In Hospital Essentials

In Hospital Essentials

After getting the wonderful news that my husband and I were expecting, the planning process began. Making the bigger decisions regarding my nursery came easily to me, however it was arranging all the birthing options where the fun part started. Packing my hospital bag with all the essentials was just the start! With a ten-year age gap between my first child, Isabella, and our new little bundle of joy, Sebastian, I didn’t realize how much times have changed in the past 10 years. For products, apart from the traditional well known baby skin care ranges, I wanted to find something organic and not harmful to my little one but still including a natural fragrance to keep him soft, smooth and smelling good. I decided to go with Oh-Lief which is currently the new-age baby skin care range. When it came to bum balm, Oh-Lief’s natural olive bum balm left Sebastian’s bottom silky smooth as well as leaving a fresh scent of lavender behind. For clothing I selected a newborn sticky fudge Peter Grower for while we were still in hospital. The Peter grower I found was breathable, warm, and the side buttons allowed me to have a stress free nappy change. To keep his head warm I paired a Sticky Fudge Quinn beanie with the grower. Sebastian was born on a winter’s day, so it was vital that he was dressed warmly when we departed the hospital. The Sticky Fudge Phoenix grower was ideal, and seeing that I am a fan of neutral and muted tones the grey mélange was the perfect decision. Traditionally swaddling is done with layers...
What to pack in your hospital bag

What to pack in your hospital bag

Now’s the time to gather together all the essentials you’ll need during labour and birth and for after your baby is born. Even if you’re not planning a hospital birth, you may need to go in unexpectedly, so try to have a bag packed by the time you are about 36 weeks pregnant. Hospitals vary in their policies about what you are allowed to bring with you when you have your baby. You may want to take a few items from home, such as your own pillows, to make the environment more personal. But be aware that hospitals can be short on space. If you want, pack two bags: one for labour and the hours immediately after your baby is born, and another for a stay on the postnatal ward. If you’re driving to hospital, you could leave the second bag in the car. If you have a straightforward birth, you may leave hospital on the same day and not need the second bag at all. What should I pack for labour? Your birth plan and maternity notes. Dressing gown. This will be useful if you end up pacing hospital corridors in early labour. You’ll also need one on the postnatal ward. Hospitals can be very warm, so a lightweight one may be better. A dark colour or a busy pattern will help to hide any stains. Backless slip-on slippers, that are easy to get on and off. Socks. Believe it or not, your feet can get cold during labour. Old nightdress or T-shirt to wear in labour. It will probably get a bit messy, so don’t buy anything...

Swaddles

Many people ask what is swaddling? Well swaddling is the art of snuggly wrapping your little one in a blanket for warmth and security. This act can help settle your baby down, provides more comfort while sleeping and is a form of security for your little one. The act of swaddling also builds a bond between you and your little one. When swaddling your child, please make sure you do it properly. Lay swaddle on a flat surface like a diamond and fold down the top corner to form a straight edge. Place your little one on his back so that the fabric is just above shoulder level. Bring left arm down, pull the corner of the blanket near his left hand over his arm and chest and tuck it in under his right side. Fold the bottom loosely up and over their right shoulder, make sure both legs are bent up and out and that his hips can move as well as free movement in his legs. Bring the right arm down, pull the corner of the blanket near his right hand over his arm and chest and tuck it under his left side. Make sure you have not wrapped your little one too tightly   Here at Baby Belle we offer a wide range of swaddles, from classic 100% cotton muslins to bamboo swaddles. All our swaddles are breathable and come in a generous size, providing ample room for your little one to move around in and still receive the warmth and comfort needed. One can either get our swaddles in a pack or even purchase them...

Doudou’s

Lay your little one down to rest and have the best night’s sleep ever, does that sound like something you and your little one need? Do you want your little one to not wake up and be comfortable the whole night through? Doudou’s are primarily used to soothe and settle babies in at night or at nap time and comforts babies for hours. Our range of doudous do just that, used to either lay your little ones head on at night or can be used as something for them to hold onto tightly and chew on. Coming in a variety of fabrics that are soft and plush, perfect for your little ones gentle head to rest on and sleep at night, but it will also satisfy your babies need to chew on something. This helps your baby to go to sleep quicker and easier, but will provide comfort to keep them in dreamland for a while as it provides that feeling of comfort and security, something every child needs at night and when they are sleeping. The knotted corners, arms and legs are specifically designed to provide something for your little one to chew on, this not only helps with teething but also helps with the process of getting your baby off of a pacifier, but make sure you give it a good wash every now and then to keep it clean and mouth friendly. Most doudous come in a size of 23cm which makes the perfect bedside companion and soother to cuddle and hold tightly, while chewing on it at the same time. For our collection of Doudous...