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  • Writer's pictureZara

Hospital Bag

FOR YOU

  • Your birth plan and hospital notes

  • Something loose and comfortable to wear during labour that does not restrict you from moving around or being examined.

  • Changes of loose, comfortable clothes

  • 2 or 3 comfortable and supportive bras, including nursing bras if you're planning to breastfeed – remember, your breasts will be much larger than usual

  • Breast pads

  • 2 packets of super-absorbent sanitary or maternity pads

  • 5 or 6 pairs of knickers – Many women find disposable under where useful.

  • Pain relief - sometimes waiting for paracetamol can be a long wait when in pain, Spritz for bits or similar will help your healing process down below!

  • Your washbag with a toothbrush, hairbrush, flannel, soap, lip balm, deodorant, hair ties and other toiletries

  • Towels (dark colour)

  • Things to help you pass the time and relax – for example, books, magazines, music or podcasts

  • A fan or water spray to cool you down

  • Front-opening or loose-fitting nighties or tops if you're going to breastfeed

  • Dressing gown and slippers (waterproof flip flops for the shower room)

  • Snacksand drinks (rehydration drinks a good for labouring)

  • Extra pillow

  • A TENS machine if you intend to use one

  • Any medicines you're taking

  • Phone and charger

  • Camera



FOR BABY

  • Bodysuits, vests and sleepsuits

  • An outfit for going home in

  • A hat,scratch mittens and socks or booties

  • Plenty of nappies

  • Cotton pads or balls for bum cleaning

  • A shawl or blanket

  • Soft toy/ comforter - can be used for your first photos

  • Muslin squares or bibs

  • A car seat for the trip home

  • Pre-made bottles if your not planning to breastfeed, or just incase there are issues with feeding to start with.



For Dad


  • Wash bag - toothbrush and deodorant is a good idea if labour last a long time.

  • Spare t-shirt/ top

  • Drinks and snacks - it could be a long process

  • Spare change/cash

  • Phone and charger

  • Things to keep you entertained, books magazine, iPad.

  • Important phone numbers

  • Camera



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