My Hospital Bag Checklist

During the last few weeks of your pregnancy, it’s a very good idea to start getting your hospital bag ready. Mine was ready by 37 weeks because I’m just like that. 😊 Anything can happen, and I did not want to be caught by surprise – I kept it in my boot, just in case.

Whether you like to plan ahead like me or have a more devil-may-care attitude towards life, it’s worth at least thinking about what you and baby will need during your stay in hospital.

I went in for a planned C-section and will share what I packed. I’m sure it will mostly be the same whether you have a C-section or natural birth.

Hospital bag for mom:

  • Sleepwear and comfy clothes with easy access to the boob if you plan on breastfeeding.
  • Nursing bra’s if you plan on breastfeeding.
  • Comfy underwear.
  • Linen savers.
  • Maternity pads (yes, you really will need them!).
  • Breast pads – I ended up not using mine as there was no leaking, but it’s better to have them just in case.
  • Pregnancy vitamins.
  • Carriwell post birth support panties – although not strictly necessary the pressure helped with the pain and supported my stitches quite well.
  • Milestone cards for that mandatory “leaving the hospital” pic – I found fantastic ones here.
  • Outfit to go home in.
Hospital bag, nipple cream,post birth panties, breastfeeding bra, vitamines

These are the items I packed in my hospital bag.


  • A good quality nipple cream. I used the Lansinoh one.
  • Dry shampoo.
  • Hand sanitizer, although the hospital should have as well. My husband is a bit of a germophobe, so each guest was welcomed with a handful of sanitizer.
  • Fragrance free body wash, moisturiser and deodorant. Babies just want to smell their mommy!
  • Make-up remover wipes, because bending over to wash your face is much more trouble than it’s worth.
  • I filled travel size bottles with shampoo and conditioner.
  • I personally packed make-up, but kept it fairly low key with a BB Cream, eyeliner, mascara and a tinted lip balm. No need to look the way you are feeling! 😊
Nipple cream, dry shampoo, fragrance free body wash and moisturiser, Eucerin

These are the toiletries I packed in my hospital bag.

Hospital bag for baby

  • Enough nappies and wet wipes for the duration of your stay. We were there for three nights and took a pack of 22 nappies.
  • At least two outfits for each day you’ll be there and vests. The maternity ward is kept fairly warm, but long sleeved vests and clothes are best for new-borns. Nothing that goes over the head would be my advice – buttons all the way!
  • Baby bath products – we used this range from Oh Lief and loved it.
  • Cotton wool and surgical spirits for umbilical cord care.
  • Baby blankets.
  • Beanies – light cotton ones are fine for summer.
  • Swaddle blanket – we used this one from Baby Sense.
  • Going home outfit and back up going home outfit (trust me!).
Blankets, onesies, baby, babygrow, delivery, newborn, hospital bag

Hospital bag items for baby.

These are things I took with but that were a total waste of space:

  • Telament drops.

This was on the list the hospital gave me and the nurses were quite insistent, but I personally do not like this product.

  • Books and magazines.

Silly me. There REALLY is no time for this.

  • Belly Binder.

Bulky, looks weird under clothes and doesn’t do much. In my opinion not worth it, the post birth panties are a better bet.

I hope my insights on what to pack and not pack in your hospital birth bag helps. Especially for those first-time mommies. If you have any other items you think was worth packing please leave it in the comments.

Rozelle xx

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