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My maternity checklist: Essentials for hospital and after

If your new baby’s nearly here, it’s time to get your hospital bag ready. Here’s a new baby checklist so you can take all the essentials to hospital with you – and make sure you’ve got the baby basics in place for when you get back home.

Baby essentials

  • 3-6 sleep suits, depending on how long you think you’ll stay in hospital
  • 1-2 woollen cardigans
  • Baby blanket
  • Towels
  • Bibs
  • 1 pack of nappies
  • 1 toiletry bag with baby soap, shampoo, body lotion, cotton wool, baby wipes, bottom cream and hairbrush
  • A baby car seat for when you leave the hospital

For you

  • 1-3 cotton nighties or pyjamas (with easy front opening if you plan to breastfeed)
  • Towels and facecloths
  • Disposable pants and very absorbent sanitary pads
  • Cooling face spray
  • Toiletry bag
  • Camera (batteries and memory card!), magazines and books
  • Your medical file
  • A watch to monitor feeding time

If you plan to breastfeed…

  • 2 nursing bras
  • 2 milk collection shells and 2 nipple shields
  • Breastfeeding pads and soothing compresses
  • Nipple cream

And when you get back home…


For feeding

  • A breast pump, if you’re breastfeeding
  • 6 bottles with teats for newborns
  • Electric or microwave bottle and teat steriliser
  • Milk dispenser for storing milk
  • Bottlebrush
  • Thermal bottle carrier

For everyday life with your baby

  • Baby monitor
  • Newborn dummy
  • Baby bath
  • Nose cleaner
  • Hairbrush
  • Baby bathtub
  • Bath thermometer
  • Baby care products including cleansing lotion, saline solution, sterilised compresses, nappies, rash cream, cotton wool
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