14/08/2014 12:56 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Planning Ahead For Emergencies

Planning ahead for emergencies

Children get ill - FACT

There is never a good time for this this to happen - FACT

It will usually be at the worst possible time or in the middle or the night - FACT
(Well let's face it there is never a good time to be ill, is there?)

How can you plan to ease the chaos this would cause if your child needed to go into hospital?
What if you needed to take them to A&E at 2am - would you be prepared and ready?

I have prepared for this eventuality just in case the need should arise. I'm hoping it never will. But by preparing it will make the getting to the hospital much easier and faster in the long run.

In each of my children's room I've a pre-packed hospital bag, with basic essentials which would get us through a night or two in hospital should we need to.

I was a nanny for far too long and have done the whole frantic grabbing of essentials with the children I've looked after before; which obviously isn't fun when that child is screaming in pain or worse!

The contents are basics we would both need (as let's face it I would be the one staying in with them).

In Emmy's bag are:
Dressing gown
Underwear x 2
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Small towel and flannel
2 changes of clothes
A few colouring books and crayons
Story book

In Harry's bag are:
Nappies & Wipes
Sleepsuits x 2
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Small towel and flannel
2 changes of clothes
A few toys
Empty Bottle
2 cartons of ready made milk (he is on cow's milk now but these come in handy should I need them)

Also kept in Harry's room is a small carrier bag in for me, this contains:
My Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Change of underwear
A purse with small change in
A spare phone charger

We wouldn't need a lot and I wouldn't want to rock up to A&E with a huge suitcase. But by planning ahead I could grab these bags at the drop of a hat and be ready for a night or two away in an emergency.

I also like to make sure I never run lower than a quarter of a tank of petrol in the car.

Would you be ready in an emergency?

I'm Clare (Emmy's Mummy). I live in Essex with Hubby Paul, Emmy (born February 2010) and baby Harry (born October 2012), our dog Barney, a goldfish and a new addition of Reggie the white Rabbit who we look after for Paul's Brother who is a magician.

Blogs at: Emmy's Mummy
Twitter: @emmys_mummy