Pregnancy Hospital Bag: Packing ideas

As I approach 33weeks and we already know our little bundle and angel twin are coming early, I thought it best I got a start on my hospital bag. Luckily I’ve some lovely girlfriends who shared their packing lists with me so I had a good head start on the ‘essentials’. However, being a total over-thinker I wanted to make sure I hadn’t missed anything so I ask my fabulous Instagram followers for their suggestions.

I got so many great tips and ideas – some I will definitely be using and some that maybe don’t make sense for me but could really help someone else. So I decided I’d pop them all down here and anyone in need of some inspiration (or just wanting to triple check their own lists) could have a nosey.

A great tip a friend of mine and several of you shared with me was to pop the basics for a couple of baby changes into individual clear (sandwich) bags. So a vest, a baby grow, a nappy and some cotton wool. Then label these by size or in order that you want them used – for example ‘First Change – Newborn’.

As for the actual hospital bag – I will most likely pack a mini travel case for me and then a hold-all/separate bag for baby and snacks.

Hope this helps!



For Mum:

  • Toiletries (miniatures ideal )
  • Sample sizes of your favourite skin/makeup products (for a treat afterwards).
  • Perfume
  • Dry shampoo
  • Disposable pants
  • Maternity Pads
  • Tena Lady ‘Big Pants’ (apparently a godsend) especially first few days)
  • Breast Pads
  • Nipple cream (can also double as lipbalm)
  • Lip balm (gas and air + hospital heat can leave lips very dry)
  • Witch Hazel (for maternity pad after delivery)
  • Dark nightie or long vest for labour (one you’re happy to bin afterwards)
  • Fresh PJs or Nightshirt (Make sure you size up and they’re loose to enable skin to skin)
  • Light Dressing Gown
  • Slippers
  • Flip flops for shower
  • Bra (Nursing bra)
  • Dark BIG high-waisted knickers
  • Dark Towels
  • Facecloth
  • Your own pillow
  • Spare pillowcase for over hospital cot mattress
  • Hand-held fan
  • Hair brush and soft hear bobbles/scrunchies
  • Spritz for Bits (Post-partum spray)
  • Loose and comfortable going home outfit
  • Handcream
  • Going home shoes (be mindful of swollen feet)
  • Wipes (not for baby but for mummy sweating/freshen up)
  • Ear plugs
  • Earphones for phone (especially if you’re an insta/snapchat obsessive)
  • iPad loaded with netflix (especially if you’re being induced)
  • Extra long phone charger (plugs can be a distance away)
  • Essential oils for relaxation
  • Soothing music for relaxation/hypno-birthing
  • Notebook and pen (to write lists for birth partner or note baby feed times/amount)
  • Any special prayers/momentos you’d like with you
  • Money/loose change (for vending machines at night/car park)
  • a4 envelope or folder to keep together all the handouts you get
  • Plastic bag for dirty clothes
  • Cooling mist for face
  • Nursing vests (great for under pjs)
  • Camera
  • Book (if being induced)

For Baby

  • Baby Blanket
  • Baby Grows (consider a couple of sizes)
  • Bodysuits/Vests
  • Nappies
  • Water wipes (normal baby wipes are generally not allowed in most hospitals for baby)
  • Cotton pads/cotton wool
  • Special 1st outfit
  • Baby hat
  • Scratch mittens
  • Socks
  • Muslin Cloths
  • Bibs (useful if baby has tongue-tie)
  • Vaseline (to use pre that 1st sticky poo)
  • Baby coat/cardigan for home
  • Car seat to take them home


For Daddy/Birth Partner/Snacking

  • Lucozade sport (or other isotonic drink)
  • Energy bars
  • Energy gel
  • Straws for drinking
  • Water bottle
  • Chocolate/sweets
  • Sandwiches
  • Charged Phone
  • iPad
  • Make sure they’re clear on your birth plan and post birth wishes
  • Small toiletries set for partner to freshen up
  • Numbers of everyone you wish contacted after birth

For all you expectant mummies – every ounce of luck and love with your special deliveries.

Danielle xx

3 thoughts on “Pregnancy Hospital Bag: Packing ideas

  1. I am not pregnant, or even thinking about having kids, but for some reason I love reading hospital packing lists!


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