Your Baby Hospital Bag Checklist

Your Baby Hospital Bag Checklist

By Alexandra Whiting   |  

“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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