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

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Baby clothes

Alongside nappies and wipes, you’ll need clothes for your new arrival. One pack of sleepsuits with a pack of vests should do – plus a hat for their little newborn head!

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Three-pack of baby sleepsuits

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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Two nursing bras

Comfy pyjamas

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.

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Patterned pyjamas


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

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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

When it comes to post-birth knickers, the bigger the better. You’re likely to bleed, so remember to bring maternity pads – these anti-leak knickers are another 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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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.

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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, such as those in our maternity dressing guide, for the hospital and journey home.

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Woman wearing grey marl maternity top


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Words: Sophie Hines