Hospital Bag Essentials for Mum and Baby

Having a hospital bag packed and ready in the final weeks of pregnancy is a good plan even if you aren’t planning on going to the hospital. It means you won’t be stressing and you know you’ll have everything you need, or at least a few home comforts and baby essentials while in the hospital.

There are a great many things you could include in your hospital bag but most lists agree on the essentials for both mum and baby. Here’s our list.

For Baby

Remember it’s not just you that you are packing for. Baby will need things as well.

  • Baby grows and vests. You will want to pack a few as you may end up being there overnight. Including an outfit for baby to travel home in.
  • A hat.
  • Nappies reusable or disposable depending on your preference.
  • Cotton wool and wipes.
  • Muslins and a couple of blankets.
  • A warm suit if its cold.
  • Bottles and formula if you are planning to bottle feed.
  • And of course the car seat. Although this won’t fit in the hospital bag.

For Mum

As well as your brand new baby needing clothes and nappies there are also a fair few things you will want to pack for yourself and even your birthing partner. Giving birth can be a long process so you could be in the hospital a fair few hours if not overnight. And your body is likely to be feeling rather sore on your return journey.

Here is a list of some essential items to pack for mum for both during labour and after the birth.

  • Your medical notes and birth plan. These are definitely not something you want to leave behind so make sure you have them in the bag.
  • Snacks and drinks. Giving birth can be hungry and thirsty work. And you may well need an energy boost even if you don’t feel like eating. Take some cartons of coconut water or a juice you like, a bottle of water, and healthy snacks.
  • A robe, a loose-fitting t-shirt or nightdress, warm non-slip socks or slippers, and flip flops. You need to be able to move comfortably and regulate your temperature. And it’s worth having a spare just in case.
  • Any music, essential oils, hypnobirthing tracks etc that you have been using or would like to use for the birth.
  • Chargers for your phone and any other electrical items.
  • A fan or a water spray can be a nice way to cook down.
  • Any medication you need. Including a TENS machine if you intend on using one and the hospital doesn’t provide.
  • Your wash kit and a towel, include lip balm and really gentle oil.
  • Big pants and plenty of postpartum pads.
  • Nursing bras and tops and breast pads.
  • An outfit to wear home.
  • Change for the car park or vending machines.

Packing a change of clothes for your birthing partner can also be a good idea as well as some food and drink for them, and a toothbrush and toothpaste, and swimmers and a towel if they want to get in the birth pool or you need them to help you in the shower.

You can also talk to your midwife and friends who have given birth at the same hospital as they may have specific recommendations.


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