labour bag what to pack

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What to pack for labour


  • Your birth plan and prenatal medical records if you have a midwife.
  • Robe, dressing gown, wrap sweater. This will be useful if you end up pacing hospital corridors in early labour and you'll need one for after if you’re staying overnight. Hospitals can be very warm, so a lightweight one may be better.
  • Slippers
  • Socks. Believe it or not, your feet can get cold during labour.
  • An old nightdress or a T shirt to wear in labour. It will probably get a bit messy, so don't buy anything specially to wear in hospital.
  • Massage oil or lotion if you would like to be massaged during your labour.
  • Lip balm
  • Snacks and drinks for you while you are in labour. Isotonic sports drinks are good.
  • Things to help you relax or pass the time, such as books, magazines, games and so on.
  • A headband or elastic. If you have long hair, you might want it tied up.
  • Pillows. The hospital might not have enough to make you really comfortable.
  • Toiletries
  • Music to listen to. Make sure your batteries are charged, as some hospitals won't let you plug things in. Some hospitals provide their own music - again, check first.
For the birth partner


  • Water spray, or a hand-held fan to keep cool down the mom-to-be while she's in labour.
  • Comfortable shoes. You may be pacing the corridors!
  • A change of clothes
  • Watch with a second hand, to time contractions.
  • Swimwear, if you want to join the mom-to-be in a birth pool. Check with your hospital to see if this is an option.
  • Your choice of recording device Whether that's your mobile phone or a camera.
  • Address book or a list of phone numbers. You and your partner will be able to use a mobile phone in parts of the hospital, but bring lots of change or a prepaid phone card just in case, for all the calls you may want to make.
  • Snacks and drinks. You don't want a dehydrated, hungry birth partner looking after you and if you take some with you, they can stay with you rather than leaving the room to search for food!
For after the birth


  • A going-home outfit. You'll need loose comfortable clothes to wear while you're in hospital and for the journey home. It will take a while for your belly to go down, so you'll be still wearing maternity clothes when you come home - sorry!
  • Nursing bras. Take two or three.
  • Breast pads
  • Maxi pads. Bring a couple of packs.
  • Nightshirt wrap or t-shirt. Front-opening shirts are useful in the early days of breastfeeding.
  • Toiletries
  • Towels, hairbrush, toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Old or cheap underwear, or disposable panties. Don't bring your best ones as they will get messy.
  • Ear plugs, in case you end up in a crowded room

For your baby


  • One outfit for the trip home (all-in-one stretchy outfits are easiest).
  • Two or three sleepers for baby to wear while you are in hospital.
  • Baby blanket. Take a warm one if the weather is cold.
  • Diapers
  • One pair of socks or booties.
  • Hat
  • Jacket or snowsuit for winter babies.
  • Burp cloths or receiving blankets
Source:Babycenter

 
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