What to Pack in Hospital Bags
Hospital Bags

What should I pack for labour?

  • Dressing gown.
  • Backless slip-on slippers, or comfortable shoes that are easy to get on and off.
  • Socks. Believe it or not, your feet can get cold during labour.
  • Lip balm. Your lips can dry out quickly on a warm labour ward.
  • Things to help you relax or pass the time, such as books, magazines, or a tablet computer.
  • Hairbands or a clip. If you have long hair, you may want it tied up.
  • A V-shaped pillow can give you extra support when breastfeeding your baby.
  • Water spray or a hand-held fan, to cool you down while you're in labour.

What should I pack for after the birth?

  • A going-home outfit. You'll need loose comfortable clothes to wear while you're in hospital and for the journey home. It will take a while for your tummy to go down, so you'll probably still need your maternity clothes when you get home.
  • Nursing bras. Bring two or three.
  • Breast pads.
  • Maternity pads. Bring a couple of packs.
  • Nightshirt or T-shirt. Front-opening shirts are useful in the early days of breastfeeding.
  • Toiletries. Decant these into smaller bottles, or buy travel versions, to save on space in the postnatal ward. You may sweat more after birth, so take a deodorant.
  • Towels, hairbrush, toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Old or cheap knickers, or disposable knickers. Don't bring your best ones as they will get messy. Big cotton knickers can be useful if you end up having a caesarean, as they won't rub your wound.
  • Several pairs of maternity underpants.
  • Gifts for older siblings. Some parents bring gifts for the new baby to "give" to big brothers and sisters.

What should I pack for my baby?

  • Hat.
  • One pair of socks or booties.
  • Two or three sleepsuits and vests.
  • Nappies. Your newborn will go through as many as 12 in a day.
  • One outfit for the trip home (all-in-one stretchy outfits are easiest).
  • Muslin squares, for mopping up any milk your baby brings up (possetting).
  • Baby blanket. Although hospitals are very warm, your baby may need a blanket if it's chilly outside when you leave.
  • Baby car seat. You can't drive your baby home without one! Have a rear-facing car seat properly installed ahead of time and know how to buckle your baby in correctly.


"What to Pack in Maternity Hospital Bags." 10 Essential Items for Your Hospital Bag. N.p., n.d. Web. Aug. 2016.