Your Hospital Bag Checklist


For this handy list, we have accumulated tips from lots of different Mums so it really is a comprehensive  list that might be worth printing off and having on hand.

So…the time has come to pack THE hospital bag!  I have to say I really enjoyed doing this!  I know for some it can be a daunting process or one that is left until last minute but I was picking things up every time we would go to town and would put them aside until the time came to actually pack my bag & the baby bag!

Two little tips before you begin packing:

  • Do out a list before you start & have it easily accessible so you can add to it on the go.
  • Pack earlier than you think you need to! It’s no harm to have  both yours & the baby bag fully packed by 37 weeks, just in case!

I only had two bags. One hand luggage size suitcase for the me & I used a baby change bag for all my daughters things.

Here goes!

Labour Ward

  • Pj’s or nightdress (All dark coloured .. for obvious reasons!!)
  • Nightgown
  • Flip Flops
  • Face cloth
  • Hair ties
  • Lipbalm (lips get chapped with the heat of the hospital)
  • Bikini top (If you plan on using the bath)
  • Headphones or Earplugs
  • Phone charger
  • Snacks!

Delivery Suite

⇾All your bags come in here with you.

Have babies clothes easily accessible!

*Tip* Have babies first outfit in a ziplock bag so it can be accessed easily. Advice on what to have in a bag; Babygrow, vest, hat, cardigan & a nappy – Don’t forget a baby blanket!

Postnatal Ward

  • Nightdresses with buttons down the front X 3   
  • Nursing Bra
  • Your own pillow if you want.
  • Black towel
  • Pack of black knickers
  • Maternity pads (2 packs should be enough) but have more at home!
  • Breast pads   (1 box)  
  • Lanolin Nipple Cream
  • Multi-Mam Compresses (2 boxes) maybe more to keep at home stored in the fridge…Bliss!
  • Some makeup (ie. Concealer & lipbalm!)
  • Facewipes / travel size shampoo/deodorant & a nice body wash.
  • Face mist & dry shampoo , toothpaste/brush
  • More snacks (the evenings are long!)

For Baby

  • Baby grows  x5  (Next and some Dunnes Newborn have the mittens built in)
  • Vests x5
  • Cellular blanket x1 or Swaddle blanket
  • Muslin x 1
  • Nappy’s  x1 (Small 24 pack of No.1 pampers)
  • Wipes
  • Baby Towel
  • Bodywash
  • Cardigan x1
  • Cotton Wool
  • Going home outfit

Some Extras

  • Swaddle Bag
  • Breastfeeding Pillow
  • Small gift for the Midwives who helped deliver your baby
  • If this isn’t your second child, a gift from the baby to you other child (ren) might go down well!
  • Fresh T shirt & toothbrush for your partner!

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