So what do you really need in your maternity hospital bag?

Updated: Mar 29

When it comes to packing your maternity hospital bag, it can be quite overwhelming. A well organised hospital bag will help you feel prepared and relaxed when the time comes for baby's arrival.

What you will need

  • Birth plan and hospital paperwork

  • Nightwear, dressing gown and slippers

  • Underwear, nursing bra

  • Maternity pads

  • Change of clothes - loose and comfortable

  • Toiletries

  • Face wipes, lip balm, face cream

  • Hair brush, hair tie

  • Fan or water spray to cool you down

  • Snacks, drinks

  • Phone, camera

  • Chargers

  • Things to help you relax such as music, a book or a magazine


What baby will need

Giraffe print swaddle blanket for baby

  • Baby sleepsuits

  • Baby bodysuits

  • Going home outfit

  • Hat

  • Muslin clothes

  • Bibs, scratch mittens

  • Swaddle blanket

  • Milestone card for first photograph

  • Nappies

  • Wipes

  • Nappy rash cream

  • A car seat for the journey home

For more information, you can read the guidance from the NHS here. (Opens external website) If you are unsure on anything regarding your labour, you should always consult your midwife or a healthcare professional.

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