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What should I bring to the hospital when having my baby?

Updated: May 8

There are lots of unknowns when trying to pack for the hospital when having your baby. I've noted the questions I get asked most about what to bring below so you can get organised and feel prepared...

Should I bring a birthing ball to the hospital?

There is no need to bring a birthing ball with you (they are not the easiest things to carry!). There are plenty of birthing balls you can use on MLBU, Delivery Suite and Cley Ward at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital. If there isn’t one in your room, just ask!


Should I bring some formula milk with me to the hospital if I’m planning to breastfeed, just in case?

No, you don’t need to bring any formula milk with you if you are planning to breastfeed. If for any reason your baby requires some formula during your stay, this will be provided to you.


Do I need to bring formula milk with me to the hospital if I’m planning to bottle feed?

Yes, if you are planning to bottle feed your baby you will need to bring formula milk with you. Pre-made formula is easier to use whilst you are at hospital than powdered formula. It is also a good idea to bring a couple of your own bottles and a bottle brush. Newborns usually only take small volumes of milk in the first few days and you can avoid a lot of wastage by decanting some pre-made formula milk into your own bottle.


How will I sterilise baby bottles in the hospital?

At NNUH you will be provided with a Milton tank for the duration of your stay. This will be changed daily by the lovely maternity care assistants (MCA’s).


Should I bring my own pillow to the hospital?

Whilst it is not essential to bring your own pillow when you go to the hospital, you might find that it is a good idea to bring one if you can carry it. Pillows in hospitals are like gold dust! Just make sure you remember to take it with you when you get discharged home.


Do I need to take towels to the hospital when having my baby?

No, you will be provided with towels, whether you are on Cley (antenatal) or Blakeney (postnatal) ward, MLBU or Delivery suite. If you need more, just ask!


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What to bring to the hospital when having my baby?

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