The ultimate hospital bag checklist

The ultimate hospital bag checklist

One of the most exciting things about preparing for a new baby surely has to be packing the hospital bag, right? Not least because it signals that the end is near- not that we like to wish the time away, but finally getting ready to meet that little bundle of joy is a feeling unlike any other- but it also scratches another itch you may be experiencing… nesting! But where to start? What do you actually need to take? And which ‘essentials’ really can be left behind on the big day? Read on to discover our top tips for building a hospital bag checklist- and do let us know in the comments what we’ve missed! 


It’s never too early to start preparing


The unpredictability of most births means that the earlier you’re prepared and ready for anything, the better! It’s never too early to start putting things aside ready for the big day, so go for it!


Do your research


Do a google search, ask a friend or a relative, get to a Baby Show if you can… someone will always have an amazing tip for you that just might make all the difference when it comes to packing your bag. Parent-to-parent recommendations are often the best way to discover that must-have hospital bag essential!


Make two lists …


… one for you, one for baby. Keep adding to the list as you go along and when it comes to packing your bag, tick them off so you know you’ve got them all.


Keep it short and sweet


Although the prospect of the unknown can often result in the urge to pack everything but the kitchen sink, don’t be tempted to throw bits in ‘just incase’. Lots of new mums are actually in and out of hospital quite quickly, so unless you know you’re in for a longer stay, pack light. If you do end up staying longer, you can always send someone out to get the things that you need.


So, what to pack?


You’ll get different suggestions depending on who you speak to, but generally there are some core items that you really don’t want to forget when it comes to packing your hospital bag. Here’s our recommendations:


For Mum:

  • Birth plan and notes
  • Nightie/ shirt to give birth in
  • Snacks and water bottles
  • Flip flops/ slippers
  • Phone charger
  • Hand band/ clips
  • Pillow
  • Maternity pads and knickers
  • Toiletries
  • Clothes to change into after the birth


For baby:

  • Nappies
  • Sleepsuit/ vests
  • Scratch mitts
  • Hat
  • Blanket
  • Muslin cloths
  • Reusable wipes
  • Bottles and accessories, if needed
  • Dummy, if needed



What are your top must-have hospital bag essentials?

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