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Babies can be unpredictable. Having your bags packed early will mean that you’ll be ready for whenever your newborn does decide to make an appearance! Anything from 36 weeks onwards is considered average for getting your bag ready. Even if you’ve decided to have your baby at home, it’s still a good idea to have your hospital bag prepared, just in case plans change at the last minute. Having everything ready and in one place means that should you have to go into hospital for any reason, no one will need to rush around pulling together an emergency bag for you.
Your hospital bag should contain all the items you’ll need during labour and immediately after birth for both you and your baby. Any type of bag is suitable, one with extra pockets may be best as there will be lots of items that need to be kept in a safe place.
A hospital stay can vary in length. Anything from a few hours to 1½ days is considered normal for an uncomplicated birth. If you have a caesarean birth this could increase to 3-5 days, but sometimes this can be reduced if you and your baby are both doing well.
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