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What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag

15/05/2012 11:12 | Updated 22 May 2015

What to pack in your hospital bag

There's nothing like packing your hospital bag to get your mind focused on the up-coming labour and meeting your newborn baby. Have the essentials packed and ready-to-go by the end of your 36th week – just in case your baby decides to come early. Our check-list covers all the essentials you will need.

Before the birth:

  • Hospital notes
  • Birth plan
  • Birthing aids
  • TENS machine
  • Warm socks or slippers
  • Hair bands or grips for longer hair
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Lip balm
  • Face flannel
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Glucose tablets
  • Any prescribed medication you usually take
  • Towel
  • Water spray – if it's hot
  • Camera/camcorder and charger or batteries
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Games, books, things to do
  • iPod and music
  • List of phone numbers for your birth partner to ring

After the birth:

  • Disposable or loose comfortable pants
  • Maternity sanitary towels
  • Two sets of nightwear. If you're planning to breast-feed choose nightwear with front fastening
  • Dressing gown
  • Nursing bra
  • Breast pads
  • Nipple cream
  • Shower gel, shampoo and conditioner plus your cosmetics
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes to travel home in.
For your baby:

  • Newborn nappies
  • Cotton-wool balls or baby wipes
  • Towel
  • Sleep suits and vests (about six of each)
  • Cardigan
  • Cellular blankets
  • Baby hat and scratch mittons
  • Warm suit if it's cold
  • Pack of muslins
  • Pack of bibs
  • Cuddly toy (suitable from birth)
  • Car seat
Here's our alternative guide to what to pack in your hospital bag.

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