21 hospital bag must-haves daily_blabber April 19, 2011 Confused about what to pack for when you're finally called in to give birth? By 36 weeks you’ll want to be prepared, so here’s how to get organised… By Lynne Roberts bag1For labour: Maternity notes and birth planIf there’s one certainty about birth, it’s that it rarely goes to plan. But having a birth plan will ensu bag2For labour: Oversized T-shirt or nightieForget fashion. Take something loose and comfortable that won&rs bag3For labour: Slippers and socksHospitals can be warm, but it’s surprising how quickly you can start to feel chilly, so make sure you pack something to keep your feet From our partner bag4For labour: Massage oilThe jury’s still out on this one. bag5For labour: Snacks and drinksUnless there is a chance of complications, it’s fine to eat during early labour, and you’ll need lots of energy for the task ahead 3. Provide distractions. bag7For labour: Tens machineOtherwise known as 'transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation', a Tens machine sends out electrical pulses via pads placed on your back d From our partner bag8For labour: Sponge / water sprayA small spray bottle is inexpensive, easy to pack and great to help keep you cool during labour. bag9For after the birth: WashbagYou may be in hospital overnight or longer, but even if you’re in and out quickly you’ll want to freshen up. bag10For after the birth: Front-opening nightshirtIf you do stay in overnight you’ll need something to wear. bag11For after the birth: Money for car park / phone cardHospital car parks don’t come cheap, so make sure you have plenty of change if you’re driving. From our partner bag12For after the birth: Knickers Some women swear by disposables, others say cheap multipacks are the way to go. bag13For after the birth: Maternity towelsTake a couple of packs of pads, as you will need to change them frequently after giving birth. bag14For after the birth: Nursing brasNursing bras are specially designed for easy-access, which is essential when your hands are full. bag15For after the birth: Going home outfitAfter giving birth you’ll want to wear something comfortable – plus, you won’t be back in your pre-pregnancy From our partner bag16For after the birth: Camera / camcorderYou may want to record those precious first moments, but chances are you won’t want too much information recorded for bag17For baby: NappiesThere’s a whole world of nappies out there and you’ll need to weigh up the pros and cons before deciding which are best for you. bag18For baby: Cotton woolThere’s a wide array of products you could pack for your baby – but all you really need at first is good old cotton wool and wate bag19For baby: BlanketEven summer babies need to be kept warm, so make sure you pack a nice soft blanket to keep them cosy on the way home. From our partner bag20For baby: Car seatA car seat is required by law for all children up to the age of 12, so make sure you know how to fit yours properly before you take your baby home. bag21For baby: Essential clothingThere will be lots of time for cute outfits later, but two or three sleep suits, the same number of vests, plus a cotton hat and scratch mitts 1 / 21 Previous Next JOIN THE CONVERSATION FROM OUR NETWORK What's Popular 1A mum asked for 'upper class' baby name suggestions and we can't stop reading the replies. 2Why a dad gave his daughter an 'unusual' and 'difficult' name on purpose. 3Julie Bishop seems like the obvious choice for Liberal leader. So why is she staying out of it? 4The beautiful moment Pink stopped her Aussie concert to comfort a grieving teen fan. 5"My child was a terrible sleeper. Using this trick, she's slept through for TWO MONTHS." FROM OUR NETWORK Want more from mamamia?