From Bellies to Babies tip: Comforts from home - maybe a photo, favorite pillow. Something that will help you create a comforting, calm, familiar atmosphere for you - this is important, so spend some time gathering bits and pieces to take with you
Diffuser and essential oils - check with your LMC what oils can be used
Big t-shirt - for comfort
Hair ties or hair band
Snacks / muesli bars / lollipops / mints
Magazine / puzzle book - something for distraction
Nursing singlet and comfy pants - don't take pre pregnancy clothes, they won't fit just yet
Cell phone and charger
List of people to call / address book
FOR MUM AFTER BIRTH
Breast pads - wool or cotton are ideal, disposable available too
Maternity pads - a couple of packets
Simple body wash with no colours or fragrances - won't mask the smell of mum for breastfeeding baby nor sting if you have stitches
Maternity bras - the most comfortable bra you will ever wear!
Pyjamas / nighties
From Bellies to Babies Tip: Full brief knickers (6-9 pack) - great for comfort and able to throw away later if they have stains, you probably don't want to ruin your ''good'' knickers!
Loose comfortable day clothing - you won't be able to fit pre-pregnancy clothing for a wee while
Toiletries, soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, make up, deodorant, moisturizer, face cloth
Jandals - for the shower
Bag for dirty clothes
Pen and notepad / journal - something to jot down notes
Glasses / contacts
Money for vending machines / parking / phone
FOR BABY IN HOSPITAL
Merino or Cotton Onesies x3
Merino or Cotton nightie x3
Socks / booties x3
Cotton singlets x5
Nappies - the hospital will supply some
Baby Wraps - only muslin or cotton wraps, no polar fleece!
Blanket - as above, only natural fibres - cotton/wool/merino/bamboo
Going home outfit
From Bellies to Babies tip: install the carseat before you are in labour so you can take your time and follow the instructions. Hospitals won't let you leave without a carseat so this is really important.
FOR PARTNERS AND SUPPORT PEOPLE It's really important that partners and support people packs a bag to bring too. The last thing you want is them nipping off to get food and drink right when you need them the most!
Togs & Towel (if your partner is planning a water birth or laboring in water and/or using the shower)
Drinks and a snacks - easy to prep foods, there is a microwave available to heat food if required
Magazine / book
Cell phone and charger
Know mum's birth plan - (if she has one) so you can remind her and advocate for her if needed