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Pregnancy and Beyond

Brought to you by Philips AVENT

The last three months of your pregnancy are very exciting – your baby will soon be here and your nesting instinct will no doubt be kicking in. You’ll want to find out as much as you can about your options for the birth and the first weeks with your new baby. But with everyone from your mother-in-law, to your boss and even complete strangers eager to pass on their 'words of wisdom', it can be difficult to know who to listen to. Because we have experts as part of our Philips AVENT Family, you can be sure that all the advice is from people who are up to date with the latest knowledge and developments and they care about you and your pregnancy. We are here to guide you through all these wonderful changes.

Vicki Scott, the Philips AVENT feeding and wellbeing advisor, says, 'There is a minefield of confusing and conflicting information out there so it is important to keep it simple when choosing products. A steriliser, breast pump, feeding bottle and monitor are the most important products to invest in and with Philips AVENT you are always guaranteed excellent quality, and products that work around the clock to cater for you and your baby’s needs.'

What do I need to stock up on before the birth?

You may be months away, perhaps weeks or even days away from having a baby. Have you thought about what will happen when you bring your bundle of joy home for the first time? Don’t worry, you can take practical steps now that will make life easier once the little one arrives.


• A baby car seat – practice putting it in and taking it out, in and out, until you can do it with your eyes shut

• Moses basket – for the first few months, they’re brilliant to carry baby and ever so light

• Baby monitor

• Pram

• Changing bag and a nappy bag

• Nappies

• Baby wipes

• Baby blankets

• Clothes – the basics, such as baby grows and socks. Don’t buy them all the same size, but not too big either – babies grow at unpredictable and different rates

Feeding equipment - even if you intend to breastfeed, there are a few items you'll need:

• Breast pump – manual or electric – this will take the pressure off you, as well as allow your partner or a friend to feed the baby

• Bottle steriliser

• Newborn bottle set

• Storage cups for expressed milk

• Teats

Baby's room and other furniture:

• Cot

• Dresser or chest of drawers – avoid buying baby sizes. You want something that your child can grow into and you won’t have to change in a year or two

• Changing table and mat

• Baby bathtub – for while they are tiny

• Bouncy seat – provides endless fascination for them, five minutes' peace and quiet for you

Pre-birth essentials by Philips AVENT

What should I take to the hospital?

This is a very basic list. We’ve kept the quantities down, as your partner should be able to bring in replacements, e.g. if you go through babygrows quickly, or have to stay in hospital longer than expected.

• Your antenatal notes and your birth plan

• Coins for the car park and vending machines (most maternity units provide a parking permit for labour)

• A list of people to call with your news

• Slippers, or thick socks, and a dressing gown

• Knee length cotton nighties, for labour and afterwards. Not white, and preferably front-opening for breastfeeding

• Old undies, or disposable knickers, and maternity pads (two or three packs) and some feeding bras (at least two)

• Basic toiletry kit – toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, hairbrush, hair bands, face wipes, lip salve and moisturiser

• Patterned towel and patterned pillow and pillowcase (patterned laundry won’t get put in the hospital laundry!)

• Nipple cream, breast pads, breastfeeding information to use when staff are busy

• Ear plugs – post-natal wards can be noisy! these will help you sleep when someone else is watching your baby

• Make-up, tissues, glasses, contact lenses

• Baby feeding diary (or notepad) and pen

• A stash of snacks, energy drinks and a small amount of money

• Some clothes to go home in – you probably won’t need any more

• Optional extras – such as an iPod and speakers (check that’s OK with the unit), massage lotion, Swiss Ball, TENS machine, supply of fruit squash, glucose tablets, books and magazines to help pass the time

• Nappies – one pack, plus some cotton-wool pads

• Vests and babygrows (six of each), socks and scratch mitts, 2 thin cotton hats

• Coloured muslins (so you don’t lose them)

• Blankets and a warm outfit for going home (including a hat) - hospitals have swaddling sheets, cellular blankets and baby nighties

What else do I need to think about before the baby arrives?


• Prepare as much as you can beforehand – make chilli, stews or spag bol. Focus on handy meals that can be frozen and heated up later

• You could set up online grocery shopping and delivery. It’s convenient and cheap – you may not feel like shopping for this the first few weeks after birth

• Do a big shop before your due date so the house is well stocked – don’t forget the basics, such as toilet rolls

• Try and stick to health foods – especially if you think you will be breastfeeding, a good diet is very important

On the home front:

• Do a big clean (or make sure your partner does) just before your baby is due

• Stock up on cleaning products: it’s better you buy them now, and don’t forget bin liners for all those smelly nappies to come

• Set up the nursery – is everything ready for the baby coming home? You’ll want things to be as easy and convenient as possible when you get home from the hospital

• Make arrangements for pets to be taken care of when you go into hospital, especially if you live alone

Preparation, preparation, preparation

• Swot up on the signs of labour and what options you will have when you start to give birth – knowing what to expect will really help you

• Pack your hospital bag and pack one for the baby – include your doctor or midwife notes and make sure your partner knows where they are

• Work out the route to the hospital and look at alternatives if you don’t want your child’s birthplace to be in the back of your car in a traffic jam

• Make sure that at least two or three people are on your speed dial, in case you go into labour when you're home alone

• If your partner can’t be there in the first few weeks, make arrangements with other friends and family to step in and help