There is no greater moment in life than having a baby but getting through labour is often not such a shiny moment. One thing every mother, midwife and specialist will tell you is to prepare your labour bag along with your birthing notes. Being prepared is something that can make this very nerve-wracking experience feel a little more under control even though your little one might have other ideas.
Here’s our hospital bag checklist for mom and baby;
What to pack in your hospital bag?
- Large sanitary or maternity pads just so you are comfortable and ready for any little leaks.
- Large comfy knickers (or disposable ones) mainly for maximum comfort you especially if you have had a c-section.
- Everyone needs a comfortable dressing gown to keep you cosy and comfortable especially if you have a longer labour you want to feel at home, also great for when the baby is here you can easily undo and then do back up.
- iPad or tablet, again preparing for a longer stay however I’m sure your partner will have already have some sort of entertainment lined up to take.
- Lip balm (hospitals are very dry)
- Headband or ponytail holder (avoid clips—they’ll probably poke you); a versatile headband that will wick away sweat—because there will be sweat)
- Sugar-free hard candy or lozenges to keep your mouth moist during labour (candy with sugar will make you thirsty)
- Non-perishable snacks (this one’s totally based on preference, but get enough so you don’t run out) and change for the vending machines
- 2 maternity bras/ seamless bra’s (no underwire) especially if you are breastfeeding and for comfort.
- Toiletries and personal items: hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, contact lens case and solution (remember, travel-sized products are your friends.)
- Loose, lightweight clothing (maternity wards can often be hot) and sleepwear that isn’t hugging, if you are breastfeeding get a set that can open from the front.
- Comfortable going-home clothes in six-month maternity sizes, and flat shoes (or just wear the clothes you came in—sorry, but they’ll probably still fit)
- Two or three pairs of warm, non-skid socks (for walking the halls before and after labour); these super-fuzzy pairs are snugly or a comfortable pair of sliders or slippers.