Your essential hospital stay checklist

Here's what you'll need for the duration of your hospital stay.

  • Several pairs of front-fastening nightclothes – this will make breastfeeding easier
  • Extra underwear or disposable knickers
  • Dressing gown – if you’re up and about, or have visitors
  • Extra large sanitary towels
  • Nursing bras – there are some lovely ones available now.
  • Breastpads
  • Towel – your hospital may ask you to bring one
  • Pillow – it’s comforting to have something that smells of home
  • Wash bag – don’t forget hair bands and a hairbrush
  • Small mirror – so you look your best for visitors
  • Magazines – make sure you have the latest copy of Prima Baby
  • If you have an older child, a small present for them from the new baby is often a good way to ensure the first meeting goes well
  • Eye shade – to block out the lights if trying to sleep
  • An outfit to wear home – choose your favourite maternity outfit as your pre-bump clothes may not fit yet

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