I must have read these books to my kids thousands of times. I can recite them all by heart :)
Here are a few of our favorite books....
Snoozers- a cute collection of short sleepy stories that my kids have loved for years.
A Visitor for Bear- A persistent little mouse, a grumpy bear and a story of friendship.
I'll always love you- A cute story of forgiveness and how we will always love our kids no matter what.
Memoirs of a Goldfish- This book made me laugh out loud. I love the little bits of sarcasm.
It is simply adorable, clever, and quite possibly my new favorite kids book.
Mommy Hugs- A sweet story of affection for babies and toddlers.
What are some of your favorite children's books??
"Let birth remind us that, with children, so little goes according to even the most well-drawn plan."-Tova Mirvis
When I gave birth to my babies, I had three....yes three hospital bags. I think I read every "what to pack" article I could find while I was pregnant and I packed EVERYTHING. I was way over packed.
I only used the things listed below. In my years of being a doula, I have come to realize that less is more! ;)
So, to help all of the new mommies out there, here is my simplified version of what to pack.
Cell Phone & charger~ for a variety of reasons. Labor can take a while so why not have something to keep you distracted. With current technology phones can do pretty much anything, so why not multitask? Contact family/ friends/ or to call your doula ;) , to take pics/ video, music, and video entertainment….from my experience, the TV at the hospital rarely gets good picture or sound and has about three channels to choose from.
Socks & Slippers~ hospital floors are gross, no other reason. LOL
Light weight robe~ in case of hospital gown drafts and they are easy to throw on if you have visitors.
Nursing tank~ my fav! They are super comfy and allow quick access for a hungry baby.
Nursing pads~ the washable kind. They were more comfortable than the crinkly disposable ones.
Going home outfit~ I chose yoga pants and a nursing shirt. *the hospital will supply sanitary pads and some not so sexy mesh underwear. Honestly every momma swears these are the most comfortable underwear around.
Snacks~ for you and your partner. Hospital cafeterias usually close from 7pm till 7am so all that’s left is the vending machine with few satisfying options.
A change of clothes for partner
Toiletries~ toothbrushes for you and partner, toothpaste, mouthwash, razor, travel shampoo & soap, cosmetics, and nail file (for you or baby)
Receiving blanket for trip home
Going home outfit for baby~ the hospital will supply diapers, wipes, hospital onesie
Car Seat~ most important….they will not let you leave the hospital without one!
What are some of your must haves? What would you add?
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