I love planning ahead when there are significant events approaching. When I had Emorie, her hospital bag was packed almost two months early. I also way overpacked- I was a first time mother, and I had no idea exactly what I’d need and what the hospital would provide.
This time around, I’m way more conscious of what we need and don’t need, but nowhere near as prepared as last time. My doctors told me last week we had probably about four to six weeks before baby comes, so I realized I’d better get my butt in gear.
I knew I would need to pack bags for me and the baby, Michael, and Emorie. Emorie will be staying with relatives, so she will need an overnight bag. We are also making a “big sister kit” for her (more on that later).
The hospital provides almost everything I’ll need for the baby, so I didn’t pack a lot for her. The following items are in my hospital bag:
Don’t forget about Dad’s bag! Michael’s bag contains his bath stuff and toothbrush, pajamas, two changes of clothes, unmentionables, and extra vending machine money. I didn’t take a picture of his bag, since his doesn’t have as much.
And here is what is in Emorie’s bag: Two changes of clothes, bath stuff, extra toothbrush, haircare supplies, pajamas, blanket and favorite stuffed animals. Not pictured: animals, blanket, unmentionables.