What to bring for a day at the baby unit

  • Cool, comfortable clothing for you, because the baby unit will be very warm
  • Comfortable shoes or slippers
  • Moisturiser and lip balm to stop your skin from drying out
  • Maternity pads and breast pads if you're going to be there for the whole day
  • Nappies for premature babies
  • Ear plugs, for sleeping and resting in the bustling hospital environment
  • An eye mask, for sleeping in bright light
  • Headphones and music, for switching off and relaxing
  • Some form of entertainment, such as a book or magazine, so you can get a break
  • A device for internet access (smartphone or laptop) if you have one, so you can contact friends and family or join online support groups/forums
  • A notebook or diary, to make notes or write down anything the doctor says.