What to pack in your hospital bag

What to pack in your hospital bag

We understand that preparing for the birth of your baby can make you feel excited, anxious, overjoyed—in fact a whole range of emotions. But being prepared and organised before the birth of your baby will help you and your partner feel more relaxed and comfortable in the days leading up to your birth.

One thing that new mums can be a little unsure of is understanding what to pack for your stay in hospital. We've created a downloadable, super simple checklist for you and your baby, so you won't have to sweat the small stuff.

For mum

  • Comfortable PJ’s and loose nightie
  • Dressing gown
  • Cardigan
  • Comfortable, feeding friendly clothes (oversize tees and loose fitting button up shirts and dresses are great)
  • Loose underwear
  • Maternity pads
  • Nursing bras
  • Nursing pads
  • Nipple cream
  • Socks
  • Slip on shoes
  • Slippers
  • Phone and charger
  • Going home outfit

For support person

  • Insurance information
  • Medicare details for mum
  • Birth plan
  • Driver’s license
  • Obstetrician contact information
  • Cash and card
  • Phone numbers for families and friends
  • Text message list
  • Phone and charger
  • Installed baby capsule
  • Change of clothes and shoes
  • Button down shirt
  • Swimwear for water birth
  • Cardigan
  • Water bottle

For baby

  • Going home outfit
  • Socks
  • Singlets
  • Onesies
  • Nappies (8-10 per day)
  • Burping cloth
  • Swaddles
  • Pack of wipes
  • Nappy balm

Toiletries bag

  • Moisturiser
  • Dry shampoo
  • Mini shampoo and conditioner
  • Basic makeup
  • Lip balm
  • Face mist
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Hair brush and hair ties
  • Deodorant
  • Cleanser
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

Optional extras

  • Laptop Milestone cards
  • Eye mask
  • Headphones
  • Lollies and snacks
  • Contact lenses/glasses
  • Book or magazine



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