Always new mums ask for what should i pack in my hospital bag. Our Checklist for Hospital bag is an invaluable resource to help prepare for the arrival of your little one. Whether it’s your first child or not, our detailed checklist will ensure you have everything you need—for both mum and baby.
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What should I pack in hospital bag for labour?
- Your Medicare card, health insurance (if you have private insurance) and any hospital paperwork you need.
- Your birth plan and maternity notes or antenatal card, if you were given one.
- Old nightdress or large t-shirt to wear in labour.
- Dressing gown This will be useful if you end up pacing hospital corridors in early labour.
- Backless slippers that are easy to get on and off.
- Socks. Believe it or not, your feet can get cold during labour.
- Massage oil or lotion if you’d like to be massaged during your labour.
- Birth ball. This can help you find different positions in labour, and may also help you manage the pain of contractions.
- Snacks and drinks for during and after the birth. Most women are able to eat and drink during labour, and it can help keep your energy levels up. The hospital will have food and drink available, but you may prefer to pack a few things that you know you like. You may also want some mints or boiled sweets to freshen your mouth. And pack some coconut water or a few isotonic sports drinks, which are great for giving you a boost when you need it most.
- Things to help you relax or pass the time, such as books, magazines, games, knitting or a tablet. You may also want to download some fun and distracting apps on your phone to keep you occupied during early labour.
- Lip balm. Your lips can dry out quickly on a warm labour ward, particularly if you’re using gas and air.
- Glasses or contact lenses, if you wear them. Note that your glasses may fog up when you’re in the throes of labour, and you won’t be able to wear contacts if you’re having a caesarean.
- Hair Bands, clips or a headband.
- Heat packs. Check first, though, that your hospital allows microwaved heat packs (some have banned them), and has a microwave available so your birth partner will be able to heat the packs.
- Toiletries and tissues
- Music. Create a playlist of upbeat and soothing tracks to distract, calm and inspire you during labour. Some hospitals won’t let you plug chargers and other things in, so take a battery-operated device if you don’t think your phone battery will last.
What should my birth partner pack in hospital bag?
- Comfortable shoes. They may be pacing the corridors!
- A change of clothes. Your birth partner may not get the chance to have a shower for quite a while!
- Bendy straws to help you to have a drink during labour. If you bring reusable straws, don’t forget to take them when you leave the delivery suite.
- Swimwear, if they want to support you in the shower or join you in a birth pool. Check with the hospital first, though, because not all hospitals allow birth partners in the pool.
- Mobile phone and charger. They can use any app to time your contractions. If they’re planning to take photos of your newborn on their phone, make sure that they have enough storage available.
- Digital camera or camcorder, if you want them to take professional-quality photos or video of the birth and early moments with your baby. Before doing any filming, though, check with the hospital, because not all of them allow filming in delivery or operating rooms.
- Snacks and drinks. You don’t want a dehydrated, hungry birth partner looking after you. If they bring some snacks and drinks with them, they can stay with you rather than leaving the room to search for food!
- Spare change for the car park or vending machines.
What should I pack for after the birth?
- A loose comfortable clothes going-home outfit.
- Nursing bras. Bring two or three if you plan to breastfeed.
- Breast pads.
- Nipple cream. This will come in handy.
- Maternity pads. Bring a couple of packs.
- Nightshirt or t-shirt. Front-opening shirts or pyjamas are useful in the early days of breastfeeding.
- Toiletries. Include all your regular toiletries, such as shampoo, conditioner, soap or body wash, face washer, toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Old or cheap underwear, or disposable undies.
- Eye mask and ear plugs.
- A notepad or journal and pen or pencil