What To Pack For Royal Hospital For Women

Need a Hospital Bag Checklist? Not sure what to pack for the hospital when having a baby? Here is what to pack for the hospital for you & baby

  • You and your birthing partners ‘birth plan’ and maternity notes.
  • A light weight dressing gown incase you are pacing the hospital corridors in early labour.  After labour, it will get put to good use on the postnatal ward.
  • Socks and slippers, some people have been known to get cold feet during labour.
  • An old T-shirt or bed wear appropriate for labour that you don’t mind throwing away if it gets messy.
  • Cream or oil for massage if you are planning on being massaged during your labour.
  • Lip balm.
  • Snacks and drinks, for during labour. We suggest rehydration drinks like isotonic sports drinks.
  • Something to help pass the time, distract, relax such as magazines or games (you probably won’t use these but hey, it is nice to dream).
  • A hairband, if you have long hair.
  • Pillows, for comfort, especially if you have a favourite pillow for sleeping or which you have used for support during your pregnancy.
  • TENS machine, if you are planning to try this as a pain relief option during labour.
  • Heat pack / Wheat bag, many hospitals provide these but you may want to bring your own to make sure of it if you have used one to good effect during your pregnancy.
  • Toiletries
  • Battery-operated music, again hospitals often provide options for playing music but if you are not 100% sure of this, best to be safe and bring your own (make sure it is fully charged, labour can last a while).
  • An oil burner, for aromatherapy oils if you would like to use these during labour.  Best to take only an electric burner to the hospital, as lighting fires in the hospital are usually frowned upon.

What To Pack For Hospital For Your Birth Partner

  • Water spray, or hand-held fan, used to help cool down mum-to-be during labour.
  • Comfortable shoes, you will be on your feet for quite some time.
  • A change of clothes.
  • Watch, so you can time your partner’s contractions.
  • Swimwear, if doing a water birth or your birth plan may include your partner showering during labour.
  • Digital camera or video camera.  Note, most, but not all hospitals/doctors allow them in delivery rooms (generally RHW seem pretty good regarding this).
  • List of important phone numbers.  Also, bring some change or a prepaid phone card just in case your hospital doesn’t allow the use of mobile phones in all areas of the hospital.
  • Snacks and drinks will avoid them leaving the room to search for supplies!

What To Pack For Hospital For After The Birth

  • A going-home outfit. Keep them loose and comfortable for in the hospital and the way home.  Sadly it still takes a while for your tummy to go down, so you’ll still be wearing maternity clothes when you get home.
  • Nursing bras, take a few.
  • Breast pads.
  • Maternity pads, a couple of packs should do.
  • Front opening nightshirt or T-shirt, gives easy access for breastfeeding.
  • Bath towel for your baby, preferably bamboo or a material that is silky soft for your babies sensitive skin. ( mibaloo.com.au )
  • knickers, not your best ones as they will get messy (consider disposable ones).
  • Arnica, for bruising after the birth.
  • Ear plugs, wards can be noisy, if it isn’t your baby it is likely to be someone else’s.

What To Pack For Hospital For Your Baby

  • Infant car seat. You can’t leave the hospital without one (also you may be able to get the fitting checked if you want while you are there).
  • Outfit for the drive home, (a stretchy onesie is probably easiest).
  • A few sleepsuits and vests.
  • Baby blanket (the hospital provides these but if you have purchased a special one for them bring it along).
  • Nappies and wipes, (again the hospital provides these but some mothers want to bring their own just in case).
  • One pair of socks or booties and baby mittens so they don’t scratch themselves.
  • Hat
  • Jacket or cardigan, for the trip home.  Remember it will be the first time your baby is exposed to any breeze or cold air.
  • Muslin squares

These lists have so much on them.  Once you pack it all, you almost have no room left in the car for mum-to-be to actually get to the hospital.  There is no doubt it is overkill, however this is your big day so we guess it is better to be over, rather than under prepared.  Worst case, you don’t get most of the stuff out of the bag and your birth partner gets a good work out lifting everything to and from the car.  It will be good prep for all the lifting that is about to come, once you get your little one home.

 

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