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Hospital Bag Essentials (for mum)


It can be daunting packing your hospital bag - especially if it is for the first time. What should you pack? How much should you pack? Have you packed too much? Have you missed something?

Below is a list of all essentials that I would recommend and a few extras that I have been told are a must. 

I hope this helps!

  • T-shirt/nightie for labour & open nightie for feeding
  • Socks
  • Flip flops for shower & slippers for comfort
  • Phone & long charger
  • Money (coins for vending machine) / bank cards 
  • Straw style water bottle
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair ties / clips
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Boiled sweets, energy bars or similar 
  • Frozen bottles of water (hospital water is often lukewarm)
  • Evian face spray
  • Bikini or vest for birth pool (if this is in your birth preference)
  • Tena pants (A MUST)
  • Big knickers (A MUST)
  • Breast pads
  • Nursing bras
  • Lip balm
  • Nipple cream
  • Tissues 
  • Make up (if you want to feel more alive)
  • Mirror to do the above in
  • Comfy clothes to go home in
  • Magazine / book (great if you to be in hospital for a while)

It can also help to make sure you have a pile of spare clothes at home in case you need to stay in longer. Your birth partner can go and grab them for you. Packing a hospital bag can seem a chore at first, but just take your time, collect bits over a few weeks and get writing those lists.

Best of luck!