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Your Hospital Bag Essentials

You may have your newborn kit all ready for when your baby arrives, but there’s still a pretty important stage to go through first – your labour. There are plenty of products that can help organise, calm and kit you out when you go into hospital – and it’s recommended you have them sorted in your hospital bag by the time you’re 36 weeks pregnant. Not sure where to start? Welcome to your packing inspiration.

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Rusty The Fox Snack Pot, £5.50

Keep yourself going during labour with a small snack every hour if you can – crackers or cereal bars work, and blueberries are a surprisingly great energy food.
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Instant Boost Skin Tonic, £13.25, Liz Earle

A face spritz will help refresh and revitalise you during labour. This one smells amazing, is incredibly hydrating and a personal fave of M&B’s beauty editor.
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Citrus Zinger, £14.99

Staying hydrated will keep you going through labour, so have regular sips. This bottle comes with a mini juicer so you can add a touch of lemon to flavour your water.
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MamaTENS my time, £79.99, MamaTENS

Delivering small electric pulses through pads attached to your back, a TENS machine can really help distract from the discomfort of contractions. This one includes a timer and pre-set programmes.
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Speaker, £16.95

Salt-N-Pepa’s Push It. The Black Eyed Peas’ Let’s Get It Started. I Want To Break Free by Queen. Whatever tunes appear on your labour playlist, enjoy them through this mini speaker.
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Elizabeth nursing bra, £12, 

As well as clothes for your baby and you (during and post labour), bring a good nursing bra to help you ease into nursing – this is a Mother&Baby gold award winner. Remember breast pads, too.
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Havaiana sandals, £23.99

Not a must, but they can be nice for the hospital shower. Plus, these are still cute enough for your first with-baby summer break.
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Fair Isle Thermal Socks, £8 for two

It’s not unusual to feel cold or a bit shivery during and after labour, so bring some snuggly socks to make you more comfortable.
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All Set For Labour Kit, £7.95, 

Don’t want to pack your entire bathroom cabinet? All the basics – including lip balm, a toothbrush, tooth paste and shower gel – are included in this compact pack.
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Nikon Coolpix S6400, £149.95, John Lewis

Whether you’re up for capturing every flushed, tired, delirious part of your birth or not, those magical first moments with your newborn are definitely ones to document – this offers HD video and clear pics in any light. Don’t forget the charger.
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