As Royal watchers around the world prepare for the birth of the next Baby Cambridge with anticipation and excitement, it’s sometimes easy to forget that as we await news of the new Prince or Princess there is one person who is preparing for the pending arrival with more eagerness and anticipation than we ever could imagine – Kate herself.
I know firsthand that there is very little you can truly prepare for when it comes to the birth of a baby, something my type-A personality had some difficulty coming to terms with. But I did what I could… I read all the books, took all the courses and then began a ritual as old as going to the hospital to give birth itself – the packing of the hospital bag.
What would Kate pack in her hospital bag? What should any soon-to-be new mother pack in such a bag? These questions were all on my mind recently as I imagined Kate preparing herself for the big day. So just what would Kate do when it came to packing her hospital bag? We think she’d pack her bag full of tried and true necessities coupled with some of her favourite items – and we’ve got some guesses at just what would be in that (fabulous) bag!
That fabulous bag itself? Well, we think it may be Kate and William’s trusted Tusting Explorer overnight bag that we have seen time and time again – or perhaps a Longchamp bag she’s been known to favour? Kate has also been seen carrying Cath Kidson and Meli Melo totes, definitely an option.
The first thing many women will tell you needs to be in that bag is some lip balm – there is nothing worse than having dry, chapped lips and the birthing process is no exception. Hospitals are notoriously dry! Kate would likely stick to a favourite brand, like Bobbi Brown, and choose perhaps their comfortable, non-greasy lip balm or their Yogi Bare balm to keep her lips hydrated.
The next thing in most women’s birth bags all revolve around making the mother as comfortable as possible during the labour process. Warm, non-skid socks and a comfortable robe are handy for walking the halls to ease contractions (or for keeping warm) while an iPod stocked with your favourite music may be relaxing and calming during the stresses of labour. Also not to forget? Something to keep your hair off your face – perhaps Kate’s beloved scrunchie will make the rounds?
When the baby is safely arrived and the trials of labour are over, you can get out two other things to have in your bag – a camera for capturing those ten fingers and toes forever and a pen and paper to remember the things you think you’ll never forget (like head circumference and length at birth) along with those that you will want to (like medical directions for yourself or when the last time
you slept the baby fed)
After the baby is born, you will some clothes to come home in! If, like Kate, you’re expecting an audience as you leave the hospital or arrive home for the first time, pack a cute dress or something that will not be restrictive on your waist – a wrap maternity dress is perfection as it will work with whatever your body chooses to do post-birth. A nursing bra or two will be welcomed as will your trusty makeup kit with travel size tubes of what is normally in your Royal Beauty Bag – you can see all Kate’s favourites here.
Last things for the bag are quite possibly the most fun to pack – things for the little Prince or Princess. If you do not know the sex of the baby (as is the case with William & Kate) pick out little gender neutral outfit, at least one bodysuit and swaddling blankets to wrap the baby in. Don’t forget a small supply of diapers as well! If, like Kate, you’re introducing your newborn to a few people after the birth (understatement of the decade?) then you’ll also want to bring a warm blanket for the ride home and a cap for the little one. Also don’t forget baby’s carseat, Prince George came home in a Britax model and we anticipate this baby to do the same!
This is by no means an exhaustive list – there are dozens and dozens of other references that we encourage mothers-to-be to utilize as well. With so much in childbirth being uncontrollable and unpredictable it’s nice to be able to control the little things that will make the experience as comfortable and memorable as possible, something we are sure Kate will be doing herself in a few days.