• Packing your hospital bag What do you need for a hospital birth

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    July 10, 2018 /  Shoes & Bags
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    Packing Your Hospital Bag What Do You Need For A Hospital Birth?When to pack your hospital bag? Hospital bags are often left to the last minute, as there are so many other preparations required for a new baby. At the end of 36 weeks your baby is full-term so could arrive at any time, this is when you should have your hospital bag packed, if you have not already done so. Where to start? Do not panic. We have compiled a list of essential items for your birth bag; this list is a culmination of midwives’ suggestions and mothers’ feedback over the last 2 years. Do not forget that partners love to be involved. You could delegate some, or all, of the task of putting your hospital bag together while you relax in preparation for the big day. What to pack in your hospital bag? Some people pack a whole suitcase for their hospital births and a few are unprepared and just manage to bring themselves. This list covers the essential items you should take to support your hospital birth and why. There is also list of suggested luxury items afterwards which mothers have found comforting and relaxing to have with them in hospital:

    Essential Hospital Birth Bag Items
    During Labour
    Sponge
    For cooling mother during labour
    Lip Balm
    Thirsty work can leave you with dry lips
    Bendy straws
    Makes it easier to drink from glasses or cups if you are focussed on labour
    Hair band
    To keep hair out of your face
    Tissues
    There wont be a dry eye when your baby arrives
    T-shirt/Spare top
    Useful for either the mum or the birth partner if their top gets soiled or wet during the birth. After Labour
    Nursing Pads
    Useful whether you choose to breastfeed or not
    Flannel
    Soaked in warm water and placed on your perineum after the birth to relieve soreness
    Pants
    Either cotton or disposable pants which you are willing to throw away after use
    Maternity Towels
    Absorbent Mat (you can also buy disposable changing mats instead)
    Great for protecting the bed, chairs, car seat. Useful for when waters have broken and also to use in the first 48 hours after childbirth. Wash Bag
    Toothbrush
    Toothpaste
    Shampoo / Conditioner
    Body wash
    Hairbrush
    Deodorant Baby Bag
    Baby grow
    Newborn nappies
    Baby hat and mittens
    Hooded baby towel
    For wrapping up your baby when its first born
    Cotton buds or wet wipes
    Luxury Hospital Birth Bag Items
    Home from Home
    Night dress
    Which does up at the front so you can breast feed your baby easily
    Dressing gown
    Slippers Relaxation
    Massage oil and massager
    Lavender oil
    Lavender promotes relaxation and is a popular choice of oil for use in labour. It can be added to massage oil, or to water and sprayed around the room
    Music and music player
    To create a calm ambience for you to labour and give birth in
    And finally…
    Dont forget to put your baby seat in the car so that you can take your new baby home safely and start enjoying the new addition to your family.

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