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What to Bring In

Items you will need when you give birth in hospital

For yourself:

  • your pregnancy record;
  • toiletries;
  • tissues;
  • hand and bath towels;
  • maternity or night sanitary towels;
  • old or disposable underwear;
  • nightwear suitable for breastfeeding;
  • footwear;
  • a camera. Video cameras are not allowed. Please ask permission before photographing any staff or procedures;
  • transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) machine (if you wish to use one);
  • music for labour – a docking unit is available in each delivery room;
  • snacks and drinks for you and your partner;
  • a nursing bra and breast pads; and
  • we recommend hand-expressing breast milk if required, but some women like to have a breast pump ready.

For your baby:

  • a hat and clothes such as vests, bodysuits etc;
  • nappies; and
  • cotton wool.

If you intend to formula feed
A pre-prepared bottle and teat is available for your baby’s first feed in hospital. However, after this you must bring adequate bottles and formula for the subsequent feeds during your hospital stay. Provisions for sterilising bottles are available on the wards.

If you are having your baby at home
Your midwife will discuss with you what additional items you will need to protect the bed or furniture, and items for your baby. She will provide you with an information leaflet about this.

When leaving the hospital, you will need to provide your own transport.

Items you will need when you go home

  • Car seat
  • Baby clothes
  • Paracetamol and ibuprofen for discomfort (if you have no allergies to any drugs or history of asthma). We do not supply these on prescription for you to take home. Please do not bring these in to hospital. We will give you pain relief during your stay, if required.

Car seats
The law requires a secure restraint in cars for children under the age of 14. This includes newborn babies, so you will need a special car seat for your baby. These are held in place either by the car seat belt or special anchoring system.

Babies and young children must always travel in an appropriate car seat. Never use a rear-facing baby seat in the front of a car where an airbag is fitted (unless it is switched off). If using a front-facing seat, position the car seat as far back as possible. If the car has airbags in the rear, check the car manual or contact the manufacturer to see if it has been tested with a car seat fitted and get a copy of the research results before fitting the seat.

Detailed information is available at www.childcarseats.org.uk and www.gov.uk/child-car-seats-the-rules