Your hospital bag checklist

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Follow the checklist below to help pack your hospital bag. There’s no need to take too much, your stay should be quite short and, if you do need extra, friends or family can get things for you.

This checklist is also available for you to download and print- just click here so that you can start ticking off items as and when you pack them.

Cow & Gate Hospital Bag

Cow & Gate Hospital Bag What to pack for labour
  • Your birth plan
  • Hospital notes (if you have them)
  • Change for the car park
  • Nightie, dressing gown, cosy socks and slippers
  • Contact lenses and spare glasses (if you have them)
  • Magazines or iPod
  • A watch with a second hand to time your contractions
  • Hair tie/band (if you've got long hair)
  • Water spray (for cooling yourself down during labour)
  • Lip balm
  • Cereal bars or dried fruit for an energy boost
  • Frozen drinks - They'll defrost during a long labour
  • TENS Machine (if you're using one)
Cow & Gate Hospital Bag What to pack for after labour
  • Hot water bottle (for pain relief)
  • Unscented massage oil (for pain relief)
  • Eye mask, If you have trouble sleeping with the lights on
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste and unscented toiletries
  • Maxi sanitary pads
  • Nursing bras and breast pads
  • A v-shaped pillow (can help make baby feeding more comfy)
  • Essentials for your baby, including nappies, blanket, socks, vest, hat, muslins and something goes on easily and doesn't need to to be tugged over the head
  • Phone numbers for friends and family
  • Camera (including batteries and/or memory card)
  • Lots of change or phone cards to make calls if they don't let you use mobiles in the hospital
  • Comfy clothes and flat shoes to go home in
  • Face wipes
  • Dark towels

Important notice - Breastfeeding is best for babies and provides many benefits. It is important that, in preparation for and during breastfeeding, you eat a healthy, balanced diet. Combined breast and bottle feeding in the first few weeks of life may reduce the supply of your own breastmilk, and reversing the decision not to breastfeed is difficult. The social and financial implications of using an infant milk should be considered. Improper use of an infant milk or inappropriate foods for feeding methods may present a health hazard. If you use an infant milk, you should follow manaufacturer's instructions for use carefully - failure to follow the instructions may make your baby ill. Always consult your doctor, midwife or health visitor for advice about feeding your baby.

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