What to pack

For labour

  • Your support person / whānau
  • Lip balm (this can be your lanolin nipple cream)
  • Massage oil
  • Warm socks
  • Pillow with a coloured pillowcase on it
  • Snacks for your support person
  • Energy drinks – coconut water, nougly, kombucha
  • High energy foods – a nut mix with some chocolate and dried fruit i.e. prunes or figs (this will help with bowels the next day!)
  • Music of your choice on your own device + speaker
  • Phone charger 
  • Toiletries, including 2-3 packs of maternity pads, hair ties, your usual medications 
  • A wheat pack or 2 for back pain (you may also use this in the baby’s bed once you get them home) maybe arnica and rescue remedy
  • Maybe clean clothes for your partner if they intend to stay at birthcare
  • Your big comfy favourite t-shirt to labour in or a sarong/wrap

For your ongoing stay in hospital

  • Remember that you will be breastfeeding so clothes that open down the front or separate at the waist are recommended
  • A supportive breastfeeding bra is also essential and appropriate          
  • Shirt and trousers, skirt or dresses, lava lava; summer wear as the hospital is warm
  • Feeding bras / singlets and breast pads, your old underwear, jandals (for wearing in the shower)
  • Nighties or pyjamas, lava lava, dressing gown
  • A nipple cream, nipple nectar (the nude alchemist) or lasinoh/medela – lanolin based
  • Family can bring in food for you, uber eats will deliver to the hospital also

For baby 

  • We provide nappies
  • 4-5 onesies, stretch and grow, cotton / merino singlets, booties and hat
  • Wraps, soft clothes to wash baby’s bottom with
  • Going-home clothes such as a woollen hat, all-in-one, booties and jackets / cardigans
  • A blanket for the journey home. We encourage new parents to buy blankets made of breathable material such as cotton or wool. Avoid polar fleece blankets
  • CARSEAT for baby. This is always required for transfer and/or discharge home

Libby x

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