The main bag
You’ll need some key things like toiletries, night clothes and underwear, a change of clothes and maternity pads. Also, don’t forget to pack any regular medication you are on, your maternity notes, your birth plan and Hand sanitiser. Make this the largest of your bags so that, inside it, you can carry 3 smaller toiletry bags:
- Your labour bag, holding your essentials items for labour – hair-ties, a hand-fan, your TENS machine/wheat bag, etc.
- Your post-birth bag, including what you’ll need immediately after giving birth – eg. 1 pair of pants, 1 maternity pad, My Expert Midwife Spritz for Bits
- Your baby’s post-birth bag, containing what they’ll need after they are born – eg. a nappy, a body-suit, a sleep-suit
Put these three bags at the top of your main bag, so everything is within easy reach.
Your baby’s bag
Your changing bag is the perfect size for everything your baby will need in hospital and should include nappies, sleep suits and body suits, muslin cloths and a couple of hats.
Your partner’s bag
Make sure you include change for the parking meter, warm layers and a change of clothes for your partner, as well as basic toiletries for them. This bag is perfect for carrying battery packs and chargers, sports drinks and plenty of food and snacks for you both.
For a full list and more hints and tips see our full Hospital Bag guide below.