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MY HOSPITAL BAG ESSENTIALS & WIN A £100 MAMAS & PAPAS VOUCHER


Whilst I was pregnant with Amelia I didn't really do any research at all, I left packing my hospital bag until the last minute and wasn't really clued up on what I would need after giving birth. Fast forward three years and having recently given birth to my second child I have a fair knowledge of what to pack in a hospital bag for both mum and baby. I've realised what you actually need and what you should leave at home, so I thought I would share with you today some of my Hospital Bag Essentials for any of you who may be currently expecting and wondering what to pack in yours.

Of course there are certain things which may differ for everyone based on personal preference but these are the general items you may need:


FOR MUM

Toiletries

Maternity Pads
Breast Pads 
Face Wipes 
Toothbrush & paste/Mouthwash
Dry Shampoo
Deodorant
Hand cream 
Vaseline or lipbalm
Stretch Mark Cream 
Face cloth
Hairbrush/Tangle Teaser & hair ties
Lanolin Nipple Cream
Make up bag if necessary
Empty spray bottle 

Clothes

2 x comfy dark bottoms
2 x Long sleeved pyjama top/Tank tops
1 x thin dressing gown
1 or 2 x Nighties
1/2 x Nursing bras 
Maternity briefs 
Small towel
Slippers or sandals
Socks
Comfy going home outfit

Extras

iPad/kindle/books
Change for the car park/Vending machine
Magazines
Snacks/drinks
Chargers
Camera


FOR BABY

The Basics
A blanket
2 x Muslins 
5 x Sleepsuits
5 x Babygrows/Vests
2-3 x Pairs of socks
2 x Hats
2-5 x Bibs
Going home outfit
Cardigan/Warm jumper
Towel
Newborn nappies 
Cotton Wool or Waterwipes


OTHER

Dummies 
Comforter/Soft toy
Grooming set
Baby record book
Swaddle blankets
Formula & bottles


Check out this handy hospital bag checklist and watch the short video below by Aptaclub for a step-step guide on what to pack in your hospital bag. I could have definitely done with something like this when I first packed my hospital bag nearly four years ago. Some things I'm glad I took the second time round include snacks for after giving birth (hospital food just doesn't cut it and isn't available at 2 in the morning!), a spray bottle to help ease the pain when going to the toilet and dry shampoo!


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194 comments

  1. I wouldn't add anything as you seem to have everything I would put in. But I can't reiterate breast and maternity pads enough - you will need them!

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  2. Chocolate, lots of it! And Polos in case you have a C section and can't get to the bathroom to brush your teeth!

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  3. Your list seems spot on, when I had my first son I forgot to pack a hat but luckily the hospital had spares!!

    Kirsty Fox

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  4. Wow thank you for writing about what to pack! I'm due in December and was really worried about what to pack because I tend to want to take everything :)

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  5. I think you've pretty much covered everything you will need but I would definitely take plenty of maternity pads and breast pads for afterwards! And some comfy pyjamas :) xx

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  6. I am due in December with my first so don't have much experience. One excellent tip I've been given is to make sure your partner has some things packed as well - a good book, snacks, magazines etc as they could have lots of waiting around to do.

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  7. be organised well in advance

    Ashleigh

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  8. Do it early so you have time to add anything you have forgotten! I swore by Arnica tablets so I'd add those! x

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  9. I wrote myself a list of things I needed for my bag and made sure I was packed by 30 weeks. Always good to be prepared. Also I added moist toilet tissue for myself. Easier than using toilet paper and made me feel more fresh X

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  10. You seem to be well organised, make sure you take enough maternity pads, sanitary towels I got through a fair few of these. Hope all goes well :)

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  11. I think you have everything covered, i have just added some things to mine, i am off to hospital this afternoon to be induced with my first, super nervous x

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  12. some high energy snacks as you dont really feel like eating but you have very low energy and you cant sleep cause of the adrenalin rush

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  13. Top tip - get it done as early as possible so it's ready if like me you need to go in early! Also remember phone charger and I had a power bar too which was a lifesaver as the sockets were miles away from the bed!!

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  14. What a great list! My tip is to have you bag packed early - all my 6 arrived weeks early!

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  15. I think you have it covered - you are more organized than me...

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  16. Try not to over pack! I took loads with me and they wouldn't let me have certain things!

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  17. Get it done well in advance, it's just one less thing to worry about. I would highly recommend a drink with a straw, this way your birthing partner can hold the drink for you during labour and makes it SO much easier!

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  18. Wowie I am currently 36weeks pregnant and still have not packed a bag yet :/ I shall be taking note of all this and comments i need to pack asap!

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  19. Maybe an mp3 player with chillout tracks

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  20. Some nice snacks for when you're up feeding in the night (if you stay in of course!)

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  21. Always have your bag packed by 30 weeks just incase you go in to an early labour, every thing will be ready for you! And always ensure to pack some chocolate - you deserve it!

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  22. I definitely would suggest bringing plenty toiletries and big pads! I made the mistake of bringing little ones!
    Bigger the better!
    Also snacks for through the night is good and your phone charger !

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  23. I don't have any children but would love to win this prize to donate to charity, to go to Romania.

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  24. chocolate and lots of maternity pads

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  25. Get back packed weeks in advance and double up on everything so your don't keep going in your bag x

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  26. Get it packed in advance (atleast a 3 weeks before due date). Bring extra nappies and vests for baby x

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  27. That list is spot on, lots of maternity pads!! Packed nice and early with everything in it so you are all prepaired :-)

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  28. Your list is great the only thing I would add is some- Rennie, I suffered terrible with heartburn in labour and didn't have any and the stuff the hospital give me was awful so this time it will be in my bag

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  29. That list seems like everything lovely giveaway

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  30. get a big bag so everything you want to take fits , take snacks and some dilute juice

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  31. Lots and Lots of underwear......

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  32. Socks (for you!) Your feet get freezing during labour x

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  33. You seem to have covered everything but I'd take out the dummy as I don't believe in using them. Luckily neither have my own children with my granddaughters

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  34. I think you've got it all about right. I made the mistake of taking pyjama's for myself though, when nighties would have been much easier.

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  35. I think everything must be covered by now

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  36. That's a lot! Always worry with the first baby, easier with the second one!
    lilyatrtt

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  37. You certainly seem to have covered everything - I would just add a bar of soap as they had none when I was admitted to hospital early!

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  38. Checklist looks great to me - wet wipes definitely my essential!

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  39. Pack in advance, Lots of sanitary towels as you do need lots after birth and plenty of nighties for yourself I only packed one and really wished I had packed at least 3 as they got very dirty during labour, Plenty of clothes for baby as they also can get very dirty and lots of things to read as labour can be very long x

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  40. Be prepared in advance and check your list.

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  41. I bought wet wipes to clean myself up. I forgot scratch mitts the first time, but didn't make that mistake the second time.

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  42. Lots of comfies to make your stay as homely as possible xxx

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  44. I cant think of anything else to be honest!! Its a very handy list, i do remember taking far too much the first time!

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  45. Your list is perfect!!!Just may be-chocolate and more chocolate ;)

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  46. I have had 3 extremely long labours/inductions so I would definitely suggest magazines and puzzle books to keep you busy and for when they send your husband home because nothing is happening!

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  47. This is fab, could have done with this 8 months ago! However I am pregnant again so will bare this in mind in 31 weeks time. Nothing needs adding, I definitely think you've covered it! ☺

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  48. Lots of snacks, hospital food is horrible! I only gave birth 2 weeks ago but ran out of things due to an unexpected lengthy stay so it's better to have too much than too little!

    Paula ♥ | http://www.la-vida-fresa.com xo

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  49. As well as all of the main essentials, I made sure that I packed change for the car park and earplugs. It sounds silly but having the change was something off my mind and the earplugs were very useful for the few days I spent in the ward before I was induced :-)

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  50. I think you have it pretty much covered! loved reading all the comments for advice.

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  51. A coloring book

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  52. Think you have thought of pretty much everything.

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  53. pretty much everything is there but i needed chocolate

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  54. Just packing min at the moment so nothing to add. But one tip I was given was to get your birth partner to repack it so they know where to find everything while you're busy!

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  55. I had a home birth & was really lazy about my hospital bag - so lucky I didn't have to go in! I'd recommend packing baby clothes in varying sizes - when my son was born I only had tiny stuff & he was massive so we had to go out & get some bigger sizes!!

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  56. top tip pack a energy drink going to need it

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  57. What a get list.Pack early my daughter came 5 weeks early.

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  58. pack well in advance and let not only your partner know but a stand by family member

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  59. Don't over pack as well wishers and family will bring so much to you that your car will be filled to the brim leaving the hospital

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  60. No tip other than to read this blog, sounds so sensible!

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  61. Ear plugs if you have to stay on the ward

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  62. top tip is pack early and never take anything out once packed,last minute looking to put back is a no no

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  63. The best thing I packed was some bottled water. I was really thirsty and it was a great to have a little supply. Baby girl due in December, fingers crossed for a home birth, but will still be packing a bag just in case.

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  64. I think the suggestions are perfect really, can't add anything of use! Great job at the post :) x

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  65. Pack well in advance just incase they decide to make an early appearance xx

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  66. Thank you, this post is perfect. I didn't know about the spray bottle and I wouldn't have packed so many baby clothes either . life saver thank you!

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  67. I packed it early, and then repacked it, and then repacked it again - I was terrible. I took lots of things I didn't need. I think you have everything covered =)

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  68. I'd say face wipes as the hospitals are really hot and they're good for when you feel sticky!! x

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  69. I have yet to pack mine so I couldn't say if I would add but it has definitely helped me with things I wouldn't have thought off!

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  70. Maternity pads are so unattractive but the most important thing ever...along with snacks! xx

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  71. I'd say take the bare minimum, and leave the excess at home. If you find yourself in hospital for more than 24 hours your partner/family can bring replacements and take the other stuff to be washed. Then when you come to leave you're not trying to remember to pack a ton of stuff, most of which you won't have needed.

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  72. It's not a bad idea to have a second bag packed with a few "extras", just in case your hospital stay is longer than expected.

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  73. Be organised and do it early and make sure to include some dry snacks! :)

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  74. Simply make a list! Do it atleast a fortnight in advance too!

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  75. Really personalize it. Chocolate is good!

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  76. Phone and phone charger, essential.xx

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  77. Great list, think you have covered most of what you would need, have your bag ready early just in case!

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  78. i had about 4 backs and only used half of them for my first one and i packed lighter for my 2. baby great list it got everything you need!

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  79. I don't have any as our first is due in 6 weeks but this page will defo help us packing our own bag.

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  80. The best tip is just to pack everthing early - it's one less thing to have to think about!

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  81. No, I think you've packed far more things than I did for either! For my daughter I think all I packed was: 2 pairs of PJs, lots of jumbo sanitary pads, knickers, 2 baby outfits, wipes, nappies, cotton wool, & a change of clothes for me!

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  82. I don't have any tips as I have a bag to pack for my first baby in about 6 weeks! xx

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  83. I've not packed mine yet but ideas I have is some kool and soothe strips for the back of my neck, lip salve and my kindle.

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  84. I've found that no matter how much you prepare you will always forget something. Luckily with my second she was born at the top of the drive way in an ambulance so we just went back into the house!!

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  85. I pack one of those extra concentrated juice sqeezy things, to add to water!

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  86. I would say that you have everything and more covered but i could take the dad :) x

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  87. If I had another I'd definitely take something absorbing to do just in case, tablet or something like that. My daughter was on intensive care and it was awful being stuck with nothing but trashy magazines to get through the nights with.

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  88. It's good to get it done in plenty of time. I think you've got everything covered.

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  89. Isabell Whitenstall20 September 2015 at 12:37

    I think you have covered everything that would be needed.

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  90. I think that you are spot on with your hospital bag xxx

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  91. Start the list early, double check you have actually put everything in the bag. I think you've got it covered! :)

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  92. I know it sounds trivial but hair ties or hair grips/clips!. i got so sick of my hair in my face i ended up sending my husband out to buy some!

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  93. Maternity pads and stuff for baby of course x

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  95. I would recommend making up the bag as soon as you can to give you time to think of anything you've forgotten. I didn't pack lip salve and I really needed it as they keep it hot for the babies.

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  96. Im doing my Hospital bag this week and thank you for this so helpful post. My twin babies due on Christmas day and ive got loads to take with me. I would take aptamil milk as well just incase if I have problems breastfeeding. xx

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  97. Think your list covers everything, although I'd add makeup bag

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  98. Just like packing for holiday, I think you always end up over stocked and overly prepared. I'd suggest keeping your hospital bag to a bare minimum but put 'other essentials' in clear sight of hubby, partner or family so they can reach it easily and bring in if required ;)

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  99. don't under estimate how many pairs of knickers you may need once baby is born, after my last I needed to change 3 times in an hour and trousers as well! Im buying 2 packs to take with me this time!

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  100. Great list. Maternity pads were very useful.

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  101. Essential oils just to bring a comfy smell that you are familiar with or something like Rosemary to sniff as it's calming

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  102. Take a couple of different sizes of clothes for baby, my son just about squeezed into his newborn coming home outfit at 9lb 5oz!

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  103. Have it all ready a few weeks early so there is no rushing around!

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  104. Have it done nice and early, I had mine packed at 30 weeks, and I was so glad as I went into preterm labour at 32 weeks! x

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  105. Love this Kerry. I am boomarking this for the next time I need it! xx

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  106. pack a little in advance. I would add some cartons of juice. i had gas and air and made my mouth really dry. also snacks like flap jacks as if you give birth after dinner, you won't eat until morning :o)

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  107. due in feb with my first so this is really useful, thank you!

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  108. great list i think you have thought of everthing x x

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  109. wow you are very efficient and have seem to have thought of everything, good planning

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  110. Crikey you have covered it all!!! But from experience a change of shirt and toiletries for your partner is a good idea...... after 72hours my partner was pleased to have a wash and brush up!!!!

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  111. lots of snacks and a phone charger

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  112. Write lists too incase you forget anything, maybe pack into a suitcase too, I found I took lots of small bags and it was too much

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  113. you've got the list spot on. I would pack a few bits of your partner too. Like a tooth brush and a clean pair of pants. it can make all the difference if they are supporting you through a long labour.

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  114. A nice refreshing face spritz can be a godsend during a long labour.

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  115. Extra thick sanitary towels to stick to your knicker line if you have a c-section it makes them much more comfortable, I wish I knew this with my first but only got told to do it with my second.

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  116. Its a long time since I packed a hospital bag (this is for daughter in law). Pack taxi money home get me out of there

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  117. my top tips are: have it ready for 30 weeks (something i learned with Caleb!) and try not to overpack. I brought so much stuff that i didnt need!

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  118. have it ready as early as possible when my son decided to make his appearance at 31 weeks i was so disorganised as i was leaving everything till later on

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  119. Snacks. I had a three day labour and was not allowed to eat any food. After I gave birth in the early hours I asked for something to eat... all they had to give me was a very fishy smelling tuna sandwich... it was awful. So take lots of snacks... nuts and dried fruit would be good.

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  120. I think you have thought really carefully and have some great ideas wet wipes are your saviour I think

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  121. Don't forget your hair brush!!!
    Also, I think a little diary is a great way of remembering all the little things. Record everything you think you would want to look back on!

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  122. A plant sprayer filled with water to cool yourself down.

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  123. I think you have got it just right!

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  124. SOME NICE NIBBLES, AS HOSPITAL FOOD ISNT BRILLIANT

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  125. Antiseptic wipes to clean the hospital bath before you get in it if you are staying a night or two.

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  126. Nowt you seem to have all bases covered

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  127. I made sure I took my own tea bags! Nothing beats your favourite tea...and a biscuit.

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  128. Pack it early I loved water spray when I was in labour to cool me down

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  129. Great list! I found a small hand held fan was amazing during labour! Definitely agree with a comfy outfit to wear home and dark colours! xx

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  130. Being a first timer....cant think of anything you missed. except perhaps some much needed chocolate for after :)

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  131. EJ Dunn

    Make sure you pack it early and make sure it is ready a good few weeks before your due date - just in case!

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  132. My best tip is make sure you have high energy snacks with you!

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  133. Seems like a spot on list to me. Make sure you load a few calming tunes on your ipod for the awful waiting times!

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  134. id pack my phone too so i can take pics

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  135. If its your first maybe a book or a magazine to help pass time!

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  136. Everything looks perfect but I would add a list of phone numbers for husband so he knows who I want him to call to let know

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  137. looks like a pretty solid list :) i took a dirty bag for all the dirty clothes to go in until i got home :)

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  138. drinks and snacks as you will want something

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  139. Lavender room spray, it made the room smell much more relaxing

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  140. Pack just what you need for first few hours in one bag and have another bag in the car boot ready for if you end up staying longer.

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  141. You seem to have everything covered in your list. @jaizduck

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  142. Some ear plugs, because on the off chance that your baby sleeps that first night, I can gaurentee that someone else's won't!

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

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  143. the list is great, I would add some snacks for after the delivery and the mobile charger.

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  144. Some magazines or book to keep you occupied as I learnt the hard way not all labour's are quick lol x

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  145. this list is great my tip is to pack early as you never know when you will be needing it

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  146. i'd add a facial spray or avene thermal water, i think it's good to spray your face but also other parts of the body to cool you down :-)

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  147. Compare notes with your mummy friends see what they needed :)

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  148. Be organised and write a list and tick it off as you go along. Comfortable knickers and maternity pads are a must

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  149. An eye mask as the lights are constantly off and on x

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  150. Take an ipad as the baby sleeps a lot when first born!

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  151. Not trying to be patronising, but please leave out the dummy!

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  152. I think you've covered everything,you're the type of person I'd like to be,organised,making lists.I never do any lists and always forget things.The only thing I would add would be a Tens machine if you have one x

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  153. I don't think I would need to add anything you have covered all the needs

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  154. I would pack scrath mits for baby and definately a tens machine they are great.

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  155. I would take a couple of different sized clothes for the baby as you;re never sure what's going to fit!!

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  156. Keep your knickers and wet wipes near the top for easy access x

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  157. Most important thing to bring in my case is a good book because everything takes ages. Tea and nibbles for the other half.

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  158. I think you have everything covered. :)

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  159. The two things that I thought of are already on your list, I think you are pretty much sorted. :)

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  160. I think you have everything thats needed, what a fantastic prize x sharon sheppard

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  161. The list has everything you will need! I would probably add some snacks!

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  162. You've covered everything I could think of! I'd just say be prepared early!

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  163. Aslong as there are bananas in the hospital bag then all is okay.

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  164. I think the list includes everything. As long as you're reasonably prepared, it'll be fine! My last little boy, I left all my bag at home, it was no big deal - he still came out fine and I just got my stuff a bit later!

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  165. Your list is fab, I have 19 days to go until d-day and I have found this post invaluable! I have also packed aden and anais swaddles in my bag, LOVE them! xx

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  166. Lots and lots of underwear and some you don't mind chucking!

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  167. i've packed some energy tablets as last time i couldn't keep any food down

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  168. Don't leave it until last minute as I had my daughter 5 weeks early as so glad I had it packed already as my other half wouldn't have had a clue what to pack! x

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  169. comb and hairband - I forgot them from mine :)

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  170. Wow your So organized only thing I'd add is my cuddly lucky charm๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†

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