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SarahRae85:I have a list printed and set with my duffel bag. All the non-daily items are already tucked away. The rest will be tossed in when I decide it's time to go to the hospital and am waiting on babysitters/DH.
This- I have a checklist with all items I want/need, and then each item is marked with "Pack Now" and "Pack Later". I've already packed all the "Pack Now" items, the remainder are things that I use daily, but the printed list will keep me focused when I'm packing during labor, otherwise I would forget something. It's also a good checklist to have in case I'm not leaving from the house when I'm in labor and have to send someone to get my bag for me- it's very clear as to what needs to be thrown in the bag.
I think I did it while in labor. I know that was my plan, anyway.
I just brought sample sized shampoo, conditioner, lotion and toothpaste and I packed that stuff ahead of time. I think I had a list of stuff not to forget... my toothbrush, face wash, ect.
I recently went to the dentist and got a new toothbrush and small tube of toothpaste so I just tucked them into a space saver bag with some of my clothes that I can wear for coming home in as an emergency overnight bag for myself -- hospital is only a 5 minute drive from my house so I figured if I need anything else, I can call dd or send dh to retrieve it.
I plan to pack the real hospital bag in about 1-2 more weeks.
Long ago. I hate being unprepared and figure it's one of few things I can do to be prepared. It was packed by maybe 24 weeks and in the car by 26 weeks. We also trategically worked to have one major purchase a week from about 16 weeks so all is pretty much ready.
Paid off, pre-term labor started friday and partial bedrest started tuesday...so I am a lot less stressed knowing we are pretty much set!!
Of course, we will need to grab camera and phone cords on our way out the door or have the in-laws bring them to us...but easier to have someone find us some phone cords than to come and pack the whole bag!!