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In the know: What to pack in your birth bag

Preparing a birth bag is an essential step in getting ready for the arrival of your baby. Having everything you need packed and ready to go can help alleviate stress and ensure that you're well-equipped for labour and delivery. Here's a guide on what to pack in your birth bag:

  1. Hospital Essentials: Start with the essentials you'll need for your hospital stay, such as your maternity notes and any necessary paperwork. Don't forget your phone and charger to keep loved ones updated and entertained during downtime.

  2. Comfortable Clothing: Pack loose, comfortable clothing for labour, such as a nightgown or oversized T-shirt. Consider bringing a robe or dressing gown for added warmth and modesty, as well as comfortable slippers or socks to keep your feet cosy.

  3. Toiletries: Bring travel-sized toiletries, including a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. Don't forget essentials like hair ties, lip balm, and face wipes to help you feel refreshed during labour and after delivery.

  4. Snacks and Drinks: Labour can be long and exhausting, so pack nutritious snacks and drinks to keep your energy levels up. Opt for easy-to-eat options like nuts, granola bars, and dried fruit, as well as isotonic drinks or coconut water to stay hydrated.

  5. Entertainment: Bring items to help pass the time during early labour, such as books, magazines, or a tablet loaded with movies or TV shows. Consider packing a portable speaker and a relaxing playlist to create a calming atmosphere in your birthing room.

  6. Comfort Items: Bring comfort items from home to help you feel more relaxed and at ease, such as a favourite pillow or blanket.

  7. Labour Tools: Consider packing items to help you cope with pain during labour, such as a birth ball, TENS machine, or massage tools.

  8. Postnatal Care: Pack items for postnatal care, including maternity pads and comfortable underwear. Bring any medications or supplements you're currently taking. If you plan on formula feeding ensure you have the necessary powder & bottles. Check with your midwife if you need to supply your own or if the hospital has its own supplies of formula.

  9. Baby Essentials: Finally, don't forget to pack essentials for your newborn, such as clothing, nappies and wipes. Consider bringing a going-home outfit and a car seat for the journey home.

By packing your birth bag in advance with these essential items, you can feel confident and prepared for the exciting journey of labour and childbirth. Keep your bag in an easily accessible location, ready to grab and go when the time comes to head to the hospital or birthing centre. For more guidance on how to pack the perfect hospital bag, why not attend one of our antenatal classes. Find out more here.

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