What Should I Pack? The Hospital Bag Checklist:Ideally your hospital bag should be packed and ready to go before 37 weeks of pregnancy. The list below is in addition to the standard list of everyday items that you’ll need. If you don’t know what to pack, you can find a comprehensive pregnancy hospital bag list of general items in a recent article we wrote for Gurgle Magazine.
Your hospital or maternity notesPlease, please do not forget those – your midwife will really need them.
Lip balmThere’s no need to buy a separate lip balm, nipple balm, such as No Harm Nipple Balm, will work far more effectively so there’s no need to double up on things.
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It provides instant cooling and relief from pain whilst the active ingredients help to improve healing and prevent infection.
A woollen hat for babyWool will keep baby warm, which is so important as their heads will be wet and lose heat otherwise
Battery pack charger for phone/tabletSome hospitals don’t allow you to use their power points so these give up to 3 full charges for your phone
Your own pillowHospital pillows are not the comfiest and tend to be in short supply. Taking something from home also introduces your baby to comforting smells and friendly bacteria
Your own birthing ballAgain, these can be in short supply in hospitals and may not be the correct size for you. If you deflate it beforehand it will make it much easier to transport, just remember to bring the pump
Flip flopsIt’s really warm in hospital and most women find that their feet have swollen during pregnancy. Flips flops are quick and easy to get on and help to protect your feet from any germs on communal floors
Sports drinksYour body requires considerable calories during labour and needs this energy quickly, so drinks such as Lucozade sport, isotonic and carbohydrate or glucose gel sachets can be really useful. We know from research that preventing women taking adequate calories during labour can slow down contractions and the progress of labour.
TENS/Wheat bagsBoth TENS machines and wheat bags offer effective pain relief for the early part of labour and allows you to stay upright and mobile. TENS machines can be hired through large maternity retailers and wheat bags, especially those with lavender, can be heated to the required temperature in the microwave. We’d advise checking that your local labour ward offers this facility
Your birth partnerYour birth partner will also need a hospital bag for food and other supplies, especially if you’re having your labour induced, which would normally make a stay in hospital longer.
- Change of clothes
- Food, drinks and snacks. Not all hospitals have 24 hour restaurant services or retailers