It's good to be organised - you never know when the little one might decide it's go time...
1. Dressing Gown
2. Flip flops (to walk to shower in - the bathroom floors in labour wards are often unpleasant)
5. Snacks - sweets, bananas* and cereal bars are good for energy
6. Water and/or energy drinks
7. Phone Charger*
8. Maternity notes*
13. Maternity Pads (take lots- you don’t know how long you could be in there!)
15. Toothbrush and toothpaste*
16. Shower Gel
19. Lipbalm (nipple cream makes a great lip balm though!)
20. Make up*
22. Breast Pads (again, take lots)
23. Disposable knickers or very large cheap cotton knickers (if you have to have stitches you will be very thankful for baggy pants!)
24. Change of clothes
26. Dettol wipes (the bathrooms can be rather stomach churning)
27. Tens machine (can help with contraction pain. You can buy them here or hire them from various places including Boots online. It's a good idea to ask your partner to have a practice with it a few weeks before your due date so you both know how to work it and which settings are comfortable. Read the instructions before use and don't use it yourself (mum) before you go into labour).
28. Arnica tablets (start taking these when you go into labour to help reduce bruising and swelling)
29. Glasses/ contact lenses*
30. Bikini Top (if planning on using the birthing pool)
31. Hair bobbles - you don't want to resemble something from The Exorcist as you're giving birth!
1. Change of clothes
3. Phone (don't play on it though or your wife may throw it at you)
4. Wallet (you may need change for the hospital car park so think about this well in advance)
2. Baby grows x 4 (we took some tiny baby ones as well as newborn size - you don't know how big or small your little one might be)
5. Nappies - 30 x Size 1 (we like Pampers new baby)
6. Snow suit (if due in winter months)
7. Hat - take more than one just in case your baby is sick on one!
8. Muslin x 4
10. Cotton wool squares - pack of 60
* = for Dad to pack at the last minute, just before you leave for hospital.