What to pack for hospital

What to pack for hospital

Packing your pregnancy bag is a job you will either do too early or too late. No matter, because at least you will have everything you need to make your birth and first days with baby as comfortable as possible.

First, a handy tip from a Kidspot mum:

Suze says: It's important you find out whether the hospital you're going to will provide nappies/wipes/singlets/blankets etc for the baby. Some provide everything, others a few of these things and others provide nothing at all.

Now for packing the hospital bag ...

What Mum needs for her hospital pregnancy bag:


  • Maternity bras
  • Nighties
  • Casual day clothes
  • Slippers Shoes
  • Breast pads
  • Maternity pads
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Makeup
  • Hairbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Lip balm
  • Lots and lots of undies
  • Any medications you have been taking (please bring the medication to the Hospital to show your admitting doctor and arrange for this medication to be returned home);
  • Any previous pathology reports,
  • X-rays or ultrasounds
  • Storage containers for glasses, contact lenses, hearing aids, or dentures;
  • A phonecard or change, for public telephones;
  • Magazines
  • Ipod and charger
  • Mobile phone and charger

What baby needs:

  • Baby clothes and a blanket to take your baby home in;
  • Newborn nappies
  • Snappy Nappy fastener if you are using the hospital’s cloth nappies
  • Ensure a car restraint is organised for taking your baby home
  • Formula, bottles, teats and sterilising equipment, if you plan to formula-feed
  • Olive, apricot, almond oil for coating baby’s bottom before the first nappy goes to make cleaning eas

What Dad or the support partner needs:

  • Swimming togs - for assisting you in the water/shower.
  • Change of clothes - they may be there for a long time.
  • Toothpaste/toothbrush
  • Copy of your birth plan
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • List of phone numbers to send a text
  • Change for vending machine, phones and parking.
  • Camera, charger and spare film.
  • Video camera and charger.
  • Books, newspapers etc for reading during a long labour.
  • Healthy snacks for both of you.
  • Ipod and charger

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