• Pack your bag for hospital at least four weeks before your due date.
  • If you have older children, decide who’ll look after them when you’re in labour and arrange back-up support
  • Make sure you can contact your partner at all times as you can go into labour at any time of day or night.
  • Stock up the freezer, so you don’t need to cook when you come home
  • If possible, arrange for someone to help around the house during the early days, so you can concentrate on feeding and caring for your baby

 

Your hospital bag:

 

  •   Birth Plan
  •   Nighties or Pyjamas -(Front opening is easiest if you plan to breastfeed whilst in hospital)
  •   Nursing bras
  •   Breast pads
  •   Nipple cream
  •   Maternity pads - (2-3 Packs)
  •   Underwear -  (Ensure you have plenty of cotton or disposable pants)
  •   Dressing gowns
  •   Slippers
  •   Bath Towel
  •   Going Home Outfit – Don’t forget to choose something loose fitting
  •   A plastic bag – to send washing home in.
  •   Toiletries
  •   Make-up
  •   Lip Balm
  •   Hair Brush
  •   Tissues
  •   Phone & Charger
  •   Camera – (Ensure it is charged and has plenty of memory/film)
  •   iPod/something to read
  •   Favourite snacks

 

Baby’s Hospital Bag

 

  • 6-8 Babygros.
  • 6 Cotton Vest.
  • Baby Scratch Mits & Baby Hat.
  • 2 Cardigans.
  • Cotton Wool
  • Vaseline
  • Baby Bath Lotion
  • Soft Blanket
  • 2 Soft Towels
  • 1 bag of disposable nappies.