Your hospital essentials
Shopping and collecting everything you and your baby will need in the hospital can be quite daunting. Here are our checklists for what we recommend you pack.
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Your labour bag
This contains the items that you will actually need whilst giving birth.

* Nightdress or old T-shirt to give birth in if the hospital does not provide for this
* Small sponge or face cloth
* Warm socks as your feet may get cold during labour
* Cream or massage oil
* Your birth plan
* Notebook and pen
* Lip salve
* Massage tools that relax you
* Music
* Hot water bottle and ice-pack
* Camera or video camera
* Snacks and beverages for you and your partner

Your hospital ward bag

* Front-opening nightdresses – two or three
* Dressing gown and slippers
* Toiletries and make-up
* Tissues
* Breast pads (two packets)
* Nursing bras – at least two
* Maternity sanitary towels - at least two packs
* Underwear – stretch or disposable
* Plastic bags for dirty washing
* Bath towels x 2
* Reading material
* Day clothes to go home in (not your tightest jeans!)
* List of phone number for your partner to call friends and relatives

Baby’s bag

* Newborn disposable nappies – two packs (depending on what the hospital provides)
* Barrier cream such as petroleum jelly (if the hospital does not provide this)
* Wet Wipes
* Surgical alcohol – one small bottle – to clean the cord
* One warm receiving blanket to take baby home in
* Clothes to take baby home in – babygro (stretch suit), vest and booties
* Car seat for baby

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