Hospital Bag Essentials

Hospital Bag Essentials

If you’re approaching the end of your pregnancy, it's always good to be prepared for your hospital visit.

Read more See less

Popular Products

What to pack in your hospital bag

 

Heading into hospital to give birth can be an exciting and stressful experience.

 

There are a lot of things you’ll need to pack for yourself, such as comfortable clothing and underwear, your birth plan, breast pads, maternity pads, a wash bag and something to pass the time, like books or magazines.

 

You’ll also need to think about your new arrival; make sure you pack plenty of nappies, baby clothes, a hat, booties, bibs and a car seat for the trip home.

Pregnant woman packing a hospital bag

Featured Products

Dove Original Anti-Perspirant Roll-on 50ml

RRP £2.65£2.49

Add To Cart

Colgate Max White Toothbrush

RRP £2.79£2.29

Add To Cart

Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream - 60g

RRP £2.75£2.29

Add To Cart

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s important to bear in mind why you’re going into hospital and what condition you’ll be in afterwards - for example, do you think you’d be able to shower?

 

If this is the case, bring things that you can use to freshen up easily, such as wet wipes, dry shampoo, deodorant, perfume, aftershave or scented body spray.

 

If you can shower, consider bringing your shampoo, conditioner (grab a combined one to save space), face and body wash, and toothpaste.

 

Your skin and lips may become drier than usual, so be sure to bring moisturisers and lip balm.

 

If you’re in hospital, odds are you probably won’t be feeling yourself - but if bringing your hair styling products or makeup along will help you feel back to normal, go for it!

When you’re in the last trimester of your pregnancy, you’ll need to start preparing yourself for labour. 

 

That includes packing your hospital bag with essentials that you’ll need like your birth plan, toiletries, comfortable clothes, a dressing gown, towels and, of course, baby clothes.

 

We recommend that you start packing your hospital bag at least 3 weeks before your due date. 

You know to take nappies to the hospital for your new arrival, but how many is too much or too little?

 

You might be staying a few days in hospital with your baby while you recover, so it’s best to take around 20 - 30 nappies as a newborn can go through 10 - 12 nappies per day.

Hospital bags prepared for natural labour can sometimes look a little different to those that are planned for a C-section delivery.

 

You’ll probably spend a longer time in hospital and may need extra things to heal.

 

Remember the basics, like your toothpaste, toothbrush, body wash, hairbrush, hair ties, shampoo (pack dry shampoo too in case you can’t shower straight away) and conditioner.

 

Chargers for electrical items, loose-fitting clothes and nightgowns; a breast pump and nursing bras (if you plan to breastfeed) and a nursing pillow to keep your baby away from your tender incision.

You might need double of everything for your two new arrivals, but there’s only one of you to pack for.

 

If you’re having twins, it’s likely that you’ll have a C-section which means a longer stay in hospital to give your body time to heal.

 

Remember the basics, like your toothpaste, toothbrush, body wash, hairbrush, hair ties, shampoo (pack dry shampoo too in case you can’t shower straight away) and conditioner.

 

Chargers for electrical items, a few comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and nightgowns.

It’s important to keep your energy up while you’re in hospital, especially when you’re exerting yourself during labour.

 

So, pack some nonperishable snacks like rice cakes, raisins and fibre bars to prevent constipation and to keep your energy levels up.

>