Hospital Bag

Even if you’re traditionally a last-minute packer, your hospital bag is a task that should be done in the second trimester. After all, you never know when you might need it!

Your bag should be packed by 36 weeks at the very latest, earlier if possible. If you’re having twins or triplets then it should be by week 30. Try to restrict your luggage to a carry-on case, and a separate bag for the labour ward. There is often not a lot of storage space in hospitals, and big cases can easily become a safety hazard. Remember that your partner and other family members will be visiting you and they can always bring in anything you have forgotten.

For mum
  • 4 cotton nightdresses or pyjamas (front opening for breastfeeding)
  • 2 maternity bras
  • Breast pads
  • Nipple cream
  • 2 packets of maternity sanitary towels
  • 2 dark coloured towels and face cloths
  • Light dressing gown, slippers and flip flops
  • 8 pairs old comfortable underwear or disposable underwear
  • Shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush and deodorant
  • Cleanser & moisturiser
  • Make-up bag
  • Hairbrush, bobbin and clips
  • Witch hazel to soothe stitches
  • Phone and charger
  • Magazine and book
  • Notepad and pen
  • Money for snacks etc
For baby
  • 6 long-sleeved babygros
  • 6 vests
  • Bibs
  • 2 cardigans
  • 2 soft baby towels
  • 1 baby sponge
  • Nappy cream
  • 2 pairs of scratch mitts
  • 2 hats
  • Pack of disposable newborn nappies
  • 2 blankets
  • Cotton wool
Labour Ward Bag
  • Copy of birth plan
  • Hospital notes
  • Details of any prescribed medication
  • An old nightgown (front opening for breastfeeding)
  • A light dressing gown, slippers and bed socks
  • Clean nightwear for after the birth
  • Hair clip and bobbin
  • Toiletries, towel and tissues
  • Facial mist spray
  • Lip balm
  • Bottled water and snacks
  • Magazine or book
  • Camera
  • MP3 player
  • Nappy, vest, babygro, hat and scratch mitts for baby

Congratulations, and happy birthing!


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