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At least four weeks before your due date, you should pack your bags. It’s a good idea to pack three separate bags and keep them handy.

1. Bag for labour

  • Cell phone with phone numbers for when labour starts: partner, doctor, relatives
  • Money for parking, snacks, etc.
  • Camera
  • Magazines or a book
  • Snacks for you and your birth partner (check with your doctor what you can have)
  • Watch with a timer for timing contractions (or cell phone)
  • Lotion for massage
  • Cold and warm packs for back relief – a hot water bottle works well
  • Slippers and socks for cold feet
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hairbrush and hair bands
  • A comfortable nightie

2. Bag for after birth

  • Dressing gown, pyjamas and underwear
  • Maternity pads
  • Nursing bra and CHERUBS Super Absorbent Nursing Pads
  • Nappies, nappy rash cream, CHERUBS Newborn Wipes and CHERUBS Nappy Sacks
  • A few sets of baby clothes
  • Toiletries

3. Bag for going home

  • Loose outfit and comfortable shoes
  • Bag for gifts and hospital supplies
  • Baby car seat
  • Clothes for baby to go home in
  • Nappies and CHERUBS wipes

Make sure you have planned for how you are going to get to the hospital and have a back-up plan just in case. Make sure you know the quickest and easiest route and test it. Make plans for childcare if you already have children.