A guide for what to pack when preparing to give birth.

What to bring to hospital for you and your baby

The following checklist is a guide provided by NHS England on what to bring in preparation for labour and birth. If you would like more advice on what to pack, please ask in your your virtual antenatal PRISM session. Alternatively, ask your midwife at your next antenatal appointment.

What to pack to support your care while at hospital

  • Birth plan  
  • Hospital notes  
  • Loose and comfortable clothes to wear during labour, including front-opening or loose-fitting clothes if you’re going to breastfeed, and a comfortable outfit to wear home
  • Changes of clothes including comfortable and supportive bras: consider nursing bras if you’re planning to breastfeed
  • Breast pads
  • A couple of packets of super-absorbent sanitary or maternity pads
  • Knickers – you may want to bring some disposable ones
  • Your wash-bag, including: A toothbrush, hairbrush, flannel soap lip balm, deodorant, hair ties, other toiletries, bath towels
  • Things to help you pass the time and relax, for example, books, magazines, music or podcasts
  • A fan or water spray to cool you down
  • Dressing gown and slippers
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Phone charger

What to pack for your baby 

  • Bodysuits, vests and sleepsuits
  • An outfit for going home in.   
  • A hat, scratch mittens and socks or booties
  • Plenty of nappies
  • A shawl or blanket
  • Muslin squares
  • A pram suit if it’s cold

For more information on what to pack in your bag please visit the preparing for birth section of the NHS England website.