What to pack in your hospital bag? 

What have I packed in my hospital bag?

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I am now 35 weeks pregnant (where did the time go? Here is my latest update) and this week I have finished packing my hospital bag for myself and bump.

It was last weekend at my baby shower I realised how quickly time is getting on. I was starting to worry I would have to turn up at the delivery suite with my asda carrier bag with some large pads and even larger knickers inside.

The first time I packed my hospital bag when expecting my daughter Poppy, it was such an enjoyable experience. I sat for hours ironing tiny vests and socks and choosing the cutest outfits for her, only for her to come out 8lb 13oz and being too big and long for any of them. I won’t be making the same mistake this time and will be packing a variety of clothing sizes in case he’s as big as I feel, in which case a toddler may well stroll out of me. I also won’t be ironing them because who honestly has the time to iron when they have small children?

I am due an elective cesarean this time around so I have packed a couple of slightly different items into my bag as well as having a couple “oh fluff I’m in labour” items just in case our little man makes a surprise early appearance.

What I have packed for me? 

  • Jumper – I have packed one of my husbands extra large ones for comfort.
  • 3 nighties – Make it so much easier to change pads.
  • 3 strapy tops – Bought some 3 sizes too big from primark so very cheap and great for skin to skin and breastfeeding.
  • 1 coming home outfit – I’ve chosen a tshirt and leggings. New mummy outfit staple in the coming months I’m sure.
  • 4 big knickers – the ones that come right up and over the belly to not rub a c section incision.
  • 2 nursing bras – I bought 2 great comfy ones from primark last week at a bargain price.
  • 1 cardigan – hospitals are hot so I won’t need a dressing gown so a cardigan will be sufficient as a cover up.
  • 4 pairs of socks – with grippy bottoms to try and prevent slipping over.



I bought all miniature toiletries for my hospital bag which isn’t very cost effective compared to the full sized ones, however I did a mystery shop with market force which paid for them so I really got them for free. You can buy a great little empty toiletries set here which is perfect for a hospital bag that you can fill with your own products. (Click the photo if you want to purchase.)

  • Hair bands and hair brush
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Shower gel
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • 4 packs of tissues (this is a must due to me getting baby blues while in hospital the first time)
  • Baby wipes
  • Vaseline
  • Dry shampoo
  • Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Cream 40ml Nipple cream- this is the best one I have come across and I highly recommend it.
  • Breast pads
  • 2 packs of maternity pads.


Hospital food left me feeling hungrier than before it arrived so very important to pack lots of snacks.

  • Cereal bars
  • Jaffa cakes
  • Sports energy drink – I’ve heard these are easier to drink out of after a c-section.
  • Straws
  • Peppermint tea and mints – I’ve also heard of wind pain after c-sections which is why I have packed these to try and prevent this.

What have I packed for the baby?

  • 3 first size babygrows and vests
  • 3 up to one month babygrows and vests
  • 3 hats
  • 3 Scratch mitts
  • 30 nappies  – I’ve chosen little angels from Asda.
  • Cotton balls
  • Blanket
  • Philips AVENT Nipple Protectors – I plan on breastfeeding this time and as I struggled with feeding the first time and husband needed to rush out to buy these so this time I will be well prepared by taking them in with me.

Last minute items to pack

  • Hospital notes
  • Phone charger
  • Change for vending machines/ taxi rides

So there is my list – wow written down it looks a lot but I am expecting to stay in a night or 2 due to having a Caesarian so I want to be prepared.

If you are planning on bottle feeding your baby you will need to bring in appropriate bottles and formula too.

It is also a good idea to leave a bag of extras in the car in case you need it or leave a pile at home in case someone else has to bring in more clothes for you. My husband had to try and find my comfy clothes after Poppy was born and thought that my size 8 pre pregnancy jeans were a good choice (bless him – he tried).

Do enjoy packing your hospital bag and imagine the tiny person you will be meeting very soon. It is a great pregnancy milestone and means the final countdown to meeting your baby has begun. I’ve got 4 weeks to go!

What were your must haves in your hospital bag? Let me know – I’d love to hear from you.

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