What to Pack for Hospital

What to pack for your hospital stay

Packing Your Hospital Bag

  • If you carry your hospital notes do not forget to bring them with you.
  • If you have written a Birth Plan ensure it is enclosed in your notes.
  • If you have a TENS machine bring it with you.

This is a guide for a 48 hour stay. You might like to pack the following:
You will need two bags

  • – One small bag for the Labour Ward
  • – One bag for the Postnatal Ward.

Labour Ward Bag

Items for Mother

  • Clothes to mobilise in labour, dressing gown & slippers
  • Bath towel
  • Maternity Sanitary towels (super absorbent)
  • Disposable underwear
  • Support bra x 2 (measure at 37 weeks)
  • Front opening nightdress or t-shirt to aid skin to skin contact
  • Water spray to cool you down
  • Massage oil, music, lip balm
  • Wash bag, face cloth
  • Isotonic drinks, snacks

Postnatal Bag

Items for Mother

  • Super Absorbent Sanitary towels
  • Disposable underwear
  • Front opening nightdresses or t-shirts to aid skin to skin contact
  • Towels, phone charger
  • Wash bag
  • Face cloth
  • Cotton breast pads
  • PPS number and photo ID for babies birth cert (€20)
  • Comfortable clothes for going home
  • Gift for other children if this is not your first baby

Items for Baby

  • Nappy
  • Babygro
  • Vest
  • Hat
  • 3 cellular blankets
  • 2 medium towels
  • Barrier cream
  • Camera

Items for Baby

  • Nappies
  • Large roll of cotton wool
  • Baby grow (8), Vests (8)
  • Hats, socks.
  • Muslin squares
  • 3 cellular blankets
  • 2 handtowels
  • A small plastic bowl
  • Barrier cream

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