WHAT TO PACK IN
BAG FOR LABOUR
Essentials for mum-to-be and baby, from dressing gowns and nursing bras to soft baby clothing and hats
A nursing bra
If you’re breastfeeding, you’ll need nursing bras, which offer comfortable support as well as cups that unclip for speedy access. Pack breast pads and nipple cream, too.
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Most women will stay in hospital for at least one night, post-birth, so comfy nightwear is a must. Choose between button-down PJs (great for breastfeeding) or a nightdress.
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…
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.
Pramsuit and hat
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.
A going-home outfit
Your bump won’t go down for a week or so after birth, so bring loose, comfy clothes, such as those in our maternity dressing guide, for the hospital and journey home.
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