I've got to pack for the hospital. That's the current "to do".
What would you bring?
Have a brilliant idea of something you loved having with you when you had a baby?
Tell us. Give us a hand!
I've done this a few times before.
But, you know, I always wonder if I am packing too much, or not enough.
For Baby -
Swaddler Blankie - a Christmas gift from Nana
Nightgowns - 2 - all the babies have worn that white lambie gown home.
I love that one.
Undershirts - 3
Tiny Socks - 4
For Me -
Chap stick - for labor & beyond
Coconut Oil - for good leg massaging during labor
Hairbands - keeping my hair out of my face
Lotion - just because it is ice to have it
I don't need hard candies - I like to suck on ice chips instead during labor.
Nightgown for after baby is born - I've never minded the hospital gown for l/d.
I don't want to get my own nightgown all messy...
Comfy Undies & Comfy Nursing bra & Camisole
Luxury Toiletries - I've only tried the chap stick & it is dreamy.
I grabbed a little travel toiletries kit at Whole Foods.
Razor & shaving Cream - it's nice to be able to shave again, after the baby is born.
A seat in the shower & no huge belly in the way.
Jeans & Shirt (Early Maternity size) - for going home
For Daddy -
Camera (no video camera though. I don't want to watch a movie of me in labor.)
Chocolate - Sort of for me, too.
Lite Reading - X-Box magazine, or Rare Fruit Growers magazine, or Martha?
Snack - What?! I can't figure a good power snack for the labor coach.
I almost got him beef jerky. I know he'd like that. But, the thing is,
I can hardly stomach the smell on a normal day. Mid labor? NO!!!!
Maybe I'll make him some of these.
I made them for my sis for Christmas & I was surprised to love them, too.
Change of clothes
His Pillow - with a flowery pillowcase, so it doesn't get mistaken for hospital property
A Gift for my Kids -
When Moira was born, Scott & I wrapped up presents for the other kids.
It was fun. But, it was way over kill.
They don't really need more little toys.
We had picked out way too much candy.
(We still have some of that candy around the house, nearly 2 years later...)
This time, I am making a cookie decorating present for them.
I've made up some buttercream frosting that can go in the freezer.
I'll start making some sugar cookies today, that will also go in the freezer.
Then I'll wrap a little box of sprinkles & decorations up like a present.
My little sister Liz says she'll do cookies with them, while we are at the hospital.
What about you? Would you add something? What am I missing?
Have you given a gift to your older kids, when the baby is born?
If so, what was it?