What you’ll need

If you haven’t already, now’s the time to start thinking about everything you’ll need once your little one arrives and, of course, what you’ll need in the hospital.
Feeding products may not necessarily be at the top of your baby preparation ‘to buy’ list because you’ll probably be planning on breastfeeding, but there are still some items that you’ll find particularly useful.

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Breast Pump
Digital Bottle and Baby Food Warmer
Newborn Pacifiers
Baby Monitor
Breast Pads
Newborn Starter Kit

Breast Pump

Expressing breast milk, after your milk has been established gives you the flexibility to help you breastfeed for longer. Expressing is really easy once you get used to it, and it’s worth investing in a good breast pump, such as the Philips AVENT Single Electronic Breast Pump that is designed to make expressing milk as quick and easy as possible. It’s best to wait a few weeks after the birth to allow breastfeeding to become established before you start expressing, unless your Healthcare Professional recommends otherwise.

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It is important to keep all your feeding equipment sterilized before each use for the first year of your little one’s life. Steam sterilizing is the easiest, safest and fastest way to do this.

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Digital Bottle and Baby Food Warmer

The Philips AVENT Digital Bottle and Baby Food Warmer is a fast, safe way to warm expressed milk and baby food, warming 4oz milk at room temperature in just four minutes.

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Newborn Pacifiers

Philips AVENT orthodontic pacifiers are suitable for babies from birth, respecting the natural development of your baby's palate, teeth and gums. All Philips AVENT pacifiers are made of silicone and are taste and odor-free.

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Baby Monitor

With the new Philips AVENT range of DECT Baby Monitors that guarantee zero interference, you can relax safe in the knowledge that your baby's happy even when you are out of the room.

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Breast Pads

Philips AVENT Ultra Comfort Breast Pads can be worn inside your bra to absorb any milk that may leak between feeds, while protecting your clothes.

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Newborn Starter Set

The Philips AVENT Newborn Starter Set has everything you’ll need for your baby’s first bottle feeds of expressed breast milk or formula.

The kit contains
2 Feeding Bottles (260ml/9oz)
1 Feeding Bottle (125ml/4oz)
1 bottle and nipple brush

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Top tips for what to take to hospital

For you:
  • Slippers, or thick socks and a bathrobe.
  • Underwear, two or three packs of feminine napkins and a couple of nursing bras.
  • Basic toiletry kit, toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash. Hairbrush and hair bands. Face wipes, lip balm and moisturizer.
  • Patterned towel and pillowcase – with pillow. Make sure it’s a patterned pillowcase so it doesn’t get put in the hospital laundry.
  • Nipple cream, breast pads, breastfeeding information to use when staff are busy.
  • Earplugs - maternity wards can be noisy. These will help you sleep if someone is watching your baby.
  • A little make up, tissues, glasses, contact lenses.
  • Baby Feeding Diary (or notepad) and pen.
  • A stash of snacks, drinks and a small amount of money.
  • Some clothes to go home in.
  • Optional extras such as an MP3 & speakers (check that’s OK with the unit), massage lotion, a magazine or book.
For your baby:
  • One pack of diapers, and wipes.
  • Going home outfit, socks and scratch mitts.
  • Several burp cloths
  • Blankets and warm outfit, including a hat, for going home. Hospitals have swaddling sheets and baby nighties.
This is a very basic list and you’ll probably use all these items. If you use for example, or have to stay in for more than a night or two, your partner should be able to bring in replacements.

Please be aware that the information given in these articles is only intended as general advice and should in no way be taken as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you or your family or your child is suffering from symptoms or conditions which are severe or persistent or you need specific medical advice, please seek professional medical assistance. Philips AVENT cannot be held responsible for any damages that result from the use of the information provided on this website.

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