So you're into the third trimester now and heading into that exciting yet daunting final phase of pregnancy.
What now? Get organised, that's what.
It's time to head to the shops to stock up on some birth and baby essentials and get your hospital bag/s packed.
You may have already bought (or been given) a lot of baby things, but it can be quite overwhelming to work out what needs to be stored in the nursery, what needs to be stored away for the future and what needs to be left out for the impending birth and your baby's first moments and days.
Like a holiday, you don't want to over-pack, but you don't want to under-pack either. So to help you during this exciting but confusing time, we've put together a checklist of what you need to pack for the big event.
Simply CLICK HERE to download our free checklist. Print it or save it to your phone so you can take it shopping and have it easily accessible while you get ready for your upcoming trip to the hospital. Once your bag is packed, have it in an obvious spot in the house (and tell your partner where it is) so it can be grabbed on the go, when labour begins (or when you're heading to your c-section appointment.) Some people keep it in the car boot from 36 weeks, to ensure they always have it on hand for unexpected situations.
I still remember the exciting time of packing my hospital bag for my first birth. I bought everything new (including the underwear and pyjamas - affordably of course as I knew they would most probably get soiled, stained and grown out of) and enjoyed the process of sorting, organising, packing and ticking off the list. It truly was a special time.
Just don't leave it to the last minute - it's better to be prepared than rushed, especially when you don't have complete control on the when, how and where of child birth.
Feel free to share this list with your friends and family. Simply send them over here to our blog to grab their own copy for free.
Happy packing ladies :)