Wherever you plan on giving birth, always check with the hospital what they suggest you bring. You may want to take some personal items from home, such as your own pillow to make your environment and time there more comfortable. Try making sure that your bag is packed by the time you are 36 weeks pregnant.
Here are the essentials that you will need before and after baby’s birth. Even if you are not expecting a hospital birth, it is always a good idea to have a bag packed in case you suddenly need to go in.
Before and during the birth:
- Dressing gown – this is something you can slip on and be comfortable in when you go walking down the hospital corridors. Also, if you go into early labour, it is ideal to throw on and walk around in.
- Slip-on-slippers – Easy to get on and off quickly (socks too).
- Massage oil or lotion (for a natural birth) – if you want to be massaged during labour, bring one along.
- Lip balm – your lips can get very dry during labour.
- Hair elastics or clips – something you can use to tie your hair up and get it out your face.
After the birth and going home:
- A comfy going-home outfit – something loose like a tracksuit.
- Nursing bras – pack two or three.
- Button-down pyjamas.
- Maternity pads and breast pads.
- Your usual toiletries, plus your hairdryer and brush.
- Camera, cell phone and chargers.
- Two packs of disposable nappies.
- Nappy / bum cream.
- Surgical spirits.
- Cotton wool.
- Baby ear buds.
- Warm blanket.
- Receiving blanket.
- Five sets of clean clothes such as vests, baby grows.
- Make sure you have a car seat in your car.
- A crash course book on how to raise a baby!
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