What to pack in your hospital bag for birth

As an expecting parent, there’s one thing you get asked constantly as you approach the later months of your pregnancy - have you packed your hospital bag? While it's no stay at the Hilton, packing for your hospital delivery is a bit like packing for a holiday. 

It can seem like a daunting task if it’s your first time, knowing how much to take and what you are actually going to need. That’s why we’ve taken the guesswork out of it and organised an easy-to-follow checklist for new parents. 

We’ve split this into two different lists, one for baby and one for the birthing parent and support person as well. Make sure you call your hospital and ask what items they provide - every hospital is different and it will also vary by public and private settings. The hospital will usually have a checklist they can give you or at least tell you what items they will and won't provide. I must admit, I was surprised that most hospitals don't provide essentials like newborn nappies and wipes and these are items you must bring with you. Although all births and babies are unique, there are some items that are absolutely essential to have packed in your hospital bag! 

For Baby

  • Newborn Nappies. Pack at least ten, however you may need more if you stay longer. 
  • Wipes. Use our Wipes case for easy access and to keep them moist.
  • 3-4 outfits, include layer items such as singlets, beanies, socks and mittens.
  • Muslin wraps and a baby blanket.
  • 2-3 Bibs
  • Dummy
  • Baby towel and face cloths if you plan to bath your baby there.
  • Nappy Rash Cream. We love Malo Baby for easy application.

For Mum

  • ID documents
  • Pre-natal records and doctor's details
  • Birth plan, if you have one
  • Loose, button down pajamas.
  • Slippers or thongs/flip flops
  • Underwear, size up for comfort and bring a few pairs of high waisted undies if you have a c-section birth (whether planned or emergency c section)
  • Gel breast discs. Pop in the fridge for when your milk comes in.
  • Heat Pack. This will help open up your milk ducts, place it over breasts just before feeding.
  • Personal pain relief such as a TENS machine
  • Adult Nappies or maternity pads.
  • Peri Bottle for post-birth.
  • Water Bottle. Get one with a straw built in for easy drinking in labour.
  • Phone Charger plus extension cord.
  • Breast pads for leakage.
  • Maternity Bras if you plan to breastfeed
  • Nipple balm. 
  • Toiletries. Toothbrush, toothpaste, face wash, shampoo & conditioner, moisturiser and make up. 
  • Deodorant, dry shampoo, hair brush and hair ties. 
  • Going home outfit, choose something loose and comfortable for your trip home.

For Support Person

  • Pillow.
  • Water Bottle.
  • Snacks. This will ensure they are able to stay with you throughout the whole time.
  • Change of clothes.
  • Swimwear if you are planning a waterbirth.
  • Laptop / Ipad for entertainment for you both if you are there for a while.
  • Phone/camera 

For leaving the hospital

  • A properly fitted newborn carseat 

When is the ideal time to pack your hospital bag?

Once you hit your third trimester it's good time to start thinking about what to pack and pulling things together. 

There is so much to plan and organise before your birth, having this checklist makes one less thing to think about. Just print it out and check it off as you go. Try to have your hospital bag packed by thirty weeks, this way no matter what happens you’ll be ready. 

Our best advice would be to pack early, and have your bag packed by 35 weeks at the latest. Babies can arrive rather unpredictably, so resist the temptation to leave it to the last minute. It's no fun packing in the midst of contractions or once your water has broken (speaking from experience!). 

And with another thing checked off your to-do list, you’ll have more time to slow down and enjoy your last few weeks of pregnancy!

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February 20, 2023 — Julie Rout
Tags: Advice