Your Baby Hospital Bag Checklist

Your Baby Hospital Bag Checklist

By Alexandra Whiting   |  


Birth is an unpredictable, wild ride, anything can happen. What you can control? What's in your bag. Here's how to pack what you need.

Get prepared with our essential hospital baby bag checklist.
“Have you got your baby hospital bag packed?” This question starts popping up a lot as your due date nears. It’s either another confusing thing on your to-do list, something you’re diligently researching, or something you really don’t see the point in so many mum-friends have told you they didn’t use half the stuff in theirs! Totally. Birth is an unpredictable and wild ride, anything can happen. You might not have time to take your knickers off let alone set up an oil diffuser. But that’s exactly why the process of packing your hospital bag is so important, you can’t control much in birth, except what you bring to the birthing suite.
Hospital bag packing is as much about mental preparation as the stuff itself. Planning, gathering the items you’ll have with you for labour, helps you visualise the game plan. Packing your clothes, toiletries and comfort items is like putting on your armour. Picking out the first outfit your baby will wear might make your stomach flip, and remind you of the end goal. Here's everything you need.

What to pack in hospital bag for baby?

  • Singlets x 6.

  • Onesies x 6.

  • Socks x 3.

  • Hats x 2.

  • Swaddle wraps x 2 (these are great for first-time swaddlers because they’ve got a bit of stretch).

  • x 1.

  • Wipes x 1 pack.

  • Newborn nappies x 1 pack (this bundle will tick off nappies and wipes).

  • A sterilised dummy x 1 (even if you don’t plan to use a dummy, it’s not a bad idea to have one ready to go. It might bring your baby extra comfort when you both really need it).

  • Going-home outfit. Something warm, soft and super easy to get on-and-off. May we suggest a onesie, cardi, a bonnet and booties (for extra adorableness).

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What to pack in hospital bag for mum?

  • Button-down pjs, the more fabulous the better.
  • A robe. Again, fabulous.

  • Slippers. You guessed it! Fabulous.

  • Maternity bras x 3.

  • Soft, stretchy, high-waisted underpants x 7. Go a size up to accommodate for maternity pads.

  • Maternity pads.

  • Something comfy to wear home. This can be confusing: you won’t be pregnant, but you’re not exactly going to slip into your old jeans. Your best bet is a favourite (loose) dress, or soft, elasticated pants or tights. Activewear is in. Embrace it.

  • Bits for your boobs. Again, no one knows what your experience of breastfeeding will be like, but it’s worth being prepared for those first attempts. Breast pads (to absorb leakage), nipple shields (your midwives might discourage you using these, but if it’s the difference between being able to breastfeed and not, we think they’ve worth having), ice packs (for when your milk first comes in) and a natural nipple balm (it doubles as a lip balm). It’s also a great idea to pack your Haakaa Breast Pump (this little pack comes with breast pads). The Haakaa is a very gentle pump that won't over-stimulate or mess with your supply, but will catch extra milk that can be popped in a bottle. Then someone else can feed the baby while you get some much-earned sleep.

  • Toiletries. Include whatever you’ll need to feel normal, but don’t forget cleanser, moisturiser, body wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, a pack of hairbands, bobby pins, a hairbrush, shampoo, conditioner, dry shampoo, deodorant and makeup wipes.

Baby Hospital Bag

What to pack in hospital bag for your support crew?

  • Snacks! Pack a variety, because you never know what you’ll feel like, just be sure to include something with some sustenance like protein balls, dried fruit or a yummy trail mix.

  • Travel pillow.

  • Reusable water bottles.

  • Phone chargers (one for each phone).

  • Laptop with pre-downloaded movies, TV episodes, audiobooks, podcasts and music.

  • Headphones (there’s enough cords and wires in a birthing suite. You don’t want to add more).

  • Change of clothes.

  • Swimwear (if a waterbirth is on the cards).

  • A notebook with all your existing medical details, and to write down any medical information you receive about the birth.

What to Pack in the Baby Hospital Bag For Mum

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What else you need to know:

When to pack your hospital bag?

There's no hard and fast rules, but during month seven or eight is a good time to start packing. You want to be sure you're all organised and minimise your stress levels if your baby comes early, so it's better not to leave it until the last moment.

Do the washing

The cutest load of washing you’ll ever do, is the tiny singlets, onesies, hats and wraps that will clothe your newborn in their first few days. Use normal washing powder (unscented), skip the softener, and peg it out in the sunshine to dry.

Choose your maternity hospital bag

If you thought your new baby bag could double as your hospital bag, you’d be wrong. Don’t worry, you’re not the first woman to underestimate her packing. We recommend a small(ish) suitcase. Wheels make it extra easy and there will be extra room for gifts and paperwork when you’re packing to come home.

Pop your bag by the door

Now you pack, seal it up, and put it by the door ready to go. Goodluck pal, you got this. Keep this list handy while you pack, and download the printable baby hospital bag packing list.
Hospital Packing List

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