Hospital bag checklist for mum and baby (2024)

If you’re nearing your due date, you might be wondering what to pack in your hospital bag. It is always best to plan ahead and pack some essentials – both for you and baby – at least two weeks before you’re due to give birth.

You can use any type of bag or suitcase. Some people prefer to pack two separate bags: one bag for mum, and one bag for baby. There are essentials for both, like a change of clothes for you and a full outfit for the newborn, but it’s also worth thinking about what possessions would make you feel at ease and comfortable during birth and labour.

Hospital bag checklist: for mum

Your midwife will likely have some suggestions on what to pack. To help you get started, we have complied a hospital bag checklist for you:

1. Something comfortable to wear

    Pack something loose and comfy to wear, such as a nightie or a baggy tee-shirt to wear during labour. Ideally, you want something that won’t be restrictive or make you too hot.

    2. Dressing gown

    A dressing gown will come in handy if you end up moving around the hospital during early labour. Hospitals can be warm, so ideally opt for something lighter (and dark-coloured, if you want to minimise stains).

    3. Slippers

    Slippers or flip flops are a good footwear option as they are comfortable and can be slipped on and off easily.

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    4. Socks

    Feet may get surprisingly cold during labour, so it is a good idea to pack socks.

    5. Healthy snacks

    Pack some snacks to eat at the hospital before, during and after labour. Most women are still able to eat during labour. While the hospital will have food, but it is a good idea to have snacks on-hand that you know you like. Opt for healthy, high energy foods that are quick to eat, such as fruit, unsalted nuts, crisps, popcorn or cereal bars.

    6. Breast pads

    Even if you don’t plan to breastfeed – bring these. Your breasts will still produce milk after the birth.

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    7. Lip balm

    Lips tend to get dry on the wards – especially if you are using gas or air – so pack vaseline, or your lip balm of choice.

    8. Massage oil

    Massage oil or lotion can be great during labour for helping with relaxation and pain relief.

    9. Pads

    It’s normal to bleed after giving birth so bring a couple of packs of super-absorbent sanitary or maternity pads.

    10. Toiletries

    Don’t forget to pack your everyday toiletries, such as shampoo, your toothbrush, deodorant.

    11. Something to relax

    Bring along something that can help you relax and pass the time. We suggest a good book, magazine or podcast.

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    12. Hairties

    To help keep the hair off your face during labour.

    13. Clean clothes

    Bring about three changes of clean clothes, including an outfit to wear home from the hospital.

    14. Eye masks and ear plugs

    Hospital wards can be noisy and brightly lit, so these essentials will help you nod off.

    15. Change bag

    A change bag is perfect for carrying all of your baby essentials.

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    A nightie

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    A nightie or comfortable t-shirt to give birth in.

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    Snacks

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    Go forsnacks that are high energy andeasy to eat.

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    Slippers

    Skechersamazon.co.uk

    You might be pacing the corridors.

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    Socks

    TeddyT'samazon.co.uk

    £6.80

    Feet get surprisingly cold during labour.

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    Lip Balm

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    Lips tend to get dry on the wards so pack Vaseline.

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    Massage oil

    Amazonamazon.co.uk

    This is for relaxation and/or pain relief.

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    Pads

    ABENAamazon.co.uk

    It's normal tobleed after giving birth so bring pads.

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    Breast Pads

    jojomamanbebe.co.uk

    £11.00

    Bring these – even if you don't plan to breastfeed.

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    Book

    Amazonamazon.co.uk

    Bring something to keep you busy anddistracted.

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    Clean clothes

    jojomamanbebe.co.uk

    Bring a change of outfit for the journey home.

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    Change bag

    BabaBingjojomamanbebe.co.uk

    This change bag is perfect for carrying baby essentials.

    Hospital bag checklist: for baby

    For the baby, you might want to pack:

    1. Nappies

    You will need to bring nappies – either disposable or reusable – for your baby, who will go through about 12 each day. You should also bring a nappy bag to carry clean nappies.

    2. Full outfit

    A full outfit for your baby wear on the way home from hospital, including a pair of booties, a hat, socks and mittens (if it’s cold).

    3. Shawl or blanket

    Bring a cosy blanket to wrap your baby up in if it is cold outside when you are leaving the hospital.

    4. Muslin squares

    Bring muslin squares for mopping up any milk your baby brings up.

    5. Baby car seat

    You will need a baby car seat for the car ride home.

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    Nappies

    HUGGIESamazon.com

    US$52.76

    Your newborn will go through about 12 nappies each day.

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    Muslin squares

    SwaddleDesignsamazon.com

    US$17.99

    US$15.99 (11% off)

    For mopping up any milk your baby brings up.

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    Full outfit

    jojomamanbebe.co.uk

    £25.00

    £22.50 (10% off)

    Don't forget a full outfit for your baby to wear home from hospital.

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    Booties

    jojomamanbebe.co.uk

    £16.00

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    Cosy blanket

    JoJo Maman Bébéjojomamanbebe.co.uk

    Bring a blanket to wrap your baby in if it is cold outside.

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    Changing mat

    mothercare.com

    You will need a changing mat for your baby.

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    Nappy bags

    amazon.co.uk

    For your baby's dirty nappies.

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    Baby car seat

    Britax Römeramazon.co.uk

    For the car ride home.

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