News What to pack for Labour.

  • Dressing gown. This will be useful if you end up pacing hospital corridors in early labour and     you'll need one on the postnatal ward. Hospitals can be very warm, so a lightweight one may be better.
  • Slippers
  • Socks. Believe it or not, your feet can get cold during labour.
  • An old nightdress or a T shirt to wear in labour. It will probably get a bit messy, so don't buy anything specially to wear in hospital.
  • Massage oil or lotion if you would like to be massaged during your labour. 
  • Lip balm.
  • Snacks and drinks for you while you are in labour. Isotonic sports drinks are good or bring some glucose tablets to keep you going.
  • Things to help you relax or pass the time, such as books, magazines, games and so on.
  • A hairband. If you have long hair (wink)  you might want it tied up.
  • Pillows. The hospital might not have enough to make you really comfortable.
  • Toiletries
  • Music to listen to. Take a battery-operated machine, as most hospitals won't let you plug things in. Some hospitals provide their own CD players or radios - again, check first.
  • Straws for drinking


For Your Husband, Baby Daddy or Comforter

  • Water spray, or a hand-held fan to keep cool down the mum-to-be while she's in labour.
  • Comfortable shoes. You may be pacing the corridors!
  • A change of clothes
  • A Watch with a seconds hand, to time contractions.
  • Digital camera or camcorder. If you want to bring a camcorder, check with the hospital beforehand, because not all of them allow them in delivery rooms.
  • Address book or a list of phone numbers.
  • Snacks and drinks. You don't want a dehydrated, hungry birth partner looking after you and if you take some with you, they can stay with you rather than leaving the room to search for food!


For after the birth 

  • going-home outfit. You'll need loose comfortable clothes to wear while you're in hospital and for the journey home. It will take a while for your tummy to go down, so you'll be still wearing maternity clothes when you come home - sorry!
  • Nursing bras. Take two or three.
  • Breast pads
  • Maternity pads. Bring a couple of packs.
  • Nightshirt or T-shirt. Front-opening shirts are useful in the early days of breastfeeding.
  • Toiletries
  • Towels, hairbrush, toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Old, cheap or disposable panties as they will get messy.
  • Ear plugs, in case you end up on a noisy ward!


For the newcomer (Congratulations by the way!)

  • An infant car seat.
  • One outfit for the trip home (all-in-one stretchy outfits are easiest).
  • Two or three sleepsuits and vests for baby to wear while you are in hospital.
  • Baby blanket. Take a warm one if the weather is cold.
  • Diapers
  • One pair of socks or booties.
  • Wipes
  • Diaper Cream

Once you've got your hospital bag organised, you will be set to go once Labour begins