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Hospital bag checklist & essentials

Not sure what to pack? Find everything you and baby will need for the big day.

Hospital bag checklist & essentials.

Your due date will soon be here, and you never know exactly when your labour will start. Take some time to pack out a hospital bag, with some essentials for you and your baby (and a few home comforts, too). Once you've packed, you might want to think about a hospital bag for dad, your partner or whoever will be attending the hospital with you.

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Essentials for mum

  • Birth plan/hospital notes
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Phone & charger
  • Maternity pads
  • Breast pads
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Clothing for mum

  • Dressing gown
  • Slippers or flip-flops
  • Nightdress/pyjamas
  • Nursing bras
  • Knickers (several pairs)
  • Comfortable outfit to leave in
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Hospital bag for dad/birth partner

  • Camera and memory card (with plenty of space on it!)
  • Change of clothes
  • Pillow & blanket
  • Change for vending machines & car parking
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To pass the time

  • Snacks & drinks
  • Tablets
  • iPods/MP3 players
  • Wireless speakers
  • Books

What should you pack for baby?

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Essentials for baby

  • 3/4 bodysuits
  • 3/4 sleepsuits
  • Baby blanket
  • Newborn nappies
  • Cotton wool/baby wipes
  • Muslin squares/bibs
  • Socks
  • Booties
  • Mittens and hat
  • Going home outfit
  • Jacket/snowsuit (if it's winter)
  • Car seat

Things to consider

When should I pack my hospital bag?

It's recommended you pack your hospital bag 4-6 weeks before you're due. Make sure Dad or your birth partner knows where the bag is and check beforehand what you're allowed to bring, it may vary between hospitals.

What kind of a bag should I bring?

Choose a practical bag with plenty of compartments. Some mums like to bring a large holdall or a small suitcase. You may want to bring two - one for you and one for your new arrival.

How much can I bring to the hospital?

You may not have a lot of space for bags on the ward, so you could leave extra items in your car boot for your birth partner to grab later. Most women don't stay in the hospital for too long afterwards, so you don't need to bring lots of baby clothes.

What if I forget something on the day?

Don't panic! If you forget anything essential the hospital will likely be able to provide it, or a visitor can bring it for you.

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