We recommend you leave your valuables at home for the duration of your hospital stay.
Your support person/whānau
A good book or magazine
Food or drink for your support person, energy snacks and drinks for you
Glucose tablets or honey
Travelling rug or blanket
Music of your choice on your own device
For your ongoing stay in hospital
Day or night wear as you may feel more comfortable in your own day clothes or night wear.
Remember that you will be breastfeeding so clothes that open down the front or separate at the waist are recommended.
A supportive breastfeeding bra is also essential and appropriate.
Shirt and trousers, skirt or dresses, lava lava; summer wear as the hospital is warm.
Bras and breast pads, panties, jandals (for wearing in the showers).
Nighties or pyjamas, lava lava, dressing gown.
Soap & face cloth, toothbrush and toothpaste.
Shampoo and comb or hairbrush.
At least three packets of maternity sanitary pads.
Pen (for completing babies feed chart).
Your own mug or cup. Tea and milo is provided.
Complementary remedies and usual medications.
Please bring the following items for baby during your stay:
All-in-one such as stretch and grows/nightgowns
Woollen/cotton bassinet blanket
Optional: lightweight wrap
We encourage new parents to buy blankets made of breathable material such as cotton or wool. Don't worry about wool being too warm - baby has just come from a much warmer place!
Avoid polar fleece blankets as baby can sweat. This can cause baby to get cold.
For baby when leaving:
Going-home clothes such as a woollen hat, all-in-one, woollen booties and jackets/cardigans. It is a good idea to make sure the clothes have legs if the car seat requires the strap to go between the legs.
A blanket for the journey home. We encourage new parents to buy blankets made of breathable material such as cotton or wool. Avoid polar fleece blankets.
A car seat() appropriate for your new baby. This is always required.