(This post is sponsored by For Her Box).
If you are pregnant or thinking about starting a family (or maybe even if you’re pregnant with your 2nd or 3rd), and your due date is looming closer and closer, you are most likely rushing around trying to pack your hospital bag. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably googling multiple hospital checklists (Pinterest, anyone?). Wouldn’t it just be nice if you could have everything at your finger tips ready to go?
Or if you’re looking for the perfect Baby Shower present, you might be wondering what to get? If you’re unsure, read my post HERE about why you need to be getting your family member/friend the “unsexy” baby shower present – it is what every new mum NEEDS!
You might be wondering where to find these miraculous things? Well look no further than For Her Box! For Her Box is a new biz that has put together a range of gift boxes to meet every need a woman might have! From getting through PMS, to getting “in the mood”, For Her Box have prepared a Baby Box to help expectant mummas get ready for their impending arrival!
Oh Baby Baby!
The “Oh Baby Baby” box includes some important essentials that will get a mum through their time in the hospital after bub, as well as some lovely additional extras. In the box you will find:
- Maternity Pads
- Baby/Mum Wipes
- Nipple Balm
- Lip Balm
- Nursing Pads
- Intimate Wash
- Bath Soak
- Baby Teething Toy
If this is your (or another lady’s) first bub, you may still be a bit unsure about what you need and why! I had a half packed hospital bag sitting by our front door from about 26 weeks onwards, and when my waters broke 8 days before my due date, it was still half-packed! I quickly ran around the unit like a mad woman trying to find last minute items while my husband raced home from work. The “Oh Baby Baby” box saves you a lot of this hassle! I’ve broken down the nitty gritty of why each of these items are a MUST for you in the hospital (and beyond!).
The Messy Stuff
No matter how prepared you think you are (both physically AND mentally), nothing prepares you for the amount of mess you’ll face postpartum. Sorry mummas, it really ain’t pretty (totally worth it, but quite gross). These items really get you through the excessively messy first few days after having your bub, when there is still a lot of blood happening, and your milk is just coming in. The maternity pads and intimate wash in the kit will most likely get you through your hospital stay (and possibly a few days afterwards, depending on the duration of your hospital visit), but be prepared to stock up for a few weeks afterwards. Also, the nursing pads will become vital when your milk finally comes in after a couple of days (after the initial Colostrum), and you’re leaking left, right, and center (quite literally – milk can spurt everywhere! And sometimes, from multiple areas… you’ve been warned!).
The Practical Stuff
You may not realise it, but giving birth is tiring and energetic work! You may not be hungry immediately after birth, but you will be keen for some snacks some time during your hospital stay. The hardest thing is finding time to eat (especially with the hospital-provided food), as it usually coincides with bub needing a feed, wanting a cuddle, or requiring assistance to get to sleep. Having some snacks on hand will give you a ready mini-meal when you have that spare 5 seconds in between the above mentioned tasks! The wipes are a great item to help both you and bub with excess mess, particularly when you are out and about and need a quick cleaning option!
Another practical item that you’ll really need at some point is the nipple balm. As you and baby learn the mechanics of feeding, and getting used to each other, your nipples will get real sore. The balm is a great way to help you between feeds to give them a bit of a rest – essential item!
The Nice Stuff
After you have a baby, your life will go out the window for a little bit (sorry to burst the bubble!). You’ll be in a delirium of sleep deprivation, minimal food, nappy explosions and feeding. It is exciting and rewarding, but challenging. There were days I’d forget to shower (no joke) and stay in the same clothes. It is tough work, and it is hard to find time for YOU. But the mummas behind For Her Box have you covered, by including a couple of tea sachets and a bath soak so you can have some time to relax and take care of yourself! Plus, there’s a cute baby teething toy, because us mums love baby toys right?? (At the start anyway!).
The Final Verdict?
I absolutely LOVE the “Oh Baby Baby!” Box from For Her Box. Hubby and I have already said that I am ready for when (or if?) bub number 2 comes along. While the price might seem a bit steep overall ($149.95), you need to consider the actual things you’d be purchasing for your hospital stay (and beyond), and if the price weighs up. Average costs of the included items, sold separately, are:
- Maternity Pads – $8 – $12
- Eco Wipes – $5 – $10
- Nursing Pads – $10 – $20
- Organic Nipple Balm – $15 – $20
- Organic Lip Balm – $7-$10
- Intimate Wash – $10 – $15
- Snacks – $5
- Baby Teething Toy – $15-20
- Bath Soak – $15 – $20
- Free Nutella Jar – PRICELESS!
Add to this the fact that everything is organic or eco-friendly, and the time and effort that has gone in to putting the box together (the manual ‘labour’) so that everything is in one place ready to go! I will definitely be recommending this box to my mumma friends, and as I mentioned before, it would make the perfect baby shower gift (even if you chipped in with some friends to get the ultimate unsexy baby shower gift pack. I mentioned it before, but I’ve actually written about it HERE, and you should read it now!). The For Her Box “Oh Baby Baby!” box definitely gets my Stamp of Approval! Check out their website HERE, Instagram HERE and Facebook HERE.
What else do I need to include in my hospital bag?
So does the “Oh Baby Baby!” box cover everything you need in hospital? Unfortunately, no. It doesn’t take care of the granny panties, clothes you never want to see ever again, or the baby’s take-home outfit.
However, if you’re wanting a checklist of everything I needed when I was in the hospital, you can get your FREE hospital checklist below. You’ll see that it included a lot of the items that are in the For Her Box “Oh Baby Baby” box above – so make sure you check out their full range.