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 being prepared is key.
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. So here’s our guide with a hospital checklist for your labour bag…
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.