Your hospital bag

Bit off to the side of the exercise theme, but as a mum I did promise to give you some practical advice too! If you are an expectant mum, here’s an idea of what you might need to take to the hospital. I had mine packed very early – good job as she arrived over 3 weeks early!

Only 5% of babies actually come on their due date, so it is always a good idea to have your bags packed and ready to go. Although it is tempting to bring everything including the kitchen sink to the hospital, in reality you don’t really need very much. Below is a list to get you started:

  • Handheld notes
  • Old night/t-shirt for labour
  • Nightwear
  • Lightweight dressing gown
  • Slippers
  • Big knickers/disposable knickers
  • Nursing Bras
  • Wash kit
  • Towel
  • Sanitary pads
  • Going home clothes
  • Any medications that you usually take

For the baby:

  • Nappies
  • Cotton wool (not baby wipes)
  • Vests (4)
  • Clothes (4 sets)
  • Hat
  • Socks
  • Mittens
  • Shawl/blanket
  • Car seat/pram – to take the baby home it, all babies must be in a secure carrier to go home.
  • Should your baby require artificial milk whilst on the ward, bottles and formula will be provided.

Optional extras:

  • CDs
  • Food
  • Camera/camcorders
  • Anything specific you want with you whilst in the hospital

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