What to pack in your hospital bag
Essential items for delivery day
’ve seen a lot of birth-bag checklists in my time, and plenty of bags that are a panic-packed menagerie of stuff you simply won’t use in labour. So, when it comes to your bag, take a moment to think about the three Ws: What’s it for? Who’s it for? When’s it for? The answer is that it’s a bag of essentials for you to use when you’re in labour. It doesn’t need to include your baby’s entire wardrobe, however ovary-achingly gorgeous the contents of that might be – make this bag about you. Think of it as your hand luggage for the best trip you’re ever going to take.
It’s essential that your birth partner packs the birth bag. Yes, really. I have seen so many fathers-to-be desperately trying to find a hairband that their partner needs now in the bottom of the bag, while flinging out baby blankets, maternity pads and extra-large black cotton knickers. Lay all of the stuff out on your bed, so you remain in control of what’s going in, but let your partner pack it, because it’s very likely that he’s going to be the one navigating the contents in labour; and if he doesn’t know the difference between a sanitary and maternity breast pad, we’re in trouble!