The Labour List

Lucky for me, when it came to packing for the labour I had a fabulous new mum (the lovely Hafsah Ahmed) give me the low down on what was needed. And believe you me, it’s more than the skimpy lists you see online. Forget labour bag, what you’re packing is essentially a suitcase.

To make this a bit easier, I’ve split the list Hafsah gave me into Must Have Essentials (which will be in bold), and then Comfort Items that you and baby can do without. I advise mums to print this list out and tick off the items whilst going along!


  • Maternity pads
  • Disposable briefs
  • Breast pads
  • Button down PJ shirt for breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding cover for when/if visitors come
  • Toothbrush
  • Mouthwash
  • Nursing bras
  • Nipple cream
  • 2pairs of PJ’s/comfortable clothing
  • Hair brush and hair ties/hair clip for when in labour
  • Baggy t shirt (if planning to use a water bath)
  • Lip balm (useful when using gas and air for dry lips)
  • Nice Shampoo, shower gel and exfoliating mitt for post labour shower and pack your usual toiletries, moisturisers and light make up etc.
  • Snacks and Chewing Gum (chocolate, nuts, naked bars to keep up energy whilst pushing and post-labour)
  • Lucozade (when you don’t have an appetite but still need energy to push)
  • Comfortable clothing to come home in (e.g leggings/jeggings, nothing fiddly)
  • Flip flops/slippers for walking around the ward
  • Robe
  • Phone charger
  • Headphones
  • Own towel
  • If they give provision for your partner to stay overnight with you, make sure they pack their PJ’s/toothbrush etc.
  • Flannels – really useful for when you’re giving birth as your birthing partner can use them to cool you down


  • 2x ‘up to 1 month’ vests and baby grows, and 2x ‘0-3 months’ vest and baby grows
    (as you don’t know how big/small the baby will be)
  • Baby hats
  • Baby Towel
  • Size 0 nappies (15/20 in case kept in for observations)
  • Water wipes/ baby wipes
  • Sudo cream in case of nappy rash
  • Small Cellular blanket
  • Swaddling blanket (if planning to swaddle)
  • Muslins x3 (for post-breast feeding)
  • Car seat (as they won’t let you take the baby home without one)


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