15/05/2012 07:12 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag

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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