I recently re-read my birthing plans and let's say my plan before Baby 1 to now with Baby 3 are very different but also, so are the contents of my birthing bag!
Now a huge disclaimer: I've had a gentle C section so there are certain items that I did/didn't need but I thought it was worth a share as it cost me nothing and is mainly secondhand or reusable...
💚The backpack itself was passed on from a local free Play It Forward Page.
💚 For myself I packed reusable pads, breastpads and period pants that I already had; no waste, no cost.
💚 We packed reusable nappies and wipes for Toastie. The nappies were actually preloved and the wipes we already had so zero cost!
💚 We chose neutral baby clothes for our other two which we kept so there are plenty of preloved clothes, hats, mittens and blankets that are perfect for a newborn in excellent condition.
💚I've just packed pyjamas, knickers and clothes etc. that I own ( and let's face it I've probably had some of them since Squish's birth 🤣)
💚A towel and flip flops I already own for showering...the flip flops I actually got from a friend's wedding and wore for Red's birth so they're 3 or 4 years old!
💚Shampoo and soap bars which I already have and are totally natural with antiseptic and antifungal properties
💚 Deodorant tin which is natural and easier for me apply with my fingertips
💚Wooden comb and plastic free hair ties
💚Soapnut salve for nipples, lips, baby bums and my skin
💚Toothpaste tablets and bamboo toothbrush
💚 Peppermint oil (for post C section trapped wind🤣💨)
💚 Reusable water bottle for extra thirst
💚Vegan snacks and chocolate in reusable or compostable packaging.
Thankfully everything in bag was useful, used and we welcomed our beautiful boy to Team Ecologico a week ago...the bag's unpacked and everything is back in the cupboards to be used and reused.