What to Pack for Your Stay in Hospital

New familyWHAT YOU WILL NEED

A handy checklist to help you remember the essential items to pack for your stay in hospital. The list can be viewed below and also downloaded for free from our gallery.

Pre-Labour for You

  • An old nightie or oversized t-shirt for labour. This will get messy and will probably end up in the bin after you have given birth so there's no point in splashing out on anything new!
  • Dressing gown - it's probably best to choose a lightweight one as hospitals tend to be warm. This may be needed whilst you are in labour and post-birth on the ward.
  • Slippers and socks - to keep your feet warm.
  • Tens machine - if you have chosen to use one.
  • Birth plan - if you have chosen to write one.
  • Music, books, magazines - to try and help you relax and pass the time.
  • Snacks and drinks - energy drinks are good to keep up the stamina.
  • Toiletries - needed pre and post labour.

Extra Items:

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Pre-Labour for Your Partner

  • Watch - to time the contractions.
  • Snacks and drinks - labour may be long and you will need to keep your energy up for your partner.
  • Massage oil, water spray - if you prefer to be massaged in labour and/or kept cool.
  • Digital camera / phone - to capture your baby's first moments!
  • Contacts for family and friends - you'll be so excited to share your happy news!
  • Change of clothes

Extra Items:

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Post-Labour for You

  • Disposible knickers - these are invaluable after you have given birth!
  • Maternity pads - bring at least 2 packs.
  • Nursing bras - 2 or 3 should be enough.
  • Pyjamas or nightdress - to be worn post labour - again choose a lightweight option due to the temperature in hospitals. Also, if you are planning to breastfeed choose a front opening design which will make it more comfortable for you and the baby.
  • Dressing gown, socks, slippers
  • Toiletries
  • Music, books, magazines
  • Clothes to leave hospital - after giving birth you will still need oversized/maternity clothes so bring clothes which are loose fitting and will be comfortable for you.

Extra Items:

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baby bagPost-Labour - Your Baby Bag

  • Clothes - it's best to bring 4 or 5 sleepsuits for the baby for your stay in hospital.
  • Going home outfit - you want a special outfit for your baby to wear going home.
  • Nappies, sudacream, cotton wool or wipes.
  • Hat, socks, booties and mittens.
  • Baby blanket - to keep your baby warm in hospital and on the way home.
  • Infant car seat - required to take your baby home (practice fitting it in your car beforehand!)

Extra Items:

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By Jane O'Neill