Hospital Bag- What to Pack for the Birth

These lists have been carefully compiled by talking to many women who have given birth recently.

Some items you will want to take in to the hospital when you go into labour, and some you can leave in car  or get your husband or partner to bring after birth.  We have placed an Asterisk (*) next to the items we think you should take in when you go into labour.



Essentials For you.

  • Maternity Notes *
  • 2-3 nighties, bearing in mind, you may give birth in one, and you may have some heavy bleeding after the birth.  We recommend some cheap ones from Primark or similar, obviously in a large size!  Nighties with straps or buttons down the front are useful if trying to breastfeed.  *
  • Lightweight Dressing gown – Not a towelling one! Maternity Wards are notoriously hot!
  •  Disposable knickers or black knickers *  BIG ONES!!!
  •  Food. We recommend things like, a banana, lucozade or energy tablets, haribos, mints, small chocolate bars..for you and your husband/birth partner during and after birth. *
  •  Camera – charged! *
  •  Mobile phone PLUS charger! *
  •  Extra pillows with coloured pillowcases so they don’t get mixed up with hospital ones.
  •  2 nursing bras.
  •  Breast pads – we like Johnsons or Lansinoh.


  •  Dettol wipes for the communal bathroom
  •  Ear plugs for noisy ward.
  •  Coloured towels.
  •  Cash for food, drinks or the TV- some hospitals charge for this. Also keep some cash in your hospital bag in case you find you have to get yourself to hospital in a taxi. *
  •  Nipple cream- we like Lansinoh.
  •  Flip flops or slippers for trips to the loo *




  •  Hair band or hair tie. *
  •  ipad/speakers.  You may want to compile a play list for your birth.  Be sure to include soothing music and more lively tunes as you do not know what kind of mood you will be in during labour! *
  •  Trousers or leggings with soft waistband in case you have caesarean section.
  •  Massage Oil
  •  Toiletries – bring what you would usually take for a weekend away. *






  •  Maternity Sanitary Towels.  We really recommend Optimama Pure. Many of the super markets and chemists do their own brand and they are often uncomfortable and plastic and can make you feel very sweaty and sticky.   *
  •  Flip flops or slippers for trips to the loo *
  •  TENS Machine – they are approximately £40 to rent, but for just a little more you can buy your own!
  •  Lip Balm and Mouth wash as your mouth may get very dry from the gas and air. *




For The Baby.

  •  New Born Nappies. *
  •  Cotton Wool or Wipes as you may need something stronger that cotton wool when dealing with the baby’s first poo!
  •  Vests (NOTE..0-3 months will most likely be too big.  Mothercare/John Lewis or most other shops do a newborn range) *


  •  Baby gros (see note above) *
  •  Scratch mits. *
  •  Booties or socks (depending on the time of year your baby is born)
  •  Hat (as above)
  •  Cardigan or snow suit (As above)
  •  Swaddling cloth. *





  •  Muslins. *
  •  Blanket
  •  Car seat- make sure husband knows how to fit this before you even go into labour!
  •  Bottles and pre made formula in cartons if planning to bottle feed
  •  Dummy- NEVER SAY NEVER!