Hospital Bag Checklist
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It might sound excessive but it is worth taking a bag for you and a small bag for your birth partner for things you will need when in
Labour Hospital Bag Checklist for Mum
- Pregnancy Notes if these are not being stored on pregnotes.net
- Your babies red book (sometimes these are given out before your baby is born)
- Your birth plan if you have one
- 2 nightdresses (buy cheap ones they will get messy and make sure they have buttons if you are planning on breastfeeding or having skin to skin after the birth)
- A dressing gown and some slippers (you will probably want to have a walk around)
- A comfortable pillow
- A fan, water spray or flannel (I took in a flannel that I placed wet on my forehead)
- Lip balm
- Spare hair ties
- Phone & Charger
- Bottle for drinking water preferably with a straw so you can sip whilst
- Items to set the scene and help you to relax; Music, a book, magazines, led candles, massage oil, TENS machine, Room spray etc. (I listened to positive affirmations by The Positive Birth Company more about this later, I also listened to Romesh Ranganathan audiobook which made me laugh out loud, I did Disney Colour by numbers because I am so grown up, a TENS machine and used the highly recommended but not by me Mio Skincare Liquid Yoga room spray)
- You should also pack a few little bits for the baby straight after birth. A nappy, vest, sleepsuit, cardigan, hat, and if you plan to formula feed a carton of milk and a bottle.
Hospital Bag Checklist for your Birthing Partner
- A copy of Mums birth plan if she has one
- Snacks and a drink
- Something to keep you entertained
ipad, magazines, books etc.
- Camera to capture those first moments
Checklist for Mum
- Nightdresses or PJs
- Maternity pads (Lots! and make sure they are the big ones)
- A few pairs of large dark
colouredknickers (cheap ones will do, it’s best to get a larger size to feel comfy over c-section wounds and don’t forget you will need space for giant size pads!)
- Toiletries; a towel, deoderant, body wash, toothpaste & toothbrush, hairbrush and ties, shampoo & conditioner if you really want to freshen up. (I purchased luxury items to make me feel good and as a little treat for my effort.)
- Make-up if you feel more comfortable wearing it
- Glasses if required
- A pen for filling out menu choices
- Clothes including a comfy going home outfit
favouritesnacks for all your hard work! Why not pack yourself a box of chocs!
Checklist for Baby
- 2 x vests
- 2 x sleepsuits
- Going home outfit (weather appropriate)
- A whole pack of nappies
- Pack of wipes
- If formula feeding you will need your chosen formula and some bottles (the hospital will provide hot water and
- 2-3 Muslins
- A blanket
- Any nice props/items you would like to use for photos. In most hospitals in
Englanda Bounty photographer comes around and takes photos of your newborn. We had a blanket embroidedwith our daughtersname so we used this another good idea is to bring something that a sibling also used.
- Remind your birthing partner to grab your footwear and coat if you are leaving the house in a rush. You will need these when leaving the hospital.
- I purchased some fantastic travel
organisersfrom Amazon so I could group items and make them easier to quickly find and grab. Included was also a wet bag which was perfect for dirty laundry. Click here to buy from Amazon.
- I also packed items for my recovery especially if I was to need fanny stitching. Subscribe to read next weeks post on what I used.
- Don’t forget the car seat! (It is worth a practice installing the car seat in the car because you don’t need the hassle of faffing around trying to sort this with your newborn in it!)