Family is the most important thing to Connor and I.
Finding out almost 11 months ago that we were expecting our first child, family became the topic of almost every conversation… at least every conversation that didn’t involve money.
Connor grew up in Massachusetts and I grew up in New Jersey. both of our immediate families are still based there (spare my father in Texas and Connor’s sister in Brooklyn). Living in Los Angeles at the time of the pregnancy news, we both knew that moving back to be near family was the right thing to do- not only for us, but for our child and for our family.
Now that we are back East, and have been since April, making sure we see our family as much as possible is at the top of our to-do list.
The weekend before Thanksgiving, Emily had her FIRST overnight trip! Well, first overnight since being earth-side. We drove up to Massachusetts and spent the weekend with the Whiteley family. It was a surprisingly calm trip! Emily slept the entire 2.5 hour car ride, and didn’t have any inkling of a tantrum during our time at the Whiteley house.
While that was the case for Emily, mommy and daddy didn’t get off to the best start of the weekend.
Usually when going on a weekend trip, Connor and I pack one bag for the two of us, ONE. MAYBE two if we need to bring our laptops and/or books for any reason. And, mind you, these are the types of small-ish, over the shoulder, duffle bags from Victorias Secret or Target. One bag.
Now that we have our (wonderful) baby in the picture, packing for an overnight went from taking 30 minutes to throw our stuff together and get in the car, to almost an hour and 30 minutes… on a good day.
That 1.5 hours includes (but is not limited to):
- Getting Emily dressed
- Feeding the cats and leaving them Food Mountain
- Cleaning/changing their litter box
- Packing the diaper bag (including medicines, vitamins, diapers and diaper accessories, pajamas, outfits, and of course EXTRAS in case of spit up)
- Packing our own overnight bag(s), now with extra shirts in case of spit up
- The bouncy seat
- Bottle warmer
- Pumped milk
- Books for story time
- Baby bathtub and bathing necessities
- SHOULD I GO ON?!
Seriously. This is not half of what we need. Instead of taking our time, meandering out the door and heading to Dunkin for a coffee, we now run around like chickens with our heads cut off trying to gather up everything needed for our baby. Fun fact: we always forget something.
While packing for overnights is very stressful and time consuming, we can’t take for granted the quality time we get to spend with our family.
Here is a list of everything we pack for Em, plus a few more detailed explanations of our favorite baby products!
- Diapers (Pampers or Kirkland brand)
- Wipes (Pampers or Kirkland brand)
- A&D ointment for diaper rash prevention
- Little Remedies Gripe Water
- This stuff works WONDERS for Miss Em’s belly. She is a very very VERY gassy baby, and the second Gripe Water hits her little belly. you can literally hear and feel the bubbles breaking up as it works its way through her gut. 10/10 will always recommend.
- Little Remedies Pain Relief
- Vitamin D
- Mary Ruth’s Probiotic
- Nasal Aspirator
- Don’t be fooled- babies hate this thing
- Boogie Wipes
- Dr. Brown’s Nipple Wipes
- Binkie… or 5
- We use AVENT Soothers. They are the ones they give out at the hospital- fully rubber with a little hole for your finger to go in to help your baby latch better. We have the hospital one, plus a few pink and purple teddy bear ones!
- Baby lotion
- Hand sanitizer
- Poop bag- legit a doggy poop bag to put dirty diapers in on the go!
- Teether for future use just good to have on you!
- Burp cloth x2
- Receiving blanketThis is good to have in case you need a cover for the carseat from the sun/if your baby falls asleep in the store and you need to cover them from the light
- Also good to use as a blanket
- Onesies x3
- Outfit x2Your baby will spit up
- Footie/Nightgown x3See above
EXTRAS FOR ME
- Phone charger
- Nipple pads
- Organic Nipple butterGood to keep on you if your baby has trouble latching or if you have cracked.dry nipples
- Prenatal Vitamins
- I use One A Day!
- Birth control
- This is super important. While exclusively breastfeeding, I have a 2-4% chance of becoming pregnant. Partner that with a mini-pill (progesterone only) and I have a 1% chance of getting pregnant. No more babies!
- Advil or Tylonel
- Toothbrush and Toothpaste
- Extra shirt
- Bouncy Seat
- We have the Fisher-Price Sweet Snuggamonkey Deluxe Bouncer. Emily LOVES this thing. It has functions to play music, play white noise, and vibrate. These seats also has the ability to be rocked by your own foot (putting pressure on the seat legs) and by the baby’s own movements as they grow older.
- Graco Pack ‘n’ Play On The Go Playard
- Bathtub and bath time accessories
- We have the Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Sling n’n Seat Tub. It comes with a rubber duck temperature reader for the water, a squeeze bottle, a spout cover, a drain cover, and a scoop for washing.
- Baby books for story time
- Pumped milk (if any)
- Dr. Brown’s are preferred by us, AVENT are second!
- Breast pump
- Toys/stuffed animals
Stay tuned next year for my post on “Our First Flight With Emily” and “Our First Trip To Texas With Emily” (both coming Summer 2021).