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Wondering what to bring in your hospital bags?
This checklist covers all the items you’ll need for labour, mum post birth and for your new baby. Even if you're intending to have a home birth, it is a good idea to pack your hospital bags just in case. You will need to take a number of essential items to help you cope with labour, your hospital stay and take care of your new baby. Be prepared and have your hospital bags packed at around the 32-36 week point in case your baby is early. This will help you feel more in control and relaxed.
You’ll also find handy links to the birthwear products stocked by 'The Birthing Shirt Company'.
Your antenatal records
Car parking money
Your own prescription drugs
Hairbrush and a bamboo jersey headband
Slipper socks as your feet may feel chilly in strong labour
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Flannel/ face spray/ handheld fan
Lipbalm for dry lips
Snacks and drinks for you and your labour partner
Magazines, jigsaws, games (for early first stage)
Camera or video camera
List of important phone numbers
Extra plastic bags (for laundry items)
Nightwear and light dressing gown (postnatal wards are hot)
Slippers or flip flops
Eyemask for the bright wards
2 dark bath towels
Wash bag with make-up and toiletries
Plenty of knickers (disposable if you prefer)
Large-size maternity pads
Nursing bra and breast pads
Coins for phone, TV, newspapers and snacks
Leave valuables including jewellery at home
Going home outfit (loose fitting or maternity wear)
1 pack of newborn nappies
Baby wipes or cotton wool
2 cotton vests (depending on the season)
2 cotton sleepsuits
Cotton baby hat
Going home outfit
Car seat (most hospitals check that you have a car seat before you leave)
(Print and keep for reference)
(Assuming a 24 hour stay)
Jessica Clark, London
Tips on packing your hospital bag?
Size of bag
Choose a bag that will be easy to carry and can accommodate all the different items that you will need to pack. A small suitcase / overnight travel size bag with is a very convenient option. Label the bag with your name and contact information.
Sit down with your birthing partner and go through your checklist to see which items you already have and which items you will need to buy.
Be prepared and have your hospital bags packed at around the 32-36 week point in case your baby is early.
Where to keep it
Keep your hospital bag in a convenient spot (near the front door if you can), ready to go.