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Hospital bag checklist

I don't think you can ever be quite prepared for having a baby but having your hospital bag packed and ready always makes you feel a bit more organised. From 35 weeks on is a great time to be packed. 

Here is a handy hospital checklist to help get you ready. Wishing you all the best mama, you've got this! 

For mum 

You can pack this into a separate bag as you won't need this during labour.

  • PJs
  • Dressing gown/robe
  • Nursing tank tops - Bonds ones are great
  • Slip on shoes
  • Cardigan - great for nursing and to slip on and off easily 
  • Black undies (upsize to allow for pads)
  • Loose fitting pants/tracksuit bottoms - dark colours
  • Recovery leggings - try these must haves from SRC
  • Going home outfit
  • Water bottle
  • Nursing bras - Bonds
  • Slippers
  • Socks
  • Perenium ice pack
  • Phone charger (the longer the cable the better)
  • Thongs for the shower
  • Breast pads

Birth bag

  • Birth plan (to share with your birthing team)
  • Energade or similar electrolyte drink - try this labour aid from Mere Botanicals
  • Snacks eg: protein bars or balls, jelly beans
  • Wheat pack
  • Hair tie/scrunchie
  • Water bottle (ideally with straw lid) 
  • Stretchy bra
  • Birthing dress/nightie/shirt
  • Bathers if a water birth

For baby


  • Lip ice
  • Face wipes
  • Body wash
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hairbrush and ties
  • Maternity pads with wings
  • Basic makeup/face cream
  • Nipple/nursing balm
  • Dry shampoo
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Deodorant (as neutral smelling as possible) 

Comfort items

  • Your own pillow/blanket
  • Earphones
  • Essential oils/diffuser - take a look at this clary sage roller

Packing tips - some of the best pieces of advice

  • Choose and pack clothing that is dark in colour
  • Have a separate bag for the birth as you will be in a different room/area and it will be easier to find things and move your packed items to the maternity ward post birth
  • Use dividers/sandwich bags to help organise and separate your items so they are easy to find - we love the hospital organisers from The Nest.
  • Don't overpack, your room can get quite full quite quickly so the less 'stuff' you have the better
Not essential but nice to have;

For dad

  • Change of shirt
  • Energy drink and snacks for during labour
  • Phone charger

Another great tip is to set up a whatsapp group before the time for close family and friends making yourself and your partner admin so that they can keep your loved ones up to date on your progress. Here you can also announce the birth of your bundle saving you from multiple messages.

Take a look at our hospital bag essentials for more ideas.


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