Packing a plastic free hospital bag
Going plastic free from day one is easy with TotsBots. We share our top 5 items to pack in your hospital bag so you can welcome your little one into a waste free world.
Any parent will tell you packing the hospital bag is a big moment, as you write the list of essentials you can’t quite believe there will soon be a tiny baby filling those baby grows you’ve carefully chosen, you think about how life will be once you bring home your teeny bundle of joy and get excited imaging your little one's future. You want to do whatever you can to protect your new baby from any harm and give him or her the best possible life you can, that’s why a lot of parents choose to reuse. Reducing waste helps protect the planet your little one will grow up in, and as experts in reducing waste and eco parenting, we know a thing or two about the essentials you’ll need to go plastic free from day one.
If you research ‘what to pack in my hospital bag’ you’re sure to be inundated with lists upon lists of what to pack and what not to pack, add ‘plastic free hospital bag’ to the search and it can seem like an overwhelming maze of YouTube vlogs and differing opinions. It’s not until you start to lay everything out on the bed you realise that you’ll need approximately 2 large suitcases and a carry on bag to fit it all in. We’re here to tell you, you don’t need everything on that list, and you can be plastic free whilst in the hospital without the excess baggage. Here are our top 5 essentials:
1 – Reusable Nappies – Instead of packing disposables in your bag, swap them for reusable newborn nappies. Did you know 25% of a disposable nappy is plastic and once thrown away it will sit in landfill for 500 years? By choosing to reuse from day one you’ll reduce your carbon footprint by around 40% and protect the world your baby will grow up in. TotsBots TeenyFit nappies are the perfect fit newborns, plus we use recycled plastic to make the waterproof fabric so you’re reducing waste, reusing and recycling all at the same time. We’d recommend packing enough nappies for 4-8 changes, along with a waterproof wet bag for storing soiled nappies in until wash time: pop in some disposable nappy liners too to make changing those first few nappies as easy as one, two, pee.
2 – Reusable Wipes – These are for you and for baby, soft cotton/bamboo wipes give a gentle chemical free clean for your newborn’s delicate bum, or soak in some cold water a cooling and soothing face cloth for you – because nothing works up more of a sweat like birthing a tiny human.
3 – Reusable Pads – You may be feeling a little sore down there post-partum and the last thing you want, stitches or not, is a plastic disposable pad irritating and sticking to places it shouldn’t. Soothe sensitive bits with reusable pads from Bloom & Nora, soft comfortable fabrics next to skin, reusable, so there is no daily plastic waste, and they last longer than disposables too so you can worry less about post-partum leaking.
4 - Water bottle – Holding more liquid than the plastic cups you get in hospitals, your own water bottle will keep you hydrated and your carbon footprint down.
5 - Reusable breast pads – Environmentally friendly and kind to skin, reusable breast pads are handy to pack in your hospital bag and pop in your maternity bra whenever you need them. Absorbing more than disposable pads, they are also more comfortable and you’ll be able to reuse them again and again, stopping hundreds of disposable pads going in the bin.
There you have it, the TotsBots recommendations for going plastic-free from day one. This parenting step can be exciting, daunting, overwhelming and relaxing all at the same time, but with some eco-friendly options by your side, you’ll know you’re getting baby off to the best start in life and are protecting the planet for their future. For advice on choosing and using reusable newborn nappies for your plastic-free hospital bag, give us a tinkle on 0141 774 6437 or take a peek at the range here.