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Birth bag tips (COVID-19 TopUPs)

What to pack into your birth bag aka hospital bag during this pandemic? Are there any essentials that you’ve missed? Find out…

Pack one bag for mum, one for baby/babies and one for your birth partner

COVID-19 TopUPs are highlighted in bold

Bag for mum

  • Your birth plan and maternity notes
  • Comfy, lose-fit dressing gown
  • Nighties x 3 (ideally ones that opens at the front for breastfeeding access)
  • Comfy loose clothes – big baggy jogging bottoms, zip-up hoodie, tops that undo down the front for skin-to-skin/feeding x 3
  • Slippers that you can slide your feet into rather than pulling on – if you have a Caesarean Birth bending over is tricky.
  • Socks – often women get cold feet during labour
  • Slip-on shoes
  • Flip flops to wear in the shower
  • Hand Sanitiser
  • Washbag including shower gel with a hook so you don’t have to bend over in the shower, hand cream as constant hand gel use makes hands very sore,
  • lip balm as air is dry
  • 2x Packs of waisted Bridget Jones massive cotton knickers in case you have a Caesarean Birth – dark colours are best and a couple of sizes up from your usual
  • Arnica and/or witch hazel for piles and bruising relief
  • Maternity pads x3 packs
  • Nursing bras x4
  • Large pack Breast pads in case of boob leakage or x10 washable ones
  • Pillow and/or pillowcase from home
  • Towel x2 – hospital ones are scratchy
  • Eye mask (it’s never dark!)
  • Face mask x3 (if you’d like your washable ones)
  • Earplugs (it’s never quiet!)
  • Hairbands
  • Headphones
  • Phone with labour playlist downloaded (you’re usually allowed to take your phone into theatre and can play music via Bluetooth)
  • Small tripod to prop up your phone/camera
  • Phone charger
  • Phone Power Bank
  • Snacks. If having a Caesarean Birth maybe apricots/prunes to ease constipation – you may not poop for several days and it can be a strain
  • Peppermint Tea Bags. In the case of a Caesarean Birth, it helps to get rid of wind.
  • Sports drink eg Lucozade
  • Books/magazines/puzzles – in case you have to stay in hospital beforehand it can be very dull
  • Tissues for all the crying
  • Photo of your partner for times when they cannot be with you or maybe something that they have given you i.e. love notes

Bag for baby

  • Muslins x 6
  • Nappies – 2 packs to start with until know size – newborns go through approx 12 nappies a day
  • Cotton wool pads/balls
  • Baby clothes – at least 6 x vests, 6 x sleepsuits/babygrows, 4 x jumpers/cardigans, hat x2 including a going home outfit
  • Baby blankets x 3 (cotton or cellular or wool)

Bag for partner

  • Change of clothes
  • Snacks
  • Phone & Chargers à power bank
  • Change for vending machines (shops may not be open for as long) and car park
  • Phone list (if you’d like to tell people right away)
  • Car seat to take your baby home. Practice putting in/out car beforehand!
  • Maybe keep a book/magazine in the car while waiting to be asked to come into the hospital after mother’s initial assessment (a lot of partners wait in the car).

I hope this list is useful for some of you and please if you have anything to add or adapt contact me and I’ll add it to the list!

Stay safe!