Baby Hospital Bag Checklist UK
You can’t wait to welcome your little bundle of joy to your wonderful world. But are you set for the labour and birth? Whether you’re planning to have your baby in a hospital, at home or at a midwifery facility, it is crucial to pack all the essentials for the big day in a proper baby bag.
Side tip: It’s recommended that you have the baby hospital bag packed at least 2 weeks prior to your due date. Also, check with your midwife on what you’re permitted to bring if you are planning to deliver in a hospital or at a midwifery unit.
What to Pack for Yourself?
- Your birth plan and hospital/maternity notes
- Comfy dressing gown: You never know how your labour will go. So, pack a dressing gown that’s not only lightweight and comfortable but also soft and loose enough to allow you to move around and not get too hot. When it comes to the colour, go for dark shades or a patterned gown that can conceal any stain.
- At least three (3) changes of clothes: an old T-shirt or loose nightdress will do just fine
- A few pairs of socks
- Comfortable slippers, preferably slip-on, backless ones
- Breast pads, a breastfeeding bra plus at least 2 other supportive bras
- 1 or 2 packets of heavy-flow feminine or maternity pads
- At least six (6) pairs of disposable knickers, underwear
- Lip balm: your lips can get too dry and chapped during labour. Have a couple of quality lip balms handy.
- Sponge and spray bottle: They’ll help cool you down
- Extra pillows
- Favourite Music, Book or Magazine
- A camera (or camera phone)
- Healthy treats and drinks
What to Pack for Your Birth Partner (if you have one)?
- Change of clothes – labour can last longer than you anticipated. It shouldn’t be something fancy because birth and labour can get messy.
- Drinks and snacks – to stay alert and hydrated while being a supportive partner
- Comfortable shoes, preferably flat shoes
- Handheld fan to cool down the mom-to-be
- Travel charger and camera phone
- Entertainment – books, music, mags, and so on
What to Pack for the Baby?
- Baby booties, hat, mittens, and socks
- Newborn baby wipes
- Muslin squares
- A pram suit
- Going-home outfit for the baby
- 30-40 nappies for newborns
- A baby blanket or shawl
- Appropriate car seat
There you’ve it – a complete baby hospital go-bag checklist. You can utilise any type of bag, from a small suitcase to rucksack.