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Preparing for labour

What to bring to hospital

For you:

  • Your maternity records
  • An old nightie or cotton shirt to wear when giving birth
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Two flannels, soap, toiletries and shampoo
  • Two bath towels
  • Hairbrush/comb, slides or band to tie back long hair
  • Lipsalve or Vaseline (your lips can get really dry when using gas and air)
  • Slippers and dressing gown
  • Old underwear (disposable pants an advantage) - about 6 pairs
  • Ice cubes in flask or chilled water
  • Entertainment - books, magazines, etc.
  • You can bring a radio/cd/mp3 player with you
  • At least two nighties or pyjamas
  • If planning to breastfeed, two nursing bras. If not, two supportive bras.
  • Two packets maternity size sanitary towels
  • Breast pads
  • Tissues.
  • Camera

For dad:

  • Sandwiches or biscuits.

For baby:

  • Nappies
  • Cotton wool
  • Vests
  • All in one sleep suits   
  • Outfit with vest and cardigan
  • Hat
  • Mittens
  • Socks
  • Shawl or blanket.      
  • Baby car seat - this is a legal requirement.

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