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How to “Survive” a Hospital Stay with Your Little

I have had 4 out of 6 of these kids in the hospital at some point. Most of them were breathing related (RSV/pneumonia) so I wasn’t prepared, but when number 3 had a bunch of surgeries I knew what to bring!

I’ve never had to stay for more than a week in the hospital with one of my children, and I count myself lucky for that. (And so blessed they came back home with me)..But there are some things I don’t think I could have “survived” without.

1) Cell phone charger. If you’re like me, you like a charged cell phone all the time. And when your little love bug is sleeping and you’re awake stressed out there is only so much day time cable you can handle. Facebook and Amazon shopping to the rescue! Keep an extra charger in your glovebox or purse and only use it for emergencies, or pack one in your bag if it’s a planned stay.

2) Snacks. I like to eat, my kids like to eat (if they are allowed!) Nothing is worse than not wanting to leave the room where your precious child is hurt or sick, but you haven’t eaten since yesterday. I pack a bunch of trail mix if we are having a planned hospital stay. Tastes great and has the stuff to keep you going. Our hospitals provide drinks.

3) A new toy. On our last trip to children’s hospital we had no idea if it was going to be an overnight stay or just a consultation. We decided to stop at the dollar store and pick out a few things for our then 7 year old to keep busy with that didn’t require too much movement or noise 😉

4) Extra clothes. Make sure you have a full change of clothing for you and your SO if applicable. A one night stay can easily turn into a few days and Monday’s yoga pants might not feel so fresh after a couple nights.

5) A book or kindle. Because even the good ol’ internet gets old.

6) Your toothbrush. Yes, most hospitals will gladly give you one..but in the land of $7 Band-Aids..it might be better safe than sorry if you don’t have amazing coverage. Plus hospital toothpaste is really really gross.

7) Shampoo and a towel. I have made do with what the hospital has so far except for when I’m there having a baby. So if you are picky about what you use in the shower, bring your own!

 

Organic Bamboo Nursing Pads (10 Pack) With Pink Laundry Bag – Ultra Soft, Reusable, Hypoallergenic, Washable Breastfeeding Pads

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So far these are 5 stars from me! The laundry bag is must have for nursing pads, I always lose one for a few cycles stuck inside something random! The bag will keep them all together and safe. I probably wouldn’t wash more than a couple sets at a time in the bag to allow for proper agitation, but I do have more laundry bags so I can just use this for storage.

I am still pregnant so not leaking yet, but I tried these in my bra and they didn’t bunch or show through my regular bra that I can usually wear while nursing. Anything will show through my thin sleep nursing bra, so I only wear it at home anyway. I love having washable nursing pads because let’s be honest, disposable ones feel gross, get smelly, and just are irritating to your skin! These pads are very soft, and I love that they are made from bamboo. The color coordinated water proof layer is great! Especially if you get thrush or something you can designate one pair to use with medication etc…

These are a great value for the price but I received this free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review, all thoughts are my own and were not compensated in any way! I will update if any issues arise.

Mommy-Con Seattle Overview

Mommy-Con Seattle WA

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Mommy-Con Seattle was so fun! My friend Mindi went with me and we had way too much fun, and spent way too much on a simple lunch at the Marriott hotel.

IMG_0723We had a lot of fun walking through the vendor booths and we learned quite a lot! One of our favorite booths was the Barrier Blankets from Poppiez Love on Etsy. We ended up circling back quite a few times to rub the soft blankets, it was fun!  Babies’R’Us was there and had an epic drawing for a GB Pockit Stroller, Crane Humidifier, and a few other fun things. I was not lucky enough in that drawing but we both got lucky on a few things! The pockit stroller looks great because it folds to 12″x12″ and would be great for traveling.

imageI was slightly traumatized by the diva cup section, there was a ton of laughter as moms walked by and saw the selection of bags you could purchase for $7.50. P*ssy Plug, Clot Goblet, or Period Bucket. Totally funny, but not really kids appropriate in my opinion so I abstained haha, I don’t need more awkward questions but these are totally on my next white elephant list for Christmas!!!

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I went halfsies on a muslin blanket set with my friend. It was the SwaddleDesigns Set of 2 Muslin Swaddle Blankets, Hogs and Kisses! I can’t resist hedgehogs ever since I bought my sons first Gymboree outfit 8 year ago that had one on it! I didn’t need two blankets so luckily she wanted the other one!!

 

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We both came away with a good amount of loot, and had a much needed moms day out! It was totally worth it, and I even won an additional Crane humidifier 2 weeks ago from a drawing they did after the event! So now the owl is on the way to me as well. I won the BABYBJORN Bouncer in the last drawing of the night, that was epic! They gave away so much cool stuff! One mom won a breastpump just for cheering randomly! It was great! Other prizes were Orbit car seats, Evenflo Breastpumps (totally want one!!), Chicco booster & nextfit, gift sets, and a bunch more great stuff!

After the giveaways they gave out the extra goodie bags, so that was awesome, they loaded  us up with as much as we could carry! I will probably be giving away a Kiinde set soon 😉

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I’m @ Mommy-con Seattle!

imageI’m sitting in a conference room with my friend Mindi, waiting for a session on social media for small business owners and bloggers, I’m so excited!

Here are some pics from today

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I can’t wait to see what comes next! My husband has the kids and I’m really enjoying some time away!! 💕

How cute is this blanket?!? From poppiez love on etsy
How cute is this blanket?!? From poppiez love on etsy

 

 

Phil&Teds Dot (2015)

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I have been a fan of the Phil&Teds brand since I first saw one roll into my check out line when I was a cashier at Target back in 2006. I loved how they had the younger baby sleeping in the newborn position with the toddler on top in the doubles kit…no strangers could easily get at the baby! The next time I saw one it was being used in normal two toddler mode with the doubles kit on the back, blown away again!  The tiny footprint just can’t be beat if you like the three wheel stroller look.

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Since that time I have owned quite a few of the models and loved different things about each one, but because I am a churner nothing has lasted that long as I need to sell my current ride to try a new one. Well now that it’s been over 10 years of loving Phil&Teds I find myself here again, with a new stroller in my living room. I just had the Phil and Teds Navigator Stroller with Doubles Kit in grey and I LOVED it, but with my luck the break line snapped the third time I took it out of my car so I returned it because even though P&T has AMAZING customer service (Shout out to Megan!) I was having some trouble with the doubles kit attachment and thought the Phil&Teds 2015 Dot Inline Stroller with Second Seat, Graphite might be a better fit, only because it has never flat tires.

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The Phil&Teds Dot is adorable, it comes standard with padded grey seat liners. My kids are cray cray so I added some cheap $5 liners I got from eBay in China that I altered slightly with scissors to make the harness lay better. These liners are usually $5 with shipping or less, so I really don’t have much to lose if my kids shred them. Here is one listing for them that is currently live.

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I was between the Dot and the Dash, the Dash looks amazing, you can fold it with two seats on it, you can attach the second seat parent facing on the frame with the main seat off…really it seems really cool, but I felt the lower price of the Dot was better for me since we really don’t use the stroller often.

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My current two riders are 5 and about 40lbs, and 2 and 38lbs (he is 35 1/8″ tall). My 5 year old loves the top seat and promptly asked to go on a walk, and my 2 year old seems pretty excited about the lower seat, I think he remembers the Nav because he jumped right in. When using the stroller as a double, the basket space is pretty much unusable, so I grabbed a Skip Hop Saddle bag and its Perfect! I have all the accessories for the stroller in there, and I have room for whatever else I could need. It also appears to be insulated!

I also made sure to get my Choopie city grips on the handle bar to keep it safe and clean, and the  choopie hooks to carry my shopping bags! I have their seat liner and parent console, but I am using those elsewhere. I will update my post after I get some really good use out of it! But for now, I am very excited!

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Having a Baby? What to Bring to The Hospital for YOU.

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I have had 4 c-sections, so that means extra long hospital stays. Here are a few of the key things I brought along (or should have remembered) to make the stay a bit more comfortable!:

  • The perfect bag! For me it was the Ju-Ju-Be SuperBe most recently, and the BePrepared the two kids before that. Antimicrobial fabrics and machine washable…perfect for nasty hospital room floors when your birthing buddy drops it on the ground and a nurse ends up moving under a table in the corner..gross. All my stuff fit in there and I had room for all the stuff they send home with you! (read $10 box of tissues, & $40 pack of 16 count Huggies charged to your insurance).

  • Your favorite pillow(optional) and blanket(needed!). Hospital beds suck. The blankets are scratchy, the pillows go flat and are plasticy sounding. I brought my favorite soft throw and the pillow off my bed. It was amazing during the contractions to cuddle up in my blanket while cursing the anesthesiologist for not giving you the epidural until after you sign the papers. After pushing for 3 hours without medication and being told you are probably having a c-section, paper work is the last thing you want to do. Recovery after said c-section was much cozier and comforting with my own bedding. I brought something like THIS.9838_10202884067323421_1897279906_n

 

  • Toiletries. Bring your tooth-brush, toothpaste, hairbrush, and shampoo and conditioner. The toothpaste they give you tastes like minty socks, the tooth-brush was stiff enough to clean rust off my sons bike, and they only had this shampoo made from aloe that made my hair look like a troll. (I’m sensitive to aloe so the dandruff that ensued was disgusting, but after having a baby..a shower is needed lol).

 

  • Chapstick and Make-up. Hospital air is SO DRY. You will have chapped lips by the second day if you are not prepared. If you wear make-up it’s really nice to have for those after baby pictures. I always look like I was hit by a truck after having a baby, but the make-up really does help put a dent in that, and I feel better. My hospital does newborn pictures and throw you in there, I hadn’t done my make-up one time and I’m still upset 5 years later haha.

 

  • A belly binder! I swear by these things! I have only had C-sections, but I have heard these are great for vaginal deliveries too as everything is shifting back into place so support feels great. In my case with a c-section I couldn’t roll over, or sit up with out pushing a pillow to my tummy. I found out about a post surgical compression binder during my second pregnancy so I got one just in case. I have used it after my last 3 kids and make all my friends get them too! You can ask your nurse for one after delivery, but the one I bought on my own like the one I’m linking below was so much nicer. I went by my size at about 6 months pregnant to pick a size for my binder and it was able to tighten all the way down. It also helps with the uterus-about-to-fall-out-of-my-body feeling when you are hobbling to the rest room. Don’t even get me started on that first bm..you will want to keep this on..

  • Comfy Clothes with a soft waist. I gave up trying to bring jeans a few kids ago. I don’t care how skinny you are after delivery, that tummy is tender especially if you had a c-section! I brought pajama pants and shirts I could breastfeed in for my hospital stay, and a regular t-shirt for the ride home. I also brought slippers, and comfy socks with grips on the bottom. A soft cozy bathrobe is also advisable.

 

  •  CAMERA AND BATTERIES!!! CHARGED BATTERIES!!!!!!!! THIS IS IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE I FORGOT TO CHARGE THE BATTERIES AND I HAD TO MAKE A NURSE GO FIND ME SOME BEFORE MY DOCTOR COULD REMOVE MY CHILD FROM MY BODY! Ok, did you get that? Seriously, bring a few packs of Duracell batteries, and even a pack of rechargeable with the charger, you wont regret having too many batteries along!

  • Last but not least, Cell phone chargers!!! Texting everyone baby pics, is one of my favorite things haha

 

 

Magnetic Cabinet and Drawer Locks & Corner Protectors, No Tools Needed- Kiddos Plus

This set comes with enough parts to do 4 cabinet doors or drawers, and one coffee table or 4 corners on a counter. It comes with instructions that I had to read a couple times to fully understand what was going on. I didn’t have a pencil handy to draw marks like they said to do so I had to do it by trial and error and lots of eyeballing! I had it all on perfect, but unfortunately these do not work on a lazy-susan corner cabinet so one set I had to take off because of the way it closed. This set doesn’t come with and extra adhesive so I would suggest having some double sided permanent tape in case you need to adjust one. My husband didn’t like that I put these on my under the sink cabinet, so luckily these have a switch you click up or down and it doesn’t latch anymore. (He preferred the over the knob lock.) I am glad it comes with a magnetized disk to store the “key” up away from kids, I should have put mine further back since my kids already found it, but I ran out of extra adhesive so I can’t move it right now. The corner guards looks great, but right now my little guy is not tall enough to need them, so I am saving them for once he starts hitting his head on stuff! Overall I like the set, but if you have a large kitchen or lots of cabinets don’t forget to order extra packs! #KiddosPlusSafetyLocks

 

 

 

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Baby Teething Necklace for Mom, Silicone Chew Beads, BPA Free-

This necklace from ItyBity is adorable, and feels durable. It comes in three colors and I recieved the mint/grey combo. The length is perfect to attract your babies attention, but won’t be able to get them tangled in it. The colors look good with many other colors since they are neutral. The breakaway clasp is not so loose that it falls off easy, but it functions perfectly when needed. My baby likes to play with it when nursing, he is 2 so he doesn’t have the urge to chew on it so I haven’t had to mess with cleaning it. I don’t wear it around, just when needed, so I’m glad it’s cute and I won’t look ridiculous if I forget to take if off! #teethingnecklace

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This product was provided for free or at a discount in exchange and for the sold purpose of providing an honest and unbiased review. My thoughts are my own and were not compensated in any way. I am not required to leave a positive review on anything, and I am not affiliated with any companies nor am I an Amazon affiliate.

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