I have been part of the Pure Pregnancy network for the past year. It is a great group of lovely women that with their work support each other and help moms through their pregnancy and the early days of baby’s life.
Through this group I had the pleasure to meet Alexis Goldfinch, founder of the Essential Bag Company, stylish changing bag filled with luxury brands’ gifts. I found the idea pretty interesting and I asked her to share with my readers a bit about herself, her company and a few tips for packing your hospital bag.
Who is Alexis?
I am a mother of two (Arabella (4) and Henry (3 months) living in Fulham and recently set up The Essential Bag Company, an online company specialising in changing bags and gifts to celebrate the arrival of a new baby. I worked as a lawyer in the City for 7 years and left my job in October 2014 when I was pregnant with Henry to work full time on setting up The Essential Bag Company. The company launched in February 2015.
Why did you start The Essential Bag Company?
The idea was born out of my experience of receiving gifts when Arabella was born and the difficulties I had finding gifts for friends and family who had new babies and, when I worked in the City, gifts for colleagues going on maternity leave. I struggled to find a gift hamper that contained gifts from luxury brands whose quality standards I respected and that I would like to receive myself.
When buying any gift, I like the gift to be useful to the recipient and of high quality. My belief in giving useful gifts helped me to come up with the idea of presenting items in a changing bag. Every new parent needs a changing bag (ideally more than one for variety) so I thought it was a beautiful yet practical way of presenting the gifts.
What is special about The Essential Bag Company?
- All items are presented in a stylish changing bag, a must-have accessory for every new parent.
- We bring together the finest luxury brands. Our bags are filled with high quality items all from luxury brands that you know and trust, for example, Rachel Riley, Petit Bateau, Charboneel et Walker, Aspinal of London, Crabtree & Evelyn and Burt’s Bee.
- You can create your own bag by choosing the bag and the contents. This allow you to tailor the bag to the recipient and your budget.
- The Essential Bag Company has gifts for all the family including gifts for new dads, big brother gifts and big sister gifts.
- Our gifts are environmentally friendly – the use of a changing bag rather than a wicker basket or box ensures that there is a very little waste.
Can you share your top 5 Tips for packing your hospital bag?
- Pack it early (around 34 weeks) to avoid a last minute panic or your partner or someone else having to pack it for you when you’re in labour!
- Keep a checklist with the bag so you know what you’ve packed and which last minute items you need to add just before you head to hospital, for example, your phone charger. To find out more about what to pack in your hospital bag, read our article which includes a checklist that you can download.
- Store your hospital notes with your bag – after each appointment, put your notes with your hospital bag. They are the single most important item on the list and could easily be forgotten in the rush to hospital.
- Pack comfortable clothing– when you leave hospital, your body may still be sore after giving birth. Bring comfortable and loose clothing and nothing that is tight around your stomach, in particular if you have a c-section, the area will be tender.
- Remember some treats for yourself! This may be your favourite chocolates or a set of luxury toiletries. Just remember something that will make you feel good!
If you need any help The Essential Bag Company offers a range of pre-packed hospital bags. The hospital bags are stylish changing bags filled with all the essentials for mother and baby for the hospital stay. We also include our Hospital Bag Checklist in the bag so you can add other items, for example, your hospital notes.
Do you have any tips for packing the hospital bag? What would you do differently next time? Did you pack it early or was it a last minute thing?
Please comment below about your experience 🙂
Of course I would add don’t forget your camera!
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