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What you may need

When your baby first arrives in the Neonatal Unit, you will be advised by staff on duty what you will need to provide for your baby whilst it is in the unit. This very much depends on your baby’s particular needs, a full term baby’s requirements can be very different from a premature baby’s needs and also depending on the treatment that the individual baby requires.

In general, you will be asked to provide nappies, cotton wool balls, and in the case of premature babies cotton buds.

You will also be asked to bring in a small supply of clothing, such as vests, hats, and baby grows. If your baby is premature and in an incubator the most they will wear in the early stages is a nappy and possibly a hat. This gives access for the nurses for attaching monitors etc. The incubators are kept at a constant temperature, ensuring that the baby is kept warm. Over a period time you will be allowed to start dressing the baby in either vests or baby grows.

You can bring in one or two small toys to place in your baby’s cot or incubator, but please do check with the staff before doing so.


USEFUL INFORMATION
Local shops that can help with those immediate purchases and that are within five minutes drive or a ten minute walk of the hospital.

Boots The Chemist
140a London Road
Kingston Upon Thames
KT1 3NS
Tel: 020 8547 1191
Asda
142 London Road
Kingston Upon Thames
KT2 6QL
Tel: 020 8547 3400

Both of these stores are beside each other. Click HERE for these stores location.


Other shops in Kingston that stock baby clothing and necessities are:

Mothercare
Bentall Centre
Clarence Street
Kingston Upon Thames
Tel:020 8541 4575 

Bentalls
Bentall Shopping Centre
Wood Street
Kingston Upon Thames
KT1 1TZ
Tel: 020 8546 1001

Boots The Chemist
42 Union Street
Kingston Upon Thames
KT1 1RP
Tel: 020 8541 1644

Sainsburys
Eden Walk
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 1BP
Tel: 020 8549 1072

John Lewis
Wood Street
Kingston Upon Thames
KT1 1TE
Tel: 020 8547 3000
www.johnlewis.com 

Waitrose
Wood Street
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 1TG
Tel: 020 8547 3457

Marks and Spencer
26 Clarence Street
Kingston Upon Thames
KT1 1NU
Tel: 020 8549 9933

Near to Kingston on the A3:
Tesco
300 Beverely Way
New Malden
Surrey
KT3 4PJ


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
If your baby is premature then it is worth knowing that Tesco, Boots and Mothercare all stock nappies for premature babies.

Tesco own brand.
Ultrasoft Premature Newborn size 0, for babies up to 3kg /6lb. Pampers Micro, up to 3kg/6lb.

Premature baby clothes can be purchased in most branches of Mothercare.

Some useful links for premature baby clothes are:
www.clothes4prematures.co.uk

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