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Packing your hospital bag

You should make sure that you have your hospital bag packed well before your due date.

In your bag, you will probably want to pack:

  • pregnancy records / notes
  • any medication you may be taking
  • birth plan
  • something loose and comfortable to wear during labour
  • front opening or loose fitting nighties or tops if you’re going to breastfeed
  • loose, comfortable (maternity) outfit to wear home
  • dressing gown and slippers
  • comfortable supportive bras, including nursing bras if you’re planning to breastfeed
  • breast pads
  • toiletries – toothbrush, hairbrush, flannel, soap, moisturiser, shampoo, conditioner, lip balm, hair ties, etc.
  • maternity sanitary pads
  • nipple cream
  • 5 or 6 pairs of knickers, disposable ones
  • towels
  • healthy snacks and drinks
  • extra pillows
  • ipad / camera / phone / chargers
  • breastfeeding pillow
  • lip balm

In your baby's bag, you might want to pack:

  • 3 - 5 babygros, vests and sleepsuits
  • clothes to take baby home in
  • hat, scratch mittens, socks or booties
  • a shawl or blanket
  • muslin squares
  • cotton wool
  • a pram suit if it is cold
  • plenty of nappies (allow 12 per day)
  • a car seat for the trip home

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