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What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag for the Birth of Your Baby: A Comprehensive Guide


Preparing for the arrival of your baby is an exciting and busy time, and one essential task to check off your list is packing your hospital bag. Having all the necessary items packed and ready to go will help ensure a smooth and comfortable experience during labour, delivery, and those first few days with your newborn. To help you prepare, I have put together a comprehensive guide on what to pack in your hospital bag for the birth of your baby. Let's dive in!

what to pack in your labour hospital bag
  1. Essentials for Mum:

  • Birth plan and any necessary paperwork

  • Comfortable clothes to wear during labour, such as a loose-fitting nightgown or a comfortable nursing bra and maternity leggings

  • Warm socks or slippers for walking around the hospital

  • Robe or cardigan for added warmth

  • Comfort items like a favourite pillow or blanket

  • Toiletries, including toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, and any necessary skincare products

  • Lip balm to combat dry lips during labour

  • Hair ties or headbands to keep hair out of your face

  • Nursing pads and nipple cream for breastfeeding comfort

  • Snacks and drinks for energy during labour

  • Entertainment items such as books, magazines, or a tablet for distraction during early labor

  • Sanitary towels (the bigger the better)

  • Flannel/wash cloth

preparing for labour
  1. For Baby:

  • Newborn nappies and wipes

  • Onesies or bodysuits in newborn size

  • Swaddle blankets or receiving blankets for keeping baby cozy

  • Hat and socks to keep baby warm

  • Going-home outfit for baby

  • Car seat installed in your vehicle for the trip home

  • Pre made formula

  • Dummy

hospital essentials for new baby

For Partner or Support Person:

  • Comfortable clothes and toiletries

  • Snacks and drinks to stay energised

  • Entertainment items like books or electronics

  • Phone charger and camera to capture special moments

  • List of important phone numbers and contacts

what to pack in hospital bag for labour

Additional Items to Consider:

  • Birth ball

  • TENS machine for pain relief during labour (if desired)

  • Essential oils or aromatherapy for relaxation

  • Massage tools or techniques for pain relief

  • Music playlist or relaxation tracks for labour

  • Extra bag for bringing home any hospital supplies or gifts

  • Handheld fan

  • Eye mask and ear plugs

  • Perineal bottle

  • Baby sling



Remember, every birth experience is unique, so feel free to personalise your hospital bag with items that will help you feel comfortable and supported during labour and delivery. Packing your hospital bag ahead of time will give you peace of mind knowing that you're prepared for the big day and can focus on welcoming your new little one into the world.


Wishing you a safe and smooth birth experience!


Nikita xx

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