Items to pack in your hospital bag

Items to pack in your hospital bag

At Mater Mothers, we understand that preparing for the birth of your baby can make you feel excited, anxious, overjoyed—in fact a whole range of emotions. 
As the big day draws closer, we’re here to help you prepare. 
Being prepared and organised before the birth of your baby will help you and your partner feel more relaxed and comfortable in the days leading up to your baby’s birth.
One thing that new mums can be a little unsure about is understanding what to pack for their hospital stay. To help, we have created a super simple checklist for expecting parents.
Here’s a list of items to pack in your hospital bag: 

For mum

  • Comfortable PJs and loose nightie
  • Dressing gown
  • Cardigan
  • Comfortable, feeding friendly clothes (e.g. oversize tees, loose-fitting button up shirts and dresses)
  • Loose underwear
  • Maternity pads
  • Nursing bras
  • Nursing pads
  • Nipple cream
  • Socks
  • Slip-on shoes
  • Slippers
  • Phone and charger
  • Going home outfit

For support person

  • Insurance information
  • Medicare details for mum
  • Birth plan
  • Driver’s license
  • Obstetrician’s contact information
  • Cash and card
  • Phone numbers for families and friends
  • Text message list
  • Phone and charger
  • Installed baby capsule
  • Change of clothes and shoes
  • Button down shirt
  • Swimwear for water birth
  • Cardigan
  • Water bottle

For baby

  • Going home outfit
  • Socks
  • Singlets
  • Onesies
  • Nappies (approximately 8-10 per day)
  • Burping cloth
  • Swaddles
  • Pack of wipes
  • Nappy balm

Toiletries bag

  • Moisturiser
  • Dry shampoo
  • Mini shampoo and conditioner
  • Basic makeup
  • Lip balm
  • Face mist
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Hairbrush and hair ties
  • Deodorant
  • Cleanser
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

Optional extras

  • Laptop 
  • Milestone cards
  • Eye mask
  • Headphones
  • Lollies and snacks
  • Contact lenses or glasses
  • Book or magazine
Download a copy of the checklist here: 

Hospital bag checklist

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