What to bring to the hospital
By Kidspot Team |
Labour bag for the hospital
Personal items for woman and partner:
- 2 comfortable T-shirts or pyjamas, shirts or sarong to labour in.
- Dressing gown or housecoat.
- Slippers or flat comfy shoes.
- Socks (2 pairs, feet can get cold in labour).
- Underpants (at least 1/2 dozen) take your old ones not the lovely lacy ones.
- Sanitary pads (2 large maternity packets).
- Toiletries-for both woman and partner (brushing your teeth can make you feel a bit better if the labour is long).
- A change of clothes and comfortable shoes for the partner.
- A box of tissues, some super soft luxurious toilet paper!
- Lip balm for dry lips.
- Clips, headbands or hair ties / scrunchies to keep hair off your face during labour.
- Swimmers for partners / support person so you can support her in the shower or bath.
- You may like to bring some of your own personal belongings to create your own atmosphere like pillows, duvet, etc.
- Photo of your other child (ren), the pet or a relative, or your favourite holiday destination.
- Comfortable clothes or shoes to wear home or in the postnatal ward.
- Breast pads for when your milk comes in 2-4 days after the birth.
- A set of clothes for your baby to go home in.
- Equipment and formula for bottle-feeding if you intend to do this and the hospital asks you to supply this.
Drinks and snacks
- Mineral water, juice non-acidic juices such as apple or pear, lucozade, PowerAde, Gatorade. Tea or coffee and plunger for partner / support if you like real coffee. Your own preferred blend of herbal teas.
- Ice blocks.
- Bendable straws.
- Lollies to bring up energy levels barley sugars or lolly pops on a stick (easier to remove during a contraction).
- Chocolate or muesli bars.
- Fruit (fresh and dried).
- Food that is easily digestible soups, yoghurt and high-energy snacks.
- Food for support people (or Pizza delivery number).
Massage and support tools
- Massage oil
- Massage implements
- Cooling gel (for massage)
- Face washer or flannel
- Music, tapes or CD's, check to see if the birth centre supplies players
- Evian spray or something similar to spray your face
- Heat packs (you will need to check with the birth centre for their preferences and what they do and do not supply)
Other helpful Items
- Camera and film
- Video recorder and tripod
- Cellphone, charger and recharge card if you're on prepay
- Birthday cake
- Baby capsule installed in the car
- Bach, flowers homoeopathics, herbal tinctures
- Aromatherapy oils -remember to check if this is OK
- A note of any acupressure points for labour
- Visualisation tapes
- Anything else you think you may need