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Most important things to bring Out of State Adoption

First time Adopting in another state…what are the most essential/important things to bring?  We are most appreciative for any thoughts you may have.


We brought our laptop and hdmi cable so we could watch Netflix which saved us because we were in a small town for 3 weeks. A travel bassinet would have come in handy. Make sure you check the weather of where you’re going and pack accordingly. I brought flip flops to Illinois in October. I had to find myself some sneakers asap.

Posted by KChiarilli on Mar 16, 2020 at 12:46am

We brought things for our child’s birth mother in the hospital, like brush, comb, snacks, magazines, the kind of stuff you would bring a friend in the hospital… our daughter’s birth mother did not like the coffee in the hospital, so I brought her coffee on the way in to hospital in the morning, and instant Starbucks coffee packets.  We brought disposable cameras for birth family to use in the hospital.  That was really appreciated.  I took lots of pictures of everyone, and included those in the first update letter.  We also brought donuts for the nursing staff in the hospital every morning. 

Lots of hotels have cribs, so you will want to check about that.

Posted by jszmom on Mar 16, 2020 at 1:08am

Thank you KChiarilli and jszmom for taking the time to respond and giving your helpful suggestions.  Some other questios/thoughts…we are packing the car seat but is a stroller at all necessary?

Posted by BabyBlessings on Mar 16, 2020 at 4:34am

The issue with ICPC is you have no idea how long you will be there, if you are there for 3 weeks, you are going to want a stroller.  Also, if you are driving, easier to pack the stroller.  If you are flying, then easier to pack a baby Bjorn and wear the baby if you are taking a walk, etc.

We also had a co-sleeper that was packable, might be easier then a bassinet.

Posted by jszmom on Mar 16, 2020 at 3:49pm

Thanks again jszmom…Yes makes a lot of sense..we do not know how long we will be there…hopefully not too long…we do plan to wear the baby and we have packed a travel bassinet that folds up…but not sure if we are flying or driving (with all this going on in the world now) so for now that would be a last minute decision…

Posted by BabyBlessings on Mar 16, 2020 at 9:34pm

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