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Essentials for mum-to-be and baby, from dressing gowns and nursing bras to soft baby clothing and hats

Baby clothes

Alongside nappies and wipes, you’ll need clothes for your new arrival. As a rule of thumb, one pack of sleepsuits with a pack of vests should do – plus a cute little hat!

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Three-pack of baby sleepsuits

A nursing bra

If you’ve decided to breastfeed, you’ll need a couple of nursing bras, which offer comfy support and unclip for speedy access. Pack some breast pads and nipple cream, too.

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Two nursing bras

Comfy pyjamas

Most mothers will stay in hospital for at least one night, so cosy nightwear is a must. Choose between button-down PJs (great for breastfeeding) or a comfy nightdress.

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Patterned pyjamas


Pack a washbag with essentials: toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, deodorant, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and moisturiser. A cooling spray is also handy during labour.

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Apothecary Restore body wash

A dressing gown

If you’re nervous about feeling a bit exposed on the maternity ward or when you have visitors, it’s worth bringing a dressing gown with you. Bonus points for comfy slippers.

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Dessing gown

Big knickers

With post-birth knickers, it really is a case of the bigger the better. You’re likely to bleed, so pack maternity pads – leak-proof knickers are also a good option.

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Five-pack of high-waisted knickers

A pack of muslins

If there’s one thing you definitely need with a newborn baby it’s a never-ending supply of muslins to mop up various bodily fluids. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…

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Pack of cotton muslins


While the hospital will probably provide towels, you’ll feel much more at home taking some of your own for that much-needed post-birth shower.

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A pramsuit (for winter)

Don’t forget the seasonal extras for taking your baby home – if it’s winter, you’ll want additional layers such as a pramsuit and warm hat for the journey.

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Grey pramsuit

A going-home outfit

Your bump won’t go down for a week or so after birth, so bring loose, comfy clothes (see our maternity style guide for our top picks) to wear in hospital and on the journey home.

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Woman wearing grey marl maternity top
Words: Sophie Hines