Socks, for their hands or feet to keep the sats probe in place! – baby mittens often too big
Blankets to help it feel personal
Dummies – particularly encouraged with heart babies
Toys/cuddlies/decorations or bunting to make the cot feel more personal
Your own white noise toy/machine for baby to familiarise and to continue at home
Bottles if you plan to express or bottle feed
Your own expressing machine can be useful for extended stays in hospital
Nice toiletries – the bath or shower after labour is amazing!!
Lip balm & hand cream, get very dry
Comfortable clothes – but bear in mind hospitals are HOT! Feeding friendly too if you plan to breastfeed or express
Painkillers (although immediately post-birth these will be administered by the midwife team)
Travel mug with lid
Your own pillow
Long phone chargers for the above (longer ones work best in hospital)
Book/puzzle book/little project to pass the time, especially if you’re being induced as can be a long process… and afterwards, newborns sleep a lot!! Knitting or similar activity can be a good way to pass the time.
Notepad to take notes on Doctors rounds, or write down questions you think of… Or to keep a journal.