Packing your hospital bag is such an exciting part of getting ready for your new arrival, however, many first-time parents are unsure of what they actually need. We asked the mums (and dads) on the MORI team for their hospital bag checklist of the essentials that mums, new babies and birth partners need so you can feel more prepared, organised & relaxed.
We suggest packing two bags - one for labour and one for your postnatal stay - this means that when you’re moving from the car to the birthing room (often in a hurry and/or in pain) your partner only needs to grab the labour bag and can collect the other one later when you need it.
All the snacks - you don’t know how long you’ll be there or what you’ll fancy so a range of cereal bars, chocolate, crisps, sweets, sugary drinks and if you have time make a sandwich!
We hope this has been helpful and you feel more prepared for the arrival of your little one. But still, don’t worry too much if you forget something. Often, the place you give birth isn’t actually that far from home and this is a time when those around you are only too happy to help & can bring along anything you’ve forgotten or decide you want.