08:01 09 June 2009
Your hospital bag is as much a tradition of the childbirth experience as is 'wetting the baby's head'. This article also appears on www.bbc.co.uk/parenting/having_a_baby
Ideally, you should pack your bag with all your essentials, toward the last two weeks of your pregnancy. If you're having a home birth, put aside the things you don't always have at your fingertips, so you know you won't need to do anything else when the time comes.
It can be useful to have two bags " one for labour, and one for your stay on the ward afterwards.
"Info:Keep water spray in the fridge until you leave for the hospital. It's great for gentle cool-downs during labour."
Get your camera or video camera for taking pictures during and afterward the birth. Check with the hospital first, though, as some units don't allow it.
In most places, your baby will be lent a nightie and bedding, though you may need to bring in your own nappies. Remember you'll need clothing for yourself and your baby to travel home in, but someone can bring that in for you once you've had your baby.
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