• Birth plan and maternity notes
  • Socks or slippers
  • Nursing bras and breast pads
  • 8 pairs of maternity knickers
    I had an emergency C-section and had to send my poor dad out to buy some granny pants to cover my scar! Even if you have a normal delivery, the last thing you want is teeny tiny knickers.
  • Loose-fitting nightdress and dressing gown
  • Sanitary or maternity pads
    They were not the most glamorous items, but they were certainly the most useful!
  • Wash bag with flannel, shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Loose, comfy 'going-home' clothes
  • Dark-coloured or old towels
  • Flip flops
  • Drinks and healthy snacks

  • Nuts, dried fruit and bananas
  • Snack bars
  • Water or sports drinks
    I would highly recommend a drink with a straw. This way your birthing partner can hold the drink for you during labour, which makes it so much easier!
  • Chocolate
  • Sweeties
  • Useful extras

  • Bikini top for birthing pool
  • TENS machine and batteries
  • Make-up, moisturiser and lip-balm
  • Hair bands, ties or grips
    My essential would definitely be hair ties. I ended up using an elastic band and it tangled my hair and hurt to get out. Never making that mistake again.
  • Books, music, magazines, tablet or eReader
  • Extra pillow
  • Earplugs and eye mask
    On the off chance that your baby sleeps that first night, I can guarantee that someone else's won't!
  • A handheld fan
  • Lavender room spray
  • A notebook or diary