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10 Hospital Bag Essentials for Mum + FREE Pack List

My hospital bag essentials for mum and baby will help you be organised and ready to go when the time comes!

Are you wondering what to pack in a hospital bag for birth and labour? I have you covered with my free printable hospital bag checklist for baby and you too.

10 Hospital Bag List

These mum to be hospital bag essentials are everything you might need for the birth and for the first few days, in case you are not home quickly.

As a first time mum, I didn’t really have a clue what to pack in my hospital bag – after the first birth, I knew better.

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Rather than packing a huge baby hospital bag with a lot of unnecessary things, here’s what to pack in your hospital bag:

1. Toiletries

You might want to take some travel sized shampoo, conditioner and body wash.

I love the GAIA Baby Starter Kit for me when I travel and you can buy the GAIA Baby Starter Kit online here..

As well as those, face wipes/wash, deodorant, make-up, hair bands, a toothbrush and toothpaste are necessary if you stay overnight.

Your lips can get very dry during labour so a moisturising lipbalm is good to take along.

The Vaseline Lip Balms are perfect for this.

You can buy Vaseline Lip Balm online here in Australia, here in the US and here in the UK.

2. Slippers or Socks

These are great for walking around the hospital during labour so you don’t slip over – that would NOT be fun.

3. Nursing Bras and Underwear

Maternity bras double up as nursing bras with clips to release the front so take a couple of these. Breast pads and Lansinoh cream are perfect for if you intend to breastfeed.

You can buy Lansinoh Cream online here in Australia, here in the US and here in the UK.

If you’re planning a water labour and/or birth, a bikini top is a good idea too.

4. iPod/iPhone & Charger

This will let you listen to music during labour, take photos and videos and let the family know when your little one arrives!

5. Spare Clothes & PJs

I would recommend packing two comfortable outfits and PJs in case you need to stay in the hospital overnight.

6. Maternity Pads

These are very necessary so take some of these for after the birth. Night time ones tend to be thicker so worth checking those out.

I recommend the Always Night Time Pads.

You can buy Always Night Time Pads online here in Australia, here in the US and here in the UK.

7. Snacks & Water

Labour and birth can be thirsty work and afterwards, you might suddenly feel really hungry. Take along a large bottle of water with a pop top and some energy-boosting snacks. Water and meals are, of course, provided at the hospital too but it’s always good to have some to hand quickly.

8. New Baby Outfits

Pack a couple of outfits, onesies, vests and hats to keep your new bundle of joy warm and snug.

Swaddles are also needed and my all-time favourites are SwaddleMe swaddles.

You can buy SwaddleMe swaddles online here in Australia, here in the US and here in the UK.

9. Baby Nappies & Nappy Cream

Fairly obvious! Your new bub will need disposable or reusable nappies.

Huggies Newborn Nappies have always been our “go-to” ones.

You can by Huggies Newborn Nappies here in Australia, here in the US and here in the UK.

10. Birth Aids

For me, it was my hypnobirthing book and mp.3 files on my iPod. “The Mongan Method” Hypnobirth book was great for the meditation exercises.

You can buy The Mongan Method online here in Australia, here in the US and here in the UK.

You can read about my hypnobirth experience here.

Some mums like to listen to some relaxing music during labour.

I think these are the main essentials.

Otherwise, if you know in advance that you’re staying in the hospital for a few days, you might want to consider taking your own pillow to be more comfortable. Maybe this is essential for you?

When to pack a Hospital Bag?

Using your hospital bag list for mum and baby, I would pack it at least two weeks before your baby is due.

What do you recommend for what to pack in a hospital bag for baby and mum?

I hope my tips for packing a hospital bag have helped you feel more prepared.

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  1. Lisa (mummascribbles)
    / 12:18 pm

    This sounds like a very sensible list! I remember looking like I was going on holiday for two weeks with my hospital bags although it did work well as I was in for a csection and stayed in for a few days! I definitely wore all the giant pants and nightwear that I’d packed and the other half had to replenish the babies clothes! There was lots I didn’t use though! This would be a very useful list for any mum to be! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    • / 3:15 pm

      Thanks lady! Ha ha yes, you would have definitely needed more with a longer stay! :)

  2. You Baby Me Mummy
    / 10:28 pm

    I think a flannel was the best thing I took to hospital. It was so nice on my forehead! Thanks so much for linking up to #TheList x

    • / 3:14 pm

      Oh good thinking – I’ve popped one in!! :)

  3. jenny
    / 10:06 am

    Oh I love a good hospital bag post always makes me broody. I know I am weird. So excited for you! Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

    • / 3:14 pm

      Ha ha it would put me off!! Thanks lovely :)

  4. Gemma Louise
    / 9:13 am

    great post, love reading what people pack!

    thanks for joining in on #mummymonday :) love, Gemma – host xo

  5. Mumma McD
    / 10:04 am

    Lip balm for sure!

    I also bought some dark coloured knickers 2 sizes too big so they could hold those damn maternity pads, and not be tight anywhere around my tummy.

    Other things I used – eye mask to shut out those bloody hospital lights, ear plugs to block out other peoples’ babies, and a few magazines to flick through in between feeding sessions.


    • / 3:13 pm

      Oh you forget how big those pads are ha ha! :)

  6. / 11:58 am

    Im going to be packing my hospital bag next week, last time I was in and out the same day so I wrote a list and then thought this time I might not be so lucky so best to be prepared for at least one night stay in. So exciting its getting so close now :)

    • / 3:12 pm

      I’d love to be in and out if I do end up in hospital – back in my own bed :) Good luck for your birth!

  7. Suzy Walker-Toye
    / 9:26 am

    I haven’t started packing mine yet, I was told jelly babies are a must thou! #madmidweekbloghop

    • / 3:09 pm

      Oh I like the sound of jelly babies! :)

  8. Catherine
    / 8:46 am

    I took my own toilet paper, much softer than the one at the hospital :)


    • / 3:08 pm

      Ooh I bet – I hadn’t thought of that!! :)

  9. Spidermummy
    / 1:57 pm

    Wow how exciting!!! Now this is a bit of a sad & sensible comment I’m afraid, but you really do need to use the maternity pads as we (Midwives) have to check your blood loss and you can’t tell on the ‘normal’ towels as they absorb more. They’re likely to send your other half out to get some to be honest. Sorry about that, just had to say!! Good luck with it all lovely, looking forward to hearing your news! x

    • / 3:08 pm

      I hadn’t even thought of that – thanks lady! I think I just used the hospital ones last time. Will add to the next Tesco order ha ha :)

  10. Sophie @ Mum, M & More
    / 1:33 pm

    Lovely post. You seem to have the essentials sorted. I would also say lip balm, as my lips were so dry after the gas and air! #twinklytuesday

    • / 3:07 pm

      Thanks Sophie! Yes to lip balm too – I’ve just added that! :)

  11. Louise
    / 8:49 am

    Great list and think you’ve pretty much remembered everything. I had net knickers in my hospital bag which were great for immediately afterwards as I could just bin them. Second time round my hospital bag was really an emergency bag as we’d planned a home birth so it was much more streamlined that with my first daughter’s birth when I had to prepare for an extended stay in hospital.

    • / 3:06 pm

      Thanks Louise! Mine is the same, it’s like a ‘just in case’ bag as we’re hoping for a home birth too – although will be handy to have the things I need in one place so Mr M can grab it all for me :)

  12. Really good list, it is interesting what you pack, and what you leave out, second time round isn’t it? Having had C Sections both times and knowing I would be staying in affected my bag too. Thanks for linking with #MaternityMondays

    • / 3:05 pm

      Thanks Caroline! It’s such a difference from the first time :)

  13. / 10:57 am

    I’ve packed loads again in my hospital bags!! Although I think it is less than last time round :-)

    Helen – #maternitymondays

    • / 3:03 pm

      Ha ha I love that you said BAGS and not bag! :)

  14. / 7:57 am

    I’ve started thinking about packing my hospital bag and like you for your first birth I checked out loads of lists on the Internet… Pretty overwhelming! Thank you for putting this essentials list together, it looks more realistic. I’ll be following your advice!

    • / 3:01 pm

      Thanks Marion, I’m glad it helped and good luck! :)

  15. Caro | The Twinkles Momma
    / 2:23 pm

    Gosh — I had SO much stuff with me — much more than you’ve listed! But I had an elective section and stayed in hospital for 4 nights after I had the twins so most of it was really useful!! One of the things I took with me was my own tea bags — as I was staying in hospital, it was lovely to have a proper cuppa whilst I was there! :) #MaternityMondays

    Caro |

    • / 3:04 pm

      Ah you need so much more for 4 days – that’s a mini break…without the ‘break’ bit! :)

  16. Lisa - Four Walls, Rainy Days
    / 10:09 am

    Snap, I’ve just done a similar post, but mine is more “Things I wish I had remembered for the ward” – I wasn’t the most organised first time round, if there is a second time I will vow to be! The Candy crush in labour is an important part of the process :P Good luck :)

    • / 3:03 pm

      Thanks Lisa and I’ll have to check out your post! :)

  17. Eimear
    / 8:55 am

    Good tips, I found bringing really light pj’s that have buttons on the front are handy for feeding and also because those hospitals are so warm! #mummymondays

    • / 3:02 pm

      Oh good thinking thanks!! :)

  18. Kaye
    / 8:11 am

    Yep, I packed alot of stuff I didn’t need! Next time I’d also pack a tiny baby outfit as none of the newborn clothes fit Archie as he was so dinky. Also, lucozade sport gave me a boost when I got really thirsty! #mummymonday

    • / 3:01 pm

      Ooh good tip for the Lucozade Sport – you do get thirsty and good for the energy definitely! :)

  19. carla
    / 1:23 pm

    I think keeping it light is one of the main ideas that sticks out. No point lugging around a huge bag full of stuff you don’t need. I’d maybe pack a lip balm; all that breathing can dry out your lips xxxxx

    • / 3:00 pm

      Definitely agree – keep it as light and simple as possible I say! I’ve added lip balm to my list now, thanks! :)

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