What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

If you are coming towards the end of your pregnancy and are planning a hospital birth, it’s a good idea to prepare a hospital bag containing all the things you will need for labour, birth and the first  few hours with your newborn.

Remember that there is often little space to store items in hospitals and you can’t necessarily keep valuables safe, so just take essentials. Here’s what should be in your hospital bag:

Hospital bag for you:

Everything you want to have with you in labour such as a Tens machine, massage oils, birthing ball, favourite music

Your birth plan

An old shirt or nightie for the birth

Socks and/or slippers

Bottles of water


Washbag containing all your usual essentials like toothbrush and shampoo

Hairbrush and hair ties

Pyjamas and nighties with easy access for breastfeeding

Nursing bra

Nipple cream

Breast pads


Maternity pads and lots of big knickers

C-section pants if appropriate

Change of clothes for leaving hospital

Hospital bag for baby:

2 x sleep suits with simple fasteners

2 x newborn vest tops

Pack of newborn-sized nappies

Swaddling cloths for your new arrival

Cotton wool

Appropriately-sized baby car seat

Hat and scratch mittens

Hospital bag luxurious extras:

Gentle bath products for you and baby

Spray containing essential oils

Lip salve

Reading material

Phone and charger

DVD player

Your own pillow

Your own blanket


What did you find most useful during your hospital stay?

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