Having a baby is a joyful, emotional and exciting time, but it can also be really overwhelming. Organising what you need for labour and at home can help you feel less stressed and more in control. Find out where to start with our 'Get packing' film:
Why should I bring a pillow?
- Some labour wards or birth centres won't have lots of spare pillows, so if you want more than one it's a good idea to bring your own.
- Having your own pillow, washed with your regular cleaning products, can make it smell (and feel) more like home. It might help create a calming atmosphere and keep your oxytocin levels up.
Why is there a water spray?
Labour wards are kept warm to help your baby adjust to life outside of the womb and labour is hard work, so you're likely to get hot. Spraying yourself with cold water can help, but you could also bring a handheld fan or a flannel.Hide details
Do I need a bag if I'm having a home birth?
What snacks and drinks should I pack?
Try to avoid too much sugar. Some good things to bring might include:
- Wholegrain cereal bars
- Bottled water (with a straw)
As you reach the end of your pregnancy, it's time to get ready for when your baby arrives. That includes packing your hospital bag.
The safest way to transport your baby is in a well-fitted car seat that is right for their size and weight. It is also the law to do so.
"A few things that have been recommended to me for my labour bag which I will be taking..."
Once you have both recovered, it’s time to bring your new baby home.
As well as your bags for the hospital, you need to have a few things at home for when your baby arrives.
We've teamed up with Britax Römer to help mums and dads-to-be feel more prepared for labour and ready to bring their new baby home.