pre-packed hospital bag
Labour & birth

Ireland’s first pre-packed hospital bag

Mums are you ready for Ireland’s pre-packed hospital bag?

Ricair Maternity Care hampers have some of maternity’s ‘best kept secrets’.  Items we know make a difference based on the wisdom of midwives and other mothers but don’t appear on ‘the list’.

Mumtrepreneur Claire Kinsella launched Ricair Maternity Care  just twelve days after the birth of her second son Ben and has found a great niche in the market.

“There is so much publicity about baby boxes and baby showers, but what about mum?” she says. “In early 2013 we were expecting our first child Seán.  Like every first time parent we read the baby books, marvelled over the scan pictures, received our weekly update emails, took plenty of pictures of our ever expanding bump and of course packed and repacked the infamous hospital bag with all the necessities to see us through the delivery.”

“In hindsight our hospital bag was a good attempt. Attempt being the operative word! We researched the lists provided in all the pregnancy magazines and hospital documents but post delivery, thanks to the excellent care and attention from our midwives, we learnt about the SECRET LIST of items needed in the early hours and days post delivery.”

“This list included witch hazel, tea tree oils, arnica to name but a few. Items which we had never heard of before but became very well acquainted with in the following few weeks. And so as I was recovering in hospital family members ventured on the all important trips to the pharmacies to gather these secret essentials.”

The aim of Ricair maternity is to take the stress out of packing the infamous hospital bag by providing those Secret Essential Recovery Items for mum’s hospital stay & post-natal well-being.

The beautiful combination of VOYA skincare and Sophie the Giraffe makes for the most luxurious of Mummy & Baby Giftsets. Ricair Maternity Care have expanded their pre-packed hospital bag range to include gorgeous, organic babyshower gifts (€18.99-€299.99). VOYA skincare range is exquisitely ideal for pregnancy and their Sophie the Giraffe range is the perfect welcome baby gift.

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Q My son is 18 months old and has just started saying his first words. It is an extremely exciting time in our house and my husband and I are eager to encourage his speaking as much possible. What advice would you give us on how we can foster this without bombarding and confusing him?

AThere is nothing better than hearing your baby begin to talk. All the hard work you have put in over the last two years is coming back tenfold.
Toddlers will vary significantly with ability and speed of which they talk however a guide would be about 50 words by 2 years of age. The most important thing to watch for is that your baby/toddler is cooing and babbling and begins to string sounds together like “Mama/Dada” They should have a wide range of speech sounds and like to imitate you and things they hear.
There are many ways that you can promote Speech and Language development at home:
1. Slowing down your own speech and taking time over conversations with your little one. Every day is a new experience when you are 18 months, nappy changes, bath time, baking a cake brings endless opportunity for you to interact and offer new words for them to hear and repeat. Make eye contact, smile and use exaggerated tones to keep things interesting and fun for your tot.
2. Review the toys that you have on offer to your tot and ensure that they give plenty of open ended play opportunities. Role play is a wonderful way to allow children to take the lead. Kitchens with lots of plates, cups and pots. Fill the pots with dry pasta and allow your child to cook and serve you. Playdoh, painting, gardening and sandpits are also great for allowing your child to take the lead and babble about what they are doing. Read plenty of books together and point and allow them time to answer any questions that you ask.
3. Limit screen time. Overuse of televisions and iPads do not give your child opportunity to interact in a two way manner.
4. Ask your child lots of open ended questions “What’s that?” “Where are we?” Point at things they know the answer to for boosting confidence (Car/ Car, etc.) When they don’t know the answer, explain it to them. Limit baby talk and speak clearly with good pronunciation, remember you are the teacher and they will copy you.
If you are concerned about your child’s speech and language development, be sure to speak with your GP or developmental Health Nurse. They are very skilled at understanding the difference between speech delays and spotting something that may require professional attention.
Enjoy watching their little brains absorb the world around them and listen to what they have to say. It won’t be too long before they won’t stop talking to you, asking “Why Mummy/ Daddy?” every 5 minutes….



Q. I’m would like to start an exercise programme that will benefit my emotional health as much as my physical health, but I don’t know which type of class would be best. Should I consider choosing from yoga, pilates, tai chi, or could you recommend a class, please?

A It’s great that you have decided to get into exercise. The benefits to you are going to be great. You’ll sleep better, have more energy, better skin, reduced stressed, not to mention all the amazing physical benefits of your clothes fitting better, and looking healthy, trim and toned! My advice to you would be to try them all. Even if some don’t offer pay-as-you-go sessions, if you get in touch directly with the instructor, they will almost always let you try it out first to see if it’s for you. All of the above things that you mentioned are great for mental health, so it really will be a personal preference as to which you go for. On top of the classes you mention, all forms of exercise will give you great mental rewards so consider the not so obvious interval training sessions, bootcamp, and circuits too, as you will also feel on top of the world after a class like that.