Below is a list of suggestions of what to bring to hospital for the birth of your baby. NOTE: Further down the page we also include a suggested list of items for your newborn at home. We hope this helps you.
For the car – put this in the car after 24 weeks:
- 2 clean old towels plus pads, spare underpants and black ankle length tights to change into if your waters break
- Plastic container with a lid (in case of vomiting)
- Please ensure you have an approved, fitted car restraint for your baby in your car prior to labour
For Labour and Birth:
- Wear whatever you feel most comfortable in for labour and birth, ideally a large comfortable T–shirt, sarong & socks to keep feet warm. The birth suites offer a hospital gown if you prefer.
- Toiletries – soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, brush, comb, face cloth, hair tie.
- Vaseline or lip balm
- Lollies or lollipops to suck
- Music-IPod or CDs– each room has a CD player
- Aromatherapy oils – massage oil – vapourisers are available if you want,
- TENS machine
- Don’t bring Warm packs, as they are no longer allowed on either delivery suite, owing to burns
For partners or support people:
- Snacks and. Water bottle. Tea and coffee making facilities are available
- Loose comfortable clothing and a jumper as the hospital is air-conditioned
- Change of clothes/toiletries, razor etc (you may be there a long time!)
- A pen and paper can be useful
- Swimmers/board shorts (you might get wet if your partner is using bath /shower in labour!)
- Phone & camera charger
For your post-natal stay:
Pack these in a separate bag or in the bottom of your case.
- Comfortable casual clothes for day wear, nightwear, dressing gown and slippers. Front opening nightwear or loose T-shirts are more convenient for breastfeeding
- 3-4 maternity bras/loose Maternity singlets to allow for breast growth
- Breast pads
- 3 packs of maternity sanitary pads (with wings) and comfortable, sensible underpants
- Plastic ice blocks (kool pops) for perineum bring in unfrozen and place in hospital freezer (RHW)
- Toiletries and hairdryer
- Pen and paper
- Phone & camera charger
- Disposable nappies (if attending RHW, otherwise supplied at private hospital)
- If you are planning to formula feed your baby, you will need to bring your own bottles & formula
- An outfit and a blanket or wrap for taking your baby home (bring a spare in case of accidents).
Please remember to bring your antenatal card
Parking reminder: when you come in to either hospital to have your baby please remember to buy a 5 day car park pass, as this can reduce your parking costs significantly.
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Sydney Children’s Hospital also provides excellent emergency care for babies.
Emergency First Aid for Baby: www.littlelives.com.au
Suggested List of Items for your Newborn:
Items must comply with Australian Safety Standards. For further information ring Standards Australia 1300 308 989 or visit their website www.standards.org.au
|Cot (bassinet optional) travel cot (optional)||Pram/stroller (raincover)|
|Firm, well fitted mattress||Breast Pump (manual /electric)|
|Mattress protector (2)||Sling/pouch (ensure it has good head support for baby and back support for you)|
|Cloth nappies x 24 (fasteners safety pins, “snappy nappy clips”, pilchers, nappy bucket, nappy liners). A “nappy service” may be a great option.||Car restraint (capsule/ seat) you can hire a car capsule for the first 3 months apparently it’s safer than a 0-4 car seat.|
|Large scarf/sarong /wrap to cover breasts whilst feeding and pram whilst baby is sleeping.||Sunshades for car and mirror for back window so you can see your baby facing rearwards|
|Cotton or woollen blankets (no doonas)||Baby Panadol|
|Wraps (7)||A large handbag to carry spare nappies and baby essentials|
|Jumpsuits /bondsuits x 7 buy a few 0000’s and mainly 000’s||Barrier cream for nappy rash ie zinc and castor oil or petroleum-free paw-paw|
|Singlets / singlet bodysuits x 7||Newborn disposable nappies|
|Sunhat / beanie||Cot sheets (3) 1 on, 1 in wash and 1 ready to go!|
|Cotton wool balls, container for water / Unscented baby wipes||Feeding pillow (available from Australian breastfeeding association) or a V-shaped pillow|
|Change table with mattress, sides, drawers/shelves||Baby monitor (optional) – must be placed at least a metre away from baby (emits EMR)|
|Towels /face cloths||A rocking chair (optional)|
|Baby bath (with plug/stand: optional)||Travel cot (optional)|
|“Lansinoh” cream for nipple damage – (although no longer recommended at RHW)||Sterilizer (optional)|
Just in case:
- Dummy x1
- Bottles Teats and capsx6
- Nipple shield
Note on Hepatitis B:
Hepatitis B vaccine is part of routine childhood immunization. Since July 2016 it is now the recommended practice to give the baby the first Hepatitis B vaccine immediately after the birth, along with the Vitamin K injection.