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What to Pack for the Hospital Stay
There’s quite a bit to think about when you are getting packed for your maternity hospital stay. You really need to have your bags packed and ready as the due date approaches – probably around 34-36 weeks is a good idea.
We think it’s a good idea to write out a list, and tick it off as you go. Feel free to use the list below as a guide. However do check with your hospital to find out what’s expected.
* Pyjamas or nighties, dressing gown and slippers. Get something new and fresh if you can – including something a bit special. Have a look at our range of nighties, which are also suitable for nursing after the birth. Some PJs are a good idea for cooler nights. Make sure to take enough changes to last your stay.
* Underwear – take lots, including nursing bras if you intend breastfeeding.
* Breast pads, maternity pads and a box of tissues.
* Toiletries – such as soap, toothpaste and brush, deodorant, hairbrush, shampoo and conditioner, cosmetics, lip balm or Vaseline (lips can get very dry in hospital), and facecloths. You might want to take your hairdryer as well.
* Any medications you are on.
* Change of clothes for going home – check out our new mums range. Take extra clothes if you would prefer to wear day clothes in the hospital rather than pyjamas all the time.
* Books and magazines.
* Phone and charger, and camera / video camera if required.
* Notebook and pen.
For the baby:
* New baby clothes – mark them with permanent pen or tags.
* Baby blanket or shawl to wrap up bub when leaving.
* Nappies for newborns – although you might want to check if the hospital provides these.
* Creams and wipes for newborns.
* Bottles, formula and sterilising equipment if you intend bottle-feeding.
Lastly, you will need a carry bag to put it all in! And don’t forget to organise a car restraint for the trip home.
Have you already had a baby in a hospital or birthing centre? Tell us about your experience, and what items you found most useful!