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What do I pack? - maternity bag must haves.

This post is in no way an exhaustive list of what can be packed for a hospital bag, but is to give you a list of useful items you could consider.


Pay for wheels....

I agonised over this, but then I found a 30 litre capacity material bag with inbuilt wheels (so useful) . DIMENSIONS 30"x13.5"x15". I was worried this was too large but it was filled very easily and extra space for snacks is always a bonus.


There were three boxes of Belvita breakfast biscuits in my bag to take to the hospital. I was so glad for these, in fact I think I would have fought to protect them in the end.


  • something loose and comfortable to wear during labour that does not restrict you from moving around or make you too hot

  • 3 changes of loose, comfortable clothes

  • 2 or 3 comfortable and supportive bras, including nursing bras if you're planning to breastfeed – remember, your breasts will be much larger than usual

  • breast pads

  • 2 packets of super-absorbent sanitary or maternity pads (try not to use always ultra type, as you need a cotton type to allow your bits to breathe.)

  • 5 or 6 pairs of knickers – you may want to bring some disposable ones - (disposable knickers although not at all sexy are a God send.)

  • your washbag with a toothbrush, hairbrush, flannel, soap, lip balm, deodorant, hair ties and other toiletries

  • towels, just in case you need a shower when you are there

  • things to help you pass the time and relax – for example, books, magazines, music or podcasts

  • a fan or water spray to cool you down

  • front-opening or loose-fitting nighties or tops if you're going to breastfeed

  • dressing gown and slippers

  • healthy snacks and drinks

  • extra pillows

  • a TENS machine if you intend to use one

  • any medicines you're taking

For the baby, you might want to pack:

  • bodysuits, vests and sleepsuits

  • an outfit for going home in

  • a hat, scratch mittens and socks or booties - (use socks as mittens if they really don't like them)

  • plenty of nappies

  • a shawl or blanket

  • muslin squares or bibs

  • a car seat for the trip home - (this is a whole other post.)


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