What Should I Pack?
The Hospital Bag Checklist:
Ideally your hospital bag should be packed and ready to go before 37 weeks of pregnancy. The list below is in addition to the standard list of everyday items that you’ll need. If you don’t know what to pack, you can find a comprehensive list of general items in a recent article we wrote for Gurgle Magazine.
Your hospital or maternity notes
Please, please do not forget those – your midwife will really need them.
There’s no need to buy a separate lip balm - nipple balm, such as No Harm Nipple Balm, will work far more effectively so there’s no need to double up on things.
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It's active ingredients will provide instant cooling and relief from pain, keeping you more comfortable in the days after the birth of your baby.
A woollen hat for baby
Wool will keep baby warm, which is so important as their heads will be wet and lose heat otherwise
Battery pack charger for phone/tablet
Some hospitals don’t allow you to use their power points so these give up to 3 full charges for your phone
Your own pillow
Hospital pillows are not the comfiest and tend to be in short supply. Taking something from home also introduces your baby to comforting smells and friendly bacteria
Your own birthing ball
Again, these can be in short supply in hospitals and may not be the correct size for you. If you deflate it beforehand it will make it much easier to transport, just remember to bring the pump
It’s really warm in hospital and most women find that their feet have swollen during pregnancy. Flips flops are quick and easy to get on and help to protect your feet from any germs on communal floors
Your body requires considerable calories during labour and needs this energy quickly, so drinks such as Lucozade sport, isotonic and carbohydrate or glucose gel sachets can be really useful. We know from research that preventing women taking adequate calories during labour can slow down contractions and the progress of labour.
Both TENS machines and wheat bags offer effective pain relief for the early part of labour and allows you to stay upright and mobile. TENS machines can be hired through large maternity retailers and wheat bags, especially those with lavender, can be heated to the required temperature in the microwave. We’d advise checking that your local labour ward offers this facility
Your birth partner
Your birth partner will also need a hospital bag for food and other supplies, especially if you’re having your labour induced, which would normally make a stay in hospital longer.
- Change of clothes
- Food, drinks and snacks. Not all hospitals have 24 hour restaurant services or retailers
Now your hospital bag is packed, find out what makes a good birth partner.