When should you pack your bag?
Depending on how high risk your pregnancy is then no later than 38 weeks. Its a good source of comfort to have it ready – and if there are any emergencies you know all the stuff is in one place and you can just grab and go.
- A dressing gown
- Birth notes, insurance card
- Eyeglasses if you wear them. Contact lens solution.
- Slippers and socks
- Nightwear – if you want to wear your own in labour then make sure its old and comfortable. You may want to bring something nicer to change into if you are expecting visitors to the hospital.
- Underwear – disposable if you want, or old so you can throw it away.
- Snacks and drinks.
- Ipad, kindle, book, phone – all with chargers!
- Hair clips.
- Anything else that may make you more comfortable – massage oil, tens machine, music, birth ball, pillow from home
What should your partner take?
- A water spray or fan to keep you cool.
- Comfy shoes.
- A shirt so they can get that skin to skin contact.
- Straws to help you drink.
- Chargers for any devices you may both have.
- Snacks and drinks – for you both!
- Any medication that you need to take
- Toothbrush and toothpaste – if you are there for a while this will help keep you awake!
- Eye mask to help them sleep – I know some of you may be rolling your eyes at this but if your labour is long a bit of sleep for your partner will give you more support in the long run.
What should you take for the baby?
- Baby vests and sleepsuits – you’ll need a few!
- Baby blanket – the hospital will provide but its nice to bring the one that you’ve saved specially.
- Nappies – they can go through up to 12 a day!
- Cotton wool – as the babys skin will be still so delicate its best to avoid using wipes for the first few weeks.
- Muslin squares for wiping up any posset (spit up!).
- Socks, booties and maybe scratch mitts.
- The all important going home outfit!
- Baby car seat.
What should you take to the hospital for after the birth?
- A going home outfit. Think big and comfy as you will most likely still have a baby belly. Also think practical especially if you are breastfeeding.
- Info on breastfeeding – contact details for your local breastfeeding group is a really good idea just in case you don’t get a lot of support.
- Nursing bras.
- Breast pads.
- Maternity pads with either disposable pants or old knickers you can throw away.
- Nightshirt or tshirt that is easy for you to breastfeed in.
- Toiletries, towel, hairbrush, toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Eye mask to help you sleep.