Creating a Family First Aid Kit…

As part of my preparations for the big move to our new house, I decided to create Family First Aid Kit and organise all of our medical supplies.

I bought a large plastic box at the supermarket to hold our first aid supplies…

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  • Antiseptic Cream
  • Instant Ice Packs
  • Plasters
  • Burnaid Gel
  • Rehydration Formula Sachets
  • Stingose Spray
  • Elastoplast Spray Plaster – useful for applying to wounds in awkward places

I also have a basic first aid kit containing bandages, scissors, tweezers, safety pins, etc.  I received a First Aid Handbook when I attended a First Aid Course a couple of years ago and I will keep this in our first aid box for quick reference.

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I bought a small plastic drawer unit to hold general medical supplies…

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  • Nurofen/Paracetamol
  • Cold & Flu Tablets
  • Imodium
  • Strepsils
  • Antihistamine Tablets

I have a separate box containing all of the children’s medical supplies…

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  • Infacol Wind Drops
  • ‘Elmo’ Bump Buddy Cold Pack – lives in the fridge and can be used on bumps, bruises, scrapes and insect bites.

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It is good to know that we are prepared in the event of any first aid emergencies at home.  I plan on carrying out a quarterly inventory so that we do not run out of essential items and any expired medications get thrown out.

I hope you find this blog useful and get inspired to organise your own medical supplies!

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Moving House Project Mum Style…

After months of searching and deliberation, we have purchased our first family home and are moving in less than a week.

Unsurprisingly, I am in organisation overdrive and every spare moment is being spent assembling cardboard boxes, bubble-wrapping delicate items and vacuum-packing clothes.  I even invested in my very own tape gun which has saved me the frustration of repeatedly struggling to find the end of the tape!

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Our lounge is slowly being overtaken by boxes and Sebastian has lost half of his bedroom to a wall of plastic storage containers.  I have been tackling a room at a time and have been taking the opportunity to de-clutter and reorganise.

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Kitchen

  • Coles were selling Tupperware for half price last week and I replaced all of our old Tupperware.
  • I organised the pantry and set up labelled containers for flour, sugar, cornflour, icing sugar, rice, pasta, etc.

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  • I took an inventory of what was in our pantry and noted down the use-by-date so that I could prioritise items to use up before the move.
  • I have thrown out expired pantry items and chipped crockery.
  • I have set up a Kitchen Treasure Chest to hold all of the essentials that we will need on moving-in day – Washing-up brush, Washing-up liquid, Handwash, Cloth, Kitchen Roll, Tea Towel, Bin Bag.

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Lounge/Dining Room

  • I have set up a Living Room Treasure Chest for moving day – it contains TV Remote Controls, Telephone, iPod and Docking Station (to play Sebastian’s favourite Teletubbies CD), Diffuser Sticks and Place Mats.

Master Bedroom

  • I have vacuum packed my maternity clothes and our spare duvets.
  • I have donated unwanted items of clothing.
  • I have bought cardboard Porta Robe Boxes to transport all of our clothes so that they can be simply and easily lifted out and hung up at the new house.

Children’s Bedrooms

  • I have created a Moving Day Kit for each child using Thirty-One Organizing Utility Tote Bags – they contain such things as Nappies, Wipes, Change Mat, Nappy Bags, Sleepsuits, Sleeping Bags, Bath Towels, Muslins, Bibs, Dummies, Snacks, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Comforter, Baby Nurofen, Toys and Books.

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Bathroom

  • I took an inventory of what was in our bathroom cupboards and noted down the items that I need to stock up on before the move, e.g. Toothpaste, Shampoo, Baby Bubble Bath, etc.
  • I threw out expired medications and beauty products that have not been used in the last 6 months.
  • I set up a Family First Aid Kit.

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  • I purchased some plastic baskets to hold my toiletries, Mr.G’s toiletries, Baby Toiletries and General Family Toiletries.
  • I bought a simple plastic storage cabinet with drawers to hold the medications that we regularly use such as paracetamol and Strepsils.
  • I have set up a Bathroom Treasure Chest for moving-in day which contains Toilet Roll, Handwash, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Cleansing Wipes, Face Creams, Make-up, Shower Gel, Baby Bubble Bath and Bath Toys.

Laundry

  • I took an inventory of the items in our laundry and have written down what I need to stock up on ahead of the move, e.g. Toilet Roll, Rubbish Bags, Oven Cleaner, etc.

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  • I have prepared a Cleaning Kit for our moving-in weekend – it contains a Heavy-Duty Kitchen Cleaner, Floor Cleaner, Bathroom Spray, Toilet Cleaner, Microfibre Cloths, Scourer Sponges, Glass Spray, Fabric Freshner, Oven Cleaner and Rubber Gloves.

Miscellaneous

  • I have set up Quick Reference Files to hold useful parenting articles rather than transporting a big stack of magazines – I have separate A4 Display Books for Sleeping, Feeding, Health, Behaviour, Play and Recipes.

I still have plenty to pack during this last week before the big move but some things can only be packed at the very last minute…namely, Sebastian’s toys!  I have definitely planned this move with military precision but it has paid off and I am feeling uncharacteristically calm.  Now I am just keeping my fingers crossed that it does not decide to rain on moving day!

Command Centre Pinboard…

I posted a blog last week on my Home Management Folder and now I want to share some photos of my Command Centre Pinboard.

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My Kikki K Vision Board is located in the study nook at the entrance to our unit.  My Home Management Folder is sitting proudly on the desk below, together with a magazine holder containing Manilla Folders for organising incoming mail and other paperwork.

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I use my Pinboard to display the following:

  • Monthly Calendar
  • Chore Planner
  • Peek at the Week

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  • Detailed Weekly Planner
  • Weekly Dinner Planner
  • Monthly Blog/Project Planner

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I think it would be really useful to laminate the ‘Peek at the Week’ printable and the detailed weekly planner so that I can re-use them each week rather than having to print new ones.  So my next job is to find a cheap laminator on the internet!

Creating My Home Management Folder…

I have had this project on the back burner for the past few months and I finally got around to completing it this week.  The ‘Home Management Folder’ is meant to be a one-stop resource for the running of your household and I loved the idea of having all of my planners and checklists in one place.

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The concept of the ‘Home Management Folder’ is very in vogue in the blogosphere right now and there are lots of free printables available to download.  I started out by deciding on the categories I wanted to include in my folder:

  1. Calendars
  2. Kitchen
  3. Cleaning
  4. Finances
  5. Important Information
  6. Projects
  7. Blog
  8. Useful Information

I then made a trip to Kikki K to buy all of the equipment I needed to create my Home Management Folder…

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Calendars

This section contains monthly calendar printables and I could not resist the gorgeous chevron design by The Organised Housewife.  I use these printables to record appointments, social events and holidays.  I also try to plan which projects and blogs I will work on in a given month using the Kikki K A4 Monthly Planner.

I downloaded this lovely Birthday and Anniversary Reminder from Pinch A Little Save A Lot so that I can quickly see what cards and gifts I need to buy each month.

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Kitchen

This section contains the following information:

  • Weekly Meal Planners – I have the Kikki K 7 Day Meal Planner Pad which I use to plan Sebastian’s meals for the week.  I also use the A5 Dinner Planner & Shopping List to organise meals for me and Mr G.
  • Freezer Inventory (Pinch A Little Save A Lot) –  a great way to keep track of the contents of our freezer and very useful when planning meals for the week.
  • Pantry Inventory (Pinch A Little Save A Lot)
  • Recipe References (iheart organizing) – this means that I can quickly locate recipes from my cookbooks.
  • Recipes To Try (Life Your Way) – I am always ripping out recipes from magazines and this is a neat way of recording all of the recipes that I want to try.  I have one tracker for adult meals and another one for child-friendly recipes.

Cleaning

I purchased The Organised Housewife Cleaning Checklist which has a comprehensive list of Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly and Annual cleaning tasks.  I then used this as the basis for compiling my own checklist with a gorgeous free printable from Pinch A Little Save A Lot.  I have separate checklists for Kitchen, Bathrooms, Bedrooms & Lounge and General & Admin.

I also have the Kikki K Weekly Chore Pad which I use to plan cleaning tasks for the month ahead.

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Finances

This section contains a summary of our bank account details.  I also prepare a monthly budget using this printable from Frugal Living.

Important Information

A very comprehensive selection of printables for a Home Management Notebook can be found at Life Your Way and I have included the Online Passwords printable in this section of my folder.

Projects

This section contains the following printables:

  • Projects to Complete (The Organised Housewife)
  • Photo Tracker (The Organised Housewife) – this is a great tool for keeping track of which photos have been printed and inserted into albums.
  • Book Wish List (Life Your Way) – a place to jot down books that I want to read.  I also have a separate wish list for childrens’ books that come highly recommended.

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Blog

Blog Ideas (iheart organizing) – this is a gorgeous printable that allows me to record all of my blog ideas in a very stylish way!  I am always overflowing with ideas for future blogs and so I wanted a place where I could note them all down.

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Useful Information

So far all I have in this section is a Moving Checklist (Life Your Way) but I plan to include useful contact details and correspondence.

I have really enjoyed setting up my Home Management Folder and cannot wait to start using it.  Of course Mr G just thinks I am a fanatical planner (and there may be some truth to that!) and he cannot understand my propensity to write lists for everything.  But the fact is that writing lists keeps me sane and now I have a neat and practical tool for organising my life!

Project Car Organisation…

I discovered this great blog by Living on a Latte on car organisation and it totally inspired me to give our family car a Project Mum makeover.  As with all my projects, I started out with a search on Pinterest and then pulled together a ‘Car Organisation’ board.

I completely fell in love with this image of brightly coloured car organisers…

Car organisers

…and I soon found a seller on Etsy (Khloe’s Boutique) to make me some customised car organisers in a combination of green & blue owls and green chevron fabrics.  I also ordered a large caddy in the green & blue owls fabric with green chevron lining to hold a selection of books and toys.

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Sebastian’s car organiser holds the following items:

  • Sun Cream
  • Tissues
  • Hand & Face Wipes
  • Carton of Ready-to-Drink Toddler Formula
  • Nappies
  • Baby Wipes

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The new baby’s car organiser holds the following items:

  • Bibs
  • Burp Cloths
  • Dummies
  • Disposable Changing Mat
  • Disposable Bottle
  • Carton of Ready-to-Drink Newborn Formula
  • Newborn Nappies
  • Baby Wipes
  • Nappy Bags

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The caddy is stored on the floor in front of Sebastian’s car seat and contains the following:

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  • Towel
  • Board Books
  • Electronic Toy
  • Throw-away Sippy Cups
  • Box of Snacks – I have filled a Huggies baby wipe box with a selection of Seb’s favourite on-the-go snacks

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I have a ‘Mummy Kit’ stored in the armrest at the front of the car which contains the following items:

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  • Kleenex Tissue Tube
  • Small Bin Liners
  • Nurofen
  • Strepsils
  • Lip Balm
  • Hand Cream
  • Mints/Chewing Gum
  • Hand Sanitiser
  • Anti-Bacterial Surface Wipes
  • Air Freshener Spray
  • Post-it Notes
  • Pen
  • Sun Cream
  • Cereal Bars

I have a plastic cereal dispenser in the front of the car which serves as a compact rubbish bin.  I put a small bin liner inside so that I can easily remove the rubbish when it gets full.

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We recently turned Sebastian’s car seat from rearward facing to forward facing, and I took this opportunity to install the Goldbug Seat Protector & Tote Bag.  This seat protector mat goes underneath the car seat and protects against spills, scratches and indentations.  The mat has mesh pockets at the front for additional storage, and the snap-off tote bag clips to the side of the mat giving the child easy access to drinks, snacks and toys.

Car seat protector

John Lewis sell some fantastic car seat accessories and offer international delivery for many of their products.  I have the Koo-Di Wetec Seat Protector in the baby capsule to protect against the inevitable nappy leaks.  I also purchased the Close Parent Car Seat Protector for Sebastian’s car seat to catch all of the crumbs from his snacks.

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Another great find from John Lewis was the Snoozeshade Infant Carrier Shade which is a much better alternative to draping a large muslin over the infant capsule (as I often did with Sebastian!) and it has a great “sneek-a-peek” zippered window at the front so that you can easily check on baby.

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I could not resist getting the Bondie Bird Playwrap to keep the new baby entertained on long car journeys.  It attaches easily to the headrest, and features lots of different textures and activities.  The playwrap can actually be used in 6 different ways – in the cot, around mum’s shoulders, on baby’s lap, in the car, on a highchair tray, attached to a window, and on the plane.

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Another car toy that I recommend for younger rearward facing babies is the Taf Toys Toe Time Infant Car Toy.  This attaches easily to the headrest and features music and light activated by baby’s kicks.  Sebastian loved this toy and it kept him occupied on some very long car journeys when he was younger.

Taf Toys Toe Times

We have the Brica Baby In-Sight Mirror for the rearward facing baby seat.  This mirror is extra-large for a wide-angle view of the baby, and it attaches very easily to the headrest.

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Even the car boot has been given a makeover with a Collapsible Car Boot Organiser  holding the following items:

  • Towel
  • Picnic Blanket
  • Car Toys
  • Ball
  • Shopping Bags
  • Antibacterial Wipes
  • Insulated Bottle Bag
  • Box of Cereal Bars

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So I should have everything I need to survive a car journey with 2 children under 2, and I had great fun giving our car the “Project Mum” treatment…Mr G is just a little confused about where all his stuff has gone!

Packing a Baby Bag for 2 Under 2…

With only 3 weeks left until my due date, I have started thinking about the practicalities of packing a baby bag for 2 children under 2.  Both newborns and toddlers require a whole host of equipment for any given outing and my challenge is to be prepared for all eventualities without resorting to lugging around a suitcase-sized baby bag.

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Mr G bought me a gorgeous Oroton baby bag before I had Sebastian and whilst I absolutely adore it, the Skip Hop DUO diaper bag is a more practical solution for when we start using the double kit on our Phil & Ted Explorer.  The DUO has shuttle clips on each side which enable it to convert from a shoulder bag to a stroller bag.  When the DUO is attached to the stroller it hangs high enough that it does not interfere with the double seat, and I am able to easily access my purse, keys and mobile phone from the zippered personal pocket.  The DUO has 11 pockets in total and I particularly like the mesh side pocket for holding Seb’s water bottle.

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This is my definitive list of items to pack in my baby bag for general day-to-day outings.

  • Newborn Diaper Clutch – Newborn Nappies x 2; Huggies Refillable Wipes Travel Case

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  • Toddler Diaper Clutch – Toddler Nappies x 2; Huggies Refillable Wipes Travel Case
  • Fold-Up Change Mat
  • Tommee Tippee Sangenic Wrap & Go Dispenser – a handy nappy bag dispenser that can clip to baby bag or stroller

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  • Hand Sanitiser
  • Disposable Bottle
  • Carton of Ready-to-Drink Newborn Formula
  • Carton of Ready-to-Drink Toddler Formula
  • Muslin
  • Bibs
  • Zippered Wet Bag – useful for storing dirty bibs and clothes until you get back home
  • Dummies
  • Spare Set of Newborn Clothes

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  • Sun Cream
  • Hat for Sebastian
  • Hand & Face Wipes
  • Anti-Bacterial Wipes
  • Water bottle for Sebastian – I love the Skip Hop Straw Bottle
  • Snacks/Pureed Fruit Pouches for Sebastian – I always carry a plastic snack tower with rice cakes, dried apricots and Cheerios, as well as a small box of breadsticks and a fruit smoothie pouch.

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  • Ouch Pouch – I bought this adorable fabric bag from Etsy to hold a mini first-aid kit.  It contains antiseptic cream, insect bite cream, plasters and teething gel.

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  • Throw-away Sippy Cup – I have had a couple of occasions where I have forgotten Seb’s water bottle and so I decided to always carry a disposable sippy cup in my baby bag.

Items for Mummy…

  • Purse
  • Keys
  • iPhone
  • Lip Balm
  • Sun Cream – travel-size
  • Sunglasses
  • Tissues
  • Cereal Bar
  • Bottle of Water
  • Mints/Chewing Gum
  • Nurofen

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In addition to the items in my baby bag, I will also be utilising the handlebar of my stroller by attaching the following:

  • Insulated Bottle Bag – I bought this lovely bottle bag from Etsy in my favourite ‘Whales in Bermuda’ fabric and it is the perfect size to hold an Avent bottle.
  • Dummy Holder/Paci Pod – another Etsy purchase that means I can have a dummy easily accessible at all times, plus it can also be used to hold keys, loose change, lip balm, etc.
  • B.Box Essential Travel Bib – I absolutely love this bib which features a handy catcher and gets zipped up to contain the mess until you get home.
  • Stroller Hooks – really useful for hanging heavy shopping bags.

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Obviously I have just covered the bare essentials and for longer outings I would need to take a packed lunch for Seb, as well as books and toys to keep him entertained.  I recently bought him a Skip Hop Zoo Pack little kid backpack and a Skip Hop Zoo Lunchie insulated lunch bag.  These are ideal for hanging off the stroller with a bag clip and just look completely adorable!

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Second Time Around Series – Packing My Hospital Bag

So it’s only 4 weeks until Baby Grose is due to make an appearance and I have finally got round to packing my bag for the hospital.  With Sebastian, I was induced a week past my due date but I did not want to tempt fate by leaving it to the last minute if there is even the slightest chance of this baby arriving early.

Assuming I have another natural birth, I will be staying in hospital for a total of 4 nights.  I learnt some useful lessons from my hospital stay with Sebastian and I have definitely tried to be more practical when packing this time around.

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Although I keep referring to my hospital “bag”, I actually prefer to use a small wheeled suitcase as I can fit more in and move it around more easily.  I also plan to pack a Thirty-One Organising Utility Tote with all of my toiletries, snacks,reading material and electronic gadgets so that they are readily accessible.  I love these bags as they have lots of external pockets, heaps of room inside and really strong handles.

So here is a list of all the items I will be packing…

Clothing

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  • Dressing Gown – I have ordered a custom-made Flannel-Lined Kimono Dressing Gown on Etsy in a lovely brightly coloured fabric to wear for those first mummy and baby photos!
  • Slippers – the only footwear you really need when you are in hospital!
  • 2 Nighties
  • 2 Pairs of i&u Lounge Pants – I had seen these trousers advertised in a magazine and am so glad that I found them.  They are made from a natural bamboo fabric and are just so soft and comfortable.
  • 2 Long Cardigans
  • 3 Sleeveless Tops
  • Underwear – last time I packed disposable underwear for my hospital stay but never again as it was so uncomfortable! Instead I have bought an inexpensive multi-pack of black knickers that I can throw away afterwards.
  • 2 Sports Bras
  • Lovely Going Home Outfit – I want to wear something that makes me feel good when I leave the hospital and I have opted for some patterned Harem trousers and a bright red knitted v-neck jumper.  I will also pack some pumps and a pashmina.

Toiletries

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  • Cleansing wipes
  • Day Moisturiser
  • Night Moisturiser
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Shower Gel & Body Puff
  • Self-Foaming Razor
  • Body Cream
  • Maternity Pads
  • Moist Toilet Wipes – much more comfortable than using regular toilet paper after having stitches.
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Hairdryer/Hair Straighteners
  • Hairbrush
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Hairbands/Hairclips
  • Lip Balm
  • BB Cream
  • Concealer
  • Cream Blusher
  • Clinique Moisture Surge Refreshing Eye Mask
  • Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
  • Eye Mask – Useful if you are trying to take a nap during the day and need to block out the lights.

Baby Items

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  • Going Home Outfit – I have bought a really cute striped sleepsuit from Seed.
  • Knitted Blanket – I also found the most beautiful colour block blanket in Seed that I simply could not resist buying.
  • Comforter – Sebastian adores his Dizzy Dog comforter, so I have chosen Lizzie Lamb for the new baby.
  • Sleeping Bags – We used the Love to Swaddle Sleeping Bags with Sebastian as he would always wriggle out when we tried to swaddle him with a muslin or blanket.
  • Muslins – I will also pack a couple of my favourite Aden & Anais Muslin Swaddles in case the new baby does not like being in a sleeping bag.
  • 2 Hats
  • 2 Pairs of Mittens
  • Dummies – Sebastian only used a dummy for 3 or 4 months but it was an absolute god-send during that time and I wish I had thought to pack one in my hospital bag last time.

Snacks

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  • Dried Cranberries
  • Chewing Gum/Mints
  • Cartons of Protein Drink
  • Breakfast Biscuits
  • Water Bottle
  • Miniature Bottle of Champagne – We took a small bottle of Moet with us when I had Sebastian but never got round to drinking it, so I am determined to have a celebratory glass of bubbles in the hospital this time around!

Entertainment & Miscellaneous

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  • Notepad & Pen
  • I-Pod
  • I-Phone
  • Charger
  • Book
  • Magazines
  • ‘Best Brother’ T-Shirt for Sebastian
  • ‘Now We Have A Baby’ Board Book for Sebastian

Hopefully I will not need my suitcase for another few weeks but it never hurts to be prepared!