Hospital Bag Checklist

My Hospital Bag Checklist

We can now officially say that baby Theo is due NEXT MONTH!

I’m so excited about that but it’s also left me feeling a little bit unprepared!

To help me stop panicking I finally got round to packing my hospital bag. Of course as I spoke about in my birthing plan here I am hoping to have a natural home birth.

However you never know what will happen when it comes to labour (and I’ve now been put on bed rest because of a fractured pelvis!) and so have packed the bag incase we need to transfer to hospital for my labour.

Even if we do get the home birth I’d like – having all of the essentials for labour in one place is a good idea!

My Hospital Bag Checklist

I learnt from my first time round when expecting Lily, just how easy it is to overpack your hospital bag!

I ended up with four different bags of ‘stuff’ that I thought would be essential for labour and very little of it actually got used!

When it came to packing my hospital bag this time round I have stuck to the bare essentials.

My Hospital Bag ChecklistIn the hospital bag for me:

Notes –

The most important thing to pack in your hospital bag are your pregnancy notes.

So often different hospitals and clinics have disparate systems across their services and so your medical notes and birth plan may not be easily accessible.

Carrying your notes makes it a lot quicker for midwives and drs to look you up on the system using your NHS number and they can easily see key information about your pregnancy.

Nightie and pyjamas –

I’ve packed a nightie for giving birth in (you can use an old one or a cheapy one as it’s likely to be chucked away afterwards). Scott picked me out this one from Tesco – the buttons give easy access as required too.

Nice new pyjamas for after you’ve given birth are a definite bonus. It’s nice to get into fresh, clean pyjamas after you’ve gone through labour.

Hair bands and brush –

I got quite hot and flustered when in labour with Lily and wanted my hair off of my face. That’s why I’ve packed hairbands, an alice band and a hairbrush.

Of course they will come in handy for afterwards too – especially if you want to look a bit ‘presentable’ for any visitors.

Dark towel and flannel –

Post-partum bleeding can leave you feeling a bit grotty after labour. I like to have a dark coloured towel and flannel so I can shower and dry myself off before putting on my new pyjamas.

The dark colour hides any bloody marks on the towels and you can always get rid of them afterwards if you feel a bit icky.

Black Knickers and maternity towels –

As with the dark towel! Most women have quite heavy bleeding after giving birth and so cheap black knickers will come in handy. I sized up so that they would be super comfortable.

I used some cheap and bulky maternity towels after having Lily although I’ve since been recommended tena lady pads as they are more comfortable. I’ve put both in my bag.

Flip flops and bed socks –

Hospitals can be pretty grim and I hate using public showers without wearing flip flops. Bonus is they can be worn whilst shuffling about the ward during and after labour too.

As well as flip flops a pair of fluffy and warm bed socks could come in handy. Personally I find hospitals really hot but in the night time they can get chilly so bed socks are a winner.

Hospital Bag Essentials & Check List

Maternity Bras and breast pads –

Leaky and sore boobs are par for the course after giving birth. Maternity bras are more comfortable than underwired ones and breast pads will soak up any excess milk.

Phone and charger –

I don’t go anywhere without my phone (it’s a bit of a running joke in our house!) and so would want mine with me in hospital.

It’s useful for giving loved ones updates, keeping entertained, taking photos of your new arrival etc.

I’ve downloaded a mindful meditation app and the kindle app too – I think both will come in handy.

Of course for any tech you need the charger or a battery pack.

Camera –

If you are anything like me you will want to capture your little one from the moment they arrive. I have this one and I love it because it does video too.

Cash and change –

Hospitals are notoriously expensive and don’t often have basic facilities such as ATMs. Cash will come in handy for food/snacks if you are kept in for a while and don’t want the hospital food.

Change is always useful for the vending machines or car park if you drive in.

Going home outfit –

I would recommend something comfortable such as leggings and a loose, long top or a maxi dress and cardigan plus simple shoes to slip on.

I’m not expecting to look like the Duchess of Cambridge post-birth (although that would be nice!) but something comfortable that helps me feel a little ‘put together’ would be nice.

Snacks –

Your labour might be long and you may get hungry as you’ll be using up a lot of energy.

I’ve stuck some cereal bars, pasta shots and cuppa soups in my bag. Oh and tea bags because I’m fussy about my tea 😉

Carrier bag for dirty washing –

I popped an old carrier bag in my bag to put my towel/nightie/pyjamas etc in so that they can go straight into the washing when we get home.

Hospital bag essentials - toiletries

Toiletries in my hospital bag:

I’ve kept it simple when it comes to toiletries. Using mini travel bottles I have decanted my everyday products into travel sized amounts.

FYI: Face wipes are handy for helping you to freshen up if you can’t shower. I also added a mini sized dry shampoo too!

I’m not one for makeup but I have added lipbalm and my eyebrow palette (I hate my brows!)

Things in my hospital bag for baby:

Contrary to popular belief babies really don’t need very much stuff.

I’ve popped a couple of babygros (vest) and sleepsuits in labelled Ziploc bags – both newborn size.

Ziploc bags keep the baby’s things organised and in sets – so it’s much easier to pull them out.

At home I’ve done the same thing with a first / small baby size (smaller) and a 0-3 month size (bigger) so that if baby comes out small or very big it will be easy for Scott to find and bring in the right size.

Hospital bag essentials for baby

Our local hospital doesn’t provide nappies or wipes so I’ve made sure to pack one pack of each and some cotton wool and water wipes for washing.

Muslin squares are handy for wiping up spills, cleaning baby (they are super soft) or even as a lightweight blanket or swaddle so I’ve packed two.

I never really used hats for Lily but I know some midwives like to have them on babies so I’ve packed one plain white one and a cardigan incase the ward gets chilly.

Other than that I’ve just packed him a going home outfit and a blanket for those first cuddles!

And that’s it! All packed!

Let me know if there’s anything you would recommend adding.



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  • Reply Hannah @ May 7, 2018 at 11:24 am

    This is actually really useful for me because we are expecting our second in August! I’ve basically forgotten everything I packed the first time lol so this was a good reminder of the sorts of things I’ll need. All the best to you as your prepare for bub’s arrival! 🙂

    • Reply bettertogetherhome May 7, 2018 at 12:08 pm

      Thanks Hannah! How exciting 🙂 Good luck for August xx

  • Reply Ondo Lady May 7, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    It looks like you are more than ready for your baby to arrive. Congratulations!

  • Reply Sarah - About Getting Out May 7, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    You are far more prepared than I ever was. Wishing you all the best for the birth, Theo is a gorgeous name – I bet you just cant wait to see him now 🙂

  • Reply Michelle Kellogg May 8, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    That’s a really good checklist. I remember for my first child I only packed what was necessary for the baby but nothing for myself. My then husband had to go back home to bring me things like my hair brush and toothpaste because I didn’t even think about them. I remember all of it though come the second child. It’s always good to be prepared with the bag for both mama and baby 🙂

  • Reply Amy - All about a Mummy May 8, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Great list here. I found a sports bottle really helpful for water so I didn’t have to keep reaching for the silly cup they give you!

  • Reply Tooting Mama May 8, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    You are so very organised! I am sure this is going to be a great help for other mums too. A brilliant checklist.

  • Reply Laura Haley May 8, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    Definitely sensible to have the hospital bag packed even though you’re planning a home birth. At least if you need to move quickly you don’t forget anything important.

  • Reply Anosa May 9, 2018 at 4:46 am

    I always find it fascinating to read what mum’s to be pack for their new borns. I wouldn’t even know where to begin so this post is definitely useful for the future

  • Reply Kirsty May 9, 2018 at 9:17 am

    This is a very comprehensive check list and it looks like you have everything covered. I love how organised it all seems to be. I got mine ready quite early second time as it was one less thing to worry about. Good luck x

  • Reply Jenny May 9, 2018 at 11:54 am

    I wish I had been this prepared for the birth of mine! I opted for disposable pants to use (only because I got them as samples!) but they made life so much easier during such a hectic moment in time.

  • Reply Stephanie May 9, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    This is such a useful post for people packing, I would have loved something like this when I was packing for mine.

  • Reply Elena May 10, 2018 at 5:34 am

    My baby boy is due in August! He is my first baby and guess what?! His name is Theodor!

    • Reply bettertogetherhome May 10, 2018 at 7:51 am

      Amazing choice of name! Congratulations 🙂

  • Reply Laura - Dear bear and Beany May 10, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    There is always so much to pack! I definitely packed lighter second time around.

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