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Lydia Bright's Hospital Bag Essentials


Packing your hospital bag when you’re about to have a baby can be so exciting, but also a little bit daunting! There are so many lists and recommendations on the internet, I didn’t know where to start. So I sat down with my best friend Lucy, who’s also expecting, and did our homework.

We looked at our favourite mummy bloggers, spoke to our own mums, looked through my hypnobirthing notes and came up with our must-have list of things to pack. So here you are, my favourite hospital bag bits from Matalan.

Lydia Bright's Hospital Bag Essentials


Packing your hospital bag when you’re about to have a baby can be so exciting, but also a little bit daunting! There are so many lists and recommendations on the internet, I didn’t know where to start. So I sat down with my best friend Lucy, who’s also expecting, and did our homework.

We looked at our favourite mummy bloggers, spoke to our own mums, looked through my hypnobirthing notes and came up with our must-have list of things to pack. So here you are, my favourite hospital bag bits from Matalan.

For Mummy


I wanted clothes that were luxurious, but also comfortable. That was so important for me. And I wanted to stick with a pink theme to welcome my baby girl.

PJs and dressing gown. When it came to picking out the perfect pair of PJs, I had a few things on my list of must-haves. I wanted them to be loose, light-weight and for the top to have a button up shirt, which will be easy to undo for breastfeeding when the baby arrives. This little Julien Macdonald set ticks all the boxes. It’s a really pretty design and it has a matching dressing gown, which I love.

Slippers. If I have to stay in hospital overnight, I want to feel comfortable walking around. So I picked out these slider slippers, I went for something open just in case my feet swell.

Robe and towel. I’m hoping for a water birth, so rather than using the hospital bits, I’ve packed a nice waffle dressing gown and plush towel to give me that luxury spa feel when I need it the most.

Knickers. As well as the disposable knickers I’ve packed, I also picked up these seam free knickers. I chose to size up to large to accommodate maternity pads (oh the glamour) and to make sure everything on my body is as loose as possible.

Loungewear. This is for when I’m leaving the hospital with my precious cargo. Comfort is my top priority, so I’ve chosen a loose lounge set. And of course, it’s pink because I want to match with my baby girl.

Loose top. I was advised to pack a baggy dark coloured top for when I’m in labour. This one has a positive message on it, so I can remember to ‘always be happy’ because I’ll be meeting my baby very soon.

Water bottle. It’s important to stay hydrated when you’re in labour and it’s a good idea to sip water rather than gulp. So I think this sports bottle with a fun ‘mum on the run’ slogan will be handy.

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For Mummy


I wanted clothes that were luxurious, but also comfortable. That was so important for me. And I wanted to stick with a pink theme to welcome my baby girl.

PJs and dressing gown. When it came to picking out the perfect pair of PJs, I had a few things on my list of must-haves. I wanted them to be loose, light-weight and for the top to have a button up shirt, which will be easy to undo for breastfeeding when the baby arrives. This little Julien Macdonald set ticks all the boxes. It’s a really pretty design and it has a matching dressing gown, which I love.

Slippers. If I have to stay in hospital overnight, I want to feel comfortable walking around. So I picked out these slider slippers, I went for something open just in case my feet swell.

Robe and towel. I’m hoping for a water birth, so rather than using the hospital bits, I’ve packed a nice waffle dressing gown and plush towel to give me that luxury spa feel when I need it the most.

Knickers. As well as the disposable knickers I’ve packed, I also picked up these seam free knickers. I chose to size up to large to accommodate maternity pads (oh the glamour) and to make sure everything on my body is as loose as possible.

Loungewear. This is for when I’m leaving the hospital with my precious cargo. Comfort is my top priority, so I’ve chosen a loose lounge set. And of course, it’s pink because I want to match with my baby girl.

Loose top. I was advised to pack a baggy dark coloured top for when I’m in labour. This one has a positive message on it, so I can remember to ‘always be happy’ because I’ll be meeting my baby very soon.

Water bottle. It’s important to stay hydrated when you’re in labour and it’s a good idea to sip water rather than gulp. So I think this sports bottle with a fun ‘mum on the run’ slogan will be handy.

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For the Baby


When packing for the baby I wanted everything to be really soft and delicate.

Bodysuits. I love a baby in crisp white and I thought I would take a few bodysuits as apparently you can never have enough. Blanket. When leaving the hospital I want to wrap her up so she’s cosy. This lovely blanket is warm but also very breathable.

Muslins. I want to breast feed and I hope I’m a natural at it. I loved the pretty designs on these muslins, they’re practical but also very cute.

Socks. To keep her little feet warm.

Romper. I wanted her to leave the hospital in something special, this will be her first ever outfit to see the world. This knitted romper is just adorable, I love the cute little collar and it’s so soft and warm.

I’m also packing my toiletries, gadgets and of course I’ll pick up some snacks. Watch my video to find out more and if you think I’ve forgotten anything, head over to Instagram and let me know!

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For the Baby


When packing for the baby I wanted everything to be really soft and delicate.

Bodysuits. I love a baby in crisp white and I thought I would take a few bodysuits as apparently you can never have enough. Blanket. When leaving the hospital I want to wrap her up so she’s cosy. This lovely blanket is warm but also very breathable.

Muslins. I want to breast feed and I hope I’m a natural at it. I loved the pretty designs on these muslins, they’re practical but also very cute.

Socks. To keep her little feet warm.

Romper. I wanted her to leave the hospital in something special, this will be her first ever outfit to see the world. This knitted romper is just adorable, I love the cute little collar and it’s so soft and warm.

I’m also packing my toiletries, gadgets and of course I’ll pick up some snacks. Watch my video to find out more and if you think I’ve forgotten anything, head over to Instagram and let me know!

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