Packing your hospital bag is such an exciting part of getting ready for your new arrival, however, many first-time parents are unsure of what they actually need.
We asked the mums (and dads) on the MORI team for their hospital bag checklist of the essentials that mums, new babies and birth partners need so you can feel more prepared, organised & relaxed.
We also suggest packing two bags - one for labour and one for your postnatal stay-this means that when you’re moving from the car to the birthing room (often in a hurry and/or in pain) your partner only needs to grab the labour bag and can collect the other one later when you need it.
I took a notepad and loved having that to hand for after labour to write notes such as the baby's birth weight and the song they were born to. I also used it to write down possible names as we were unsure what name we wanted. It's now a keepsake page. - Rachel, Creative Manager and Mum to two-year-old, Nico
I left my jewellery at home (wedding ring, earrings etc) as I didn’t want to hurt the baby. - Arzu, Sourcing & Production Consultant and Mum to eleven-year-old, Su
Use zip-lock bags and label them so your partner can grab what you need quickly and easily. I had a ‘newborn’ set consisting of a bodysuit, sleepsuit and hat then the same in another bag for ‘0-3’ months in case she was a little bigger than I expected! Also, let your partner pack the hospital bag, they are the ones that will be getting stuff out of it for you and the baby. - Rachel, Brand Manager and Mum to one-year-old, Ella
A diffuser for a calming atmosphere. Or anything that will help your partner be as calm and relaxed as possible. Even though you’ll probably feel like you're packing for a two-week holiday, and you won’t use half the stuff, it’s better to have more than less! - Chirag, Finance Director and Dad to two-year-old, Aayana
Pack a zip sleepsuit to help make changing your newborn baby easy and comfortable. Adding a few Clever Zip Sleepsuits with a two-way zip, concealed for safety, to our hospital bag list was absolutely a no-brainer. - Onos, SEO Specialist and first-time Dad to Ainose Sana
I had a bag for my bits and another for my baby. We also put all the snacks and drinks in a shopper bag so it was easier to find everything. - Emma, Senior Retention Manager and first-time Mum to Matilda
We hope this has been helpful and you feel more prepared for the arrival of your little one. But still, don’t worry too much if you forget something. Often, the place you give birth isn’t actually that far from home and this is a time when those around you are only too happy to help & can bring along anything you’ve forgotten or decide you want.