I’ve done it 3 times now so I feel like a bit of a pro at this giving birth thing, even though with my third I tried to pack as minimal as possible, I found myself adding random bits to my hospital bags the closer I got to my due date. Silly things like a pack of playing cards and a knife and fork. What would I even need a knife and fork for?!
I thought about all the things they advise you to pack, and what things you most definitely will need, but there’s a lot of it that is, quite frankly, useless because you’ll never use them during your hospital stay. It’s easy to find information on what to pack, there’s a fab checklist on BabyCentre, but there isn’t much to find about what you really don’t need. So I went through my hospital bag list, and baby’s hospital bag list, to find out what things you really won’t need to pack to take with you.
As a family, we love having a picnic in the garden and now that the weather is colder, we have indoor picnics! Lots of snacky food; like cakes and biscuits, as well as sandwiches and fruit snacks! It’s one of the kids favourite meals and I can see why! Whenever we went outside to have a picnic, I always ended up using an old blanket for the kids to sit on, which wasn’t ideal if the grass was a bit damp because we would end up with soggy bottoms. Now that we have a picnic blanket from MIU Color, a soggy bottom can be avoided. The picnic blanket has a polyester top and a PVC bottom making it waterproof on even the wettest of grass! It folds up nice and compact meaning I can even carry it in the pushchair basket if we go to the park for our picnic lunch.
I remember going to the cinema all the time with my parents when I was a child and it’s something I would love to do with my children, but I know that there is no way they would ever be able to sit still for long enough to watch a movie. The thought of getting them to sit still for over an hour exhausts me! So when we were given the opportunity to have our own cinema experience at home, I knew this was something I could not pass up, and with it being Peppa Pig I knew Keira, Joshua and Zara would love it! So we had our very own Peppa Pig first cinema experience.
Traveling during the holiday season sounds like a marvelous idea, that is, until you actually start packing and organising everything. Then it becomes a true mess. The traffic is jammed and the airports are crowded with all the other people who came up with the same idea as you. If you factor a newborn into that equation, the situation will become even crazier, and before you know it, you’ll wish you’d never left your home in the first place. Still, if you organise everything perfectly and if you know what to expect, this may end up being your best vacation yet.
I know that this is one that has been done before by plenty of other parent bloggers, but I’m sure we all have our own take on it. After all, everyone parents differently and what matters to some is completely irrelevant to others. So this is my stamp on it, it’s also my chance to pull out some of the baby pictures of my three darlings and remind myself of those teeny tiny, wrinkly newborns.