What to Pack in a Hospital Bag for Having Baby


October 20, 2011

Like this? Share it with your network!

Like this? Share it with your network!

Having a baby? Elizabeth from Babydays Antenatal Classes has put together a list of things for the arrival of baby and tips on what to pack in a hospital bag for having baby:

Don’t miss the chance to have your say! We’re looking for parents to get involved and give their feedback on all aspects of family life. Find out more here.

If it’s your first baby it can be quite daunting preparing for the arrival of your baby, so one thing you can do is have your hospital bag ready so it’s one less thing to worry about.

Packing Your Hospital Bag

Ideally this should be packed and ready by 37 weeks. Leave it somewhere you can easily access it and avoid suitcases as they take up too much room when you’re in the hospital.

Essential Items For Mum

  • miracle_bag4 Nightdresses / Pyjamas
  • 1 Dressing gown (Cotton)
  • 1 pair of Slippers / Flipflops
  • 3 Bath Towels + 1 Facecloth
  • Toiletries
  • 3-4 Packets of maternity sanitary towels (Bigger & Good Soakage for first few days)
  • 6 pairs of regular pants or 2 packets of disposable pants
  • Camera
  • Breastpads (regardless of whether you plan to breastfeed or not)
  • 2 good support or nursing bras
  • Pen and Paper
  • Ipod/mp3 player
  • A copy of your birth plan if you have one
  • Birthing Ball (Yoga/exercise Ball) if you go into hospital in early labour
  • Tens Machine
  • Mobile Phone Charger
  • Some empty plastic bags for sending home dirty clothes/presents
  • Comfy clothes to wear for going home
  • Don’t forget any medication you are on

Consider Taking Another Bag

›Consider a separate bag for the delivery room and use for essential items for the delivery and for baby. With a second one for items you’ll need after the birth.

This is much easier and you can have someone get your other bag from the car after baby has arrived.


Bring a note of your PPS/NI/SSN Number with you to hospital, you will need it for registering your baby’s birth before you leave the hospital.

Essential Items For Baby

  • diapers1 Baby towel
  • 6 Babygros & Vests
  • Bibs
  • 4 cotton sheets
  • 4 small blankets
  • Nappies/diapers
  • Roll of Cotton wool / baby water wipes
  • Barrier Cream
  • 1 Babyhat
  • 3 muslin cloths / terry cloth nappies
  • Car seat and Baby clothes for going home

Best of luck!

Do you have any tips for first-time Mums for what to pack in a hospital bag? Share them with us in the comments below.

Like this? Share it with your network!

Like this? Share it with your network!

Published On: October 20th, 2011 / Categories: For Parents / Last Updated: February 25th, 2023 / Tags: /

About the Author: Michelle

Avatar photo
Michelle is a Mum to 2 girls and co-founded Mykidstime.

You May Also Enjoy

You’ve Got Mail!

Get our best content direct to your inbox! You’ll receive quick and easy recipes, fun ideas to entertain the kids, parenting tips, competitions, as well as offers from brands we trust.