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Hospital Bag Checklist for Birth

24 November, 2020

Hospital Bag Checklist for Birth


  • Maternity bras & feeding tops
  • Outfit for photos for you, partner and bubs. Some hospitals will have a photographer take photos to be purchased.
  • Baby clothes: singlets, onesies, beanie / hat and socks. As a general rule of thumb, babies will wear one layer extra than you. The average hospital stay is 3 days for public and 5 days for private.
  • Recovery, compression shorts once feels comfortable.
  • Loose fitting clothing for directly after delivery.
  • Clothes for partner.
  • Bathers for you and partner. You may want to get into the shower or have a water birth.
  • Old t-shirt for labour.
  • Dark comfortable undies. Preferably high undies in case you need a C-section.


  • Paperwork - Medicare card and admissions forms (if any)
  • Several copies of printed birth preferences
  • App to measure contractions - like BabyCentre from App Store or Google Play


  • Heat packs
  • Pillows
  • Items from home. This will help you feel comfortable in your space. Birth should be a relaxing experience. Do what you need to create that atmosphere.
  • Perineum ice packs. The hospital will most likely give you some but good to have some spares if needed. You can keep soak maternity pads and pop in the freezer ready for when you come home too.
  • Nipple cream
  • TENS machine to relieve labour sensations and muscle tension.
  • Rebozo or scarf for Spinning Babies exercises prescribed by your Chiropractor.
  • If giving birth in the hospital, they'll generally have fitballs, peanuts and other equipment for you to find comfortable positions.


  • Toiletries - including lip balm & I liked my own soap
  • Ear plugs & eye mask - in case you are sharing a room
  • Face washers
  • Toilet paper - softer than hospital
  • Maternity pads


  • Entertainment - books, magazines, cards
  • Phone & charger
  • Headphones


  • Snacks for mum & support person(s)
  • Water bottle
  • Bendy straws
  • Electrolytes - sachets mean that you can control how strong the sweetness is. You might not be able to tolerate something that's too sweet.

Setting the Environment

  • Music or hypnosis tracks
  • Bluetooth speakers
  • LED candles - like these ones from Kmart
  • Headphones

Baby Goodies

  • Nappy bag - nappies, wipes, bum cream, bags, wraps, hand sanitiser, clean outfit.
  • Swaddles - baby wraps or zip up (hands up or hands down depending on baby’s preferences)
  • Car seat
  • Pram / capsule with blankets - we didn’t use but handy to have in the car.
  • Cute toys, plaques or accessories for photos.

Downloadable version of checklist

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