What to pack in my hospital bag?

So it’s the time to gather together all the essentials you’ll need! Remember that you may need to go in unexpectedly, so try to have a bag packed about 36 weeks.

It’s worth noting that maternity hospitals vary in their policies about what you are allowed to bring in.

For Mum

  • Your birth plan!
  • Warm Socks (your feet can get cold in labour!)
  • Slippers
  • Long T-Shirt/Nightie (Front Opening is best)
  • Light Dressing Gown
  • Maternity Bra and Breast Pads
  • Maternity Pads
  • Birthing ball (if desired)
  • TENS machine (if desired)
  • Phone Charger
  • Pairs of Comfortable Underwear x10
  • Facecloth/Sponge
  • Towels
  • Toilet Bag and Mirror
  • Flip flops for the shower
  • Heat and Cold Packs
  • Light snacks and drinks
  • Magazines/newspapers (for all the Love Island goss)
  • Massage Oils
  • Relevant prescribed medication
  • A pen (you wouldn’t know what you’ll need it for!)

For Baby

  • Long sleeved grows X 6
  • Baby socks
  • 6 Vests (all baby clothes should be pre-washed before packing)
  • Cardigan
  • Hat
  • Pre-washed baby towel
  • Pack of nappies (newborn size)
  • Cotton wool
  • Baby bibs X 6
  • Baby blanket X 2
  • Cot sheet X 2

Going Home Items

  • Coat
  • Loose, comfortable shoes
  • Baby blanket
  • Baby coat

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