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What to pack in your hospital bag…

By Rachel Ducker

Packing your hospital bag can be a really existing task but also a daunting one at the same time.

This is the second time I have had to pack a hospital bag now, and I am so pleased I have my last experience to draw from. There are items that I never used last time and some items I wish I had.

So I have put together my tried and tested list of things I would personally recommend taking in your hospital bag.

Mum’s Bag

Essentials

Pregnancy Notes

Any Prescriptive Medication

Phone Charger

Nightwear

Having the right kind of nightwear is really important. First time round I went into labour with a strappy maternity nightdress on. As it turned out I needed emergency surgery so I was pleased I also packed comfortable nursing pyjamas to change into after. Here are some of my top brands to pack in your hospital bag.

Seraphine Navy Blue Maternity & Nursing Nightie

Sweet dreams are guaranteed with our feminine Maternity & Nursing Nightie in classic navy blue. Made in the softest stretch jersey and gently elasticated at the empire waist, this stylish maternity nightie offers a flexible fit throughout pregnancy and beyond. The chic v neckline is accented in feminine lace, which disguises simple double layer nursing access – it’s a must-have nightwear piece for mums & mums-to-be.

https://www.seraphine.com/en-gb/navy-blue-maternity-nursing-nightie/

Seraphine Taupe Bamboo Lounge Maternity Pyjamas

Ultra-soft & stylish, our Taupe Bamboo Maternity Pyjamas are the perfect loungewear set for pregnancy. Made in the softest bamboo viscose, they are naturally hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial, and even help to wick moisture and regulate temperature. The low-rise bottoms fit comfortably under your bump, while the top offers a flexible fit and a stylish crossover v neckline.

https://www.seraphine.com/en-gb/taupe-bamboo-lounge-maternity-pyjamas/

Ideal if you want to look chic and feminine at the maternity ward, the softness of its bamboo viscose puts a smile on every mums face. Flexible and comfortable, the maternity and nursing pyjama set is a perfect fit for all the pregnancy and beyond.

https://www.lilyandribbon.com/collections/maternity/products/black-serenity-maternity-nursing-pyjama-set

https://www.lilyandribbon.com/collections/maternity/products/black-serenity-maternity-nursing-dressing-gown

Mama by Mori – Bump to Baby Nightdress

This Bump to Baby Nightdress is crafted in softer-than-soft sustainable lyocell with natural stretch to adapt to your changing body. The nightdress is thoughtfully designed to provide ultimate comfort throughout pregnancy and beyond. For new mama’s, button fastenings on the front mean it’s perfect for fuss-free feeding or pumping.

https://babymori.com/products/bump-to-baby-nightdress

Mama by Mori – Mama Robe

The Mama Robe is a must-have for packing in your hospital bag and is suitable for pregnancy and afterwards. It’s made in sustainable lyocell which feels soft and silky against the skin. The robe has a self-tie belt and handy patch pockets at the side to carry your essentials. 

https://babymori.com/products/mama-robe

Chichi London Satin Finish Long Sleeved Lace Trim Pyjama Set in Blush

There is nothing nicer than the feel of satin on your skin, these PJs are the ultimate treat after a long labour or c-section.

https://www.chichiclothing.com/collections/nightwear/products/chi-chi-sophie-pyjama-set

Style Cheat Pippa Personalised Grey Jersey Pyjama Shirt – Mix & Match

Make the midwifes remember your name! Made in a soft premium jersey fabric, featuring long sleeves, functional front pocket and Button fastening with a relaxed fit. Pair with the Pippa shorts or trousers, whatever your choice get ready to settle in comfort.

https://stylecheat.com/collections/just-landed/products/pippa-personalised-grey-jersey-pyjama-shirt-mix-match

This should be enough to cover you should you have to have a longer stay as I did.

Underwear

Bravado Plunge Nursing Bra

The Plunge Nursing Bra is a sleek, structured, wire-free design that is molded from our popular Muse Bra, and provides a smooth contour without compromising flexibility. With a luxuriously soft, seamless stretch fabric and sewn-in foam cups, this design adjusts to your body and hugs your shape throughout pregnancy and nursing for 24/7, 365 wear. Featuring a low-cut, plunge v-neckline and modern silhouette, it will make you wonder, is this really a nursing bra?

https://uk.bravadodesigns.com/products/plunge-nursing-bra

Bravado Plunge Muse Bra

As complicated as the female body is, we created a bra that’s uncomplicated. A structured wire-free design that’s comfortable enough to wear 24/7, 365. The Muse Bra’s seamless stretch fabric and sewn-in cups adjust to your body for a sleek silhouette. Featuring a low-cut neckline that looks great under pretty much anything, the Muse Bra contours to you – effortlessly.

https://uk.bravadodesigns.com/products/muse-bra

Big Knickers

Cheeky Wipes have a fantastic range of high waisted briefs within their revolutionary period pants range which make them perfect for c-section mums.

With soft, lightly padded material, the briefs will sit above the incision for comfort. The body of the pant is nylon and elastane (75%/25%) and the lining and the middle layer are cotton/elastane (95%/5%).  With 5 layers of moisture wicking, breathable fabric, the pants offer maximum protection regardless of flow. Perfect for monthly comfort and also post-birth, the period pants feel natural against the skin and control odour enabling you to carry on with your day 

www.cheekywipes.com

Toiletries

Maternity Pads

Boots Organic Cotton Maternity Towels

Specially designed for use pre and post-pregnancy, these new maternity towels are extra-long and thick to cushion and protect. A more sustainable option, the 100% organic top sheet is made from plant-based fibres, using less plastic than standard towels. 

Breast Pads

Boots Disposable Breast Pads

Made with plant-based materials, these soft and absorbent pads are perfect when on-the-go. The adhesive tape keeps the pads securely in place to keep clothing dry whilst still allowing skin to breathe.

https://www.boots.com/boots-disposable-breast-pad

Boots Reusable Breast Pads

These reusable breast pads have a soft cotton lining and absorbent bamboo viscose core to protect clothing from breast milk leakage and keep you feeling dry and comfortable. The pads are shaped to fit the contour of your breast and are machine washable. 

https://www.boots.com/boots-maternity-bamboo-washable-breast-pad

Boots Nipple Shields

For use during breast feeding, these nipple shields reduce discomfort for sore or cracked nipples. The cutaway profile helps to maintain skin-to-skin contact with the baby.

https://www.boots.com/boots-maternity-nipple-shield

My Expert Midwife Colostrum Harvesting Kit

This kit has been developed by our midwives so you can harvest colostrum from 37 weeks of pregnancy. Colostrum is the breast milk that your baby receives for the first few days after birth when you are breastfeeding. Colostrum harvesting and hand expressing are useful skills to learn during pregnancy. Our midwife written guide will support you in 7 simple steps. 

*If you have cervical stitch or have been diagnosed with a low lying placenta/placenta praevia please consult with your midwife or doctor before starting colostrum harvesting. 

https://myexpertmidwife.com/products/colostrum-harvesting-kit

Lansinoh Organic Post-Birth Relief Spray

Lansinoh’s Organic Post-Birth Relief Spray is made from a unique blend of herbal ingredients to provide soothing relief after birth.

It has been clinically tested to help soothe and relieve discomfort during post-birth recovery & is gynecologically tested to be suitable and kind for sensitive skin. A unique blend of herbal ingredients including Aloe Vera, Chamomile and Cucumber to soothe and calm skin. The 360° sprayer allows gentle and easy hands-free application from any angle.

https://lansinoh.co.uk/products/organic-post-birth-relief-spray

Lady Showbiz – Luxury Hand & Nail Cream

Ensure hands are clean and dry before massaging into the skin and nails.

https://www.ladyshowbiz.com/product/luxury-hand-nail-cream/

Mama Mio Hospital Bag Bundle

Megamama Shower Milk 200ml: Packed with our Omega Rich Skin Stretch Complex to keep your skin supple and strong and Vitamin E to aid skin’s protection. 

Keep Calm Nipple Balm 30ml: Provides soothing comfort and relief to dry, sore and sensitive nipples.

https://www.mioskincare.co.uk/mama-mio-hospital-bag-bundle

Make up – Beautifect Case

I found this amazing make up case which has its own built in light, you might not feel amazing after giving birth, but you can certainly try and make an effort.

https://www.beautifect.com/

Washbag + Items

Pack a small wash bag with toothbrush, face wipes, toothpaste, hairbands and a hairbrush. I used these bags from Blueberry Boo last time and will reuse.

https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/blueberrybookids/

You can bring in your own towel but the hospital will also provide you with one so not essential.

I also sneaked in my hair straighteners as I was in for a while and the hospitals don’t allow hairdryers, its the only way to defeat the frizz!

Medela Purelan Lanolin Cream

Perfect for a mum-to-be’s hospital bag, Medela’s 100% natural Purelan lanolin cream is a must-have not only for breastfeeding, but also for mama’s bedside table! Fab for relieving sore nipples, Purelan also nourishes dry skin and chapped lips, with its rich yet pliable texture helping to create a long-lasting skin barrier, aiding the natural healing process – a must-have beauty essential in disguise! Gliding onto skin easily, the medical grade lanolin is dermatologically tested and hypoallergenic, making it super safe for baby and mum alike.

https://shop.medela.co.uk/

Lip Balm

Mama Moments Birthing Essentials Kit

A selection of Natural Birthing Company Products that will support you during your birthing journey.

https://www.naturalbirthingcompany.com/products/mama-s-moments-birthing-essentials-gift-set

Joonie Stretch mark cream

The Perfect Anti-Stretch Mark Cream also helps to moisturise the skin thanks to its texture, rich in shea butter. Shea butter is known for its soothing moisturising properties as well as for reducing the appearance of scars and stretch marks. 

https://joone.co.uk/products/creme-vergeture

Angela Langford Freshen up

Hydrating & refreshing tonic – rose, orange blossom & aloe vera – 100ml

This is perfect for dry, dehydrated & sensitive skin. This is your recipe for a natural tonic that leaves skin feeling fresh, clean & hydrated.

https://www.angelalangford.com/natural-face-toner/15-freshen-up.html

Bonding

Skin to skin – Seraphine Black Cotton Skin to Skin Top

Hold your little one close with our innovative skin to skin top and discover the benefits of kangaroo care for both you and your baby. Made in the very softest stretch cotton, this top is gentle on both mum & baby’s skin. The structured fabric provides the perfect level of support while the wrap ties secure baby in the optimal position. This allows you to enjoy hands-free cuddle time while sitting or reclining. Wear this must-have top for discreet skin to skin contact with your baby or as a regular wrap nursing top, providing easy access for breastfeeding. Team with leggings for a luxurious loungewear look.

https://www.seraphine.com/en-gb/winifrid-three-quarter-length-sleeve-babywearing-top/

Footwear

Vionic Cosmina Slippers

Get the full “warm fuzzies” in this all faux-fur slide-slipper with lightweight indoor/outdoor soles serving amazing cosy comfort. Perfect for that easy slip on you need at the hospital.

https://www.vionicshoes.co.uk/women/slippers/cosmina-slipper

Other useful items

Eye mask

Headphones / music

Pillow from home

Snacks and drinks

Straw

Crossword puzzles or magazines

Ipad with favourite shows on

Clothes to travel home in…

Seraphine Loungewear Maternity Jumpsuit

The softest, snuggliest style, our Loungewear Maternity Jumpsuit is perfect for sleeping & easy Sunday mornings at home. Made in ultra-soft fabric with plenty of stretch & a decadent fleecy finish, the style feels fantastic against your skin. A gently elasticated waistband with drawstring ties pulls the style in under your bump, while the simple crossover V neckline offers easy access for nursing after baby is born.

https://www.seraphine.com/en-gb/loungewear-maternity-jumpsuit/

Seraphine Maternity Loungewear Set

The softest, snuggliest style, our Maternity Loungewear Set is perfect for sleeping & relaxing at home. Made in ultra-soft fabric with plenty of stretch & a decadent fleecy finish, the style feels fantastic against your skin. A gently elasticated waistband sits comfortably under your bump, with drawstring ties to ensure a flexible fit, while the top features a simple crossover V neckline for easy pull-aside nursing access after baby is born.

https://www.seraphine.com/en-gb/maternity-loungewear-set/

Mama Slogan Hooded Sweatshirt

In an oversized fit, this Mama Slogan Hooded Sweatshirt leaves plenty of room. It’s crafted in organic cotton and modal with stretch for comfort. The sweatshirt has poppers down the front for feeding access. Hidden side pockets are perfect for dummies and other essentials.

https://babymori.com/products/mama-slogan-hooded-sweatshirt

Chichi T-Shirt Short Sleeved Crop Lounge Set in Green

Lightweight, baggy and stylish for that all important leaving the hospital moment!

https://www.chichiclothing.com/collections/loungewear/products/chi-chi-neilia-lounge-set

H&M Cropped sweatshirt

Cropped top in sweatshirt fabric made from a cotton blend with a round neckline, dropped, padded shoulders, long, wide sleeves and ribbing around the neckline, cuffs and hem. Soft brushed inside. The polyester content of the sweatshirt is recycled.

https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0966761001

H&M Knitted dress

Calf-length dress in a soft, fine knit containing some wool. Relaxed fit with dropped shoulders, long sleeves and ribbing around the neckline, cuffs and hem. The polyester content of the dress is recycled.

https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0939544005

H&M Hooded top and cotton-blend sweatpants

Wide top in sweatshirt fabric with a lined drawstring hood, kangaroo pocket and ribbing at the cuffs and hem.

https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0456163103

Sweatpants in soft sweatshirt fabric made from a cotton blend. High waist with covered elastication and a drawstring, side pockets, and covered elastication at the hems. Soft brushed inside. The polyester content of the sweatpants is recycled.

https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0932722023

H&M Fine-knit cardigan and knitted joggers

Boxy-style cardigan in a soft, fine knit containing some wool with a deep V-neck and buttons down the front. Dropped shoulders, long sleeves, patch front pockets and ribbing at the cuffs and hem.

https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.1009738001

Joggers in a soft, fine knit containing some wool. Regular waist with covered elastication and a drawstring, diagonal side pockets and tapered legs with ribbed hems.

https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.1009735001

H+M Oversized shirt jacket

Oversized shirt jacket in denim containing some recycled cotton. Collar, buttons down the front, a yoke at the back, low dropped shoulders and wide sleeves with buttoned cuffs. Large chest pockets with a flap and button and welt pockets below.

https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0934816002

Baby’s Bag

Kit and Kin Nappies size 1 (1 pack)

The award-winning hypoallergenic nappy with premium performance.

* Super cute animal designs!

* Our improved specification makes us the most accredited eco nappy on the market. We are very proud of our accreditations, which include Dermatest, Allergy Certified, FSC and Carbon Neutral Plant.

* Now with a flash dry layer to instantly absorb and lock away wetness, keeping baby’s bottom comfortable.

* Patented channel technology to evenly distribute liquid around the nappy, which means no sagging and up to 12 hour leak protection. 

https://kitandkin.com/collections/nappies/products/eco-nappies

Pura Baby Wipes

100% plastic-free, 100% biodegradable and 100% compostable baby wipes. It’s the wipe that all other wipes wish they could be.

https://mypura.com/products/eco-baby-wipes

Mamas and Papas x5 long sleeve vests

https://www.mamasandpapas.com/collections/welcome-to-the-world

Happiest Baby Long-Sleeve Baby Bodysuit Bundle

Made from cosy and breathable 100% organic cotton, our long-sleeve baby bodysuits are perfect for your little one’s delicate skin. Inseam snaps make late-night nappy duty, well…a snap, while an envelope neckline means no-fuss over-the-head outfit changes. 

https://happiestbaby.co.uk/products/long-sleeve-baby-bodysuit

Mamas and Papas socks / booties

https://www.mamasandpapas.com/products/printed-booties-petitenb-s08gwz9b0

Mamas and Papas x1 hat (woolly/cotton)

https://www.mamasandpapas.com/collections/baby-boy-accessories/products/printed-hat-and-mitts-petitenb-s432wz8b0

Going home outfit

This super soft bee-utiful Buzzy Bee Baby Gift Set is perfect for celebrating a new arrival! In your all-time favourite Buzzy Bee print, this set is a gorgeous collection of Frugi’s most-loved baby pieces presented in a handy drawstring organic cotton bag.

https://www.welovefrugi.com/baby-toddler-clothes/collections-baby-toddler-main/my-first-frugi-range/buzzy-bee-baby-gift-set-1-buzzy-bee

Aden and Anais x3 muslins

For generations, parents have cared for their babies with muslin. Breathable, versatile and pre-washed, our 100% cotton muslin baby swaddle blankets ensure baby’s ultimate comfort at bedtime and beyond, as they can also be used as a burp cloth, nursing cover and more.

https://www.adenandanais.co.uk/essentials-cotton-muslin-swaddle-4pk-dancing-tigers

https://www.adenandanais.co.uk/jungle-cotton-muslin-swaddles-4-pack-aswc40003

Baby Blanket

This MORI Baby Blanket is designed to give your baby the most comfortable sleep every night. Made from our signature organic cotton and bamboo fabric, the blanket is soft on a little one’s sensitive skin. This unique blend of fabrics means the blanket insulates against the cold whilst being breathable, so you have peace of mind that your baby is sleeping safe & sound. 

https://babymori.com/products/mori-baby-blanket

Baby Comforter

Rainbow Designs Miffy Comforter In A Gift Box

Little ones will adore the Simply Miffy Comfort Blanket from Rainbow Designs that makes the perfect cuddly friend for playtime and the best snuggle buddy at naptime. This adorable comfort blanket is created from the softest white fabric with textures to encourage sensory exploration. It is presented in a beautiful gift box with space for you to write a personal message – making it the perfect gift for any Miffy fan.

https://www3.next.co.uk/style/st827838/844580