Maternity Hospital Bag Checklist
If you’re around 36 weeks pregnant and planning a hospital birth, now is the time to start planning what to pack in your maternity hospital bag. Organising this as early as possible is a sensible idea in case your due date is earlier than expected!
You’ll need to consider what you’ll need pre, during and after birth, and what you’ll need once your baby is born.
Making a checklist is the easiest way to remember everything you’ll need. It’s also a good idea to call the hospital to find out what they have available so you don’t double up on items.
Here are our top essential items to pack in your maternity hospital bag …
Hospital file – for doctors and midwives to check your medical records
Birth plan – if you have one
Leaflets or reference books – from prenatal classes or handy guides you have picked up
Underwear – 2-3 pairs of (big) knickers and a nursing bra
Nightdress – soft and comfortable and preferably front opening for breastfeeding
Dressing gown – to keep you warm
Slippers – backless for ease of slipping on and off
Swimwear – if you’re using the birth pool
Face and body moisturiser or oils – to keep skin healthy and hydrated
Lip balm – in case your lips dry out during labour
Flannel and towels – to dab with cold water on your forehead if you get too hot
Deodorant, hairbrush, toothbrush and toothpaste – to freshen up
Hair bands – to keep hair away from your face
Maternity pads – to use for a few days following birth
Babygrows, booties, socks, hats and a soft blanket – to keep baby warm
Nappies – pack more than you think you may need!
Baby water-based wipes – newborns shouldn’t have anything other than water on their skin for the first few weeks
Car seat – already fixed as you won’t be able to drive home without one
Bottles and formula – if you’re not planning to, or struggling with breastfeeding
All packed? Make sure to keep your bags close to hand or in the boot of your car incase you need to leave in a hurry.
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