What should I pack?

For your labour

  • Comfy clothes: whatever you would like to wear and a pair of socks!
  • Drinks: isotonic drink for labour
  • Snack: cereal bars are good to keep your levels of energy up 
  • Your TENS machine, hot water bottle, cool packs, aromatherapy (please mention to your midwife if using essential oils), massage oil, etc.
  • A music player and charger
  • Your camera and batteries

For your newborn baby

  • Vests, babygrows, cardigans, hats, socks, scratch mits
  • Nappies and a “wet bag” if using cloth nappies
  • Cotton wool or wipes and a “wet bag” if using cloth wipes
  • Muslins
  • Formula milk if you are not planning to breastfeed
  • A car seat and a blanket for going home

For you: new mum!

  • Comfy clothes, preferably tops with a front opening if you plan to breastfeed
  • Breastfeeding bras 
  • Sanitary towels and a “wet bag” if using cloth pads 
  • Toiletry bag
  • Bathtowels

For your partner

  • Snacks and drinks
  • Pillow and blanket if staying overnight

Dads can stay overnight in the postnatal ward.

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