Labour: Packing Your Hospital Bag

For my first pregnancy I literally packed everything bar the kitchen sink in multiples of ten! To say I over packed is an understatement. This time around I feel a lot more confident about what the essentials are that I need and that less really is more when it comes to carting bags and bags of superfluous crap around the hospital, pre and post labour.

Mine And Baby’s Bag

I’ve not even bothered to pack two separate bags this time, previously I had a back pack and a small wheelie suitcase, this time I’ve gone for a multi-functioning Karrimor holdall with backpack and cross body straps, for easier lugging!


£12.00 Cath Kidston


  • Bounty folder with hospital notes, baby notes, birth plan
  • Camera and charger
  • Phone and charger
  • Lavender oil
  • Old nightie/nightshirt for labour and nice fresh new PJs for after
  • Light dressing gown/robe, socks and slippers to be able to cool down/warm up
  • A comfortable, loose fitting going home outfit
  • Bottles of water
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Towel
  • Unscented deodorant
  • Nursing Bra and Breast Pads
  • Old or disposable knickers/panties and Maternity Pads
  • Lanolin
  • Lip Balm
  • Hair Ties
  • Hairbrush
  • Vanity Bag with moisturiser, body wash and basic make-up for pictures


2 pack £6 from George at Asda
  • 3-5 changes: vests, babygrow/romper, bibs/muslin cloths
  • A first photo/announcement outfit
  • Sleep bag, light swaddle blanket and a cellular blanket
  • A couple of baby hats and a pair of cotton mittens
  • Teddy
  • 1x Pack of Newborn Nappies / Diapers
  • Bepanthen
  • 2x New born Wet Wipes (or cotton wool and water)
  • Coat or snowsuit if in winter, cardigan/light jacket if summer
  • Carseat ready to use and installed in the car
  • Formula and bottles if not breastfeeding

Partner’s Bag

  • Phone and charger
  • Play lists for relaxation and birthing
  • Change for car park and snack machines
  • Snacks, sandwiches and Drinks
  • Lucasade/OJ and water
  • Pocket fan
  • Paracetemol
  • Change
  • Towel and swimmers if having a water birth and you want them in with you
  • Change of clothes something comfy that they could potentially sleep in
  • Their A Game!!!!!!!


Pink Pear Bear

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Bethany

    I’m not pregnant (yet!) but hopefully in a couple of years I will be so something like this will definitely come in handy! Lovely blog! xx

    1. Booberrit

      Thank you and thanks for popping by!

  2. Asma

    Gosh it’s so hard for first time mums to know what to do, helpful guides like this are super useful. It’s all about sharing the experience 🙂

    1. Booberrit


  3. Tubbs

    This looks much better than what we packed – which we didn’t use the the half off! Hope it all goes well 🙂

    1. Booberrit

      The first time I turned up with my husband looking like a pack horse! 🤦‍♀️

    1. Booberrit

      It’s now also tried and tested, Boo number 2 arrived yesterday! ☺️

  4. Louise Pink Pear Bear

    This is brilliant, you have brought back so many memories for me! It’s very easy to overpack and equally easy to forget that one vital thing too so having a list is excellent. Thanks for linking up with the #BigPinkLink this week.

    1. Booberrit

      I finally popped last week so the list got tried and tested! I didn’t even need all of my shortened amended list but, you just don’t know how its going to go do you? So, always best to be a good scout and be prepared! Thanks for popping by, always a pleasure to link up!

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