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Here is a list of hospital bag essentials, compiled by The Mums of Mum Knows Best Warwickshire for

A top tip is to pack your bag & baby essentials, and then another bag for baby that’s left at home so that your partner can bring in for you the next day, that way you have a bag ready so anything that’s forgotten can go into this too instead of a hundred carrier bags coming into hospital afterwards! (Thanks Jeanette)

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Labour Essentials – have this stuff easily to hand

Maternity Notes

Maternity Tens Machine
(if using)

Pillow – take a patterned/coloured cover so it doesn’t get mixed up with hospital ones

Comfy outfit for labour

iPad/MP3 player/phone for music

Phone/Camera for pics (probably after baby’s come out!)


Water spray bottle or Magicool – Magicool Hot Weather Cooling Spray

Hair band

Lip balm

Energy Drinks + Water

Snacks (lots, for you and partner, you’ll be starving after labour and it will probably be the middle of the night)

Jelly Babies



For the hospital stay – your stuff

Nightie/Pyjamas x 2 (Choose dark colours & If breastfeeding button down ones)

Hand Sanitiser

Phone Charger

Dressing Gown –hides small leakages!

Loose dress + cardi

If Breast feeding – Nursing Bras

Breast Pads (We Love These Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads)

Big cotton Pants (dark colour) x 6

Freshen Up wipes (I didn’t leave the bed for a while and felt so much better for having them! – Hannah)

FemFresh Soap Free Wash
(Do NOT use shower gel on stitches like I did! – Jen)

Flip flops (for hospital ward/bathroom floors)


Maternity Sanitary Towels (but definitely ask the hospital for theirs. Much better than any you can buy – Emilie)

Shower gel/shampoo/conditioner/moisturiser/tooth brush/tooth paste/hair brush/sponge/lip balm

Travel size Batiste Dry Shampoo

Towels – (Dark Colour -Domenica)

Shawl/pashmina (for feeding)

Plastic bags (for any dirty clothes to take home or to change pads if you can’t make it to bathroom)

Money (change to use in vending machines/canteen etc)

If you have sky go.. download the app ready on ipad or iPhone


For the hospital stay – baby stuff

Sleepsuits x 5

Vests x 5

Bibs x 4

Scratch Mitts

Hat x 2


Nappies x 1 pack

Nappy Bags

Nappy Cream

Cotton wool + pot or wipes

Muslin Cloths

Going home outfit! 🙂

note: If not breast feeding remember to check if hospital provide formula – if not buy ready made bottles (glass) with disposable teats for your stay)


Leave ready at home (for hubby/family to bring in)

Car seat

Snow suit

Your going home outfit

Other baby essentials

And ENJOY your very own moment like this … without the world watching you!


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