Hospital Bag Essentials

When you’re a first time parent, you probably find yourself researching EVERYTHING! The great thing is that you get to learn a lot but at the same time, there is so much information available that it becomes mind-boggling and if you’re anything like me, you end up feeling more confused than you started out!

That is why I created this site – to give you a one-stop shop where you can find out the necessary stuff and some ideas about what to expect throughout the parenting journey including what you really need for your unborn baby (without all the fancy stuff that you’ll probably never use).

Here’s my simple checklist of essential items for you to print out so you can be well on your way to prepare your hospital bag. 

For Mum:

  • Birth plan and maternity notes (I personally went in without a written birth plan but had an idea of how I wanted the labour to go – see ‘Tips to have a smooth labour’ for more details)
  • Nursing bras (x2)
  • Comfortable cotton pants (x6) – you could also use disposable pants if you prefer.
  • Thick socks
  • Nighties (with buttons to make it easier if you choose to breastfeed)
  • Clothes for after labour (loose and comfortable)
  • Clothes to go home in
  • Slippers / flip flops (you may want these for when you come out of the shower and generally walking around the ward)
  • Lightweight dressing gown
  • Toiletries (travel size) – I used fragranced-free products to help my baby recognise my natural scents and to protect their delicate little noses from strong-smelling products
  • Hair bands 
  • Hand gel
  • Nursing(breast) pads (x4)
  • Maternity pads (x1 pack of 12)
  • Spare plastic bags (for worn clothes)
  • Lip balm / vaseline
  • Wet wipes
  • Tissues
  • Snacks and water 
  • Mobile phone charger
  • ipod / any other source of music
  • Portable speaker (if you prefer to have a more ‘surround-sound’ atmosphere like I do!)

For Baby:

  • Sleep suits (x4)
  • Bodysuits (x4)
  • Scratch mitts
  • Hat
  • Nappies (x8)
  • Nappy bags
  • Cotton wool
  • Baby wipes
  • Blanket
  • Outfit to wear home
  • Muslin cloths
  • Snow-suit or something warm to wear outdoors if it’s cold
  • Car seat
  • Ready-made formula (even if you decide to breastfeed, it is advised by midwives to take some ready-made formula with you in case you need to give the baby a ‘top-up’ or there are feeding challenges)

For your Birthing Partner:

  • Loose change for the car park
  • Mobile phone charger
  • Change of clothes 
  • Snacks and drinks 
  • Selfie stick (gotta get those snaps in!)

TIP: Pack an extra hospital bag with clothes for MUM AND BABY in case mum needs to stay in hospital for several days. Keep this spare bag in the boot of the car or near the front door so it’s easy for your birthing partner to find. 

This worked a treat for us as Tai and I spent several days in hospital and it was super easy for my hubby to bring the extras we needed – stress free and everyone’s happy and relaxed!

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