Packing your hospital bag is an exciting time (also a little nerve racking too!) and we want to make sure you have everything ready and at hand. We have put together a list of everything you should need to help you get through the birth of your new baby. We recommend you pack you bag at least 3 weeks before your due date as some babies like to make an earlier appearance.

  • Birth plan and maternity notes
  • Any Medicines you’re taking
  • Several nightdresses or t-shirts (Open-fronted nightie – suitable for breastfeeding)
  • Slippers or socks
  • A dressing gown
  • Lip balm
  • Water spray or mini fan
  • Snacks, snacks and more snacks
  • Isotonic drinks – to keep your energy levels
  • Favourite music, book or magazine
  • Hair clips, bobbles and a brush
  • Tissues or wet wipes
  • Your mobile phone (and a charger!)
  • Nursing bras – two or three
  • Breast pads – just in case you have any leaks!
  • Maternity pads – at least two packs
  • Big, comfy knickers – i’m talking bigger than Bridget’s -( these may be you new favourite underwear for a little while)
  • Laundry bag – to pop in any used clothing and keep separate from your clean clothes
  • Toiletries – wash items, toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant
  • Baby clothes – Baby grows, scratch mitts, socks, Baby blanket
  • Muslins cloths and bibs – useful for mop ups
  • Nappies, baby toiletries and cotton wool
  • Sterilised baby bottles and Baby milk/ formula
  • Going-home clothes for you ­- loose & comfortable
  • Baby blanket /shawl – for when you go home
  • Baby car seat – essential if you are driving home after the birth
  • Loose change for car park/ vending machine

It’s a great idea to go through your hospital bag with your birthing partner just so they know where to find items when they are needed.