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What you really need in your hospital bag

Tuesday, 22 May 2018  |  Admin

What to really pack for your trip to hospital?


Whether it’s a planned stay for the arrival of your little one or like me an unexpected one as hopes of a homebirth are dashed; there are things that you will need and want when you welcome your new bundle of joy to the world. After four children all in hospital; here’s my top items to pack for your stay. I had these ready from 34 weeks, or nearly ready; because my babies were early; many recommend from 36 weeks. So here goes:


  • Lip balm – lips will get dry during labour – after all it is called labour for a reason it is hard work
  • Nighties or pjs – depending on if you want to breastfeed or not will depend on if you want to wear a full on nursing nightdress or pjs or just your comfy ones, but there isn’t a lot of privacy on the wards if you stay in
  • Snacks and drinks – especially for your birthing partner – if they are there with you then they won’t have time to duck out for food and drinkies
  • Hairbrush and hair tie – you will probably want your hair out of your face and then to make yourself look as good as possible after you have been superwoman – after all growing and giving birth to a tiny human is a super power
  • Toiletries – for that lush post birth bath or shower plus a toothbrush and toothpaste – if you’re lucky you might be in for a quick labour but if not having the ability to freshen up might be a welcome distraction
  • Socks – my feet always get cold but I have just had a winter baby – the wards can be hot in summer so this might not be needed
  • Going home clothes for you – leggings and a comfy tee shirt might not be glam but are super comfy
  • Dressing gown or hoodie – for those walks to make tea and toast or if you need a change of scenery around the hospital
  • Boob pads – for those leaky moments
  • Bras for nursing if planning to nurse though I have since found crop tops and oh my amazing to feed in
  • Big big knickers- cheap big knickers are so much more comfortable than the disposable ones and you will need them
  • Maternity pads – enough said – it’s not pretty and tampons are a no go


Babies need things too


  • Bottles and formula – the ready made stuff if you aren’t planning to breastfeed as hospitals don’t generally provide this anymore, babies drink very little to start with so you may not need a lot
  • Sleepsuits – various sizes – the average baby size varies so much and even if you have had a scan that guesses the weight they have been known to be terribly inaccurate
  • Vests – as above
  • A blanket
  • A comforter
  • Hat – babies loose a lot of heat immediately and their head is the chosen source
  • Wipes – go for water wipes – I have tried many wipes but these were amazing for getting off the first tat like poop
  • Nappies
  • Car seat – you won’t be allowed home without them knowing you have a suitable car seat and I doubt you will want to walk home


There might be tonnes of other things people recommend but the essentials are here… what else have you found useful for the beginning of the journey into motherhood?



This bag is an amazing hospital bag for getting things organised for hospital