Hospital Bag Checklist

Preparing for the birth can be the most daunting time in pregnancy; what should you pack? What will you need? What will baby need? Panic not! We have a little checklist here for you, to ensure that you've got the essentials. 

Everyone is different, so you may not need everything, please use the list as a guideline.

Labour Bag

  • A bag to put everything in (maybe a small cabin size suitcase that you or your birth partner can wheel along the floor)
  • Your birth plan and all of your maternity notes

  • A dressing gown. Something to keep you comfortable, and prepared, should you need to walk the hospital corridors in early labour. Make sure that it's one that you don't mind getting stained; nothing too fancy!

  • An old nightgown or large t-shirt This is for you to wear during labour. You may also get a 'labour shirt' which is made especially for this purpose and has discreet little design features to help you along.

  • Slippers or Slipper Socks. Again, something comfortable that you can remove with ease.

  • A Phone Charger Just in case you would like to use your phone to keep you occupied

  • A book/ tablet/ crossword Something to pass the time and to relax you

  • Lip balm. Keep your lips and mouth hydrated against the air con in the labour ward and Gas & Air. There's nothing worse than dry lips!

  • Snacks/drinks. Enough to keep you going through labour. Don't panic too much though, as there is a small shop in most hospitals if you run out.

  • Hairbands/ Hair Clip You may wish to get your hair out of your face, especially if you get a bit warm

A bag for your birthing partner(s)

  • Water spray, to cool you down while you're in labour and refresh

  • Comfy clothes/ shoes. Your birth partner will be at the hospital just as long as you are, so it is important that they are comfortable too.

  • Drinking straws. To help you have a drink in labour - these are super useful!

  • Mobile phone/charge
  • Digital camera/ camera phone to capture those precious first few moments of newborn life

  • Snacks and drinks

After the Birth bag for Mom

  • Going-home outfit. Something that you know you will be relaxed and comfortable in, maybe some of your maternity clothes. A top with front opening will be useful if you plan to breast-feed.

  • Breast Pads Choose from disposable or reusable (Jurnie have some soft, reusable bamboo ones which are lovely and won't crinkle inside your bra)

  • Nursing bras. Maybe have at least a couple of these to hand

  • Maternity pads. Have a couple of options/packs with you in case

  • Toiletries. Buy travel versions to save on space in your bag, or only take those that you know you will use. Toothbrush and toothpaste are essentials. Hairbrush, shampoo and shower gel are also great to have.

  • A soft face towel/ bathtowel.

  • Old/cheap knickers, or even try disposable knickers.  There's no need for fancy ones, you want to be comfortable to sit and move in them. Big 'Bridget Jones' style ones will be useful if you have a caesarean as they won't rub your wound.

Baby's Bag (your changing bag may be useful for this job)

  • Baby blanket. For wrapping baby up warm. This depends on the season that baby is born. A thick one in winter will be good for when you take baby outside.

  • 2/3 Babygrows  A variety of sizes may be best to ensure you have one to fit your baby. Newborn/ 0-3 months.

  • Socks/booties, a hat and mittens

  • A special homecoming outfit You may wish to have a special outfit to come home in for your baby. A few layers (cardigans, jackets) may be handy so you are prepared for the Great British weather. A babygrow with arms and feet may be easiest for you.

  • Nappies/ Nappy sacks/ wipes On average a newborn will use 8-12 nappies a day so be prepared

  • Nappy rash cream (suitable for newborns)

  • Muslin squares, Hands down the most useful thing you will have with a newborn. Use it for mopping up spills, as a lightweight blanket, as a baby comforter, as a breast-feeding cover up...

  • A baby car seat To bring baby home in. Make sure you know how to use it and can install it into a car beforehand. 

And there you have it, you're all set! If you can think of anything else to add to the list, let us know in the comments below! 

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