Packed for pregnancy: Our hospital bag checklist for new mums
Wondering what to take to the hospital? Here are our top tips for you and your new bub
By Practical Parenting
July 26 2019
You’ve read the baby books, installed the car seat and your nursery is ready. There’s just one more thing to do before you can truly prepare for the arrival of your bundle of joy: pack your hospital bag.
Comfort is key here. Pack dark, baggy clothes, big knickers and a maternity bra, while these might not be your usual go-to items, they’re great postpartum items as they hide any leakages and won’t press on any wounds. Take spares of everything, so you can change when necessary.
To make sure nothing is left behind, take a look at our head-to-toe checklist for mum.
- Sleep aids:
- Eye masks
- Lip balm
- Your usual moisturiser or face cream
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Hairbrush and hair ties
- Mini shampoo (or dry shampoo), conditioner, shower gel and deodorant
- Comfy PJs or nightdress
- Loose, comfy clothes (your belly could still be quite large after the birth)
- Several maternity bras
- Breast supplies to ease discomfort as you get used to breastfeeding:
- Breast pads
- Nipple cream
- Hydrogel breast discs
- Several pairs of big granny knickers as they avoid irritating any stitches
- Lots of maternity pads to fill the knickers with!
- Notebook and pen – your tired brain will thank you for writing important things down
- Phone charger – you want lots of baby photos, not a flat battery!
- Some snacks
- Laundry bag
- Heat and ice packs
- Recovery shorts and warm socks
During pregnancy, you may have been taking Life-Space Pregnancy Probiotic to support your immune system and digestive health and to help balance your vaginal flora. Its key strain, Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001, may help to reduce the risk of eczema in children with a family history of the condition when taken during pregnancy, breastfeeding and in the first two years of life. This strain also features in another item you might like to consider for your maternity bag, Life-Space Breastfeeding Probiotic.
Life-Space Breastfeeding Probiotic helps to support a healthy microbiome and general health and wellbeing. Like Pregnancy Probiotic, it contains Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001, plus it also contains iodine to support a baby’s healthy brain development during breastfeeding.
They’re cute, but one thing is for sure, babies are also very messy. Milk dribbles, leaky pees and poonamis are inevitable, so be sure to pack several sets of clothes. Some hospitals provide baby supplies. If yours doesn’t, you’ll also need newborn nappies, nappy bags and baby wipes.
Other items to pack include:
- Disposable or reusable change mats
- Hand sanitiser
- Face washers
- 4-6 singlets
- 4-6 onesies or growsuits – zips are easier than studs!
- A beanie
- 5+ swaddling wraps
Worried you have missed something?
Check with your local hospital or midwife, as they may also give you a list of items to bring. Still worried that you've missed something? Listen to the Breathe, breathe, breathe episode of Bec Judd’s Hello Bump! podcast for some great tips from mums and a midwife. And, if you forget something, your family can always bring it when they visit.
With your bags packed, you’re as ready as you’ll ever be for your baby’s arrival. Life’s about to change in the most wonderful way. Good luck, mama!
Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. Vitamin and mineral supplements should not replace a balanced diet.