Hospital Bag Essentials (even if you are birthing at home)

My personal and professional tips on what to pack when you are having a baby.   - Orange book or otherwise known as your pregnancy record  - List of all the phone numbers you may need when you go into labour. For example, midwife, doctor, hospital, baby sitter, doula and photographer  - Your Hypnobirthing folder with your affirmations and other ‘toolbox’ items you may want to bring with you  - Your birth preferences  - Headphones and/or speaker to listen to your hypnobirthing tracks  - Your own toilet paper - some hospitals toilet paper isn’t the best to use after having a baby  - Your own box of tissues  - Pen and notepad  - Your own towel – hospital towels can be a little small  - Your own Pillow – great as a comfort brought from home, but also great for after as feeding pillow if need. Some hospitals can be short on pillows and good sleep is important with a newborn baby  - What you feel you want to use or need in labour, that your place of birth may not provide use of, like hot packs, birthing ball, birthing stool, bean bag  - Phone charger  - Lip balm  - Snacks and drinks for labour for yourself and support people, also to have for after and during your hospital stay  - Your own drink bottle  - Coins for parking & vending machines   - Camera and camera charger   Items for Mum    - What you may want to wear in labour   - Change of clothes (including undies) for your partner - good to have if it’s a longer stay than intended plus bathers/boardies if entering the birth pool/bath/shower with you in labour  - Maternity pads   - Comfortable maternity bras and breastfeeding tops   - Comfortable knickers/undies – good tip is to purchase a couple of dark coloured next size up undies to use for the first 24 hours  - PJ’s/comfortable breastfeeding friendly nightie  - Socks, slippers and shoes  - Toiletries – buying mini travel packs are really convenient for things like shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, body wash (even though I do not recommend using body wash/soap on your chest for at least the first 24hours after baby is born, if your breastfeeding), toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, hairdryer, straightener, hair ties  - Clothes – breastfeeding friendly tops, dresses, comfortable pants or track pants   - Breast pads and breast discs -  highly recommend Multi Mam Compresses   - Dressing gown    Items for Baby   - Nappies - plan for around 6-8 nappies per day   - Wipes    - Clothes – singlets, bodysuits, onesies, outfits    - Beanies    - Socks - which are also great to use for mittens if need   - Wraps and blankets   - Baby body wash, creams and oils   - Going home outfit   - Capsule or car seat professionally installed for going home or first outing.   Tips and recommendations to have ready for at home    - Ready-made frozen meals or even better get family and friends to bring you a meal    - Ice packs for your peri or breasts (can use pads or nappies for breasts by filling them up with water and freezing them)    If you are making the informed decision to have a planned homebirth these are some things to consider;     - Highly recommend having your hospital bags packed and ready to go. This way you are prepared for whatever turns your journey may take. In the case of having to transfer to hospital everything is ready to grab and go   - Couple of buckets   - Couple of old towels   - Couple of ice cream containers   - Hot pack or hot water bottle – to keep baby wraps and towels warm   - Sieve if planning to use the bath or pool   - Birth pool and liner, tap fitting for hose and of course a hose if you are planning to use water immersion for labour or water birth   - Drop sheets for under the pool or to protect furniture   - Great to have an old quilt and pillows for during and to use after birth   - Torches and spare batteries   - Snacks on hand for during labour but most importantly for yourself to have after  So, there you go this is my professional and personal complied list of what birthing women may find they need during labour and after for all birth place settings.  I am sure there is more to add, so feel free to comment below if you have any suggestions, as I would love to hear them.   Love,   Nikki xx

My personal and professional tips on what to pack when you are having a baby. 

- Orange book or otherwise known as your pregnancy record

- List of all the phone numbers you may need when you go into labour. For example, midwife, doctor, hospital, baby sitter, doula and photographer

- Your Hypnobirthing folder with your affirmations and other ‘toolbox’ items you may want to bring with you

- Your birth preferences

- Headphones and/or speaker to listen to your hypnobirthing tracks

- Your own toilet paper - some hospitals toilet paper isn’t the best to use after having a baby

- Your own box of tissues

- Pen and notepad

- Your own towel – hospital towels can be a little small

- Your own Pillow – great as a comfort brought from home, but also great for after as feeding pillow if need. Some hospitals can be short on pillows and good sleep is important with a newborn baby

- What you feel you want to use or need in labour, that your place of birth may not provide use of, like hot packs, birthing ball, birthing stool, bean bag

- Phone charger

- Lip balm

- Snacks and drinks for labour for yourself and support people, also to have for after and during your hospital stay

- Your own drink bottle

- Coins for parking & vending machines 

- Camera and camera charger

Items for Mum

- What you may want to wear in labour 

- Change of clothes (including undies) for your partner - good to have if it’s a longer stay than intended plus bathers/boardies if entering the birth pool/bath/shower with you in labour

- Maternity pads 

- Comfortable maternity bras and breastfeeding tops 

- Comfortable knickers/undies – good tip is to purchase a couple of dark coloured next size up undies to use for the first 24 hours

- PJ’s/comfortable breastfeeding friendly nightie

- Socks, slippers and shoes

- Toiletries – buying mini travel packs are really convenient for things like shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, body wash (even though I do not recommend using body wash/soap on your chest for at least the first 24hours after baby is born, if your breastfeeding), toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, hairdryer, straightener, hair ties

- Clothes – breastfeeding friendly tops, dresses, comfortable pants or track pants 

- Breast pads and breast discs -  highly recommend Multi Mam Compresses 

- Dressing gown 

Items for Baby

- Nappies - plan for around 6-8 nappies per day 

- Wipes  

- Clothes – singlets, bodysuits, onesies, outfits  

- Beanies  

- Socks - which are also great to use for mittens if need 

- Wraps and blankets 

- Baby body wash, creams and oils 

- Going home outfit

- Capsule or car seat professionally installed for going home or first outing.

Tips and recommendations to have ready for at home

- Ready-made frozen meals or even better get family and friends to bring you a meal  

- Ice packs for your peri or breasts (can use pads or nappies for breasts by filling them up with water and freezing them) 

If you are making the informed decision to have a planned homebirth these are some things to consider;  

- Highly recommend having your hospital bags packed and ready to go. This way you are prepared for whatever turns your journey may take. In the case of having to transfer to hospital everything is ready to grab and go 

- Couple of buckets 

- Couple of old towels 

- Couple of ice cream containers 

- Hot pack or hot water bottle – to keep baby wraps and towels warm 

- Sieve if planning to use the bath or pool 

- Birth pool and liner, tap fitting for hose and of course a hose if you are planning to use water immersion for labour or water birth 

- Drop sheets for under the pool or to protect furniture 

- Great to have an old quilt and pillows for during and to use after birth 

- Torches and spare batteries 

- Snacks on hand for during labour but most importantly for yourself to have after

So, there you go this is my professional and personal complied list of what birthing women may find they need during labour and after for all birth place settings.

I am sure there is more to add, so feel free to comment below if you have any suggestions, as I would love to hear them. 

Love, 

Nikki xx

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