Matalan Hospital Bag Checklist Competition! (Competition now Closed)

When I was pregnant with LP I spent ages pondering the contents of my hospital bag – Choosing the right bag, packing it, repacking and making sure I had everything I could possibly need. Even though I had a homebirth it’s advised to pack a bag ‘just in case’ and it contains everything that anyone having a baby in hospital would pack.

With Little Man I packed the bag last minute and only had a few items in it! I think second time you are more relaxed about what you will need in hospital and you know that if you don’t have something, especially after the baby is born, you can always ask someone to bring you something or send your partner out for supplies.

Packing your hospital bag is quite a milestone in any pregnancy and Matalan have put together a list to help you with the packing. Here it is:

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This list has pretty much everything you will need and Matalan have even created it as a downloadable pdf so that you can print it and check the items off as you pack them. Even better you can use the Checklist online and click the highlighted sections to zoom to the relevant parts of the Matalan website! There are a few things on the list I wouldn’t pack but it’s better to have too much first time around and feel confident that you are prepared for any eventuality.

The best things I had in my change bag were HUGE pants for after the birth and maternity pads – Awful things but very, very necessary! I also had a little battery fan in case I got too hot during labour and a big bag of jelly babies on advice of the midwives! I also had a contraction counter app on my phone that was amazing during labour and great to look back on afterwards. I also had quite a lot in the hospital bags that didn’t get used – Too many baby clothes and things like make up – I didn’t put make up back on for AGES after the babies were born! I did pack loads of muslins though, you really can’t have too many!

What are your top tips for packing a maternity bag? Is there anything that you couldn’t have managed without or anything that you didn’t need but everyone tells you to pack? Leave a comment with your top tips and add your entry to the Rafflecopter below. One comment will be picked at random to win a Β£50 Matalan Voucher!

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  1. June 10, 2014 / 7:12 am

    Straws!! Made drinking in labour much easier!

  2. ashleigh
    June 10, 2014 / 7:17 am

    try not to go over the top with too much πŸ™‚

  3. Mrsnixon
    June 10, 2014 / 7:17 am

    Both times I packed too much for baby and not enough for me- hospitals are soooooooo hot so you only need vest tops & light pj bottoms or nighties to wear esp of you have to stay in like I did!

  4. tracy nixon
    June 10, 2014 / 8:03 am

    Pack early! All my six children arrived weeks before their due dates! Disposable maternity pants look so unsexy but they were one of my best buys and would defo recomend them along with maternity pads!

  5. Amy cray
    June 10, 2014 / 8:08 am

    Water spray for your face… It’s hot in hospital!!

  6. June 10, 2014 / 8:15 am

    Don’t take too much! I took so much the first time that I didn’t even use!

  7. Amy
    June 10, 2014 / 8:40 am

    Pack two separate bags – one for baby and one for you – this is so you don’t feel you need to compromise. Pack a “just in case” list for if you have to stay in longer than expected like we did (a week) and don’t have enough things that way your partner or a friend can go and get the things you need on the list. Make it like a tick box so you can tick what you need with a brief description of where it is. If you have younger children who will be visiting – pack a little something for them – a gift from baby perhaps so they feel involved and don’t get bored.

  8. Caroline Blaza
    June 10, 2014 / 9:45 am

    Make sure only the essentials are in there.

  9. Liam Bishop
    June 10, 2014 / 9:48 am

    Sandwichs. Hunger will strike!

  10. iain
    June 10, 2014 / 10:02 am

    don’t take too much

  11. Claire
    June 10, 2014 / 10:14 am

    Make sure you have plenty of maternity pads (sanitary towels) & pairs of knickers, plus extra nighties/pyjamas. It can be quite hot in hospital maternity/delivery wards & you find you get quite sweaty. Everyone overpacks for the baby but forget about themselves! Extra baby grows are recommended too. New baby’s do like to throw up quite a lot!

  12. clair downham
    June 10, 2014 / 10:16 am

    always pack a few weeks in advance in case of emergencies

  13. vicki hennie
    June 10, 2014 / 10:35 am

    Be prepared early you due date is only an estimate

  14. Elizabeth Ferguson
    June 10, 2014 / 10:48 am

    Something to light to read .. you might be there a loooooong time .. twenty five hours with my first.

  15. June 10, 2014 / 10:50 am

    With my eldest I did not pack enough baby grows etc, so I would say its better to pack more to be on the side of caution. Also I bought size 2 nappies instead thinking size 1 is soo small and maybe 2 would be better – that was wrong! I did okay with my next two’s hospital bags cos I learned from my mistakes πŸ™‚

  16. kim plant
    June 10, 2014 / 11:15 am

    most important pack baby wipes lol

  17. John Taggart
    June 10, 2014 / 11:22 am

    Don’t leave the packing to your husband πŸ™‚

  18. Michelle Austin
    June 10, 2014 / 11:32 am

    Facewipes, box drinks with straws, iPod.

  19. Isabel O'Brien
    June 10, 2014 / 11:35 am

    Pack two spare nighties/pj’s.

  20. EMcGinty
    June 10, 2014 / 12:35 pm

    If you can take in your own form of music player and earphones. Whether it be iPod, phone mp3 player with your chosen music. It is great to help you relax and drown out the hospital noises. A notepad and pen for all those last minute lists and thoughts. With my youngest I took in some boxes of Christmas cards and my list and passed the time getting that chore out the way.

  21. nicola clarkson
    June 10, 2014 / 12:55 pm

    Mine is cooling foot spray

  22. Gillian Alexander
    June 10, 2014 / 1:15 pm

    Pack something to read to take your mind off things, I found this helped take my mind off things while waiting for the next contraction in the earlier stages!

  23. kim neville
    June 10, 2014 / 1:19 pm

    Pack maternity pads as normal pads arent as good for first few days. Be prepared early just in case baby comes early

  24. MARY HEALD
    June 10, 2014 / 1:38 pm

    Having 2 bags is great. Makes things easier when sorting what you need for the baby

  25. Maggie Ali
    June 10, 2014 / 1:42 pm

    Dark colour dressing gown and socks, my feet were freezing cold πŸ™‚

  26. karen cowley
    June 10, 2014 / 1:51 pm

    Keep it minimal , don’t take loads of stuff you wont need x

  27. Anna Nicholls
    June 10, 2014 / 1:54 pm

    Snacks!! They generally only feed you at mealtimes in hospital. They gave me my evening meal at 5pm, then that was it until 7am. When you’re up ALL night with a ward full of newborns that’s no good at all. So stock up! Lip balm (your lips get very dry if you have gas & air) and anti-bac hand gel. I took makeup both times but it never saw the light of day. And take a nightie – I ended up with a section and therefore a catheter. Doesn’t quite work with PJs!

  28. Helen Porter
    June 10, 2014 / 2:12 pm

    find out what your local hospital supply as often there are bags of baby bits there that way you will have extra room in your bag for your things!

  29. Natasha M
    June 10, 2014 / 2:21 pm

    remember to pack snacks & cereal bars. I remember being so hungry during labour but i didnt want my partner to keep leaving. You can not take too much πŸ™‚

  30. Emily Clark
    June 10, 2014 / 2:23 pm

    Decant things into smaller containers. Rather than take a whole pack of wet wipes, take some out! it takes some planning but you will end up with a much smaller, more organised bag in the end.

  31. carolvs@hotmail.co.uk
    June 10, 2014 / 2:27 pm

    Don’t take everything but the kitchen sink!! I took so much the first time (just in case) and never used most of it

  32. Kay Broomfield
    June 10, 2014 / 2:29 pm

    I’m doing this right now as I’m having my little girl in 15 days! I know, I’m late! πŸ™‚

    The best thing to have in my bag is a camera as you can’t always charge a mobile in the hospital room so means I can still get a tonne of snaps of baby as soon as she’s here!

  33. C Parkin
    June 10, 2014 / 2:36 pm

    More maternity towels than you think possible and a nice new outfit for you to wear when you come home.

  34. Michaela Palmer
    June 10, 2014 / 2:37 pm

    Pack weeks before the due date!

  35. June 10, 2014 / 2:38 pm

    It has to be dry shampoo, mints and a hairbrush!

  36. Tracey Belcher
    June 10, 2014 / 2:40 pm

    Don’t forget phone numbers – sometimes during labour we have other things to worry about than charging the smartphone – a hand written list of numbers and some change are always a good idea

  37. Lisa Everaert
    June 10, 2014 / 2:46 pm

    Pack early so your not rushing around at the last minute trying to think of what to put in there. Slippers are a must have x

  38. Rebecca Maddocks
    June 10, 2014 / 2:49 pm

    Energy drinks are a must. I struggled to eat anything last time, so the drinks really helped put some calories into me.

  39. Janet Dring
    June 10, 2014 / 2:49 pm

    Don’t pack too much and take something to read or a puzzle book

  40. Paul Wilson
    June 10, 2014 / 2:53 pm

    Take only what you really need – not enough for a small army.

  41. glenn hutton
    June 10, 2014 / 3:30 pm

    It is not a fashion show, just take light clothes like loose clothes like cotton t shirts, dressing gown etc… more items can be brought be others if needed.

  42. Lorraine Tinsley
    June 10, 2014 / 3:40 pm

    Be prepared and pack a few weeks ahead. I took loads of drinks and snacks for me and hubby. Also don’t forget your phone charger

  43. Gilla01
    June 10, 2014 / 3:54 pm

    Definitely something to read.

  44. Victoria
    June 10, 2014 / 4:04 pm

    fruit pastilles! good snacks are so important.

  45. alexandradixonmersh@hotmail.co.uk
    June 10, 2014 / 4:07 pm

    Have it ready in plenty of time and keep it somewhere easy to grab!

  46. hannah welsh
    June 10, 2014 / 4:12 pm

    I always overpack when I go on holiday – I’m talking a few outfit options – so why should it be any different for hospital πŸ™‚

  47. Hilda Hazel Wright
    June 10, 2014 / 4:16 pm

    Its a long time ago so I don’t really remember. The only thing that stands out for me is the packet of rich tea biscuits! Helped with the sick feeling before and after and kept me going!

  48. Paula Burnside
    June 10, 2014 / 4:22 pm

    Lots of bibs or burping cloths. Saves you having to change the baby after every feed.

  49. Emma Harris
    June 10, 2014 / 4:40 pm

    Essentials only, not everything plus kitchen sink

  50. Alana Walker
    June 10, 2014 / 4:48 pm

    Don’t take too much stuff, half of it you wont use and your partner will eventually be told to go home at some point, so can pick things up for you, and most hospitals have a small branch of Boots where you can get any essentials you might have missed. When I went into hospital to have my first, it looked like I had packed for a 3 week stay!

  51. samj
    June 10, 2014 / 5:24 pm

    Bring some music as it makes labour a bit more interesting

  52. David Vessey
    June 10, 2014 / 5:26 pm

    A pack of wet wipes are more useful than you’d think.

  53. Rosalind Sargent
    June 10, 2014 / 5:34 pm

    Mp3 music can be very soothing

  54. laura jayne bates
    June 10, 2014 / 5:44 pm

    lip balm always remember lip balm

  55. IZZY
    June 10, 2014 / 6:05 pm

    Pack super early

  56. Gina M
    June 10, 2014 / 6:24 pm

    Pack essentials in one bag and prepare another bag for a longer stay incase you need to stay in longer than anticipated but leave that bag in the car or at home and someone can bring it in for you if needed.

  57. joanne darnell
    June 10, 2014 / 6:26 pm

    plenty of babygrows

  58. ANGIE ELLIS
    June 10, 2014 / 6:29 pm

    The best tip I can give is to pack early. One of my daughters was born two weeks early and luckily I was prepared and had the bag ready by the front door!

  59. Jenny Tyler
    June 10, 2014 / 6:32 pm

    Snacks & Baby Wipes! πŸ™‚

  60. Rishona Taylor
    June 10, 2014 / 6:43 pm

    camera plus charger and sd card!!! first thing I packed lol

  61. laura banks
    June 10, 2014 / 6:46 pm

    make a list and stick to it

  62. Amanda Hattie
    June 10, 2014 / 6:54 pm

    Toilet wipes for when you have stitches, they’re so much gentler than using hospitals sandpaper like loo roll

  63. Julia linsley
    June 10, 2014 / 6:55 pm

    A plastic spray gun the sort you get I the garden shop ! Great for sprit zing your face and body with iced water !

  64. Anthony Harrington
    June 10, 2014 / 7:04 pm

    a sprizer spray for refreshing/cooling face and body

  65. kellyjo walters
    June 10, 2014 / 7:13 pm

    2 bags, one for baby, one for you

  66. Linda Guest
    June 10, 2014 / 7:29 pm

    Take some small change for a drink, newspaper or chocolate!

  67. olga carpenter
    June 10, 2014 / 7:38 pm

    music would be great

  68. Sandra Lane
    June 10, 2014 / 7:51 pm

    Pack an extra nightie or pyjamas and make sure you pack early.

  69. stacey turner
    June 10, 2014 / 7:57 pm

    Take plenty of clothes for the new baby. I didnt realise how much a baby can be sick, and only packed a couple of sleepsuits etc. Had to send the other half home to get more

  70. Lynsey Buchanan
    June 10, 2014 / 8:06 pm

    Pack at least 6 weeks before your due date encase the baby comes early

  71. lynn mitchell
    June 10, 2014 / 8:09 pm

    always pack early you never know when the baby will come

  72. June 10, 2014 / 8:24 pm

    im yet to discover what is the best item, i would say for now maternity towels

  73. Sarah Fawcett
    June 10, 2014 / 8:40 pm

    A spritzer spray and something light and protein packed to nibble on – some raw cashew nuts are perfect

  74. Debbie Burfoot
    June 10, 2014 / 8:41 pm

    lots of baby vests and babygros for all those never ending poos

  75. Selina Jefferies
    June 10, 2014 / 8:51 pm

    Disposable pants!

  76. Csilla Kontig
    June 10, 2014 / 8:54 pm

    Pack some weeks in advance. You never know when time is coming…

  77. rebecca
    June 10, 2014 / 9:12 pm

    Baby wipes for both you and baby

  78. sian hallewell
    June 10, 2014 / 9:15 pm

    Pack early, use a tick list to make sure you have the basics, don’t get hung up though someone will always bring in anything you have forgotten. so enjoy

  79. rachel eades
    June 10, 2014 / 9:25 pm

    Pack early

  80. mary chez
    June 10, 2014 / 9:38 pm

    You can never have too many baby wipes

  81. Lisa Evans
    June 10, 2014 / 9:43 pm

    Lots of snacks for both of you!

  82. Alison Joyce
    June 10, 2014 / 9:43 pm

    Pack in advance and be ruthless about what you take if you don’t really need it then it’ll be in the way.

  83. Hazel Rea
    June 10, 2014 / 9:44 pm

    Snacks and some bottles of water – hospital water can taste awful and you don’t want to get dehydrated. Take a couple of extra changes of pyjamas/nighties – accidents happen!

  84. June 10, 2014 / 9:55 pm

    pack early! my son was 7 weeks prem and i had nothing ready!

  85. Liane Ging
    June 10, 2014 / 9:59 pm

    My dressing gown but next time ill buy a non white one!

  86. Jill Webb
    June 10, 2014 / 10:09 pm

    Ipod mints wet wipes and a pad and pen

  87. Jayne T
    June 10, 2014 / 10:13 pm

    Some disposable Knickers and a snack for after labour.

  88. Keisha Tomlinson
    June 10, 2014 / 10:26 pm

    Snacks, hospital food is not the best and something to read/puzzle book to do in between contractions.

  89. sarah evans
    June 10, 2014 / 10:52 pm

    be prepared pack a few weeks in advance

  90. Donna brown
    June 10, 2014 / 10:52 pm

    Extra large sanitary towels

  91. olivia Kirby
    June 10, 2014 / 10:57 pm

    Pack it early – I was so disorganised when my daughter was born a month early, my mum was on holiday and I had to send my husband out for so much stuff and i just wanted him with me.
    My favourite thing I packed was dried apricots!

  92. Talisa
    June 10, 2014 / 11:13 pm

    Baby wipes and tissues! πŸ™‚

  93. Jay
    June 10, 2014 / 11:47 pm

    Cloth maternity pads – commercial pads are the devil, rough, scratchy, gather-up, prevent air-flow so make you all sweaty and irritated, and full of nasty chemicals, so irritating and higher risk of infection – cloth pads are a lot more comfortable and hygienic. When you get home these also work better for pad-popsicles too.

    Hygienna solo – device you attach to water bottles to turn them into a personal bidet to stay clean, without any irritation from dry scratchy paper, but smaller than packing a spray bottle. Pair-up with ‘family wipes’ too.

  94. Christina Curtis
    June 10, 2014 / 11:48 pm

    Pack early! Take a bottle of water and some water spray to cool you down.

  95. Clare Kendrick
    June 10, 2014 / 11:54 pm

    Food glorious food – you never know how long you’ll be there & don’t want to risk sending your partner out for food.

  96. lisa tebbutt
    June 11, 2014 / 12:00 am

    packed some food the food in the hospital was bad

  97. Sharon Hingley
    June 11, 2014 / 1:09 am

    Pack early but don’t overpack, you will never use it all. Don’t forget your favourite cold drinks and snacks.

  98. debbie godbolt
    June 11, 2014 / 1:36 am

    one of those freezing cold water spray cans to cool off when things get over heated x

  99. Miriam Said
    June 11, 2014 / 3:48 am

    For yourself pack at least 5 pairs of knickers, maternity sanitary towels, those crack and use ice packs (at least 2), some wet wipes, some breast pads, 1 nighty, 1pair of pyjamas, slippers, bra, a bar of chocolate (very important for instant energy), some small cartons of juice, a packet of biscuits, some paracetamol, and a magazine or book.

    For baby pack at least 10 newborn size disposable nappies ( more if you can), at least 5 babygros with one being 3 to 6 months as you never really know how big your New arrival will be, baby wipes, some cotton wool, a baby hair brush, and if it is winter, pack a padded baby suit and a thick baby blanket for when you leave.

    Take your mobile phone with you because hospital phones cost a fortune to use and you can order a pizza delivery while you are in hospital, but prepare to suffer the envy of other hungry New Mums who did not think of this. If your mobile phone also gets internets, you can blog, tweet, facebook or even watch T.V. Ehich is again a heck of a lot cheaper than the hospital T.V. Pay to use and you can listen to music on your mobile too with a ear plug so you do not wake other sleeping Mums if you have to stay in and you can take photos with your mobile as well.

    Do not talk to the people trying to get your personal details and offering you a free bag of baby items and help filling in child benefit forms. It is a marketing ploy and you can get the child benefit forms for free From your local council or benefits office or online.

  100. EMMA WALTERS
    June 11, 2014 / 7:17 am

    energy tablets were fab! i couldn’t keep anything down, even the horrid energy drinks they kept giving me. But they were like sweets & gave me that boost i needed!

  101. lauren tourle
    June 11, 2014 / 8:53 am

    I had a fan and wet wipes, helped as even though I gave birth in September I was sooooo hot during labour and they came in really helpful πŸ™‚ also water helped a lot too πŸ™‚

  102. laura stewart
    June 11, 2014 / 9:30 am

    only take what you need xx

  103. Karen Lloyd
    June 11, 2014 / 10:26 am

    Lots of little snacks like cereal bars and cartons of juice to keep you going.

  104. nicola hardman
    June 11, 2014 / 10:43 am

    something light to eat

  105. Emma Ellison
    June 11, 2014 / 11:10 am

    Pack comfy big knickers and plenty of sanitary pads (super thick ones)

  106. Gillian Hale
    June 11, 2014 / 11:16 am

    Plenty of drinks and snacks because the meals come at set times, and you will want something in the middle of the night, especially if like me you have an early morning c section and then can’t eat all that day.

  107. CHRISTINE SZLOBODNIK
    June 11, 2014 / 11:24 am

    Pack around 20 weeks pregnant & pack lots of bibs & nappies & babygros

  108. claire matthews-curtis
    June 11, 2014 / 11:36 am

    A good book, snacks and lots of underwear

  109. kris
    June 11, 2014 / 2:42 pm

    pack the essentials

  110. Deb Alexander
    June 11, 2014 / 2:51 pm

    Not so much bag packing tip but I found Always night time sanitary towels better than maternity pads!

  111. Laura Loo
    June 11, 2014 / 3:09 pm

    Lip balm, lips get very dry after gas and air

  112. abigail edkins
    June 11, 2014 / 3:32 pm

    take an ipod if you have one

  113. amy gonzalez
    June 11, 2014 / 4:07 pm

    pack early and plenty of maternity pads!

  114. June 11, 2014 / 5:02 pm

    Have your bags (one for you, one for baby) packed and in your car by 35 weeks.

  115. cat culmer
    June 11, 2014 / 5:21 pm

    Phone charger and face wipes were my essentials

  116. Andrea Williams
    June 11, 2014 / 5:58 pm

    Pack early, pack enough but not too much, pack something refreshing like drinks, face mist or mints. Music helps too x

  117. michelle banks
    June 11, 2014 / 6:41 pm

    pack early! my son was born 3 months early!

  118. Hazel Christopher
    June 11, 2014 / 7:36 pm

    Pack it well in advance! My little boy was 6 1/2 weeks early and we had nothing ready.

  119. sarah birkett
    June 11, 2014 / 8:40 pm

    ipod and charger, and some sweets

  120. Becky Duffy
    June 11, 2014 / 8:44 pm

    Pack a book or magazine, the wait can be a little bit longer than expected!

  121. Jessica cook
    June 11, 2014 / 8:45 pm

    Pack two bags, one for u…one for baby x

  122. jamie banks
    June 11, 2014 / 8:59 pm

    camera , snacks , clothes x

  123. Kathryn Quinn
    June 11, 2014 / 9:40 pm

    Nighties not pj’s – I ended up having a c section and had only packed pj’s which I then couldn’t wear. Had to stay in hospital gown until hubby brought some in!

  124. Keri Jones
    June 11, 2014 / 10:25 pm

    Just because it’s your first baby doesn’t mean he/she wont be early. Pack your hospital bag as early as possible- minus food. I kept putting it off and had to pack in a rush- not fun! I forgot lots of things and Hubby wasn’t happy as we didn’t pack any food or drinks :/

  125. June 12, 2014 / 2:18 am

    Laborade – a mouthpiece helps relax the jaw during Labour – which helps with pain relief. It really works !

  126. Maggie Coates
    June 12, 2014 / 7:34 am

    Leave it near the front door.

  127. Tracy Newton
    June 12, 2014 / 8:46 am

    I would recommend packing two separate bags. One for yourself and one for the baby. Add lots of snacks. You will be starving afterwards.

  128. katie Kathurima
    June 12, 2014 / 10:55 am

    Snacks and drinks for you and your birthing partner!! Its the thing that most people never think about

  129. Charlotte T
    June 12, 2014 / 12:32 pm

    Only take the bare essentials! You definitely don’t want the stress that comes with overpacking!

  130. Claire Lacey
    June 12, 2014 / 9:41 pm

    cotton wool balls, they come in handy for everything – wiping baby’s eyes, cleaning baby’s bottom, cleaning up small amounts of sick, they can be used to cool down mum’s forehead in labour when they have been soaked in water…

  131. Suzanne Cooke
    June 12, 2014 / 10:31 pm

    Nappies, wipes and some refreshing face wipes.

  132. donna jones
    June 14, 2014 / 1:07 am

    drinks

  133. Sheila Reeves
    June 14, 2014 / 8:44 am

    Some nutritious snacks, something with some protein in – I can remember the only option for a meal one time was a cucumber sandwich, not great fuel for giving birth, or recovering from a difficult labour

  134. AMy Beckett
    June 14, 2014 / 4:37 pm

    Lip Balm for me

  135. Kerry Brown
    June 14, 2014 / 7:35 pm

    have 2 seperate bags – one for baby and one for mum πŸ™‚

  136. richard hill
    June 14, 2014 / 8:18 pm

    make sure you have stuff for mother as well as baby

  137. lyn Burgess
    June 14, 2014 / 9:17 pm

    Pack for your expected length of stay, but pack a second bag with all the extras you might need for a longer stay. Leave it somewhere obvious, so that if you do need it, it can easily be found and brought to hospital, (saves someone having to rummage to find what’s needed)

  138. kayleigh white
    June 15, 2014 / 12:26 am

    I’d say, after packing all the “Essentials”, pack a hair brush and a camera to take photos of the special “moment”…well, nobody will want to see a photo of the proud parents and baby and mummy has her hair all over!

  139. lynn Heath
    June 15, 2014 / 8:51 am

    Don’t take too much and embrace big knickers!!!!!

  140. Keshia Esgate
    June 15, 2014 / 1:39 pm

    pack makeup for the photos afterwards!

  141. Helen Belton
    June 15, 2014 / 2:29 pm

    Sweets…you will need and deserve some !

  142. jane greenfield
    June 15, 2014 / 2:32 pm

    don’t forget lip balm I did and had really dry lips

  143. tina
    June 15, 2014 / 3:41 pm

    Extra pillows were really helpful, as well as frozen drinks as I was due in last year’s heatwave!

  144. gemma coultrip
    June 15, 2014 / 6:12 pm

    my ipod with soothing music

  145. Sally
    June 15, 2014 / 7:28 pm

    An energy drink! 2 bottles of powerade kept me going through my long labour! Lots of baby grows – I didn’t take enough and had a very sicky baby!

  146. Rachel McMillan
    June 15, 2014 / 9:12 pm

    Forget maternity pants get cheap black (large) pants from primark

  147. Tammy Tudor
    June 16, 2014 / 8:55 am

    more is more πŸ™‚ pack extras just in case

  148. Angela Wilcox
    June 16, 2014 / 10:53 am

    Have your bag packed early. My daughter arrived 4 weeks early, but I’d had my bag packed by 32 weeks just in case!

    Also – big pants. Might not be sexy but necessary. I had a c section with my son and my midwife recommended wearing hubbys boxer shorts instead of pants as they sat higher up on my waist not on my scar

  149. Darius D
    June 16, 2014 / 1:50 pm

    don’t forget pack extra snack. You never know how long will it take and all cafe are close at night.

  150. greig spencer
    June 16, 2014 / 6:35 pm

    pack your i pod and ipad to have something to do

  151. clair dutton
    June 17, 2014 / 5:53 am

    start packing the bag in plenty of time

  152. Beth
    June 17, 2014 / 9:55 am

    You can’t have too many wipes, bibs & NAPPIES!

  153. dionne
    June 17, 2014 / 1:27 pm

    WATER SPRAY AND A FAN AS HOSPITALS ARE VERY HOT!! πŸ™‚

  154. foz
    June 17, 2014 / 5:30 pm

    Pack well in advance

  155. Laura F
    June 17, 2014 / 8:44 pm

    Pack flannels – for mopping your brow, cold compress afterwards and one to wash yourself with.

  156. lindsay moles
    June 18, 2014 / 11:34 am

    bottles of water with sports cap for when in labour and lots of energy drinks and snacks for birth partner

  157. kelly dove
    June 18, 2014 / 2:34 pm

    Pack early and pack lots of underwere!

  158. felicity morris
    June 18, 2014 / 5:01 pm

    snacks are a must

  159. Polly
    June 18, 2014 / 8:05 pm

    I had quite an active labour so drinking straws were a must have!! x

  160. Julie Davies
    June 18, 2014 / 10:06 pm

    Always, always, always have lots of packs of baby wipes

  161. Amy Skinner
    June 19, 2014 / 3:54 pm

    Pack it once, make sure you have a check list and leave it alone, I was to tempted to keep re packing

  162. YOLANDA DAVIS
    June 19, 2014 / 5:26 pm

    I made the mistake of packing pyjama’s , because i had an epidural i couldn’t wear the bottoms until the catheta was removed. it’s not something anyone tells you about but it’s probably best to take nighties.

  163. Susan Elai Carter
    June 19, 2014 / 5:50 pm

    More than one flannel, so you can ease the hardness and pain in your breasts when ‘your milk comes in’ …run the flannel under the hot tap and apply to them and then run the flannel under the cold tap and apply. It works and really relieves some of that rock hard feeling.
    Plenty of snacks, that don’t need Refridgeration, (especially when you’re veggie)
    Plain and simple vests and babygroes as they do tend to posset when you least expect it.
    If you’re lucky enough to have a Cool Pad that you place over your mattress take it so you’re not overheating. Scratch mitts for baby.

  164. jayne hall
    June 19, 2014 / 8:42 pm

    toothpaste extra big kncikers and pads

  165. lisa chappell
    June 20, 2014 / 12:58 pm

    dont overpack the bag !!!

  166. Suzie W
    June 20, 2014 / 2:10 pm

    Remember to actually pick it up before you go out

  167. Gemma Clark
    June 20, 2014 / 8:06 pm

    Take face wipes!!

  168. rachel humphries
    June 20, 2014 / 8:37 pm

    Always remember to take some loose change, honestly it helps, and if you have forgotten something you can pick it up.

  169. caroline cordery
    June 20, 2014 / 9:48 pm

    all being well, have your babies at home, then all your stuff is already there. simples.

  170. aideen patel
    June 20, 2014 / 10:31 pm

    camomile tea & a water spray bottle for your face

  171. Elizabeth Williams
    June 20, 2014 / 10:33 pm

    Be prepared early and make sure it is left somewhere that is easy to grab on the way out the door.

  172. Solange
    June 21, 2014 / 6:33 am

    Be prepared. Pack weeks before the due date.

  173. k walsh
    June 21, 2014 / 5:20 pm

    Make sure your facial spritzer is non scented. I made the mistake of bringing a kiwi flavoured one in and tho it helped at the time, I now cant smell anything kiwi without feeling queasy!

  174. Cheryl Pearson
    June 21, 2014 / 5:52 pm

    have one bags with all your overnight essentials in it ~ but if you have a complicated labour then there is nothing worse than sending the partner home to get more supplies, so have a 2nd bag packed with double of everything in it! You can guarantee that if I asked my partner to bring in some fresh nightwear he would bring a onesie πŸ˜‰

  175. Tracey Thompson
    June 21, 2014 / 6:14 pm

    mini fan is brill

  176. joanna butler-savage
    June 21, 2014 / 7:53 pm

    big chocolate bar and water

  177. steve@sjmiles.co.uk
    June 21, 2014 / 8:02 pm

    Have the bag packed and by the door well in advance of the due date

  178. Kay panayi
    June 21, 2014 / 10:47 pm

    Make a list and stick to it

  179. Beth
    June 22, 2014 / 7:23 am

    Phone charger – don’t want to miss any special moments!

  180. David Price
    June 22, 2014 / 7:57 am

    You can never have enough wet wipes

  181. Chibi
    June 22, 2014 / 2:34 pm

    Pack early, but not too early. You’re probably going to end up adding more things that you’d β€œforgotten” over time. So the earlier you pack the more you’ll have, and you definitely don’t want to overpack, trust me.

  182. Kathryn Hipkin
    June 22, 2014 / 9:37 pm

    Paper knickers for afterwards. I was told this by a member of staff on the maternity ward who happened to be a friend of mine also and the staff actually came to see if I had any spare for anyone else.

    You bleed for about 6 weeks afterwards as I recall so you might as well have something completely disposable, at least at first

  183. Kayleigh Main
    June 22, 2014 / 9:38 pm

    Don’t pack too much!

  184. ESME MCCRUBB
    June 22, 2014 / 10:53 pm

    make sure and pack it yourself so you know exactly where things will be when you need them

  185. Carys Jones
    June 23, 2014 / 4:58 pm

    Lip balm and wet wipes

  186. Rich Hill
    June 23, 2014 / 6:48 pm

    Don’t let hubby pack it!

  187. gwynnington@hotmail.com
    June 23, 2014 / 8:13 pm

    pack it yourself definitely..

  188. angela sandhu
    June 23, 2014 / 9:01 pm

    pack it early! My son arrived 2 months early and i was very unprepared.

  189. helen booth
    June 23, 2014 / 9:38 pm

    Get it done in plenty of time and always make a list!

  190. Hayley Louise Colburn
    June 23, 2014 / 9:46 pm

    don’t forget a hair bobble!! your head sweats loads during childbirth, you really want it tied back

  191. Tracy Sinclair
    June 23, 2014 / 10:34 pm

    Make a list and pack as early as possible, baby wipes are essential so are some nice nighties or pj’s and plenty of pants, big ones. Some sweets are good too, midget gems or wine gums x

  192. daryl gott
    June 24, 2014 / 12:00 am

    Ask a woman.

  193. Jo Booth
    June 24, 2014 / 9:41 am

    pack maternity clothes to wear to go home in. I really didn’t realise I would still look heavily pregnant after having my baby. This was news to me ….. luckily I’d packed some maternity and normal clothes !!!!

  194. MEGAN
    June 24, 2014 / 3:14 pm

    PACK NICE &EARLY

  195. June 24, 2014 / 5:54 pm

    Take it with you! With my daughter we left it outside the hospital doors and a very sheepish husband had to retrieve it when we realised πŸ™‚

  196. sarah stevens
    June 24, 2014 / 6:02 pm

    dont forget a hairband,refreshing face wipes and lip balm

  197. Jay Howard
    June 24, 2014 / 7:42 pm

    Don’t leave the bag in the taxi!

  198. Emily Carter-Dunn
    June 24, 2014 / 8:17 pm

    Big knickers!

  199. Charmian Filewood
    June 24, 2014 / 11:32 pm

    Cooling facial spritz spray, I like the body spray wipes you get, as you stay fresh but dont have to use a spray around baby. Lip salve, or vaseline… later being better as it doubles up for other ailments. Nice comfy lounge cardie as although hospitals are VERY warm it is good to get out into the fresh air for a while and the change in temperature can feel like more as you have come from the oven that is hospital.

  200. Elizabeth Smith
    June 25, 2014 / 10:43 am

    ear-plugs – just in case you need to stay in longer and need a good nights sleep

  201. thorntonbri@googlemail.com
    June 25, 2014 / 1:38 pm

    Don’t bother with hair straighteners or make up.You won’t be needing them for along time.

  202. Barbara Handley
    June 25, 2014 / 2:58 pm

    Plenty of wet wipes, magazines and someone who will stay calm and reassuring.

  203. Toni W
    June 25, 2014 / 7:25 pm

    I’ve never been pregnant but my mum has always sworn by a clean pair of knickers! πŸ™‚

  204. Suzanne Drummond
    June 25, 2014 / 11:11 pm

    relax and enjoy your new arrival just take the bare minimum your bound to get loads of gifts and babies love baby grows x

  205. Diane Jackson
    June 25, 2014 / 11:11 pm

    enormous knickers

  206. sarah burton
    June 25, 2014 / 11:20 pm

    plenty of maternity pads

  207. Melanie McNair
    June 25, 2014 / 11:23 pm

    Pack magazines, loose fitting trousers & wet wipes

  208. shirley evans
    June 25, 2014 / 11:38 pm

    lipsyl,your lips are always dry in a hospital atmosphere

  209. claire griffiths
    June 25, 2014 / 11:54 pm

    make sure you only pack the things you really need

  210. zara hazler
    June 26, 2014 / 12:08 am

    dont over do it!

  211. Jayne K
    June 26, 2014 / 1:41 am

    Some wipes for freshening yourself up.

  212. Martina Pichova
    June 26, 2014 / 6:14 am

    I used disposable old peoples pants instead of pads as I bled so much.

  213. Angie Hoggett
    June 26, 2014 / 7:20 am

    portable fan!

  214. Ruth Harwood
    June 26, 2014 / 8:14 am

    remember that if you forget something, it can always be brought in later! don’t panic!

  215. emma falvi
    June 26, 2014 / 8:31 am

    pack early, as you never know when the baby will arrive

  216. Lorraine Polley
    June 26, 2014 / 10:41 am

    pack 2 small bags, one for baby and one for mummy, you are only in there for a short time

  217. Donna Gilligan
    June 26, 2014 / 1:35 pm

    Soft toilet wipes, essential for the first few days. Cheap loo roll was not a comfy option

  218. becca staples
    June 26, 2014 / 1:50 pm

    Pants and pads to be at the top!! I had a c.section and the nurse was rooting around to find the things i needed bless her x

  219. Nicki Evans
    June 26, 2014 / 2:19 pm

    Pack early just in case.

  220. June 26, 2014 / 5:41 pm

    Pack early and for a few nights just in case.

  221. Janice
    June 26, 2014 / 6:34 pm

    always have a bag ready well in advance

  222. Kirsty Woods
    June 26, 2014 / 7:44 pm

    Pads and plenty of underwear

  223. Samantha Atherton
    June 26, 2014 / 8:30 pm

    I never went to hospital when I had my little girl, well I went but they told me I wasn’t in labour & sent me home and I gave birth an hour later on the bathroom floor. But one thing I did have packed that came in very handy over the next few days were energy/glucose tablets they just gave me that little boost I needed when getting up in the night to feed her.

  224. Jennifer Deavall
    June 26, 2014 / 8:50 pm

    Muslin cloths

  225. Caroline Anne Bellamy
    June 26, 2014 / 9:37 pm

    Still compiling my list for my first arrival later this year, however I’ve heard snacks for the dad to be are a must!

  226. Alexandra Blue
    June 26, 2014 / 10:22 pm

    PRUNE JUICE!

  227. hannah
    June 26, 2014 / 10:50 pm

    Pack Pj’s not a nightie way more comfy and more like your at home, and baby wipes – they have so many uses!

  228. tarbs gill
    June 26, 2014 / 10:55 pm

    Pack some Vaseline..

  229. Caroline Kelly
    June 27, 2014 / 1:07 am

    Take mini toiletries that you can buy when on offer

  230. Harley
    June 27, 2014 / 7:36 am

    The camera, you can never get back those first few moments x

  231. Lara Davis
    June 27, 2014 / 11:23 am

    pack snacks for you xxx

  232. kristin burdsall
    June 27, 2014 / 5:08 pm

    Lip Balm!

  233. adeinne tonner
    June 27, 2014 / 7:11 pm

    Prepare your bag weeks before hand and double check you have everything you need in it

  234. Louise Asekokhai
    June 27, 2014 / 7:14 pm

    A packed lunch, you will be there hours and either you or your birth partner is going to get peckish.

  235. t.quinn@hotmail.co.uk
    June 27, 2014 / 9:12 pm

    always pack a few weeks in advance in case of emergencies

  236. claire woods
    June 27, 2014 / 9:37 pm

    Take comfortable clothing to change into.

  237. Leighanne M
    June 28, 2014 / 5:01 am

    Pack plenty of knickers, fannels and hair bands

  238. carly bryan
    June 28, 2014 / 8:50 am

    take something to do like listen to music games, because it can be a long process

  239. andrea lloyd
    June 28, 2014 / 3:26 pm

    a good book to read

  240. Janice Mackin
    June 28, 2014 / 5:40 pm

    Pack some snacks.

  241. Peter Travers
    June 28, 2014 / 6:11 pm

    Chocolates for the nurses

  242. Trudi Walsh
    June 28, 2014 / 6:45 pm

    Take something to read, labour can be a long process x

  243. Paula Phillips
    June 28, 2014 / 7:55 pm

    Pack plenty of snacks and drinks for yourself and your partner as you may be there a long time.

  244. Claire D
    June 28, 2014 / 8:10 pm

    Plenty of snacks

  245. Caroline Burt
    June 28, 2014 / 8:37 pm

    Pack early and not when in labour like i did …. my other half had to go back home and get things that i hadn’t put in lol

  246. lindsey bray
    June 28, 2014 / 10:09 pm

    always take lip balm, your lips get very dry with gas and air

  247. susan.hoggett@yahoo.co.uk
    June 28, 2014 / 10:11 pm

    your favourite snack

  248. Nicola Andrijauskas
    June 28, 2014 / 10:32 pm

    Pack early and pack food πŸ™‚

  249. jellybaby1986@hotmail.com
    June 28, 2014 / 10:32 pm

    Water spray for your face

  250. katherine b
    June 28, 2014 / 10:56 pm

    Pack your bag well in advance take only what’s necessary! x

  251. Laura Vitty
    June 28, 2014 / 11:52 pm

    I’ve not had to pack one yet… but I should imagine a comfy nightie would be top of my list (and some gigantic knickers) x

  252. ELISHA
    June 28, 2014 / 11:54 pm

    Big Pads, you can never have enough!

  253. Terri-louise Dudey
    June 29, 2014 / 12:54 am

    Due 30th with my 3rd my advice is not to over pack but have a pile of extras in a drawer at home just incase you have to stay in hospital longer and is easy to ask partner or family member to collect and saves all the panicking in finding things xx

  254. Rebekah Powley
    June 29, 2014 / 3:43 am

    Always carry two of everything so you don’t run out! x

  255. adrian price
    June 29, 2014 / 11:44 am

    dont forget your phone!

  256. Lyn Bosomworth
    June 29, 2014 / 1:06 pm

    Pack your hospital bag early, you never know when the time will come

  257. Lucy Mayer
    June 29, 2014 / 2:07 pm

    Don’t pack too much!
    Plenty of snacks too. πŸ™‚

  258. Rachel B
    June 29, 2014 / 2:19 pm

    be prepared. You never know when you will have to go in.

  259. Nicola Holland
    June 29, 2014 / 2:26 pm

    Muslin squares – have such a variety of uses especially with a newborn!

  260. Sarah Ruse
    June 29, 2014 / 2:29 pm

    Nappies for your older child/ren. If they need changing when visiting the new arrival Dad may not have brought any in all the excitement (I speak from experience!!).

  261. Catherine Bell
    June 29, 2014 / 2:54 pm

    Dont pack too much for baby you will receive lots of gifts

  262. June 29, 2014 / 3:31 pm

    make a list anddont take too much

  263. t simpson
    June 29, 2014 / 3:34 pm

    Dont overpack. Less is more.
    Lavender shower stuff for mum is amazing when u have a shower after birth. Really relaxing

  264. josie j harrison
    June 29, 2014 / 4:03 pm

    sweeties!! Good energy source… for HIM of course lol

  265. Laura Finch
    June 29, 2014 / 4:14 pm

    Lots of snacks x

  266. Joy Lawson
    June 29, 2014 / 4:20 pm

    Bring a personal stash of choccie πŸ™‚

  267. Pauline Dring
    June 29, 2014 / 4:58 pm

    I wouldn’t take contact lenses. Wear glasses for a couple of days.

  268. Natalie White
    June 29, 2014 / 5:43 pm

    Lots and lots of nibbles and snacks!

  269. Claire Appleton
    June 29, 2014 / 5:47 pm

    You can never pack too much, best to make sure your prepared and have everything you might need πŸ™‚

  270. Lauren Old
    June 29, 2014 / 5:52 pm

    I’d make sure it’s packed well in advance!

  271. jackie curran
    June 29, 2014 / 5:57 pm

    Remember slippers, can’t walk round the ward without them .

  272. Allan Fullarton
    June 29, 2014 / 6:19 pm

    My wife couldn’t have done with our water vapour spray.

  273. Julie Lorraine Thomas
    June 29, 2014 / 6:24 pm

    Make sure you have plenty of undies and put extra in a draw at home just in case you have a longer stay in hospital. At least then you can direct your partner to where to find the new items otherwise you can end up with anything being brought in!

  274. MANDY DOHERTY
    June 29, 2014 / 6:29 pm

    Drinks (with straws), snacks, lip balm & something to keep your hair tied back

  275. Patricia Avery
    June 29, 2014 / 6:34 pm

    Two bags are better than one and remember hopefully you will not be there long so keep things simple πŸ™‚

  276. Lisa Lewis
    June 29, 2014 / 6:35 pm

    pack your hospital bag early and make sure you have plenty of change in your bag for parking/phone calls

  277. Kerry Lethbridge
    June 29, 2014 / 8:24 pm

    Not a nice thought but lots of maternity pads and small baby grows I must have thought I was giving birth to giant babies when I had my twins

  278. Phil Boyle
    June 29, 2014 / 8:40 pm

    iPod with fav tunes

  279. Tracy C
    June 29, 2014 / 8:50 pm

    Even if you don’t pack loads it’s worth leaving extras somewhere they will be easily found at home in case you are in for longer than expected. We ended up in SCBU then transferred to another hospital with my little girl, didn’t make it home for almost 2 weeks and the last thing I wanted to think about was giving my mum instructions on where things I wanted were.

  280. Sheri Darby
    June 29, 2014 / 9:01 pm

    Pack some chocolate – instant energy

  281. Katie W
    June 29, 2014 / 9:17 pm

    dont pack too much but make sure there is change and a camera/ chargers

  282. Jill Donaldson
    June 29, 2014 / 9:17 pm

    Disposable maternity pants were a great help I would reccomend them to every one

  283. Rebecca Powell
    June 29, 2014 / 9:21 pm

    Try not to take too much – I took loads of stuff that i didn’t use

  284. Monika S
    June 29, 2014 / 9:31 pm

    keep it strictly a maternity , don’t put any other items that are not related to your needs in hospital

  285. Sarah Pilbeam
    June 29, 2014 / 9:38 pm

    Always pack some wetwipes not only for the baby but for yourself. They help you cool down a lot x

  286. carol wilson
    June 29, 2014 / 9:40 pm

    pack early, you never know if the new arrival will arrive early, and plenty of pads and disposable pants

  287. ann c
    June 29, 2014 / 9:57 pm

    Sudocrem!

  288. felicity smith
    June 29, 2014 / 10:01 pm

    no tips from me πŸ™‚

  289. Samantha Fenn
    June 29, 2014 / 10:07 pm

    Pack enough for 1 day… and have another bag packed with a further 2 days worth of clothes and nappies incase you stay longer… someone can always bring you the 2nd bag is needed and that way you won’t end up taking too much.

    Also, pack a new piece of your favourite ‘everyday’make up… putting eyeliner on after having a 52 hour labour made me feel (and look!) more human again.

  290. Zoe Coen
    June 29, 2014 / 10:12 pm

    Pack lip balm- with my first baby anytime i had a drink i was sick so they gave me a drip instead so my lips got really dry

  291. Jeanette Chalmers
    June 29, 2014 / 10:22 pm

    Wet wipes. They didn’t occur to me when I had my first as I was, of course, only going to use cotton wool and water (sterile if possible). Second time round I realised they would do for my hands, face and other bits. The bed table on which my food was served. The toilet seat before I sat on it. Baby sick etc, etc, etc.

  292. leannephillips@live.com
    June 29, 2014 / 10:26 pm

    always pack some snacks for daddy…its a long process for him too πŸ™‚ xx

  293. Yasmin Matin
    June 29, 2014 / 10:34 pm

    I found disposable nickers very useful and only packed them as my friend told me how brilliant they were. She wasn’t wrong!

  294. Jamie
    June 29, 2014 / 10:37 pm

    Keep going back to it and making sure it is up to date with stuff you like πŸ™‚

  295. joanne Benham
    June 29, 2014 / 10:49 pm

    Don’t pack loads – you won’t need 10 of everything!!

  296. Laura Farren
    June 29, 2014 / 11:12 pm

    your fave body wash for comfort, big Knickers and Baggy Pjs, Just think Comfort

  297. Lani Nash
    June 29, 2014 / 11:24 pm

    Some energy snacks are a help!

  298. Gill Mitchell
    June 29, 2014 / 11:25 pm

    Have an extra bag packed with more supplies for you and baby just incase you need to stay in longer. Saves a very stressed new Dad trying to figure out what you both need and more than likely bringing the wrong stuff!

  299. Laura Kevlin
    June 29, 2014 / 11:30 pm

    Take comfy clothes that allow for tender nether parts e.g. loose skirt or similar. I had to send hubby out shopping before I could get changed to go home as couldn’t wear the outfit I’d brought with me!

  300. Natalie Gillham
    June 29, 2014 / 11:32 pm

    Take lots of change as I find alot of the entertainment cards and vending machines etc in hospitals only take correct change. Also take lots of wet wipes to keep you and your baby fresh and a mirror, as you may have be feeling too sore or poorly or to walk to the bathroom to have baths or wash properly in the first few days x

  301. Danielle Graves
    June 29, 2014 / 11:41 pm

    Kendal mint cake is great for energy!

    I found it better to take 2 seperate bags; one for me and one for bubba. I was in labour in hospital 5 days before having emcs and then obviously a bit longer after the baby was born and it was so much easier to be able to just get what i needed from each bag than going through everything.

  302. Sonia Paschkova
    June 30, 2014 / 12:01 am

    Always take Tissues

  303. john hatrey
    June 30, 2014 / 12:19 am

    Next time I’m sure wife won’t ask me to put in a few things I think she might nedd.

  304. Penelope Hannibal
    June 30, 2014 / 12:41 am

    Don’t rely on your husband to remember it! Chances are he will be in more of a panic than you! πŸ™‚

  305. claire little
    June 30, 2014 / 12:51 am

    pack in advance πŸ™‚

  306. June 30, 2014 / 12:52 am

    Take drinks and snacks you might need them

  307. Jane Middleton
    June 30, 2014 / 1:15 am

    wet wipes – always have a spare pack

  308. Annaloa Hilmarsdottir
    June 30, 2014 / 1:44 am

    Pack plenty of sandwiches and hot soups etc. because labor can make some women throw up the entire contents of their stomachs – I know I did and when it’s all over you can be hit by a tremendous hunger. And hospitals don’t have room service !

  309. Naomi Buchan
    June 30, 2014 / 1:57 am

    Pack a snack for your other half or they get grumpy!

  310. Susan Carter
    June 30, 2014 / 6:14 am

    Be realistic and pack loose fitting clothes for yourself. You will not instantly ping back to your pre-pregnancy size.

  311. June 30, 2014 / 7:04 am

    Have a bag for labour and a bag for post birth. Then have a reserve bag in case of a longer hospital stay.

  312. rebecca whale
    June 30, 2014 / 8:04 am

    Take some newborn clothes for the baby but also some 0-3 months if you expect a bigger baby as my little man was bigger than expected and the newborn didn’t fit him πŸ™‚

  313. Karen Martin
    June 30, 2014 / 8:13 am

    Pack a bag well in advance just in case you get taken in early. I also packed a second bag just in case I had to stay in any longer it was left at home for my partner to bring into hospital if need be. Plenty of maternity pads and disposable knickers also comfy nighties and a hairband.

  314. Gemma Chantler
    June 30, 2014 / 8:26 am

    Separate bags for me and baby. Also, a personal fan as I got very warm and my own bottle of water, as I was so thirsty and they were not very quick at getting me a drink!

  315. Kirsteen Mackay
    June 30, 2014 / 9:16 am

    Bring snacks – cereal bars are good. If you are sent to the ward late at night you are unlikely to be given food until morning.

  316. maz watson
    June 30, 2014 / 10:31 am

    Pack early and don’t take too much as extra things can always be brought in if you need to stay in for longer then expected.

  317. June 30, 2014 / 10:52 am

    Don’t take too much, I ended up losing things as whilst I was sleeping the staff were planning on moving me to another room, as I’d had a c-section and they moved my stuff. Really annoying but then I did have far too much with me.

  318. Kevin Bloomfield
    June 30, 2014 / 11:26 am

    Don’t forget the gin…!!

  319. Laura Carroll
    June 30, 2014 / 11:29 am

    Take more than two pairs of pyjamas/nighties!

  320. Kel Ellen Hirst
    June 30, 2014 / 11:50 am

    Sneak some healthy snacks in your bag… You might be in a long time and hospital food isn’t for everyone…

  321. LEAH SULLIVAN
    June 30, 2014 / 11:53 am

    Spare everything! Especially underwear for you and vests and sleepsuits for baby!

  322. taja mckenzie
    June 30, 2014 / 11:58 am

    the only other thing i can think of that another mumss haven’t said would be bring your own comfortable underwear that pads would sit on properly. darker the underwear the better consider you bleed a lot for the first couple of days.

  323. Gemma Matthews
    June 30, 2014 / 12:05 pm

    take some extra clothes for Mum too incase you have to stay, that was a mistake I made and my hubby had to collect stuff for me, he didn’t have a clue bless him, I ended up with all sorts!

  324. Laura Pritchard
    June 30, 2014 / 1:11 pm

    I wish I’d taken more pyjamas & pants, & not bothered with the novel & the CD to listen to during the birth! πŸ™‚

  325. Laura Oxley
    June 30, 2014 / 2:02 pm

    Pack early

  326. eve kempgee
    June 30, 2014 / 2:36 pm

    baby wipes and good soft loo paper!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  327. Alice Colling
    June 30, 2014 / 2:38 pm

    Towel for a shower!

  328. jodie harvey
    June 30, 2014 / 3:14 pm

    dont forget your slippers πŸ™‚ pack well in advance then you have time to add to it rather than panicking at the last moment

  329. claire haskins
    June 30, 2014 / 3:26 pm

    take plenty of nibbles, just in case you get hungry

  330. FARIDAH BROOKER
    June 30, 2014 / 4:45 pm

    Lots of food – although I never even opened my bag – I forgot all about it!

  331. Sarah Preston
    June 30, 2014 / 4:51 pm

    Pack some tiny baby and newborn clothes πŸ™‚

  332. Holly Edmundson
    June 30, 2014 / 4:51 pm

    Muslim squares were a life saver for me πŸ™‚

  333. Stephanie Acton
    June 30, 2014 / 4:57 pm

    Make a list so you don’t have to run around like a headless chicken next time

  334. Helen M
    June 30, 2014 / 5:13 pm

    Water spray and flannels

  335. Claire Reavy
    June 30, 2014 / 5:29 pm

    Bring chocolate!

  336. claire sen
    June 30, 2014 / 5:40 pm

    You must pack something that makes you feel gorgeous, as after all the work and shock of a new baby, you will really appreciate a mini pampering session even if it’s in the hospital showers!
    I packed a mini bottle of vera wang’s princess shower gel. I felt like a new woman after that, like I could face anything. It really helped me!

  337. corina cullen
    June 30, 2014 / 6:05 pm

    food and ipod

  338. Diana
    June 30, 2014 / 6:35 pm

    don’t pack too much! πŸ™‚

  339. amy scullion
    June 30, 2014 / 7:17 pm

    Arnica pilules is a definate must have!

  340. Debbie Preston
    June 30, 2014 / 7:39 pm

    Cleansing/refreshing face wipes

  341. carol boffey
    June 30, 2014 / 8:16 pm

    a few pairs of pants and plenty sanitery pads

  342. Kim Newsome
    June 30, 2014 / 8:23 pm

    Plenty of snacks and drinks

  343. amy jupp
    June 30, 2014 / 8:27 pm

    arnica for bruising :-/

  344. Kirsty Greer
    June 30, 2014 / 8:40 pm

    Pack early – I had only just packed mine when my eldest came 5 weeks early! Xx

  345. Natalie Crossan
    June 30, 2014 / 8:50 pm

    Prepare them when you enter the third trimester!

  346. rachel
    June 30, 2014 / 9:06 pm

    pack yours and baby’s bags separate. when i had my daughter i packed just one bag and was endlessly rummaging through it. much easier to have things separate xx

  347. tamalyn roberts
    June 30, 2014 / 9:54 pm

    big knickers that you wont need again and big pads! nighty that opens up for breastfeeding and bring spares!

  348. helena clark
    June 30, 2014 / 10:04 pm

    pack plenty of plastic knickers!!

  349. June 30, 2014 / 10:10 pm

    light clothing – it gets so hot and tasty snacks for when you get the nibbles

  350. June 30, 2014 / 10:16 pm

    If you’re having your baby in hospital double check what they provide. There’s no point taking in baby blankets and bottles if they give you these while you’re in.

  351. chris parham
    June 30, 2014 / 10:30 pm

    take a loose fitting shirt , better than the gown supplied

  352. Karin Hall
    June 30, 2014 / 10:32 pm

    I’d say don’t stress too much about it! I think the only thing I really missed was a pair of headphones and my music – it can get quite noisy on the ward, and that would have helped to get some peace…

  353. Valerie Kay
    June 30, 2014 / 10:40 pm

    Don’t rush, pack with plenty of time to spare.

  354. Bryan Huddleston
    June 30, 2014 / 11:05 pm

    Vaseline,its great for dry lips and rubbing swollen feet πŸ™‚

  355. julie booth
    June 30, 2014 / 11:30 pm

    Pack big knickers and comfy trousers for coming home, with a loose top for breastfeeding. Don’t forget some baby wipes – for yourself not the baby!

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