A useful checklist of items to pack for yourself and your newborn baby

There’s no telling when your baby will arrive. Having your bags packed early will mean that you’ll be ready whenever your baby does decide to put in an appearance.

It’s best to have a labour bag containing items you’ll need during labour and birth, along with a bag for after the birth with your baby’s things and your going-home clothes in it. Your birth partner may want some personal items as well, in which case he or she may want to pack their own bag.

If you are having a home birth it’s still a good idea to have your bags prepared so that everything is ready and in one place. It also means that should you have to go into hospital at the last minute, no one will need to rush around trying to gather together the things you want to take with you.

Your labour bag Checklist


  1. Birth plan and maternity notes
  2. Several nightdresses or t-shirts
  3. Slippers or socks
  4. A lightweight dressing gown
  5. Lip balm
  6. Water spray or sponge – to help keep you cool
  7. Snacks and isotonic drinks – to keep your energy levels up
  8. Maternity padsYou may also want:
  1. Oil or lotion – if you want to be massaged
  2. Birth ball – can be a useful aid during labour
  3. TENS machine – used for pain relief
  4. Favourite music
  5. Hair clips and a brush
  6. Tissues or wet wipes
  7. Book, magazine or a tablet – to help pass the time
  8. Your mobile – plus a list of important phone numbers in case the phone runs out of battery!

    After the birth Checklist

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    Going-home clothes ­- loose & comfortable
    Nursing bras – two or three
    Breast pads – to mop up any leaks
    Maternity pads – at least two packs
    Disposable pants – or old cotton ones that you’re happy to throw away later
    Open-fronted nightie – suitable for breastfeeding
    Toiletries – wash items, toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant
    Plastic bags – to put dirty clothes into

    For your baby:

    Baby clothes – vests, sleep suits, cardigans – at least three of each (but more vests and sleepsuits are always handy) – and a hat and mittens plus an all-in-one snow suit if it’s cold
    Muslins or bibs – useful for mop ups
    Nappies, baby toiletries and cotton wool
    Baby blanket or shawl – for when you go home
    Baby car seat – essential if you are driving home after the birth.


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