Your hospital bag checklist

A handy guide to all you’ll need to pack in your maternity hospital bag


You’ll be surprised at how many things you need to take with you to the hospital. Our handy checklist for your baby hospital bag will ensure you arrive prepared for every eventuality, with a few pampering extras too…

Getting your hospital bag ready

Think ahead – some babies arrive early, so it’s wise to get your bag packed in plenty of time, adding snacks and perishable items just before you leave.

Include everything you'll need for your baby, plus a few little luxuries for yourself. And don’t forget the car seat! You won’t be allowed to leave the hospital without it.

What you'll need to pack for you

• Medical notes and birth plan (if you have one)

• Toothpaste and toothbrush

• Maternity pads

• Disposable maternity briefs

• Mini deodorant

• Shampoo

• Shower gel

• Breast pads

• Lip balm or salve

• Something to read

• Hairbrush

• Face flannel

• Change bag

• Nightie or T-shirt for labor

• Hair clips or scrunchies

Non-essentials… but nice to have

• Your own pillow

• Face spray or room mist 

• iPod with relaxing music

• Headphones

• Lip balm

• Makeup and cosmetics

• Eye mask

• Ear plugs

• Favorite teabags

• Energy snacks and treats

What you'll need to pack for baby


• 3 baby vests (newborn/0-3 months), preferably cotton

• 3 sleepsuits (newborn/0-3 months)

• Soft baby hat, newborn size

• Pair of baby socks (newborn)

• Pair of scratch mitts

• Baby blanket

• Bibs

• Baby towel

• Coming home outfit (warm clothes if cold)

Changing essentials

• Cotton wool balls or pads

• Newborn-size nappies

• Nappy sacks

Feeding kit

• Muslin squares

• Breast pads

• Breastfeeding pillow

• Nipple cream

• Maternity bra

Hospital bag must-haves for your partner

• Lightweight, comfortable clothes

• Change for car park and snacks/drinks

• Energy snacks

• Bottled water

• Wash bag

• Camera and phone charger

• List of people to contact with your baby news

• Car seat