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Your Hospital Bag Checklist

Follow the checklist below in this article and you’ll have the ideal hospital bag. There’s no need to take too much either, your stay should be quite short.

WHAT SHOULD I PUT IN MY HOSPITAL BAG?

For labour

  • Your birth plan
  • Hospital notes (if you have them)
  • Loose change for snacks
  • Nightie, dressing gown, cosy socks and slippers.
  • Contact lenses and spare glasses (if you have them)
  • Magazines or iPod
  • A watch with a second hand to time your contractions.
  • Hair tie/band (if you’ve got long hair)
  • Water spray (for cooling yourself down during labour)
  • Your small beauty bag for toiletries e.g. toothbrush, toothpaste, soap or shower gel, and shampoo
  • Lip balm
  • A camera and/or video camera (check with the hospital whether they are allowed or not)
  • A towel and 2 cloths (some hospitals will provide these)
  • Cereal bars or dried fruit for an energy boost
  • Frozen drinks - They'll defrost during a long labour

After labour

  • Hot water bottle (for pain relief)
  • Massage oil (for pain relief)
  • Eye mask, if you have trouble sleeping with the lights on
  • Maxi sanitary pads
  • Nursing bras and breast pads
  • A v-shaped pillow (can help make baby feeding more comfy)
  • Essentials for your baby, including nappies, blanket, socks, vest, and something that goes on easily and doesn’t really need to be tugged over their head
  • A laundry bag
  • Lots of change or phone cards to make calls if they don’t let you use mobiles in the hospital
  • Comfy clothes and flat shoes to go home in
  • ID card and house registration (some hospitals may provide service of issuing the birth certificate)

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