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Hospital bag checklist

Get ready for birth with our hospital bag checklist, including all the little things you may need for the big day.

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Essentials for your hospital bag

If you're giving birth to your baby at hospital, you'll need to get a few things ready in advance. Your doctor will have given you a due date, but this doesn't mean your baby won't make an early appearance.

It's a good idea to get your hospital bag ready at least two weeks before your baby is due. In fact, lots of mums start preparing their bags up to eight weeks in advance. Here are our tips on what to include.

Style and substance

Summer Infant City Tote Baby Changing Bag – Black and Grey

A stylish, roomy and highly practical baby changing bag that is perfect when you're on the go.

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Babymoov Baby Style Star Maternity Change Bag

This handy bag features a detachable changing mat, metallic clasps and a reinforced base.

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Bag a bargain

You'll need a sturdy bag with plenty of room for all your hospital essentials, plus clean clothes for baby once he or she is born.

Keep comfortable

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm

Help keep your lips baby soft during labour with one of Maybelline's range of six Baby Lips lip balms, enriched with SPF20.

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Goody Ouchless Velvet Black Hair Ties

Tie your hair back without breakage thanks to these metal-free hair bands from Goody.

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Tie it up

Hospitals can be warm, so pack some lip balm to help stop your lips from becoming dry and dehydrated. Also if you have long hair, keep it out of your face during labour with some hair ties.

Healthy snacks

Nutrimum Breastfeeding Cranberry & Chocolate Cereal Bars 5 x 40g (200g)

These yummy cereal bars have been formulated to meet the needs of breastfeeding mums. They feature 10 key nutrients, including folic acid, vitamin D and iron*.

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Wholebake 9Bar Original – Pack of 4 x 40g

The Original 9bar is a one of a kind wholefood snack, packed with the nutritional goodness of seeds.

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*One portion per day contains the Department of Health recommended amount of vitamin D (10mcg daily whilst breastfeeding). Do not exceed recommended intake. Do not combine with nutrimum muesli or with any other form of supplementation without seeking medical advice. Should not replace a healthy, varied diet.

Tasty options

Don't be at the mercy of hospital vending machines. Pack some nutritious snacks and thirst-quenching drinks to keep you going through labour. Remember to include some for your birthing partner, too.

Pain relief

Boots Pharmaceuticals Maternity TENS Unit

The Boots Pharmaceuticals Maternity TENS Unit provides effective drug-free pain relief, with a lanyard to keep your hands free.

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Babycare Obi TENS machine

The Babycare Obi TENS provides safe, drug-free pain relief during labour. It can also be used for post labour pains such as shoulder pain, back pain, period pain and more.

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Try a TENS

Many women find that a TENS machine is very useful for relieving the pain of contractions during the first stages of labour. Most TENS units can be used for other types of pain too, for example, arthritis.

Cosy clothes

Boots Bamboo Pastal Cloud Socks – 3 pack

Bamboo is a natural fibre which gives extra softness to these socks, which come in a handy pack of three.

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Emma Jane Next Generation Maternity/Nursing Bra – Black

The modern Emma Jane Next Generation Bra offers comfort and support for today's expectant and nursing mother.

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Choose comfort

It's easy to lose heat quickly from your feet, so choose some cosy socks to take with you to the hospital. Don't forget to pack one or two nursing bras too.

All wrapped up

Boots Mini Club Baby Unisex Brushed All In One

This soft and comfortable Mini Club all in one features a cute appliqué design.

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Boots Mini Club Baby Unisex 3 Pack Sleepsuits

These handy sleepsuits are made from 100% cotton to help keep your little one snug but fresh as they sleep.

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Snug as a bug

You may need to change your baby's clothes a few times a day, so it's a good idea to take plenty of vests and sleepsuits with you in case you need them during your hospital stay.

Clean and fresh

Soap & Glory Travel Size Clean On Me™ Body Wash 75ml

This super-sized Soap & Glory Clean On Me™ Body Wash 75ml has a bonus, built-in body lotion, so you can get clean, smooth skin simultaneously.

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Clarins Eau Dynamisante Fragranced Gentle Shower Mousse

This pH-neutral body cleanser gently but thoroughly helps cleanse and leave the skin supple and soft, while delicately scenting it with the unmistakable notes of Eau Dynamisante.

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Lather up

Having a shower or bath will feel like luxury after labour, so remember to pack some shower gel to take with you. It's a good idea to use pH-neutral products, as you may be extra sensitive after birth.

Changing baby

Pampers New Baby Sensitive Nappies Size 1 Essential Pack – 39 Nappies

Pampers New Baby Nappies with revolutionary DryMax technology are Pampers' driest ever whilst maintaining the same great softness you expect from New Baby.

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Boots Baby Nappy Cream 100ml

Boots Baby Nappy Cream naturally protects and cares for delicate skin, helping prevent nappy rash.

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Well prepared

Take some newborn-sized nappies and changing cream to hospital with you so that you're well prepared.

Helpful extras

Boots Ultra Slim Maternity Pads

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Mini Club Baby's Bear Print Shawl

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Britax First Class Plus Car Seat – Black Thunder

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