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Mums-to-be: The essential guide to being hospital bag ready

12 November 2020
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Prepping a hospital bag is an exciting milestone for mums-to-be, as it means that the wait for your new arrival is nearly over!

With lots of advice out there and hospital births being a different experience in 2020, Boots UK has partnered with popular pregnancy brand My Expert Midwife and co-founder Lesley Gilchirst to help mums-to-be feel 100% ready for this life-changing hospital stay. 

Here’s some suggested items to pack:

Your Bag

  • A change of cosy clothes that will ensure you feel comfortable
  • A towel to use when you have showered
  • Take a lightweight dressing gown as hospitals can be warm
  • Five pairs of underwear
  • Three bras which are comfortable and supportive
  • Three sets of button-down pyjamas for skin to skin bonding and breastfeeding
  • One pack of maternity pads
  • Drinks and snacks such as coconut water, bananas and boiled sweets
  • For sore nipples and even dry, chapped lips, take some nipple balm
  • To help calm and relieve anxiety during labour, a calming spray or oil
  • Comfy labour clothes and flips flops
  • A toiletry bag containing all the basic toiletries such as toothbrush and paste, a flannel and deodorant.
  • Help sooth your perineum with a Perineal Recovery Spray

For your Baby

  • Five sleepsuits, if you’re expecting a very small or very big baby go for the size up or down.
  • Five bodysuits with short sleeves in the warmer months and long sleeves for when it is colder
  • Eight nappies in size 1. If you’re expecting a very small or very big baby go for the size up or down
  • Three muslins
  • One woollen hat
  • One blanket
  • Nappy balm, opting for a lanolin-based product and applying before their first nappy will help remove that first poo
  • Cotton wool pads, to use with water


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