Hospital Bag Checklist

by Natalie Brown

Your little one is nearly here and you’re getting set for the big day! You’ve got the pushchair and changing station, the nursery is looking like a Pinterest dream and you’re counting down the days until your family welcomes a new little member. 

So now you need to tackle the job of packing your hospital bag and the list just keeps growing, everyone takes 20 pairs of knickers, right?

Packing your hospital bag doesn't have to be overwhelming! If you'd like guidance on essential items to remember or want to download a free hospital bag checklist, we're here for you...

things to pack in your hospital bag for birth

For You

Changing bags + clothes

Changing Bags are perfect as they have loads of different compartments and so much space. Plus, they come with a free aden + anais swaddle (RRP £15) with every full sized changing bag because everyone deserves a little treat!

The Tiba + Marl Raf Weekender is one of our favourite changing bag picks to take to hospital; it’s lightweight and spacious which is perfect for a hospital bag but also as a changing bag once baby arrives.

The inside comes complete with 5 internal pockets, a matching clutch bag and cross body bag an insulated bottle holder and a luxury portable changing mat which are so essential. It’s also water resistant and wipe clean so you’ll be able to keep it in great condition!

tiba & marl weekender bag

We also recommend packing your most comfortable clothing such as big t-shirt or loose nightdress to wear before, during and after your hospital visit. You want to be comfortable for your journey home so pick soft clothes with a lot of stretch and remember it will take a while for your tummy to go down, so it's a good idea to bring your maternity clothing for your journey home.

C-Section + Postnatal accessories

For those going in for a planned C-Section or possibly in the event of an unplanned surgery, it's a good idea be prepared and pack C-section friendly items. C-section bands or underwear help give you support and help aid recover.

The Cariwell Hospital Panties are a great option for C Section and natural deliveries too. If you have a C Section, the high waist can help protect the incision area and eliminate bacteria. Designed to hold post-birth pads securely in place, the light fabric is situated to allow a cesarean scar to breathe and heal so you always feel comfortable.

cariwell hospital pants

It's worth looking into postnatal support clothing such as support leggings or vests which help offer support and compression in key areas. Underwear such as the wireless Belly Bandit bra is a lightweight yet supportive option,  whether you’re nursing or just need general comfort, this simple slide-over design is perfect for after labour. 

If you can, bring along a big pillow or pregnancy pillow for extra comfort, the babymoov Mum & B maternity cushion is a great option if you're after something a little more compact and portable to take with you.

Toiletries + mealtime accessories

You deserve a little TLC so, pack essentials like lotion, rescue balm and moisturisers to help you relax. You could opt for a balm that is suitable for baby and parent such as the Green People mum and baby rescue balm which is ideal for perineal massage, recommended before birth, as-well as using on babies and Mum for sore, dry skin.

Labour can be thirsty work so it’s important to stay hydrated. We highly recommend taking a bottle with a straw like One Green Bottle range so that if needs be, your partner can help you drink and you can be hands-free.

In preparation for feeding, you maybe already know if you are planning to breastfeed or bottle feed. Some parents struggle to get the hang of breastfeeding straight away (which is completely normal!). 

If you're wanting to give it a try, bring along a breastpump so you can still store your breast milk, and feed through a bottle - FYI you'll need to pack a bottle too.

elvie stride breast pump

For Baby

Sleepwear + blankets

We advise four or five sleepsuits, newborns will get through a stack of clean suits faster than you might expect! Our favourite is the MORI Sleepsuit for signature soft bamboo fabric plus, they have a two way zip for quick and simple changes!

As baby’s nails can be quite long when they’re born, these suits also integrate fold over scratch mitts as separate mitts can be pesky little things, often falling off little fingers - another reason they’re top of our list!

MORI hats should also be a key item in your bag, when baby’s are first born they lose most their heat from the top of their heads so a soft, breathable hat is perfect. We advise to pack a couple and again recommend MORI for their bamboo fabric which will be gentle on baby’s delicate head.

MORI newborn clothing

Swaddling is a great way to keep baby snug and secure after birth as it replicates the feeling of the womb. Merino Kids swaddle is a great option as it is silky soft for delicate skin and regulates baby’s temperature for the safest sleep. Otherwise, a blanket is always good to have on hand.

You can use it during skin-to-skin, to keep baby warm in the hospital and on the way home. Merino Kids blanket is made from 100% natural Merino wool and is perfect for keeping baby warm when it’s cold and cool when it's hot. 

Lastly everyone has heard of that famous going home outfit! We think this special Organic Zoo Suit with Feet Organic Zoo Bonnet is perfect for baby’s first photo and ride home. The unisex design is great if you don’t know already know the sex of your baby and it’s made from the softest organic cotton. Plus it comes with feet so they’ll be no need for booties! 

organic zoo baby sleepsuit

Baby changing + accessories

Your newborn will go through a lot of nappies, as many as 12 a day in fact! We recommend reusable nappies such as the TotsBots nappies as they are beneficial to the environment, your bank balance and they are much kinder to baby’s skin.

Newborn’s skin is particularly sensitive so midwives will advise you to use only warm water and soft materials in the first few weeks and the Modern Cloth Nappy Co bamboo washable wipes are soft and gentle, and are big enough to cover over the palm of your hand making cleaning up your little one super easy with just one wipe.

Muslins are the most multi-functional item you could pack and we love the aden + anais muslin squares which are a popular choice for parents for being soft and breathable and for getting softer with every wash!

You can use these for lots of different situations, from feeding, dribbling, burping, cuddling to skin-to-skin contact. We’re also big fans of the wide range of prints that are all beautifully hand-drawn and special.

aden and anais swaddles

Don't forget... 

One thing is very important - a car seat! Hospitals will not let you leave without a safe car seat for your child to travel home in. Check out our car seat buying guide for help on picking the perfect one.

Checklist recap

  1. Changing Bags Comfortable clothing 
  2. Maternity clothing
  3. C-Section + postnatal support clothing 
  4. Toiletries + essentials 
  5. Breast + Bottle feeding 
  6. Sleepwear + blankets 
  7. Baby changing + accessories 
  8. Car seats

For a complete list of what to bring, make sure you download our free hospital bag checklist here!

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