What should I pack in my hospital bag?

For yourself, you'll probably want to pack:

Your birth plan and hospital notes

something loose and comfortable to wear during labour that does not restrict you from moving around or make you too hot.

Few changes of clothes

2 or 3 comfortable and supportive bras, including nursing bras if you're planning to breastfeed

Breast pads

A couple of packets of super-absorbent sanitary or maternity pads 5 or 6 pairs of knickers – you may want to bring some disposable ones

washbag with a toothbrush, hairbrush, flannel, soap, lip balm, deodorant, hair ties



Music or podcastsa

Fan or water spray to cool you down

Loose-fitting nighties or tops if you're going to breastfeed

Dressing gown and slippers

A loose, comfortable outfit to wear home

Healthy snacks and drinks


Tens machine if you intend to use one

Any medicines you're taking

For Baby, you might want to pack:




Going home outfit

Scratch mittens

Baby socks


Pack of nappiesa


Muslim squares

Car seat

Cotton wool



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