What do you pack for birth?

What ever birth you have planned whether a hospital birth, going into a birthing unit or having your baby at home its good to have a bag (or bags!) packed in case you need to go in to hospital.

Obviously you don’t wan to have so much to take with you it takes four trips from the car park to the birthing suit this will not add to a calm vibe!!

You can leave some stuff in the car until after birth and when your partner is ready to get the car seat etc. 


For mum

  • Maternity notes
  • Dressing gown
  • Going home clothes
  • Nipple cream
  • Toiletries & wash bag
  • Bath Pillow (water birth)
  • Maternity pants or-Pants (cheap and lots of)
  • breast pads
  • Music
  • Socks
  • Food, snacks & drinks
  • Birth preferences/Plan
  • TENS machine ( if your planning to use one!)
  • Birth ball ( they do have some at the hospital so not urgent)
  • Hair bands/slides
  • Lip balm                                                                   
  • Flannel
  • Nursing bra                                                           
  • Slippers
  • Rescue remedy                                                     
  • Fairy lights /electric candles                                                                                 
  • Blanket
  • Plastic jug  (water birth )
  • Maternity pads                                                     
  • Nursing top                       
  • Eye mask
  • Hot water bottle                                                 
  • labour massage /oils not for water birth
  • Straws for drinks
  • Dirty laundry bags                                             
  • Tankini top (water birth optional)
  • Nightwear – something for labour & front opening nightshirts for after the birth

For partner

  • Phone & charger                                                 
  • Swim trunks if they want to get in pool
  • Books/magazines                                                           
  • Camera
  • Note book                                                              
  • Money
  • Food, snacks & drinks                                          
  • Change of clothes (they may stay over)
  • Toiletries

For baby

  • Nappies size 1&2                                                    
  • Vest, baby grows (different sizes)
  • Hat                                                                               
  • cotton wool
  • Nappy bags                                                               
  • Car seat
  • Blanket/shawl                                                      
  • Outfit for going home
  • Scratch mits                                                            
  • Socks
  • Cardigan                                                                   
  • Muslin cloths
  • Nappy bags
  • Jacket/cardigan/shawl/snowsuit              
  • Toy

Things to sort at home

  • Child cover for other siblings ( always my biggest stress ) 
  • Pet cover – feeding
  • Shopping                                                                   
  • Have baby room basics sorted
  • Cancel pre-arranged plans
  • Can be useful for your Partner to have a list of what you have on to cancel for you and let friends and family know. 
  • Here are some suggested items for you to think of please let me know your favourite additions or leave off’s!!

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