Preparing a Maternity Bag Before Due Date

What should I put in my hospital bag?

You should have your hospital bag ready at least four weeks before your due date – just in case. Leave it somewhere near the door so you can grab it easily and go whenever you need to. Packing your bag really helps to keep you busy and focused and of course, you'll be well-prepared for the birth too! We've put together a list of things that lots of mums find useful to have with them.

Preparing a Maternity Bag Before Due Date

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For labour

  • Your birth plan
  • Hospital notes (if you have them)
  • Change for the car park and money for snacks
  • Bed clothes, comfortable socks and slippers
  • Contact lenses and spare glasses (if you have them)
  • A watch with a second hand to time your contractions.
  • Water spray (for cooling yourself down during labour)
  • Lip balm
  • Cereal bars or dried fruit for an energy boost
  • Frozen drinks - They'll defrost during a long labour

After labour

  • Hot water bottle (for pain relief)
  • Massage oil (for pain relief)
  • Eye mask, if you have trouble sleeping with the lights on
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste and unscented toiletries
  • Maxi sanitary pads
  • Nursing bras and breast pads
  • A v-shaped pillow (can help make breast-feeding more comfy)
  • Essentials for your baby, including nappies, blanket, socks, vest, and something that goes on easily and doesn't really need to be tugged over their head
  • Lots of change or phone cards to make calls if they don't let you use mobiles in the hospital
  • Comfortable clothes and flat shoes to go home in
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