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Day Wear

  • Comfortable clothes suitable for breastfeeding, which open at the front or separate at the waist
  • Bras – maternity bra or soft bra (as breast size can vary significantly)
  • Breast-pads
  • Underpants suitable for wearing a sanitary pad

Night Wear

  • Nighties or pyjamas, dressing gown (remember convenience for breastfeeding), slippers with good grip soles

Also Bring

West Coast Breastfeeding Handbook
  • Birth plan
  • West Coast Breastfeeding Handbook
  • Breastfeeding Plan
  • Relaxation CDs / iPOD
  • Maternity notes
  • Nutritious snacks
  • Barley sugars for labour
  • Camera
  • Pen (for completing baby's feed chart)

PLEASE LEAVE VALUABLES AT HOME

Optional

  • Biscuits / snacks, fruit
  • Decaffeinated coffee or herbal tea
  • Lip balm
  • Headband/hair ties
  • Pillow / pillow case
  • Jandals for shower

For Baby in the Maternity Unit

  • Hat and booties (woollen)
  • Baby wrap - shawl or blanket
  • Baby clothes, including singlets, gowns or 'all in ones'
  • Something to wipe baby's bottom (e.g. soft cloths)

To take Baby home

  • Nappies, singlet (woollen and cotton)
  • Gown or stretch 'n' grow
  • Woollen cardigan
  • Baby wrap - shawl or blanket
  • Hat and booties (woollen)
Baby ready to go home
Baby Cruz - ready to go home for the first time

Car seat

In accordance with NZ legislation your baby must travel in a car seat. Please make sure you are familiar with how to put your seat into your car and that your car seat complies with NZ Safety Standards.

Find a child restraint technician

Make sure you are familiar with how to install your baby / child car seat into your vehicle and that it complies with New Zealand safety standards. To find a local child restraint technician to assisting in fitting your car seat, please click here:

Child Restraint Information

For more information on NZ child restraints, please click here:

Preparing for going home

On the day of your discharge please arrange to be picked up and plan to leave by 11.00 am. You will need to ensure you have a car seat to take baby home and suitable clothing for baby.

Young Isla all packed up and ready to go home
Young Isla all packed up and ready to go home