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What To Pack In Your Maternity Hospital Bag

What To Pack In Your Maternity Hospital Bag

July 19, 2023
Congratulations! The big day is nearly here!

We have prepared this article to give you some advice on what to pack in your maternity hospital bag so you are ready to go when baby decides to make their appearance! Packing your maternity hospital bag carefully and well ahead of time means it is ready to go at any point and can help make your stay in hospital more comfortable and stress-free. Here’s a comprehensive list of what to pack in your maternity hospital bag.

For You
  1. Important documents: Medical notes and birth plan (if you have one).
  2. Comfortable nightgown or pyjamas: Choose loose and breathable clothing that’s easy to wear and feed your baby in.
  3. Robe: A lightweight robe can be useful for moving around the hospital and during labour.
  4. Slippers or cosy socks: Something comfortable for walking around the hospital room.
  5. Nursing bras and breast pads: Choose bras that provide adequate support and nursing pads to absorb leaks.
  6. Maternity pads or disposable underwear: For post birth bleeding, the hospital will usually provide some, but it’s good to have extras.
  7. Comfortable underwear: Bring some extra pairs of comfortable, high-waisted underwear.
  8. Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hairbrush, skincare and any other personal care items you prefer.
  9. Hair ties or headbands: To keep your hair out of your face during labour.
  10. Lip balm: Labour can be dehydrating.
  11. Snacks and drinks: Some hospitals provide meals, but you might want to have your favourite snacks and drinks on hand.
  12. Water bottle: To stay hydrated during labour and recovery.
  13. Entertainment: Books, magazines, or a tablet with downloaded shows/movies can help pass the time.
  14. Phone and charger: Keep in touch with loved ones and capture those special moments.
  15. Pillow: Many people find hospital pillows uncomfortable, so having your own can make a significant difference.
  16. Nursing pillow: Helpful for breastfeeding support.
For Your Baby
  1. Clothing: Pack a few sets of newborn-sized babygrows and vests if it is cold. Scratch mits and hats. Swaddles and sleeping bag. Remember to pack your baby’s going home outfit.
  2. Swaddles and blankets.
  3. Nappies and wipes: Some hospitals provide these, but it’s always good to have some extra on hand.
  4. Muslins and wash cloths: Muslin cloths are ideal for mopping up dribbles and a soft wash cloth for gently cleaning baby.
  5. Teddy or comforter: For baby to cuddle up to.
  6. Car seat: For going home. If the weather is cold you may want to consider a newborn footmuff to keep baby warm. You may also want to consider a head and body support to secure your little one in their car seat on the journey home
For Your Partner
  1. Plenty of loose change and a bank card for the parking machines and the cafe or vending machine.
  2. Phone, charger and power pack.
  3. Spare clothes, deodorant and toothbrush.
  4. Magazines/books etc.
Nice-to-have Items
  1. Camera: To capture those precious moments.
  2. Massage oil or lotion: For a soothing massage during labour.
  3. Headphones: Create a relaxing atmosphere with your favourite music.
  4. Birth ball: Some hospitals provide them, but you can bring your own if you prefer.

Don’t forget to ensure your car has a full tank of petrol or full charge if it is electric at all times incase baby decides to make a sudden appearance!

Remember, every woman’s experience is different, and you might have specific preferences or medical needs. Consider the length of your stay, your hospital’s policies, and the season when packing. It’s a good idea to consult with your midwife or take a tour of the hospital beforehand to get a better idea of what is provided.


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