Your birth plan and hospital notes
Something loose and comfortable to wear during labour that does not restrict you from moving around or being examined.
Changes of loose, comfortable clothes
2 or 3 comfortable and supportive bras, including nursing bras if you're planning to breastfeed – remember, your breasts will be much larger than usual
2 packets of super-absorbent sanitary or maternity pads
5 or 6 pairs of knickers – Many women find disposable under where useful.
Pain relief - sometimes waiting for paracetamol can be a long wait when in pain, Spritz for bits or similar will help your healing process down below!
Your washbag with a toothbrush, hairbrush, flannel, soap, lip balm, deodorant, hair ties and other toiletries
Towels (dark colour)
Things to help you pass the time and relax – for example, books, magazines, music or podcasts
A fan or water spray to cool you down
Front-opening or loose-fitting nighties or tops if you're going to breastfeed
Dressing gown and slippers (waterproof flip flops for the shower room)
Snacksand drinks (rehydration drinks a good for labouring)
A TENS machine if you intend to use one
Any medicines you're taking
Phone and charger
Bodysuits, vests and sleepsuits
An outfit for going home in
A hat,scratch mittens and socks or booties
Plenty of nappies
Cotton pads or balls for bum cleaning
A shawl or blanket
Soft toy/ comforter - can be used for your first photos
Muslin squares or bibs
A car seat for the trip home
Pre-made bottles if your not planning to breastfeed, or just incase there are issues with feeding to start with.
Wash bag - toothbrush and deodorant is a good idea if labour last a long time.
Spare t-shirt/ top
Drinks and snacks - it could be a long process
Phone and charger
Things to keep you entertained, books magazine, iPad.
Important phone numbers