baby blanketIt is recommended that your hospital bag is packed and ready at least a month in advance of your due date. The bag can be left either in the car ready or by the door. Here is a basic checklist of what to pack in your hospital bag:

For labour and Birth:

  • Comfy Nighties, oversized shirts or loose t-shirts
  • Lip balm, hand cream & hairbands
  • Warm, loose fitting socks or slippers
  • Swimsuit (if you are having a water birth)
  • Antenatal notes / birth plan
  • Ipod/MP3 player and calming music
  • Aromatherapy and electric oil burner (if this helps you feel relaxed)
  • Mobile Phone & Charger
  • Camera
  • Your own pillow or breastfeeding pillow
  • Tens machine
  • A microwaveable heat pack
  • Snacks & drinks
  • Water spray & face washer
  • Your own pillow or breastfeeding pillow

For your baby:

For you during your stay in the hospital:

  • Maternity pads
  • 5-10 Black underwear
  • 2 x nursing bras
  • Breast nursing pads and nipple cream
  • Slippers or Bed Socks
  • Comfy Nightie, pyjamas & day time casual clothes with open front to allow for breastfeeding
  • Going home clothes & comfy shoes
  • Toiletries, makeup, mirror and hairbrush
  • Towel
  • Snacks
  • Books or Magazines