Life doesn’t always flow smoothly. Sometimes you find yourself in the hospital at the bedside of a loved one. Jeremy and I have been there a time or two. Recently we found ourselves again at the bedside and our history proved helpful to a family who had never had to go through this with a baby in tow.
Pack smart not heavy. Likely you will be in waiting rooms or a hospital rooms and transportability is key. Hospitals, most, are not small compact locations. They can be a sprawling campus of long hallways. Pack only essentials. So what are the essentials: diapers, wipes, a change of clothes (blowouts will happen at the most in opportune time), and wet ones for cleaning hands that have been on the floor etc. For infants—bottles and formula. For toddlers—snacks and sippy cups. I actually travel with 2 bags 1)Diaper Essentials 2)Snack Bag with a cooler insert to keep items cool. For entertainment—I would suggest not bringing a lot of toys. You’ll be surprised how fascinated your little one will be with the new world around them. Focus instead on their favorite toys. For Jeremy that amounted to his LeapFrog remote control, LeapFrog Tablet, and his iPad. Chargers with long cables are a must; the longer cable you have the better. Luck may not be on your side and you might not be located close to an electrical plug.
Investigate early:::Find out the cafeteria hours. This is important because you will get hungry and there is nothing worse than waiting to the last minute and there is no food left. Make notes about bathroom locations as you travel to the waiting room or your loved ones bedside. In the waiting room area I like to get the corner. This keeps my little one out of high traffic areas and helps me try and contain his energy in my sphere.
Pack Patience:::Your little one is going to love to explore but don’t get frustrated when they try to crawl on the floor or play around on the floor (hint—they don’t know its a hospital) gently encourage them to stand and not play on the floor, guide them to activities that they can do on a small table or chairs that are available. While I don’t let him scream I definitely don’t try to keep him quiet. Your little one is a child they are going to make noise and it’s okay. By no mean am I advocating a screaming child enthralled with wild abandon; however to expect your little one to be seen and never heard is in my opinion and unrealistic expectation.
it’s a scary thing being in the hospital hopefully with these tips it will be less stressful for your little one and you.
Embracing my imperfection and striving for perfection through grace.