What mother and baby items do I bring to hospital?

Items to pack for your stay at the maternity facility.

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Day Wear

Night Wear

Also Bring

Please leave valuables at home

Optional

For Baby in Hospital

To Take Baby Home

Car Seat

Preparing for going home

Day Wear

  • Comfortable clothes suitable for breastfeeding, which open at the front or separate at the waist

  • Bras – maternity bra or soft bra (as breast size can vary significantly)

  • Breast-pads

  • Underpants suitable for wearing a sanitary pad

Night Wear

  • Nighties or pyjamas, dressing gown (remember convenience for breastfeeding),

  • Slippers with good grip soles

  • Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste,shampoo and maternity pads)

Also Bring

  • Birth plan

  • Breastfeeding Plan

  • Relaxation CDs / iPOD

  • Maternity notes

  • Nutritious snacks

  • Camera

  • Pen (for completing baby's feed chart)

  • Breastfeeding booklet

Please leave valuables at home

Optional

  • Decaffeinated coffee or herbal tea

  • Biscuits, fruit, snacks

  • Lip balm

  • Headband/hair ties

  • Pillow / pillow case

  • Jandals for shower

For Baby in Hospital

  • Hat and booties (woollen)

  • Baby wrap – shawl or blanket

  • Baby clothes including singlets, gowns or 'all in ones'

  • Something to wipe baby's bottom e.g. soft cloths

To Take Baby Home

  • Nappies, singlet (woollen and cotton)

  • Gown or stretch 'n' grow

  • Woollen cardigan

  • Baby wrap - shawl or blanket

  • Hat and booties (woollen)

  • Car seat for baby

Car Seat

In accordance with NZ legislation your baby must travel in a car seat.  Please make sure you are familiar with how to put your seat into your car and that your car seat complies with NZ Safety Standards

Preparing for going home

On the day of your discharge please arrange to be picked up and plan to leave by 11.00 am.  You will need to ensure you have a car seat to take baby home and suitable clothing for baby.   

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Page last reviewed: 26 January 2015
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