- Maternity notes and birth plan if you’ve made one
- Mobile phone and charger
- An old/dark nightie/t-shirt
- Lightweight dressing gown
- Slippers or warm socks
- Hairband, hair ties
- High energy snacks & drinks
- Lip balm (the air can get very dry)
- Camera/Video camera
- Magazines/books/MP3 player/tablet
- TENS pain relief machine (easy to use)
- Old knickers or disposable pants
- Maternity sanitary pads
- Nipple cream
- Breast pads
- Snoob Breastfeeding Scarf
- Nursing Bras
- Nursing Vest
- Dark leggings or jogging pants
- Ear plugs – you only want to hear your own baby cry! Toiletries, some basic make-up, flannel, hairbrush
- Comfortable going home clothes
- Newborn Nappies
- Cotton wool balls/pads
- Nappy bags
- Nappy cream
- Disposable changing mats
- 4 bodysuits & 4 sleepsuits
- Soft muslin squares
- Baby socks, hat and mittens
- Baby blanket and jacket for going home
- Baby car seat
For dad/birth partner:
- Magazines, newspaper, Kinder – there’s often a lot of waiting
- Camera/camcorder, spare batteries and charger - for those first pics
- Phone and charger - lots of people will be waiting to hear the news!
- Change for car park/vending machine
- Snacks and drinks
- Contraction timing app on phone – there are a few out there so have a search on the app store
Ideally your hospital bag should be packed a few weeks before your due date. BUT don’t panic if it’s not – your hospital will be able to provide you and your baby with the basics and visitors can always bring in supplies.
- Make sure your husband or partner knows what’s inside your bag and where it is!
- Check your route to the hospital, particularly for any roadworks.
- And the best of luck to you and the Duchess of Cambridge!
Here's a printable list for you to stick on your fridge.
Never mind that. Where's the food?