Maternity Bag Essentials
Maternity Bag Essentials

Preparation is key and, ideally, you should have your maternity bag packed and ready to go by 36 weeks at the latest in case you go into labour early. The following checklist includes all of the essentials that you and your baby will need during your stay in hospital.

Labour bag

  • Your medical record chart

  • A loose t-shirt or old night-shirt

  • A light dressing gown, socks and slippers

  • Large disposable or cotton comfortable panties

  • Pack of maternity sanitary towels

  • Facial mist spray

  • Lip balm

  • Bottled water/drinks and snacks for you and your partner

  • TENS machine if you chose to use one for pain relief

  • Magazines or a book

  • Personal music player and headphones

  • Face cloth or facial wipes and hand towel

  • Newborn nappies

  • Change of clothes for mother and baby after delivery

  • A camera

  • Hospital bag – for mum

    • Four cotton nightdresses/pyjamas – front-opening if you are planning
      to breastfeed

    • Plenty of disposable/cotton panties

    • Three packs of maternity sanitary towels

    • Two maternity bras (nursing bras if breastfeeding)

    • Two bath towels and one hand towel (your partner can bring in extra if you need them)

    • Toiletries – wash bag containing facecloth, soap, shower gel, shampoo, shower hat, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc. (Travel-size items are ideal.)

    • Deodorant

    • Moisturiser

    • Breast pads

    • Magazines and books

    • Mobile phone and charger

    • Notebook and pen

    • Large bottle of witch hazel to soothe stitches (pour a few drops onto a sanitary pad)

    • Nipple cream if breastfeeding

    • Hair clip, brush, travel hairdryer