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Time For Hospital

Hospital Bag Checklist

For Mum

Documents and Paperwork

  • Your birth plan and maternity notes
  • Pen, paper/notebook


  • An old nightdress or a T-shirt to wear in labour
  • PJ's or nightgown ( one that opens in the front if you're planning on breastfeeding )
  • Robe or dressing gown; lightweight as hospitals are typically warm
  • Plenty of comfortable underwear
  • Warm socks
  • Slippers or flat slip-on shoes
  • Breastfeeding bras
  • Clothing for trip home: make sure they are roomy and comfortable
  • Casual clothes with front opening tops for breast feedings (don't expect to get into your pre-pregnancy clothes straight away, take loose fitting or materninty clothes)


  • Toiletry bag - hairbrush, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser, deoderant, toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Lip balm
  • Face cloth/ face spray
  • Massage oil or lotion if you would like to be massaged during your labour
  • A hair band if you have have long hair 
  • Eye glsses ( contact lenses may need to be removed prior to a C-section )
  • Contact lenses and accessories
  • Plenty of maternity sanitry pads
  • Absorbant breast pads


  • Medicare card and/or private health insurance company card
  • Camera and/or video camera - with batteries/charger
  • Snacks and drinks for you while you are in labour
  • Things to help you relax or pass the time, such as music, books, magazines 
  • List of important phone numbers - family, freinds, older children's carers/school
  • Change for parking, snacks and phone ( mobile phone use is not permitted in most hospitals )
  • Plastic bags for dirty clothes
  • Clock 

 For baby

  • Sleepsuits or growsuits ( at least 2 per day in hospital plus some extras )
  • Baby blanket.  Take a thick, warm one if the weather is cold.  Summer babies will also need a blanket
  • Bunny rugs
  • Nappies ( plan 10 per day for breast feeding babies ) 
  • Hat or cotton beanie
  • Muslin Wraps. Most hospitals and midwives will recommend that newborns are swaddled in breathable muslin wraps.
  • Singlets or bodysuits ( two per day in hospitals plus some extras )
  • Socks/booties ( one for each day in hospital plus some extras )

To keep newborns warm, ensure they are wearing hats, mittens and warm socks and booties. They can also be worn over growsuits for additional warmth.

  • 2 x going home outfits ( in case one is soiled )

   Ideally a growsuit, hat, jacket and booties

  • Wipes or cotton wool balls
  • Face washers
  • Baby towel
  • An infant car seat.  Some hospitals won't let you leave by car without one

For the birth partner

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Change of clothes
  • Watch with a second hand, to time contractions
  • Swimwear if you want to join the mum-to-be in a birth pool

DONT FORGET - Your baby MUST travel home from the hospital in a suitable infant car seat which for newborns is a rear-facing capsule.  Make sure that you have a capsule correctly installed onto your car in plenty of time.



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