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I will never forget how meticulously I packed my bag for the hospital when I was expecting my first baby. I was so excited about becoming a mom that I had the bag packed 6 weeks early. This gave me the opportunity over and over again to double and triple check it. I had bought new nightgown to wear in the hospital and had what I thought I needed. But then, the day came. I pulled out one of the 4 nursing bras that I had carefully chosen only to discover that, well duh, my milk coming in made them too small. There was a make-up bag for pictures that went untouched (Not a bad idea. I just never used it). I had perfumed lotion and toenail polish and...yeah, what was I thinking? Who needs toenail clippers and jewelry in a hospital bag?
With my second baby I knew the score and packed like a pro. I remembered how hungry I was between meals and was sure to bring some protein bars and other snacks that I liked. And slippers! Oh I was so happy to have my slippers! Also a great idea? A bathrobe! Nothing says, "half-naked" like walking the halls of the hospital in one of their, oh so fashionable, gowns. Am I right?
There are a ton of great checklists on the internet that can help a first time mom organize a useful hospital bag. But alas, I never bothered to Google that with my first. Live and learn, right?
What was the most useful thing in your hospital bag? In hindsight, if you could re-pack it, what would you add? What would have just left at home?
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