Birthing Bag Essentials

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Do you know what you’ll need with you at your birth? No? Mild panic now setting in? Don’t worry - we’ve put together these two lists to help you know what to bring for you and your new baby at your birth.

Birth Bag for Mum and Birth Companion

• Wish list

• Tens machine if desired

• Food and drink options for both. Coconut water. Water. Bananas. Easy to eat sweets.

• Massage oil.

• Birth ball

• Fresh towels from home

• Cushions/pillow from home

• Blanket from home

• Music

• Money for parking/cab/canteen

• Baby car seat

• Slippers

• Dressing gown

• Shower items

• Flannel or wet compress

• Heat compress/hot water bottles

• Music

• Entertainment

• Phone numbers/phone charger

• Feeding bra/top for post birth

• Clothes for post birth

• Warm socks

• Larger than usual knickers

• Maternity pads

• Nipple cream

• Nipple pads

For Baby

• Newborn nappies

• Baby grows short/long sleeved

• Hat

• Socks/booties

• Vests

• Cotton wool

• Water container

• Going home clothes

• Blanket

• Car seat/buggy

Babies can decide to come at all sorts of times of the day and night so packing your bag in good time and keeping it somewhere that is easy to grab will save you time and energy.