What to bring to hospital

Most women and babies stay in the hospital for less than 12 hours, therefore you need only bring enough clothes and other personal items for a day or so.  To ensure safety in our ward environments, we ask that you limit your packing to one small holdall around airplane carry on size and a handbag, to reduce the risk of trip hazards.  Below is a short list of suggested items:

  • Loose-fitting comfortable clothing (about three changes of clothes)
  • Two/three comfortable/supporting bras, including nursing bras is you plan to breastfeed
  • Super-absorbent sanitary towels
  • Wash bag (toothbrush, hairbrush, flannel, soap, tissues, other toiletries)
  • Towel
  • Sponge / flannel
  • Personal items (books, magazine, music, massage oil, camera, lip balm)
  • Loose fitting or front opening top/nightie
  • Dressing gown and slippers
  • Five or six pairs of pants
  • Loose/comfortable clothes to wear home
  • Clothes for the baby, including a hat – 2-3 outfits
  • Nappies and cotton wool
  • Shawl/blanket for the baby
  • Muslin squares
  • Formula milk for those choosing to bottle feed
  • Water bottle and isotonic drinks
  • Healthy snacks for you and your birth partner