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What’s In My Hospital Bag: The Essentials Checklist (Advice From a Second Time Mom) + Free Printable

Finally – the post I’ve been trying to get done for months (ahhh, that newborn life!): what’s in my hospital bag! And let me tell you, I’ve got ALL of the hospital bag essentials in this post, little bits of advice to keep you sane along the way, plus what you can score for “free” at the hospital, what I wish I would have known, what you probably don’t need, the VERY BEST panties to wear after you run out of those mesh panties, and tips from just about anyone who would answer my hospital bag questions … because you know I totally polled just about everyone in the world (a.k.a., my friends and blogger buddies), plus scoured the online baby boards and my favorite mom Facebook groups, to bring you one huge hospital bag must-have list.

I also included a FREE Printable Essential Hospital Bag Checklist at the bottom of this post! Feel free to print it and use it while you pack for the big day. 🙂

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I love to research. Fun fact: my favorite part of law school, and possibly the only part I totally loved, was legal research. I could live in a library. For both baby number one, and now, baby number two, I researched … wellll, everything. But today, I thought I’d share just what it is I packed in my hospital bag as a second time mom. And you can bet, plenty of research and trial and error went into the making of my hospital bag’s contents. I am a nerd.

WHAT’S IN MY HOSPITAL BAG: THE ESSENTIALS LIST

Depending on what type of birth you have – your hospital stay after baby will typically last somewhere between two and four days. And of course, because birth is unpredictable, it’s always smart to pack for the unexpected. For example, Scarlett, our first, wound up coming early – at about 36 weeks, when I realized I had gone into labor; and we needed an emergency c-section to bring her safely into the world.  With number two, Emme, at 39 weeks on the dot, I had a VBAC and she came fast and furious after two days contracting like crazy at home. Aaaand, she arrived without any drugs. Something I’m proud of now, but pretty much begged anyone who would listen at the hospital to give me drugs. Emme had her own plan, and natural it was! My point is, you never know what you’re gonna get, and if you’re a planner, it’s always better to over-pack a bit; and pack early.

Whether I was grabbing the hospital bag myself to check-in to the hospital, or someone else was going to grab it for me after the fact, I knew everything I needed for our hospital stay was in that bag. You’ll be amazed at what a relief it is to be prepared, even if it’s not normally your style.

You’ll want to bring a packed hospital bag and diaper bag. I was so glad to have the diaper bag this time around (didn’t do that with baby number one), because I was able to keep her things, especially her going home outfit, newborn photo outfits, pacifiers, etc. in her own bag. For hubby and I, we used this transport weekender bag – I love how big it is. (This weekend tote is another great, and more affordable option – plus, if you sign up for their email list, you can get a code for 15% off your first purchase.) And yes, you read that correctly: pack for both you and your partner. The first time around, hubby swore he wouldn’t need anything, and he could always go back home to get whatever he needed. Wrong. Those days in the hospital are hectic – between labor and delivery, and then all of the visits from doctors, nurses, tests, family and friends visiting, photos, etc. – my husband barely had a chance to sneak away for a trip home to get the essentials. This time around, I packed our hospital bag for BOTH OF US, and it made a huge difference.

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ID + INSURANCE CARD: It might seem obvious, but it’s easy to forget in the frenzy.

CLOTHING (for both you and your partner): 

Pajamas/Loungewear – With every new baby, I splurge on a few new pairs of pajamas – the kind that are actually presentable for guests (because we all know some of our favorite old PJ’s are less than flattering and definitely not ready for company!) And, let’s be real, while everyone knows hospital attire equals comfy pajamas and robes, you will basically live in joggers, stretchy yoga pants, pajamas, nursing tanks and soft oversized t-shirts, and slippers for the foreseeable future at home too, so you might as well invest in some cute new loungewear. If you have a c-section, the looser and softer the waistband, the better. I really, really like these Gap sleeper pants for an extremely soft waistband. If you’re planning on nursing, you’ll want pajamas with a top that has easy access, like this set. Try to buy pants in dark colors because you will be bleeding … a lot.

I’ve also made it a bit of a tradition to get a new cardigan (I have and love this hooded cardigan, but also have my eye on the cardigan version without a hood, and this was the cardigan my mom got me for my first hospital stay with baby girl number one that I still love to this day!) or robe from Barefoot Dreams for each birth. If you don’t own something from Barefoot Dreams, and you’re expecting, treat ‘yo self … seriously. They are the softest, most comfortable lounge items you will ever own; it’s like wearing a blanket. Don’t forget to bring underwear, socks, t-shirts, shower shoes, slippers or sandals, and a few pairs of pajamas (or loungewear) for your partner too.

Bras and Panties –

Very soft bras that you can also sleep in are a must. Target has some really wonderful nursing bras, and I especially love this nursing sleep bra (it’s so comfortable!) and this non-nursing lace bralette (with an easy hook closure.)

Those mesh panties from the hospital: you’ll be SO happy to have them. But if you really want your own, or want to be prepared once home, its good to invest in a few pairs of post-partum-friendly panties. Having now had both an emergency c-section and natural vaginal delivery, I can say with confidence, that I’ve found the perfect post-partum panties. I don’t know what it is about panties, but I’ve always been kind of cheap when it comes to underwear. I’m embarrassed to say, I had a few not so cute, threadbare pairs that I finally threw out and replaced with nice panties. These panties, they’re absolutely perfect post-partum and soft enough on both your waist and bottom, that they work wonders after both c-section and vaginal delivery. Meet your new faves: Victoria Secret Seamless High-Waist panties. I order 12 pairs, and I’m tempted to throw out all of the rest of my sad underwear to snatch up more of these.

Departure Outfit – This can just be one of your loungewear outfits, but save something clean and fresh to go home in.

Shoes and Socks – Don’t forget socks – the cozier, the better (and bonus points for the kind with grippies on the bottom) – for sleeping (hospital rooms are COLD) and a pair of easy to slide on slippers, because truth is, you won’t really be up for a whole lot of bending to put on shoes those first few days/weeks, and who wants to walk on hospital floor barefoot? (Yuck.) I got these slippers especially for the hospital stay, and I’ve been living them through this cold winter. You’ll also be glad to have a pair of inexpensive shower shoes/sandals. (Old Navy’s $2.50 flip flops are the best!)

Baby – You won’t need much for baby:

An outfit or two for pictures and going home. (I loved picking out a sweet “going home” outfit for my girls, but be aware that sizing might be tough. Your best bet is to bring one newborn size and one 0-3 month. Our first baby was almost four weeks early and my Mom and Dad ended up having to run out to buy whatever preemie outfits they could find. (The selections in stores stunk.) Some parents like to put their new babies in new outfits all throughout their stay, but I was more than happy to have both of our baby girls in the hospital long-sleeved tees, diapers, and a thick swaddle. We only put the girls in sweet outfits for a few hospital photos and the “going home” trip. For baby’s going home outfit, don’t forget socks or booties (these are great, because they actually stay ON), plus extra layers if it’s cold out.

A few pretty bibs and blankets. You know … for pictures. I did bring along a few of these super soft baby bow headbands and these newborn baby hats for pictures throughout our stay.

If you plan on using a pacifier, you might want to bring a couple. Especially if your hospital does rooming (i.e., baby stays with you, rather than in a nursery), you might be glad to have a pacifier for those tough crying moments in the night when you can’t really figure out why they’re crying. Ha, welcome to parenthood! (Not every baby will love a pacifier, and each will definitely have a preference. We tried both MAM Pacifiers and Avent Pacifiers though even at three months in, baby number two – Emme – is still not all that interested in her pacifier. For the record, Scarlett LOVED her Wubbanub pacifier.

Carseat – You won’t need the baby’s carseat until check-out, but most hospitals won’t let you leave until they’ve seen that you have a safe carseat for baby to go home in. (We have and love this UppaBaby Mesa Infant Carseat; that fits perfectly in the girls’ UppaBaby Vista double stroller.) Be sure the car seat base is installed in your care beforehand, so you are not trying to do that the day you go home.

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TOILETRIES in their own toiletry bag (for both you and your partner):

I packed all of my toiletries – things like a toothbrush, toothpaste, glasses/contacts, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, dry shampoo, face wash – in their own bag so everything would be accessible and wouldn’t leak anywhere. I used these Bag-all Toiletry and Makeup Bags this time around, and also LOVE Travelon Clear Packing Pouches because they’re so easy to clean (there are always at least one or two in my diaper bag.)

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Your favorite shampoo and conditioner – Though your uncomfortable, and its a bit awkward, that first shower in the hospital is so gratifying. Having your favorite scented shampoo and conditioner – something that reminds you of home – will make you feel human again.

Face wipes – I went into labor with a mostly full face of makeup (not by choice, ha) – and after delivery and once we were settled in the hospital room – I was so happy to take off all of that sweat and makeup. Wipes make it easy to quickly wash your face in bed, especially when you can’t muster the energy to trudge over to the bathroom just to wash your face. (Psst … your baby’s wipes also totally work for this!)

You may also want to have a few easily accessible cosmetics like chapstick, face spray*, a hair brush, body spray, a small moisturizing lotion (hospital air is super dry), and hand-sanitizer – I just kept those in a small pouch by my bedside. My sister recommended this rosewater face spray and I’m officially hooked. It gives you a refreshing little boost and smells so good. A headband (these soft headband turbans are great and hide all hair sins) and a few soft hair ties also really came in handy. And, someone recommended that I try to stay on top of brushing my hair, because it will get tangled and matted sitting in a bed all day. Such good advice!

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MISCELLANEOUS:

Snacks – Hospital food is just meh, so you might want to have a few snacks for you and your partner to nosh on when you get hungry. We didn’t really need much because the hospital provided plenty of food and all of our family and friends brought SO much for us throughout our stay.

Entertainment – Bring a few new magazines, iPad and charger (pre-download shows/movies because hospital wifi can be spotty), phone and charger, E-reader (with a good new book already downloaded and ready to go), a pack of playing cards, etc.

Cell Phone and Charger, plus Extra-Long Charging Cords – I put the charger on the list, because who doesn’t forget their cell phone charger? My advice? Order a cheap charger on Amazon, throw it in your hospital bag, and forget about it. The plugs will inevitably be behind your bed or across the room, so extra-long charging cords are a must.

Camera and camera charger – Make sure the batteries are charged, memory cards have plenty of space, and that you have all the accessories you need. (We recently got the Sony A6000 and it is a GREAT little mirrorless camera. This 50mm lens will give you that dreamy blurred background so that you can get your beautiful new baby right in focus.)

Headphones – In case you or your partner wants to sleep while the other is awake.

If you have other kids, pack a small gift for both them, and something they can give to the baby. A few weeks before we had Emme, we took Scarlett to Target “to pick something our for her sister.” Once Emme was here, and on her first visit to the hospital, we handed her the gift to give to her baby sister and she was thrilled. We also gave Scarlett a gift from Emme – a LeapFrog My Own Leaptop – that she was able to use when she got bored on her visits to the hospital (and still to this day, calls “My present from my baby sister!”)

Some people like to bring their own blankets and pillows (for both you and your partner), though be sure to put your pillow(s) in a colorful/recognizable case so that it doesn’t get confused with the hospital pillows.

If you think you’ll have the energy, you could bring a hair dryer, but I was mighty happy with a bun on top of my head throughout my stay.

A sound machine for your room, in case you’re a light sleeper. (Hospitals are loud and something is always dinging or beeping.)

Boppy/Pregnancy Pillow – Although a hospital pillow, folded up under your arm will do, bringing a boppy-type pillow can certainly come in handy for that support when feeding your tiny newborn.

Nipple Cream – If you plan on breastfeeding, you may want to bring your own nipple cream; though they don’t typically start to become chapped and dry until a few days in. Same goes for nursing pads, disposable or washable.

Baby Book – If you have a baby book, bring it! Tell your significant other to hand it to the nurses before labor/surgery so that when they take the baby’s footprints they can add an extra set into your baby book. The nurses will be more than happy to do that for you!

Your cord blood banking kit, if you’re banking your baby’s cord blood. We did for both girls.

A Towel – Although I’m a pretty big believer in using what the hospital provides to avoid tons of overpacking, I wish I had brought a bath towel. The ones at the hospital were miniature and scratchy, and after that first much-needed shower, it would have been nice to have a REAL towel. Be sure to bring a colorful or easily memorable bath towel, so that you don’t miss it when packing your things to go home at the end of your stay.

Laundry Bag – To keep dirty hospital clothes separate from things you haven’t yet worn and any baby stuff.

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PRO TIPS:

Take home the “freebies” you’ve already paid for like diapers, wipes and blankets. (Stash them every chance you get and ask for more). The receiving blankets make great changing pad toppers or burp cloths.

Speaking of freebies, collect as many of those mesh panties as you can get your hands on. Once you run out, Depend Silhouettes are said to be a lifesaver and I’m kicking myself for not using those this time around. The hospital pad/mesh panty combo can get bulky and awkward, and you’ll get tired of creating the fashioned “diaper” a few weeks in.

Also, ask for plenty of the medicated cooling pads (Tucks), cooling spray (dermoplast), even the bucket/basin to hold it all; whatever they’ll give you, take!

Once my hospital stash of cooling spray ran out, I bought this New Mama Bottom Spray and I really liked it.

Again, don’t be shy – ask for whatever you need. It wasn’t until my third morning in that I realized they had “ice” pack pads,  donut pillows, even a girdle/belly wrap that you could have and take home. The belly wrap they provide is basically a hospital grade version of the Belly Bandit, so if you don’t want to spend the money on a fancier belly wrap, and don’t mind the sterile white wrap the hospitals give you, snag yourself a free one. I also used that hospital donut pillow for WEEKS at home, and was so glad I asked.

If you are planning on nursing for the first time, bring your pump to the hospital (or have someone bring it for you before you check out) and the lactation consultants will show you the best way to use it and will answer any questions you might have.

You’re essentially living out of a bag for several days … I’ve heard great things about these packing cubes. This might be the perfect solution for staying organized and living out of a hospital bag for a few days.

Before the big day, make a list of people to call/text – a.k.a., a list of people for your partner to call/text. Make it a short list, and have your partner handle it once baby is here. Word will spread fast enough – especially if you or your partner share the big news on social media; just be sure you check off the important people on your list before posting publicly.

You may also want to enlist your partner or a family member to grab some baked goods (muffins, donuts, etc.) to bring to the nurses and doctors during your stay. They do SO much for you while you’re there, and it’s a sweet and simple way to thank them.

While at the hospital, have someone come clean your home. It will be SO NICE to come home to a clean home, freshly washed sheets, no dishes in the sink, etc.

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Whew! I think that’s all of it. If there’s anything else you loved having at the hospital for the birth of your baby/babies, send them my way!

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Are there other baby related questions you have burning questions about? Let me know, and I’ll put together a post! And, if you loved this hospital bag checklist, you can see more of our life with two little ones here.

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My New Work From Home Routine With a Newborn

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Now that we’re adjusting to life with a newborn (and a toddler), I’m ever-so-slowly easing my way back into a work from home routine. Truth is, I got right back to work just a few days after having baby number two, but because I work from home, I’ve been able to increase the work at my own pace and figure out what works for me in a house with two little ones under three.

I’ll admit, some days, it’s total chaos. My poor husband comes home after his own loooong day at work (he’s a resident), and I feel like I’m nearly throwing the kids at him, racing to hide in the bathroom, if even for five minutes. This mom gig is hard, I tell ya. As I type, I have a fussy baby, all swaddled up in the crook of my arm, and she.just.won’t.sleep. But I digress.

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Some days, at least for a few hours here and there, I actually think I just might have it all under control. And a big part of that is a morning routine; a somewhat adjusted newborn-friendly routine. (In case you’re curious, you can read my former morning routine; a.k.a., 5 steps to a productive morning as a blogger, right here.)

Here’s how I juggle my days with two kids under three with my work from home routine …

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MY WORK FROM HOME ROUTINE

6:50am

I’m up and at ’em by 6:50am (7:00am if I fall into the dreaded snooze trap.)* I quickly brush my teeth, wash my face, gulp down my medicine, throw on clothes, steal a quick sip of coffee, take the baby from my hubby (who’s an earlier riser), and I’m up the stairs to get our toddler started for the day as well.

*Mind you, I could get up earlier. I know there’s some parenting magic to waking up earlier than your kids in order to get more things done, but I just can’t do it. I am EXHAUSTED, and though I’m pretty perky once I’m on my feet (with coffee in hand), I’m so crotchety before about 6:45am. Anyone else THE WORST at early mornings?

Once our toddler is up, we quickly run through her routine – bathroom, teeth-brushing, dressed, breakfast, backpack and lunch box on, and out the door she goes with her Dad for preschool carpool. For the record, putting our oldest in morning preschool five days a week was THE best decision ever.

There’s a bit of a juggle between the two girls in the morning. Sometimes our newborn decides to cry or need food (right that instant, naturally), and I’ve learned to do a lot one-handed. In some ways, having a new baby has really helped to encourage our older daughter to be a bit more independent. Thank goodness for that!

7:35am

Hubby and toddler are out the door and I’m inevitably re-heating my coffee. Then it’s a good 20-30 minutes of scrolling through emails, flagging what needs to get done ASAP, and willing our newborn to fall back asleep.

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8am-ish

Breakfast time. One of the best lessons I’ve learned in adulthood, is realizing things like breakfast actually matter. Over the last few years, no matter how hectic my routine has gotten, I always try to include a quick and better for you breakfastt to help jumpstart my busy day. That’s not to say I’m always perfect. And sometimes, I’ll look up at the clock, only to find it’s 10:45am and I haven’t had a bit to eat; but most mornings, I try hard to eat something balanced and early enough in my day to actually help give me that energy I need.

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I recently stumbled upon a new breakfast combination that really takes the guessing game out of my breakfast struggle. I don’t know about you, but even trying to decide on a smart breakfast can make me feel overwhelmed; especially on a hectic day. My new handy breakfast of choice: Oikos and belVita Breakfast Biscuits (paired with Silk Creamer and coffee.) Oikos contains 30% of the recommended daily serving of protein and belVita is a good source of fiber. I swear the belVita Blueberry Breakfast Biscuits taste just like a blueberry muffin. SO good. I usually top my Oikos with berries and I’ve got myself a stress-free balanced breakfast.

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9:00am, on

After breakfast, I’m all about flexibility. I’ve learned to weave work throughout my days taking care of the baby. Thankfully, in between all of the eating and holding, most newborns sleep a fair amount. Things like a baby swing and the DockATot are a lifesaver for being able to put the baby down for a bit here and there.

I try not to leave projects on my to do list until deadline day because babies have a mind of their own, and on the morning I might HAVE to get something done, my little one could be in the worst mood ever. Often at this time of day, I’m finalizing a post and hitting publish. Any extra time after that and I’m back to emails. Anyone else feel like the emails are never-ending?

10:00am

Typically, at least once a week, my photographer comes over and we shoot content for upcoming projects. I often wear baby in a wrap (loving this one right now) after feeding her, to have my hands free for styling. Shoot days are always a bit chaotic – especially trying to juggle a newborn’s demands with needing to set up and stage multiple projects in a short time-frame. I’m always SO glad I ate a balanced breakfast before busy days like this.

12:00pm

Once our photos are done for the day, it’s often time to feed the baby again. After that, back in the carrier she goes, so that I can get to new emails. I also typically start to focus on scheduling social media content for the day. That includes, posts to FacebookTwitterGoogle+Bloglovin’Instagram, and Pinterest. While I do schedule a lot of my social media out for the week on Buffer, I like to also post the day-of to keeps things organic and to interact with others. I also usually try to answer questions as I get them throughout the day. It is all about being social, after all!

12:35pm

We’re bundling up and heading to my toddler’s preschool to pick her up.

1:00pm

Back to the two-kid juggle! #naptime

What does your morning routine look like? If you have kids, how do you juggle it all; especially on your busier mornings? Do you have a work from home routine too?

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You can pick up your favorite Oikos, belVita, and Silk products at your local Kroger. Oikos can be found in the Dairy Aisle and belVita Breakfast Biscuits are in the Cookie Aisle. Plus, if you purchase belVita Breakfast Biscuits + Oikos Triple Zero Multipack, you’ll receive a free Silk creamer. Just visit this link to download the load to card coupon and Get 1 Silk Creamer Free when you Buy 2 Oikos Greek or belVita Breakfast Biscuits through 1/31/2018.

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Easy Kid-Friendly DIY No-Sew Car Blanket

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This winter is shaping up to be the season of road trips for our little family. This past weekend, we traveled to Orlando for hubby’s brother’s wedding, and at the end of this week we’ll drive to Charleston for our annual family vacation with my side of the family. We’re also hoping to get to Miami early next year. (2018 is SO soon!)

We’d actually never driven anywhere outside of our current hometown with both girls in tow, so our first road trip as a family of four this past weekend was a good test run for us. I’ve always LOVED taking road trips. As a kid, my mom and dad took all four of us kids on road trips ALL over the country. My siblings and I are all big fans of travel because of it. I just love the adventure of it all, and how easy a car trip makes travel. Just pack up your trunk and go! (Or, in our case, pack up every possible crevice and try not to let the car burst at the seams.)

I was brainstorming ways to make the long drive down to Orlando easier on both us and the girls, and I realized that a warm blanket, made especially for the car, might be just the ticket. Both of our girls are big blankie fans and love being cuddled up in a blanket. An easy kid-friendly DIY no-sew car blanket; even better. When I suggested to Scarlett that we make special blankets for the car, she perked right up and screeched, “A pink one?!”

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So a super soft, PINK blanket seemed totally fitting. I also really wanted to make create something that we could do together. I’m definitely a crafty mom, but I’ve learned with a toddler, that the simpler the project, the better. We headed to our local craft store, bought up the softest pink fabric and a new pair of sharp scissors. We also happened to have enough leftover pink fabric – that my mom had used in the girls’ quilts* – so we were able to make each car blanket using some of their own “special” quilt fabric as well.

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*My mom is an incredible quilter. For each of our girls, she quilted blankets for their rooms using fabrics we chose, handkerchiefs that belonged to my Bubby and Great Bubby, and this incredibly soft pink minky fabric.

As for how to make a kid-friendly DIY no-sew car blanket, it’s actually a lot simpler than you might think!

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Easy Kid-Friendly DIY No-Sew Car Blanket

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

2 pieces of either fleece or minky fabric* (front and back pieces)
spring scissors or fabric scissors (super sharp scissors are key)

*We used two pieces at a yard-and-a-half each, to make a nice size blanket, that would cover either a child or average size adult well. A yard per piece would make a larger-sized baby/toddler blanket. Both fleece and minky are a bit wider than regular fabric on the bold, so even a yard-and-a-half is going to make a good-sized throw blanket rectangle shape.

DIRECTIONS

  1. Start by laying your two pieces of fabric, one on top of the other, with the nice sides OUT on each side. Picture a blanket: you want the top and bottom to each be the pattern and soft side out. Be sure to line them up evenly, one on top of the other so that all of the edges match up, on a hard, flat surface.
  2. Cut strips all the way around the blanket – through both layers – about 3-4 inches in length and about 1 1/2 inches wide. When you get to each corner, cut a roughly 5” by 5” square out of the corner, so that your knots on either edge of each corner meet once tied.
  3. Once you’ve cut your strips, take a top and a bottom strip, one at a time, and tie a knot. You can also double knot them for added security. It really is that easy!

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My three-year old actually helped me tie the knots, and she really was so excited to be “making” her own blanket!

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Family Road Trip Tip: Create a Home Away From Home

When you’re on the road, your car acts as a home base. Creating a project – like a special blanket designated just for the car – brings a feeling of home with you, no matter where your wheels may take you!

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Ready for her road trip!

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Goodness, I love these little cuddle bugs!

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Now when we head off on our family adventures, the girls will each have something extra special and cozy to cuddle up in.

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Have you ever made one of these kid-friendly DIY no-sew blankets? Do you keep blankets in the car for your little ones?

If you make your own DIY blankets, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can check out all of your adorable creations! With so many different fabric options out there, the possibilities are pretty endless. 💗

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Let’s Talk Picking a Baby Name (7 Thoughts When Naming a Baby)

Let’s talk baby names … because really, picking a baby name is tougher than it seems!

Which is kind of surprising actually; at least for me. I’ve had a list on my phone of favorite baby names for YEARS. Long before I was even thinking about having kids. I mean, I knew in theory, that someday I’d want kids; but certainly, I wasn’t picking a baby name for any reason other than, “Oh, that’s a cute name!”

Now that we’ve named two girls, I think I can admit that naming a baby is not exactly easy. The truth is, when you name a baby, there are so many competing factors. It actually goes way beyond cute names. And picking a baby name for a second baby, at least for us, proved even harder than the first. The number of baby name texts that were exchanged between hubby and I over the last year was almost laughable. I’m pretty sure I’d pitch the same few names over and over, hoping he’d suddenly fall in love with one of my picks. (For the record: he eventually did. Persistence for the win!)

So I thought I’d share just what goes into picking a baby name, the 7 thoughts that went through our heads when naming a baby, how we chose our own girls’ names, plus a bit about our own names and where they came from.

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PICKING A BABY NAME – HERITAGE

Take advantage of your family tree. If you look way back at all of the old names, you might find some gems and/or inspiration. For us, we have a strong family tradition – on both sides (his and mine) – to name children after relatives who have passed away. We use the first letter. It’s a big honor, and all of the grandparents, Aunts and Uncles, etc. really take it to heart. In some ways, I sort of relished in the fact that our name choices were limited to a handful of first letters. (Scarlett Everly was named after my Bubby, Selma, My Great Bubby, Ella, and Mike’s Grandma, Elaine; and Emmeline Harlow was named after Mike’s Grandma, Elaine, an my Grandpa, Harry.) But then you can also feel pretty pigeonholed into picking a name that must start with “P” or “C” or “J” or “K” and so on. And then of course, you can hurt a family member by NOT using the name they’d hoped you’d pick to name your child after. Or there might be a name you’d love to honor, but it’s the hardest possible first letter to find a decent name for, and suddenly you’re considering a name you don’t otherwise love. And that’s your child’s name. Forever. You should adore it. It’s all a bit complicated and emotional.

PICKING A BABY NAME – POPULARITY

We also struggled with the possibility of naming either of our girls something too popular or too cliché. Mike, a.k.a., Michael, my husband, had one of THE most common names growing up. His mom loved the name at the time, and as it turned out, so did a whole lot of other parents in the 80s and 90s. At one point, there were SIX Michaels in his class. I guess that’s how trends work. I have a slightly funkier name – my parents changed the “A” in “Alexis” to an “E” and I became “Elexis;” “Lexi” for short. (My mom knew she’d have a “Lexi” thanks to the movie, Ice Castles😂)

We knew we wanted something different, but “different” these days is kind of the same. It seems like everyone is into old-fashioned or unusual names right now. My hubby calls them “hipster names,” ha. There will probably be six “Jacksons” or “Sophies” or “Lennons” in the graduating class of 2036. And truth is, I’m a sucker for those names with the traditional spin. I found myself Googling the popularity of all of these names, only to cross a name off the list that I genuinely liked because it was wayyyy too popular the last several years. (Pro tip: check Nameberry.)

PICKING A BABY NAME – NICKNAMES

Maybe I’m too anal, but I really wanted a bigger/stronger name for our girls, that also had a cute nickname. I fell in love with the name “Scarlett” pretty early on for our first daughter, but in retrospect, a nickname like “Scar” might not always work. We do shorten it to “Scar” sometimes to this day, and I often call her “S” as well. (I probably watched too much Gossip Girl.) I LOVED “Em” and “Emme”, short for “Emmeline,” our second daughter’s name, so I felt confident with those nickname options. I think we might just be a family that shortens names.

You can also run the risk of a bad nickname. Mike was especially wary of choosing a name that could be turned into a taunt. Any name that could possibly be made fun of in any way, shape, or form – that was a big no-no for him.

PICKING A BABY NAME – SIBLINGS

I can’t be the only crazy person who wanted our kids’ names to work together … can I? I have a bit of a thing for names that have a little history. I’m a sucker for Gone With the Wind, and I always loved the way Scarlett O’Hara’s character was written. I’m also a total bibliophile, so naming a daughter of mine after a famous protagonist seemed so fitting. Emmeline Pankhurst was a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement who helped women win the right to vote. Ummm, awesome.

It mattered to me that our girls’ strong names fit with one another. I couldn’t very well give one girl a bold, classic name, and the other a short, spunky name. Needless to say, a few names were taken off the list because they didn’t flow well with our first daughter’s name.

PICKING A BABY NAME – MIDDLE AND LAST NAMES

Does the first name you’ve chosen work with his or her last name? And what about the middle name? It all needs to flow. And not be too much of  a mouthful. We sort of failed that last bit; our girls both have silly long legal names. But I held firm on wanting both of our girls to have my maiden name as ONE of their middle names, and I couldn’t resist giving them each special middle names, with meaning, so two middle names it was.

PICKING A BABY NAME – ASSOCIATIONS

Last but not least: the weird associations we have with names. Goodness, our hangups ruined many a good name! My friend Amy recently shared such a funny truth about baby names:

“You know what’s a hard task as an expectant parent? Picking a name for your child. Aaron and I don’t agree on many names, someone always knows someone from their friends, sister’s fourth grade class that picked their boogers, etc. with that name and no one likes a booger picker. 😂 Seriously though, how can we let one person ruin a name for us forever?! I’ve had bad French fries and good ones, but I keep ordering them! 🍟🍟”

We’ve had the same problem; over and over again. We turned down so many names because of one weird memory associated with that name. It’s madness, I tell you.

I read this great quote on Cup of Jo:

My friend Nora told us a funny way to analyze names: The Blind Date Test. Pretend someone is setting up your college-aged child on a blind date. They’d ask, “Hey, want to meet my friend Toby?” Now think: How would you picture that person, just based on the name? Would you want to meet them? It’s a surprisingly good way to get a feel for the name, don’t you think? 

But then, everybody’s answer would probably be different.

You can also gain inspiration from favorite songs, poems, books, and movies. A lot of names from those things special to you will probably provide tons of positive thoughts, and quite possibly, the idea for a great name.

PICKING A BABY NAME – TECHONOLOGY

Get this … there’s an APP for that! Seriously. Apparently, there’s an app called Babyname. It’s basically Tinder for picking baby names! Both parents get the app and then you swipe left/right for no/yes. When you both like the same name you get a “match!” Sort of wishing I had heard about this just a few months sooner.

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How did your parents choose your name? Were you almost named something else?

If you have kids, how did you decide on their name(s)? Did you have any crazy hang-ups about names you could and couldn’t use?

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Lexi

Must Have Baby Items: A Baby Carrier For Newborn to Four Years Old

I was asked to participate in the #MiaMily3DBabyCarrier campaign, sponsored by MiaMilly. Although I have been compensated for this must have baby items post, all opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors who help to make Glitter, Inc. possible!

One of the number one must have baby items I used with Scarlett as a baby – and knew I’d want to use again for baby number two – was a baby carrier. Once you see the light of baby-wearing, you’ll never go back. And honestly, now that I’m juggling a toddler and a brand new baby, baby wearing has become essential for us.

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No matter how cozy a swing or stroller may be, your baby will like being cradled in your arms and up against your chest best. It’s where they spent the last nine+ months. But toting your little one around all day isn’t really feasible unless you have arms of steel. And if you have other kids – forget it – you’ll need a whole extra pair of arms to even think about surviving. Which is why, baby wearing, especially for veteran moms, is THE BEST. Seriously. There’s not a new mom out there I wouldn’t highly recommend baby-wearing to; and for second-time moms, it’s absolutely essential.

Because I have a toddler to look after, I knew the MiaMily HIPSTER™ PLUS 3D Baby Carrier was going to be a perfect fit. Hands-free is SO important for us.

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The MiaMily HIPSTER™ PLUS 3D Baby Carrier is the one and only baby carrier you’ll ever need and works from newborn to 4 years old or 44lbs. It actually offers 9 ways to carry your baby (6 ways + 3 more ways with single shoulder accessory) and has been approved by the international hip dysplasia institute as hip healthy carrier. It’s also comfy for you: the high waist belt provides amazing lumbar support and takes the weight off your back with a sturdy 3D hip seat.

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The design is also brilliant. There’s a handy front pocket at the base of the hip seat with ample room to help keep you organized. It actually has the biggest storage pockets in the market. When I pick up Scarlett from school, I’m able to put my cell phone, wallet, and keys in the pouch, and stay hands-free to hold Scarlett’s hand (and her backpack in the other hand, which she inevitably throws on the ground so that she can collect rocks and leaves. Seriously, need a rock? We’ve got a whole collection in the backseat and probably a few in my MiaMily carrier pouches too!) 😂

And in case you’re a mama to more than one little one, MiaMily sells the sweetest doll baby carrier, a MiaMily Doll HIPSTER™, so your kids can pretend to be just like mommy and daddy and carry their favorite baby dolls or stuffed animals with them wherever they go. Scarlett got such a kick out of getting to wear her baby just like mommy. She loves her MiaMily Doll HIPSTER™ carrier and loves carrying her baby around with her everywhere we go. We also get a lot of people asking where we got it from – and I never fail to let everyone know that baby wearing can be for the whole family! Also, what a brilliant gift are these carriers for both mom and older siblings so that when the new baby comes they can have tons of fun role playing with their very own babies. Scarlett keeps telling me that she has a newborn too!

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I love that the easy to use design allows kids to take the carrier on and off themselves.

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Here we went for a walk and I was able to hold Scarlett’s hand, help her collect rocks and twigs, and crouch down to look for a “real bunny.” Not yet convinced that this is one of the best must have baby items??

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And just because I couldn’t NOT share this sweet photo: here’s Scarlett cuddling her newborn bunny in her carrier, just like mommy cuddles Emmeline in hers. I can’t help it; she’s just so cuddly.

Goodness, I adore these girls.

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The best part (aside from having a fantastic carrier that keeps your sweet little one close to your heart, of course): you can register for your MiaMily HIPSTER™ PLUS 3D baby carrier on BuyBuyBaby.com or MiaMily.com.

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Are you a fan of baby-wearing? Any other new baby must-haves you swear by?

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Lexi

A Letter to Emmeline at Eight Weeks Old

Dear Emmeline,

Hello sweet girl! How do you like this crazy family so far? More than you bargained for? Lucky for you, you’ll be smothered in love forever, so get used to the chaos.

Here’s what you’ve been up to these last eight weeks …

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You’re smiling! You have been since about five weeks, but each day it becomes more pronounced. Every time you do, we all squeal and break out our cameras, and of course, the moment we have our iPhones ready and aimed, you do that thing where your bottom lip puckers out, the only clue that you’re not happy any longer, and then you burst into full-blown pout whimper. Something tells me you’re going to hate being photographed, just like the rest of us.

You’re also cooing and making the sweetest sounds. Scarlett screams, “She’s talking to us!” and I think she just might be right. You startle easily and sneezes make you cry; but miraculously, Belly barking and Scarlett singing at the top of her lungs doesn’t seem to have any effect on you at all.

Your sister, Scarlett, adores you. She constantly squeals, “Emme! You’re so cute!” and “I love you, Emme.” She shows you off to all of her friends when we pick her up from preschool. She kisses your head like a little woodpecker. She’s so enthusiastic, I have to constantly remind her, “Be careful with your sister.” Even though, truthfully, I love it and melt every time she shows you affection. She also revels in getting to hold your bottle upright for you, and she’ll even throw away your dirty diapers in the name of being “a great big sister.” (She’s very proud of her newly minted “great big sister” status and will happily tell anyone that will listen what a great big sister she is and how her little sister is Emme, and on and on and on.)

You started tracking things with your eyes about two weeks ago. I saw you staring up at the ceiling fan in our bedroom a couple of weeks ago; your eyes wide and your mouth puckered, as if you were saying, “Ohhhhh.” I’m pretty sure the ceiling fan has become one of your favorite things to look at.

Your skin is velvety soft and the little bit of baby acne that came around 3 to 4 weeks has already mostly disappeared.

You still don’t love bath time, but you do seem to delight in being rubbed with baby lotion. You coo and smile when I rub it into your soft skin; especially on your tummy, hands, and feet.

We finally put away the newborn clothing this week, and I’ll admit, I welled up thinking that the newborn stage was coming to an end. You wear 0-3 months clothing now – though you’re swimming in it.

You have long fingers and downy hair, and your coloring seems a bit lighter brown than Scarlett’s ever was, especially in the eyebrows.

You wake up every 3 to 4 hours through the night, and though we’re exhausted, you’re so sleepy and sweet late at night. You curl up on our chests, like a tiny frog, and fall asleep only being held. Once we put you down, you grunt and squirm and make your daddy extra nervous, but we’re determined to get you on some kind of sleep schedule. (It took us wayyy too long to “sleep train” Scarlett, so we have high hopes this time around.)

Just like your big sister, you have reflux. We spend most of the day holding you upright, willing you not to spit up, throw up, or hiccup. We tend to fail at all three. Thankfully, you’re still gaining weight, and becoming more and more aware every day. All I have to say is, thank goodness for baby-wearing. Right now, we’re loving the Baby K’Tanlíllébaby, and ring sling. I pretty much always have some kind of baby carrier strapped to my chest.

We’re keeping it dairy-free to keep everyone safe. Scarlett is now convinced that all babies are allergic to cow milk. I hear her whispering to you, “We can’t have milk, Baby Emme. Only grown-ups can have cow milk.”

We’re so so tired, but just like every part of raising babies, we know this too shall pass. I hear of babies who sleep through the night by six weeks old and I cry a little, but ‘ya know, I’ll miss all of this when it’s over and we’re on to the next exhausting stage. Just keep throwing one of those gummy smiles our way and we’re all good.

I love you with my whole heart, baby girl. (So do Scarlett and Daddy … and the rest of your gigantic family, who ask about you every day.)

💗

Always,

Your Mommy

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