What to pack in your bag

As you approach 36 weeks of pregnancy, we encourage you to start packing a bag ready for you and your baby regardless of where you are planning to give birth. You will normally stay in hospital from six hours to two days following the birth of your baby, therefore you need only bring enough clothes and other personal items for this length of time. If you stay longer you can ask friends or relatives to bring extra things for you. Whatever you decide to bring is your personal choice. We have put together some suggestions below: 

For you:

  • Any hospital notes, a copy of your birth plan and list of contact telephone numbers. 
  • An old t-shirt for labour or any comfortable clothing (including something to wear in the birthing pool if you wish) 
  • Cushions/Pillows. 
  • Personal items - toiletries, tissues, tennis ball or wooden massager, massage oils, pillow, water spray, lip salve. 
  • Toiletries including soap, toothbrush, toothpaste and lip balm. 
  • Warm socks. 
  • Hair bands or clips for long hair. 
  • Energy tablets. 
  • Snacks, magazines, newspapers, puzzle books (for you and your partner) 
  • Change for the carpark and phones. 
  • Breast pads. 
  • Maternity pads and disposable knickers. 
  • Towel. 
  • Support bra to wear while breastfeeding. 
  • Dressing gown, slippers, nightwear. 
  • Music - CDs or iPod. 
  • Camera. 
  • Comfortable clothing to go home in. 
  • Phone and charger. 
  • Any regular medication that you are prescribed (please inform the staff looking after you when you are admitted what medication you take regularly so that they can have this prescribed on your drug chart and can document when you are taking it) 

For your partner: 

  • Comfortable clothing (remember it can get very warm in the unit) and a change of clothes. 
  • Suitable indoor footwear (flip flops or slippers) 
  • Toiletries. 
  • Meals and snacks (please note only mothers receive hospital meals in the maternity unit) 
  • Phone charger. 

For your baby: 

  • Baby grows or gowns, baby grows are the best for warmth and comfort. 
  • Vests and cardigan. 
  • Hat.
  • Baby bath towel. 
  • Nappies. 
  • Cotton wool. 
  • Baby blanket. 
  • Car seat (you can leave this in the car until it is time for baby to go home) 
  • If you are planning to formula feed then please bring ready made formula and bottles. There are no facilities to make powdered formula at the hospital. 

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