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THE HOSPITAL BAG GUIDE

THE HOSPITAL BAG GUIDE

The must-have items you need for labour and birth

Once you reach 36 weeks you will need to start thinking about what to pack in your hospital bag. Being well-prepared for the birth of your baby will ensure you have everything you need (trust us you don’t want your partner packing your bag for labour). Even if you are not planning to give birth in a hospital it is a good idea to have a bag packed just in case. Here is our checklist of the items you won’t want to leave behind…

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Outfit for labour: An oversized T-shirt or night dress (preferably in black) is ideal. Giving birth is definitely not the occasion for a statement look so choose a loose-fitting style in lightweight cotton to stay cool and comfortable.

Slippers and socks: Pack a pair of slide-on slippers that are easy to slip on and off for walking around the ward and don’t forget a pair of warm socks as your feet often get cold during labour.

Books or magazines: To fill time in those moments, or sometimes hours of waiting.

Toiletries and beauty products: Pack shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and shower gel, plus makeup for post-delivery visits and photos into your beauty bag. We also recommend taking a face mist to keep you feeling refreshed and lip balm to prevent your lips drying out. A hair brush and bands are also essential for keeping your tresses tied back and out of your face.

Labour tools: Essential oils, stress balls, a TENS machine – whether you take one device or a whole kit, however unlikely they may be, bring any items that you think will help you through contractions.

Music: Whether it is soothing sounds or a high-energy playlist, it helps to have your background noise of choice on hand.

Snacks and drinks: For you and your birthing partner. You might find that you are unexpectedly hungry during labour and even if not, you will most likely need an energy boost at some point. Plus, post-delivery you will probably be ravenous.

Maternity bra: You’ll need a supportive style that is comfortable enough to wear in bed and suitable for nursing. It is a good idea to pack more than one bra in case you are in hospital for a few days.

Technology: Essential for announcing news of your new arrival and a tablet or phone also doubles up as a camera.

Camera: A Polaroid is a fun way to record those first precious moments, or take a digital camera for high-quality snaps.

Nightdress: Post-delivery you’ll want to change into something comfortable. A jersey nightshirt is chic, easy to wear and the button-down front is perfect for nursing.

Maternity and breast pads: Your hospitals may provide these but bring both just in case.

Underwear: Pack comfortable, dark cotton underwear for after birth

Ear plugs and eye mask: Even if you have a private room, hospitals can be extremely noisy, this is especially true of the post-natal ward.

Leaving outfit: Opt for an oversized, button-down top teamed with relaxed elastic-waist trousers or super-stretchy leggings.

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 HospitalBag_babySleepsuit: Their first outfit! A fuss-free onesie is ideal. We love Oeuf’s simple polka-dot design but pack several sleepsuits just in case.

Hat: Babies lose heat through their heads. A lightweight cotton hat ensures they stay snug.

Mittens: To keep tiny fingers warm and prevent your little one from scratching themselves.

Booties: Slip on a pair of soft booties to keep teeny toes cosy.

Blanket: While the hospital will provide a blanket for your baby, it’s always nice to have your own.

Muslin: Essential for nursing and swaddling. Pack several in case you are in hospital for a few days.

Hand sanitiser:Keep germs at bay. We love Cowshed’s Cow Pat Antibacterial Hand Gel. The natural formula is free from alcohol and smells lovely.

Car seat: You won’t be allowed to drive home from the hospital without one. It is a good idea to install your car seat a few weeks before your due date – it can be a complicated process!

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THE EXTRAS

Books or magazines: To fill time in those moments, or sometimes hours of waiting.

Music: Whether it is soothing nature sounds or a high-energy mix, it helps to have your background noise of choice on hand.

Camera: A Polaroid is a fun way to record those first precious moments, or take a digital camera for high-quality snaps.

Hand sanitiser: Keep germs at bay with Cowshed’s Cow Pat Antibacterial Hand Gel. The natural formula is free from alcohol and leaves hands silky soft.

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