerhina Aubrey
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