What to bring in

You will normally stay in hospital from 6 hours to 2 days following the birth of your baby—therefore you need only bring enough clothes and other personal items for this length of time. If you stay longer you can ask friends or relatives to bring in extra things for you.

For you

  • An old t-shirt for labour
  • Pair of socks for labour
  • Personal items—toiletries, tissues, music, tennis ball or wooden massager, massage oils, pillow, water spray, lip salve, camera
  • Energy tablets
  • Snacks, magazines, newspapers, puzzle books (for you and your partner)
  • Change for the carpark and phones
  • Breast pads
  • Maternity pads
  • Disposable knickers
  • Towel
  • Support bra to wear while breastfeeding
  • Dressing gown/slippers/nightwear
  • Comfortable clothing to go home in

Note: Please leave painkillers at home. We normally prescribe Paracetamol and Ibuprofen. Please ensure you are not allergic to or have any sensitivities to these medications before taking them.

For your baby

  • Babygros or gowns—babygros are the best for warmth and comfort
  • Vests and cardigan
  • Hat
  • Baby bath towel
  • Nappies
  • Cotton wool
  • Baby blanket

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