Monday, April 23, 2012

Hospital Survival Kit Gift

Another in the Pinterest series today. I saw that some had put together a hospital survival kit for mom's as a gift. When I looked at the list I didn't think anything the person had included was of much use, so I brainstormed all the things I really needed when I was in labor. On another link, I saw that someone had used a 2 liter bottle as the vessel for a gift which looked super cute, so I merged the two ideas and made my good friend a kit for her birthday.
The attempt was to consider the items that I really needed in the hospital and I didn't realize I need until I was there. First, TicTacs and Mentos for dry mouth, plus chapstick for the dry lips. Face wipes to soothe or rinse off during the process. Hair ties. At the time Lydia was born I had really long hair that I kept in braided pigtails until after her birth. It was great to have the hair out of the way. My hair was in knots by the end of the unraveled braids. I had to ask a good friend to pick me up a huge bottle of Pantene conditioner and Eliot when out and bought me a big hair brush. So I included both, though I went with a wide toothed comb for her. The first shower was amazing so I included a bath sponge and body wash. I happily dumped half the bottle of the conditioner on my head while working out all the curly haired commotion piece by piece. A couple of granola bars, in case you are hungry and even if you aren't supposed to eat during the labor, you can eat right after, or as need for a snack in between visitors.
I was happy to have a soda bottle on hand since normally I don't. I wanted to be sure that everything fit in snugly and that I decorated it with both pink and blue since her and her husband are waiting to the big to be surprised. Everything did fit into it except the facial wipes which I tucked in to her gift bag. I think it turned out super cute and now she can toss this in her bag and have all the basic essentials. It did cross my mind that I didn't include anything for the dad to be and decided that it was her birthday and she is going to be the one doing all the hard work. However, I think it would be a cute idea for another occasion to provide a kit for the dad.


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