Hospital Bag Checklist & a Win £100 John Lewis Vouchers

hoppPacking a hospital bag with all the essentials needed for you and your baby should be one of the most exciting aspects of the third trimester as it leaves you feeling one step closer to meeting your little bundle of joy. But for me, during both pregnancies it was one of those tasks that I kept putting off, possibly because it made it all seem far too real but also I wasn’t really sure what to put in (even second time around!).

I find packing stressful at the best of times, don’t even get me started on packing for holidays, but preparing for labour is a whole different ball game as there are so many unknowns. How long will we have to stay in hospital for? Will I have a natural birth as planned or an emergency c-section? How big will my baby be? the list is endless and makes packing a real challenge.

There are a plethora of ‘hospital bag checklists’ out there at the moment on mummy blogs and parenting websites, including this video by Aptaclub, but I’ve decided to throw my own personal list into the mix as well. So without further ado, here is the Hello Baby Blog Hospital Bag Checklist:

The bag(s):

It’s important to point out that hospitals are not hotels and if you turn up to the labour ward with five suitcases the midwives aren’t going to be very impressed! I found that having three (small) bags works best; a bag for me, a bag for baby and an extra bag to keep in the car with additional clothes etc. should you need to stay in hospital longer than expected. I used my lovely Cath Kidston overnight bag for my essentials and packed the Babymel Cara changing bag with all my baby essentials.

To have to hand:

  • Maternity notes (and birth plan)
  • Lots of change for the car park – ask beforehand if your hospital sells car park passes that offer a cheaper rate for ladies in labour as many do.

Clothing for mummy:

hospital checklist clothing

  • Swimwear for the birthing pool (if you are considering a water birth)
  • Maternity / Nursing bras
  • Knickers (either of the disposable variety or big comfy Bridget Jones-esque ones)
  • Socks
  • Shirt (easy access if you are considering breastfeeding)
  • Breastfeeding vests / t-shirts
  • Hareem pants or similar comfy pants
  • Nighties x 2 – ideally front opening – one to give birth in and one to wear afterwards so you look respectable in your photos!
  • Flip flops / slippers – shoes that are comfy and easy to put on in case you are pacing the ward.
  • Lightweight dressing gown
  • Change of clothing for leaving the hospital (to fit at least a 4/5 month pregnant bump – I’m afraid your body doesn’t just ping back instantly!)
  • Jumper (probably not needed as maternity wards are notoriously hot, but worth taking just in case!)

Food and Drink:

hospital checklist foodanddrink

  • Frozen drinks so they stay cool during labour – nicer than drinking room temp water!
  • Cartons of juice / cordial
  • Lucozade sport (it really does help!)
  • Flapjacks / cereal bars / oaty biscuits – good for slow energy release
  • Chocolate and jelly babies for an instant sugar hit!
  • Bananas
  • A little treat for afterwards?! Mini champagne?
  • Peppermint tea bags – useful for cramps afterwards
  • Food for your partner…

Miscellaneous items:

hospital checklist misc

  • Camera (and charger)
  • Camcorder (and charger)
  • Towels
  • Flannel to keep you cool during labour
  • Tissues
  • Books / Magazines / Games to entertain you both if you are waiting around!
  • Pen and Paper
  • Pillow
  • Gift for your older child to make him/her feel special too – we bought Jack a scooter from Phoebe which he loved
  • Phone (and charger)
  • Bendy straws (makes drinking so much easier if you are lying flat. Sports drinks are also good for this)
  • Water spray – e.g. Evian Facial Spray is really good for labour.
  • Music player – phone/ipod/docks etc.. ideally with 2 pre-prepared playlist – one for energy and one for relaxation
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Dettol wipes for ward (I’m a bit obsessive when it comes to cleanliness!)
  • Change of clothes for your partner in case he/she is in for the night too…

 Toiletries:

Travel sized miniatures of all your usual toiletries:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Shower gel
  • Moisturiser
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Mouthwash
  • Mirror
  • Make-up – so you can look uber glam in those all important first family photos!
  • Make up remover
  • Lip balm to prevent dry lips during labour – this is a common complaint if using gas and air.
  • Hairbands / grips
  • Hairbrush
  • Maternity sanitary pads – I actually found the night time sanitary towels with wings were a lot more comfortable than actual maternity pads – those thick ones the hospital provides you with are so uncomfortable and massive!
  • Breast pads – breastfeeding or not, there will most likely still be leakage when your milk comes in, so it’s best to be prepared.
  • Nipple cream – it will become your best friend in the first few weeks if you are breastfeeding!

Items for Baby:

hospital checklist clothing baby

  • Car seat for taking baby home – just don’t bring it into the hospital until you are ready to take your little one home and make sure you’ve practiced how to use it and fit it securely into your car.
  • Newborn sized nappies
  • Cotton wool balls for cleaning your baby
  • Two or three babygrows – I always buy the babygrows with build in scratch mittens
  • Two or three vests
  • Swaddle
  • Baby blanket – Although hospitals are pretty toasty, your little one may need a blanket if it’s chilly outside when you leave.
  • Muslin squares
  • Coming home outfit
  • Outdoor clothes such as a snowsuit and hat (seasonally appropriate of course!)

I hope you find this Checklist useful. I’ve tried to be as thorough as possible and included only items that I found useful for my labours.

In addition to this, I have teamed up with the lovely Aptaclub team to host a fantastic giveaway to win £100 John Lewis vouchers. For your chance to win, comment on this blog post, sharing your thoughts on what essentials would be in your hospital bag and then enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.

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  • Jo m WelshSeptember 18, 2015 - 8:04 pm

    I would put comfortable button up pyjamas for after the birthReplyCancel

  • Catherine AliceSeptember 18, 2015 - 8:45 pm

    Brilliant post, so much detail! I wish I’d have remember all the extra bits like snacks and a camera too, hopefully next time I will be a lot more prepared.

    My most important essentials were lots of spare pants, maternity pads and a lovely, luxury shampoo/conditioner and shower gel for a relaxing shower afterwards.ReplyCancel

  • DonnaSeptember 18, 2015 - 9:25 pm

    Big pants and maternity pads were the first two things I packed! xReplyCancel

  • Tracy NixonSeptember 19, 2015 - 2:56 am

    All of the above plus I always have a pack of thank you cards and birth announcement cards for any spare moments.ReplyCancel

  • Fabienne donbavandSeptember 19, 2015 - 3:56 am

    I have packed Eva’s and baby’s bags, just can’t quite get mine packed. Think that is going to have to be top priority this weekend as I am now 37 weeks! Great list, must get motivated! Shopping for fancy small toiletries was my treat last time ????ReplyCancel

  • StephSeptember 19, 2015 - 6:25 am

    My hospital bag essentials would definitely include mobile phone charger, camera and charger, snacks and drinks, flip flops, hair mousse and hair diffuser! Of course, as well as the excellent list above.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah BarnesSeptember 19, 2015 - 7:05 am

    This post was wonderful. I am due to be a first time mummy bear end if Feb and I’m terrified. I have no idea what to put in my bag but this list has helped loads. I think for me one thing I want to make sure I have is my D SLr camera! I want to capture those moments of baby sleeping, oh my boy holding our baby and just capture as much as I can. The photographer in me just can’t leave the camera at home haha. Thank you for this post! It’s going to help me a lot! Hannah xReplyCancel

  • Lisa (mummascribbles)September 19, 2015 - 8:10 am

    Big pants were the first things I packed as I was having a planned c section! Big pants were an absolute must and I went really big! Bought a size 18 to ensure that nothing would be touching my scar! I then probably carried on wearing them for far too long, just like my maternity jogging bottoms that I lived in for 6 months after I had him haha!! This is such a great list you’ve put together :)ReplyCancel

  • iain maciverSeptember 19, 2015 - 11:09 am

    hand wipesReplyCancel

  • Tracy NewtonSeptember 19, 2015 - 11:18 am

    I would use my iPad for entertainment, birth announcements and photosReplyCancel

  • Susan LloydSeptember 19, 2015 - 11:32 am

    Lots of snacks for my husband so he had no excuse to disappear!ReplyCancel

  • LisaSeptember 19, 2015 - 11:41 am

    On top of most of the things on your list I’d add sensitive hand wipes, and my diary.ReplyCancel

  • Mary HealdSeptember 19, 2015 - 1:03 pm

    Maternity pads, bottled water and a magazine!ReplyCancel

  • Angela L WhiteSeptember 19, 2015 - 1:36 pm

    chocolate and wipesReplyCancel

  • Michaela HannahSeptember 19, 2015 - 1:47 pm

    I found that lip balm and socks were the things i forgot the first time that i really neededReplyCancel

  • kim nevilleSeptember 19, 2015 - 1:50 pm

    Apart from baby bits I would pack maternity pads, comfortable knickers and clothes, phone, camera, E45 creamReplyCancel

  • ann goodySeptember 19, 2015 - 1:55 pm

    Tissues and hand creamReplyCancel

  • MICHELLESeptember 19, 2015 - 2:44 pm

    a mobile phone, to photograph baby and notify the nearest and dearest of the arrival asapReplyCancel

  • clair downhamSeptember 19, 2015 - 2:51 pm

    diposable pants ,lots of towels and nursing padsReplyCancel

  • Vicky VarleySeptember 19, 2015 - 3:28 pm

    Maternity pads! It’s important to feel as comfy as possible, great read of things in your blog post.ReplyCancel

  • IainSeptember 19, 2015 - 3:57 pm

    Tooth brush&razor.ReplyCancel

  • laura banksSeptember 19, 2015 - 4:01 pm

    i had to have chocolate but that had also been my cravingReplyCancel

  • Kat GlynnSeptember 19, 2015 - 4:04 pm

    Lots of clean underwear, wipes, sweets, my iPad, and our good camera! xReplyCancel

  • Samantha loughlinSeptember 19, 2015 - 4:09 pm

    iPod bottle water energy bar sanitary pads wipes and baby bitsReplyCancel

  • Pat StubbsSeptember 19, 2015 - 4:51 pm

    Tissues, phone, nursing bras and pads, dressing gown and slippersReplyCancel

  • Lauren PSeptember 19, 2015 - 4:57 pm

    Great list, I’ll be adding my kindle and charger, lip salve and the kool and soothe strips for the back of my neckReplyCancel

  • judy cSeptember 19, 2015 - 6:00 pm

    clothes, cleaning stuff and a bookReplyCancel

  • Jenna HegartySeptember 19, 2015 - 6:04 pm

    Comfy loungewear!ReplyCancel

  • Gary McdonaldSeptember 19, 2015 - 6:08 pm

    Snacks (crisps pop magazines) for dad as it can be a long labour with not much action
    Baby Grow
    Baby Blanket
    Nappies
    Nursing bras
    Dressing gown Slippers
    Camera for newborn shootsReplyCancel

  • kellyjo waltersSeptember 19, 2015 - 6:11 pm

    loads of antibacReplyCancel

  • Rachel @ Parenthood Highs and LowsSeptember 19, 2015 - 6:16 pm

    Straws!! Gas and air made me really thirsty and straws made it easier to drink.ReplyCancel

  • Gillian HolmesSeptember 19, 2015 - 6:21 pm

    Big pants and maternity padsReplyCancel

  • Catherine McAlindenSeptember 19, 2015 - 6:31 pm

    Flip flops for the shower, and a huge dark towel!ReplyCancel

  • bevSeptember 19, 2015 - 6:54 pm

    iPod! Snacks, water and wipes.ReplyCancel

  • DebbySeptember 19, 2015 - 7:34 pm

    A lot of the items mentioned would be in my bag, with lots of clean underwear and nightwear and a warm coat or dressing gown, just in case. Things like lip balm, toothbrush, wet wipes etc in an easy-to-reach pocket. Notebook and pen, puzzle books and a book or two to read. Fingers crossed.ReplyCancel

  • winnieSeptember 19, 2015 - 8:09 pm

    straws for drinking water lying downReplyCancel

  • Kev CSeptember 19, 2015 - 8:49 pm

    my ipod and a competition mag :)ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey StuartSeptember 19, 2015 - 8:51 pm

    This was a brilliant blog post to read!
    My essentials are nursing pads, plenty underwear and pjs
    snacks for through the night 😉 Plenty juice and vitaminsReplyCancel

  • Lins DrabwellSeptember 19, 2015 - 10:02 pm

    Wow what an amazing list I wouldn’t even think of half of these things. Definitely something to keep warm since I suffer from cold intolerance. Thanks for the great giveaway xReplyCancel

  • Natalie CrossanSeptember 19, 2015 - 10:50 pm

    Tooth brush, handheld fan (it gets hot during labour!) PJs and nappies!ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine PolleySeptember 19, 2015 - 11:15 pm

    phone, snacks, wipes and hairbrushReplyCancel

  • Angela McDonaldSeptember 20, 2015 - 5:46 am

    Lucozade, a handheld fan, a comfy pillow, Pyjamas, Nappies, Newborn clothing and some headphonesReplyCancel

  • Jennifer HadenSeptember 20, 2015 - 8:10 am

    toothbrush and paste, some healthy snacks, socks, wipes, underwear, pjs, hair brushReplyCancel

  • felicity williamsSeptember 20, 2015 - 10:10 am

    In my bag were toiletries, underwear, slippers, baby clothes, nightie, dressing bag, hairbrush, pads, nappies and a good supply of nursing pads 😀ReplyCancel

  • Paula ReadingsSeptember 20, 2015 - 11:05 am

    Sudocrem & breast padsReplyCancel

  • Isabell WhitenstallSeptember 20, 2015 - 11:14 am

    Muslin squares, they are a godsendReplyCancel

  • Laura PritchardSeptember 20, 2015 - 11:14 am

    With my son it was so quick I really only used the following:
    Lots of knickers & thick sanitary pads
    2 x baby outfits
    Change of clothes for me
    Nappies, wipes, cotton wool
    Camera/phone
    Overnight toiletries (toothpaste etc)

    I then packed pretty much just that for my second and, luckily, my daughter was even faster. No time for jellybabies or magazines! And I got home the same day so no need for most of it.ReplyCancel

  • LauraSeptember 20, 2015 - 12:14 pm

    I’m due in December and just started getting my maternity bag ready. I found that having maternity pads and comfortable clothes are definitely a must have.ReplyCancel

  • Nichole FrerichsSeptember 20, 2015 - 12:42 pm

    Brilliant packing list! Comfortable clothes to wear home, camera, snacks, flip flops.ReplyCancel

  • holly edmundsonSeptember 20, 2015 - 3:44 pm

    My essential item would be a camera to capture every special moment :) xxReplyCancel

  • Sarah LSeptember 20, 2015 - 4:39 pm

    hair ties, toiletries, kindleReplyCancel

  • Shannon BeetonSeptember 20, 2015 - 5:50 pm

    Comfortable underwear is absolutely essential! But I would not forgive myself if I forgot my camera too!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy GladmanSeptember 20, 2015 - 6:29 pm

    Camera, disposable knickers, nightdress.ReplyCancel

  • kayleigh whiteSeptember 20, 2015 - 8:20 pm

    A ‘Memory Book’ – so you can make notes whilst you’re in the hospital. This is a great to look back on!ReplyCancel

  • Victoria MylittlelSeptember 20, 2015 - 8:38 pm

    lots of wipes for these poonamies!ReplyCancel

  • ajSeptember 20, 2015 - 9:03 pm

    a good camera
    thick sanitary pads
    and a nice robe to wrap baby in for its first photos.ReplyCancel

  • Charlene KeddySeptember 20, 2015 - 9:12 pm

    Hair clips and chocolate xxReplyCancel

  • Maria HackettSeptember 20, 2015 - 10:24 pm

    26 weeks pregnant with Twins and really don’t know what to pack as there are so many things!! babies due on Christmas day too! rather excited!! I would pack some bottles and milk incase I have problems breastfeeding.ReplyCancel

  • Anthony HarringtonSeptember 20, 2015 - 10:25 pm

    change for parking and any other emergencies, also a power bank for your phoneReplyCancel

  • Zoey PSeptember 21, 2015 - 3:05 am

    My phone to capture pictures and to listen to musicReplyCancel

  • Sandra BaldSeptember 21, 2015 - 10:26 am

    My toothbrush & other toiletries
    A few pair of big pantsReplyCancel

  • julie boothSeptember 21, 2015 - 10:38 am

    babywipes, a sleep mask for me, some flavoured water, big knickers! soft loo rollReplyCancel

  • JenRenSeptember 21, 2015 - 11:15 am

    Jaffa cakesReplyCancel

  • tracey ryderSeptember 21, 2015 - 2:25 pm

    my smartphone, so I can take pictures, keep in touch with the familyReplyCancel

  • audrey JestinSeptember 21, 2015 - 7:57 pm

    Toiletries and comfortable clothesReplyCancel

  • Stephanie CoalsSeptember 21, 2015 - 8:36 pm

    Camera, baby gro, phone charger, dressing gown, nightdress and flannel!ReplyCancel

  • laura wilsonSeptember 22, 2015 - 6:22 am

    Sweets! Best thing ever was a bag of jelly babies after a long awful labour first time round. Second time I was prepared :)ReplyCancel

  • sumaiyaSeptember 22, 2015 - 7:37 am

    I would pack my fluffy comfy slippers.ReplyCancel

  • lauraSeptember 22, 2015 - 10:30 am

    How exciting! I can’t believe you need so much stuff – so crazy!

    Ps. can’t forget the jelly babies!

    Laura / http://www.smileatstyle.com xxReplyCancel

  • Chrissie CurtisSeptember 22, 2015 - 8:58 pm

    Slippers!ReplyCancel

  • Gillian HolmesSeptember 22, 2015 - 9:08 pm

    Big KnickersReplyCancel

  • louise morganSeptember 23, 2015 - 2:54 pm

    Wet wipesReplyCancel

  • melanie slaterSeptember 23, 2015 - 10:19 pm

    a nice nightie, as pj’s can be a bit restricted sometimes!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth HarwoodSeptember 24, 2015 - 7:36 am

    Comfy clothes and shower gel xxReplyCancel

  • John RussellSeptember 24, 2015 - 12:01 pm

    ear plugsReplyCancel

  • Samantha blaxallSeptember 24, 2015 - 12:15 pm

    My phone, record those special memories and is a boredom buster when your baby is sleepingReplyCancel

  • Danielle.ASeptember 24, 2015 - 12:27 pm

    I put moist toilet tissue in my bag to have a freshen up after using the loo. Thank god I did as I ended up having an emergency c-sectionReplyCancel

  • frances hopkinsSeptember 24, 2015 - 5:02 pm

    Toothbrush, magazines, sugary drinks, nightie the list goes on and onReplyCancel

  • Katie KingsburySeptember 25, 2015 - 7:44 am

    My Kindle (for music, books and Internet) and fruit.ReplyCancel

  • Anne WoodthorpeSeptember 25, 2015 - 1:09 pm

    I would have to pack some gorgeous fluffy pyjamas and some lovely pampering products as I know you definatly need that once you have had a baby !ReplyCancel

  • StephanieSeptember 25, 2015 - 8:41 pm

    my essential would definitely be hair ties. when i was in labour with Emily it is the one thing I forgot to pack, my hair was in my face and rather annoying. I ended up using a elastic band and it tangled my hair and hurt to get out. haha. Never making that mistake again. Lovely give away. xReplyCancel

  • Martina EvansSeptember 26, 2015 - 3:19 am

    All of the above! I also like to pack a pair of loose pants and some maternity pads. Thanks for the amazing post xReplyCancel

  • claire woodsSeptember 26, 2015 - 10:14 am

    snacks and drinks, comfy nightie, wipes, a little bit of make up, hair brush.ReplyCancel

  • Katie WalkerSeptember 26, 2015 - 12:02 pm

    Definitely wet wipes and something to read in case I am waiting a while.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah SSeptember 26, 2015 - 4:32 pm

    A list of people to contact with phone numbers. Lots of people will be at home on tenterhooks waiting to hear that the baby has been born and everyone is doing well.ReplyCancel

  • Greig spencerSeptember 26, 2015 - 7:31 pm

    phone, mints, chocolate and wet wipesReplyCancel

  • Nat thomasonSeptember 26, 2015 - 8:10 pm

    Nightie dressing gown book and toiletriesReplyCancel

  • EmmaSeptember 26, 2015 - 8:54 pm

    Makeup- I’m afraid I’m a bit vain and can’t bear the thought of appearing without makeup in the first family photos!!ReplyCancel

  • Katy MSeptember 26, 2015 - 9:40 pm

    An Ipad in case it’s a long while getting started so I can keep myself distracted :)ReplyCancel

  • claire griffithsSeptember 27, 2015 - 2:00 am

    plenty of drinks and snacksReplyCancel

  • katherine bSeptember 27, 2015 - 7:57 am

    Baby nappies and muslins xReplyCancel

  • JessicaSeptember 27, 2015 - 10:36 am

    A camera to record all the precious moments :)ReplyCancel

  • janine atkinSeptember 27, 2015 - 11:52 am

    toothbrush, deo, baby things and my phoneReplyCancel

  • charlotteSeptember 27, 2015 - 2:33 pm

    wet wipes, comfy easily to change into PJs, chocolate and phone chargerReplyCancel

  • Kelly Ellen HirstSeptember 27, 2015 - 5:54 pm

    Face wipes for cleaning without having to leave the bed. Some small snacks that you can eat one handed for your stay, your camera to capture those previous first moments, especially as you might not get a chance to charge your phone for the cameraReplyCancel

  • Sheri DarbySeptember 27, 2015 - 7:58 pm

    Toothpaste, toothbrush, towel and knickersReplyCancel

  • Hazel ReaSeptember 27, 2015 - 9:29 pm

    My essentials were shower hat so I didn’t have to wet my hair every time I had a shower, and bottles of water as our local water tastes very chemically sometimes.ReplyCancel

  • Karen FosterSeptember 28, 2015 - 5:16 am

    Comfortable, elasticated trousers/pyjamas and fluffy, comfortable slippers.ReplyCancel

  • Chloe EllisSeptember 28, 2015 - 10:53 am

    Camera and chocolate!ReplyCancel

  • lucy camillaSeptember 28, 2015 - 11:32 am

    Slippers, toothbrush, underwear, hairbrush, nightgownReplyCancel

  • Lizzy CooperSeptember 28, 2015 - 1:42 pm

    Wet wipes!ReplyCancel

  • Shirley EvansSeptember 28, 2015 - 7:16 pm

    A good book is a mustReplyCancel

  • Laura ToddSeptember 28, 2015 - 7:36 pm

    A phone chargerReplyCancel

  • Hannah InghamSeptember 28, 2015 - 8:38 pm

    My kindle or my ipad! :)ReplyCancel

  • Nancy BradfordSeptember 28, 2015 - 9:31 pm

    Baby wipes (to clean), loads of bottled water to drink, snacks, extra clothes.ReplyCancel

  • trevor linvellSeptember 28, 2015 - 9:36 pm

    A book, my phone charger and a bottle of coca colaReplyCancel

  • Helen GSeptember 28, 2015 - 9:39 pm

    Big comfy nightie, face spritzer,basic toiletries and a bookReplyCancel

  • Jayne KSeptember 28, 2015 - 9:54 pm

    I think your lists have everything well and truly covered!ReplyCancel

  • Jane WillisSeptember 29, 2015 - 5:13 am

    It’s a long time since I gave birth, but I seem to remember all I took was a nightie, a pack of sanitary towels and a large drum of salt. Do they not recommend a salt bath after giving birth any more?ReplyCancel

  • Maya RussellSeptember 29, 2015 - 5:20 am

    I wish I’d had some of those glucose tablets or an energy drink when my legs, and me in general, got so tired and I just couldn’t do any more!ReplyCancel

  • Susan BSeptember 29, 2015 - 5:51 am

    Antiseptic wipes, shower/hair wash, toothbrush, toothpaste and floss, hairbrush, moisturiser, comfy cotton underwear and leggings, loose top, phone and charger and baby stuff.ReplyCancel

  • Sheila ReevesSeptember 29, 2015 - 6:14 am

    Camera, wet wipes and a water spray (posh one in a can – not one for your plants!) as it can get so hot & jut refreshes you a littleReplyCancel

  • catSeptember 29, 2015 - 7:09 am

    Still lucozadeReplyCancel

  • carole eavesSeptember 29, 2015 - 7:29 am

    hairbrush & scrunchie….we need to look halfway decent girls!, and a book!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah IgoeSeptember 29, 2015 - 8:39 am

    Baby wipes are my only essential and useful for so much!ReplyCancel

  • Pauline DringSeptember 29, 2015 - 9:01 am

    Half a dozen bottles of water and a radioReplyCancel

  • Suzanne HowellSeptember 29, 2015 - 10:15 am

    As well as your essentials list…. I’d say plenty of snacks including chocolate to boost your energy afterwards. Disposable pants are a must – get the biggest size as they run small. Maternity pads…. and also a nice nightee for afterwards to look a bit nicer for photos/visitors.ReplyCancel

  • Erica PriceSeptember 29, 2015 - 10:35 am

    Phone and chargerReplyCancel

  • CAROL PATRICKSeptember 29, 2015 - 10:42 am

    Comfy slippers, dressing gown, nightgown, roomy pants, body butter, refreshing perfume spray, hairbrush, toiletries, ‘phone & chargerReplyCancel

  • gemma clarkSeptember 29, 2015 - 10:56 am

    My hospital bag is packed and ready to go as I am due any day now. Important for me were muslins for baby and snacks for me!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline SSeptember 29, 2015 - 10:58 am

    A proper pillow, eyemask and earplugs, battery operated fan, and tasty snacks. I was in for two nights with both my daughters following planned sections, and spent the whole time hot, hungry and awake because of light and noise! Didn’t learn my lesson the second time, obviously!ReplyCancel

  • Kim WSeptember 29, 2015 - 11:00 am

    Apart from the hand santising gel (essential), phone and charger, I wish I’d taken a decent meal for afterwards for me!
    Especially essential if you have dietary requirements. I was offered cold egg and bacon… mmmReplyCancel

  • Diane CareySeptember 29, 2015 - 11:35 am

    My essentials would include maternity pads, comfortable nightwear & clothing, flannel to mop my brow, lipbalm and warm bed socksReplyCancel

  • Sinead CharlotteSeptember 29, 2015 - 11:44 am

    Phone, charger and music!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa MackSeptember 29, 2015 - 12:36 pm

    Take some shoes that are a size or 2 too big or flip flops if the weather allows. I only took my Ugg boots & my feet had swollen up like balloons, it was impossible to get my feet in them & I ended up having to run through the snow to get in the car in just my socks!! xReplyCancel

  • susan thorntonSeptember 29, 2015 - 1:24 pm

    Comfy nightie and big knickersReplyCancel

  • Petra HoraSeptember 29, 2015 - 2:23 pm

    a mobile phone chargerReplyCancel

  • Maggie RiordanSeptember 29, 2015 - 2:32 pm

    A bag of Marmite Walkers crisps. mmmmmm. hope baby likes them.ReplyCancel

  • Janice MackinSeptember 29, 2015 - 3:06 pm

    Comfortable pyjamas, chocolate and arnica.ReplyCancel

  • Layla ThomasSeptember 29, 2015 - 3:13 pm

    My Ipod for music.ReplyCancel

  • Danny EvansSeptember 29, 2015 - 5:41 pm

    clean undies and wet wipes are a no brainer. a good book and a few bags of hariboReplyCancel

  • Maria PSeptember 29, 2015 - 5:52 pm

    toiletries – a comb as well and hairbands, comfy pjs, socks, slippers, a few bits and a bottle of waterReplyCancel

  • Nicola O'BrienSeptember 29, 2015 - 6:36 pm

    A hand held battery operated fan for during labourReplyCancel

  • Jodie WSeptember 29, 2015 - 7:42 pm

    camera, mega towels, spare nightclothes, several vests and sleepsuits for baby and a special toy/blanketReplyCancel

  • FionaSeptember 29, 2015 - 7:44 pm

    a big bag of crispsReplyCancel

  • KirstySeptember 29, 2015 - 7:53 pm

    Dried apricots – great energy and nutrient boostReplyCancel

  • claire fawknerSeptember 29, 2015 - 8:52 pm

    Chocolate! The thought of a mars bar got me through!ReplyCancel

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