What to take to hospital

This is a very basic list - it’s easy to take much more. You’ll probably use all these items. We’ve kept the quantities down, as your partner should be able to bring in replacements, i.e. if you go through babygrows quickly, or have to stay in more than a night or two.

  • Your antenatal notes and your birth plan
  • Coins for the carpark and vending machines (most maternity units provide a parking permit for labour)
  • A list of people to call with your news
  • Slippers, or thick socks, and a dressing gown
  • Knee length cotton nighties (2 or 3), for labour and after. Not white and preferably front-opening for breastfeeding
  • Old undies, or disposable knickers, and maternity pads (2 or 3 packs), plus some feeding bras (at least 2)
  • Basic toiletry kit -  toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, hairbrush, hair bands, face wipes, lip salve and moisturiser
  • Patterned towel and patterned pillow and pillowcase (patterned laundry won’t get put in the hospital laundry!)
  • Nipple cream, breast pads, breastfeeding information to use when staff are busy
  • Ear plugs - post natal wards can be noisy - these will help you sleep when someone else is watching your baby
  • Make up, tissues, glasses, contact lenses (and contact lens solution if needed)
  • Baby feeding diary (or notepad) and pen
  • A stash of snacks, energy drinks and a small amount of money
  • Some clothes to go home in – you probably won’t need any more
  • Optional extras – such as an ipod and speakers (check this is OK with the unit), massage lotion, Swiss Ball, TENS machine, supply of fruit squash, glucose tablets, items to help pass the time - like a magazine or book

And for your baby:

  • Nappies – 1 pack – plus some cotton wool pads
  • Vests and babygrows (6 of each), socks and scratch mitts, 2 thin cotton hats
  • Coloured muslins (so you don’t lose them)
  • Blankets and a warm outfit for going home (including a hat) - hospitals have swaddling sheets, cellular blankets and baby nighties