What to Pack in your Hospital Bag

Packing your hospital bag is undoubtedly one of the most exciting preparations for your new arrival. Whether you are planning a home birth or a hospital birth it is a good idea to have a bag packed and ready to go at least two weeks before your due date should you need to leave in a hurry or unexpectedly!
What to Pack in your Hospital Bag

But what should you pack in your hospital bag? There is a plethora of information, tips and advice on what you should bring with you including loose and comfortable clothing, nursing bras, towels, toiletries, breast pads and nappies just to name a few! However, we thought we would find out about the essentials that you don’t often get told about that may help before, during or after childbirth and who better to ask than our fantastic community of mums? 

  • Good quality dark chocolate - great for keeping your strength up during labour and a fab source of iron. Maja Lovska
     
  • Breastfeeding pillow and nipple cream Jade Hellewell
     
  • Big knickers! Much more comfy to wear post baby. Zoë Ludgate
     
  • Make up and dry shampoo! So I didn't scare my visitors, and also to make me look "okay" even if I didn’t feel it. Kelly Grasham
     
  • Some treats like chocolate, biscuits and sweets. Claire Miller
     
  • A handheld fan - those hospital wards are so stuffy! Hayley-Jayne Webster
     
  • Aromatherapy Glade Plug in to make the room smell like home and help keep me calm. Donna Verdi
     
  • Hot water bottle! This was a saviour for my back contractions - next time I'm taking two as the 2 minutes it took for my husband to top it up again with hot water were agony! Abi Jones
     
  • Flip flops to wear in the shower. Also nipple cream if planning on breastfeeding. Kelly Wood
     
  • Ice pops, bendy straws and sports bottles of water were my essentials. Also bring lots of spare baby clothes! Lisa Bryant
     
  • Flannel to keep you cool in labour, flip flops & dark fluffy towels. Nicola Foulner-Hunter
     
  • My iPad! Came in handy as I was induced. Charlotte Johnston
     
  • Tooth brush! Always my first thing when packing any bag. And lip balm. My lips cracked badly when I was in with my first. Vanessa Whittingham
     
  • I knew I was having a c-section, so peppermint tea! Sarah Nisbet
     
  • Energy drinks for during labour and cotton wool to clean baby’s bottom during hospital stay! Laura McKnight
     
  • A book! Samantha Mackie
     
  • Something to occupy yourself when baby is sleeping one thing I forgot to do. Katie Leigh
     
  • Haslam Lip balm and food for the birthing partner! Kayleigh Waters
     
  • Empty shopping bags to put any soiled clothing in! Change for parking and chargers for your phones. Sarah Qureshi
     
  • A straw -well a few! Jeni Kuczynska
     
  • One of those squashies (concentrated squash in a teeny bottle) it was my lifesaver; it saved spending a fortune on drinks. Chrissie Lodge

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