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Hospital Bag Checklist


If you're planning a hospital birth, you should have your hospital bag ready 4 weeks before your due date. Best if you prepare a bag for labour and one for your hospital stay afterwards.

Useful checklist for labour and hospital


Labour bag
  • Maternity notes and birth plan (if you have one)
  • Dressing gown, socks and slippers
  • Front-opening nightie
  • Comfortable pillow
  • Toiletries, hairbrush, hairband, towel, soap, lip balm
  • Massage oil or lotion
  • Food and drinks
  • Books, magazines
  • TENS pain relief machine
  • Music
Hospital bag (after labour)
  • Front opening nightie - easier for breastfeeding
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Nursing bras (2 or 3)
  • Breast pads
  • Maternity pads
  • Disposable knickers
  • Toiletries, towels (2 or 3)
For baby
  • Sleepsuits (2/3)
  • Blanket
  • Nappies
  • Socks
  • Hat
  • Muslin squares
  • Car seat
  • Outfit for going home
For partner
  • Phone numbers
  • Digital camers
  • Food and drinks
  • Watch
  • Change of clothes
 
 
 

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