Is Pinspiration even a word? Well, I just made it one if it isn't. I have a feeling with the popularity of Pinterest that it will be a word soon.
Today I wanted to share with you my take on a hospital survival kit.
I used these two posts as my inspiration.
Hospital Survival Kit for Mom to Be – Tip Junkie
New Baby Advice – Get Snazzy
I love this idea because you can tailor it for mom and baby all in one gift. If you have had a baby in the hospital, it is easy to think of items to include in your hospital survival kit gift. Just think of things that you would be likely to forget or would have liked to have had while you were in the hospital having your little bundle of joy.
A co-worker and friend of mine had a baby shower a few weeks ago, she's having a boy. I decided this was the perfect time to do my version of the hospital survival kit. I got most of the items from Walgreens pharmacy since it is down the hill in town from us.
Items in Hospital Survival Kit
- Travel size shampoo & conditioner
- Travel size body wash
- Face wipes
- Hand sanitizer
- Bath sponge
- Hair ties
- Elastic headbands
- Travel Comb
- Breath Mints
- Chocolate!! 🙂
- Hand wipes (safe for baby too)
- Baby hat and socks
- Hand made pacifier clip with a pacifier
I knew I wanted to find a cute basket to put everything in and it would also double as a basket that mom could use to organize baby's closet with afterward! So E and I went to Target (and had way too much fun in the dollar section, but I digress) to find the perfect basket.
I had a little bit of trouble finding something “boyish” but decided on this basket for the colors. Plus, it is for mom too, so it needed to be “girlish” as well. This basket I found back in the organizing/basket aisle at Target. It ended up being the perfect size for everything I had bought.
I put all the larger items against the back and then put some tissue paper towards the front so that the smaller items wouldn't get lost in the bottom of the basket somewhere.
And the Target dollar aisle came to the rescue for the gift tag. I just tied it onto the baby hat and socks tag.
When I went to the shower, I put it into a gift bag with tissue paper on top. My friend seemed very excited to get it and said later it marked off a lot of the items on her hospital bag list! I was so glad I could help. Of course, having previous experience in giving birth in a hospital helped.
Now I can't wait to meet her bouncing baby boy when he comes in just a few short weeks.
I am usually a stickler for going by the registry when buying for baby showers, but I thought this time I would stray from my usual and do something a little extra special for mom too. Yes, it is all about the baby, but moms need a little pampering ourselves, right?
Do you always buy gifts for a baby shower off the registry? Or do you give homemade gifts or gifts based on your experience as a mom? Let me know in the comments below.