What to pack in your hospital bag - a checklist


With your due date coming up, things are starting to get exciting. It’s an amazing time, but it’s also the best time to start preparing yourself. This means getting together all the essentials you’ll need during labour, birth and after your baby’s born. Aim to pack around 33-36 weeks into pregnancy.

Wondering what to take? Have a look over the list we’ve compiled below. You might not need everything, so it’s simply about choosing what’s right for you.

  For Mum – for the birth and during your hospital stay

  For your baby

  • Your birth plan
  • A camera and fully charged mobile phone and charger 
  • A loose t-shirt or nightie you can wear during birth
  • Two sets of sleepwear suitable for breast feeding during the hospital stay (e.g. pyjamas that button up)
  • Dressing gown
  • Cotton underwear in navy or       black x 10
  • Two or three nursing bras
  • Socks and/or slippers
  • Breast pads – at least two boxes
  • Maternity pads – at least two packets
  • Clothing to wear home – make sure they’re loose and comfortable
  • Toiletries including toothbrush, toothpaste, liquid soap, shampoo, conditioner, hairbrush, deodorant,  lip balm, nipple cream, eye drops and any medications you’re taking
  • Reading glasses or contact lenses
  • Towels and face cloths
  • Tissues
  • Your favourite snacks and drinks
  • List of people to call after the birth

Some nice things to have

  • Massage or aromatherapy oils
  • Music (on phone or iPod with speakers)
  • Extra pillows
  • Breast pump for expressing if you would prefer to use your own (hospitals do provide)
  • Plastic bags for dirty clothes
  • Magazines or a good book
  • Journal and pen for recording baby’s feed and sleep times
  • Wheat pack or hot water bottle
  • Ear plugs and eye mask
  • Car capsule for the trip home
  • Sleepsuits x 6
  • Bodysuits x 6
  • Socks and booties x 6
  • Hat/beanie x 2
  • Scratch mittens
  • Cardigans x 4 (if cool weather)
  • Outfit for the trip home
  • Blankets
  • Swaddling blankets
  • Muslin cloths x 6
  • Cotton wool
  • Wipes and Nappies – most hospitals will provide these, but best to check just in case