What to pack in your Hospital Bag

07 Apr 2015

Those final weeks before baby arrives are filled with so much excitement!  And perhaps a few nerves.

To help you to be as prepared as you can be, we’ve asked Midwife Zoe from BornOnline to share her many years of experience to help you to pack exactly what you need in your Hospital Bag.

Hospital Bag

What to Pack in your Hospital Bag, by Midwife Zoe:

Now’s the time to gather together all the essentials you’ll need during labour and birth and for after your baby is born. Even if you’re not planning a hospital birth, you may need to go in unexpectedly, so try to have a bag packed by the time you are about 36 weeks pregnant.

A lot of women wonder what they need to pack in their hospital bag. Do you need to pack nappies? What clothes will the baby need? What do you need when you’re in labour?

Firstly, check with your hospital. Some may provide things like nappies and wipes, but many don’t. They may have a birth ball in all of the birth suites – but if they don’t you might want to bring your own. You may want to bring your own pillow for comfort.

If you are a little unsure, I have put together a basic list for what to pack in your hospital bag.

For the labour and birth:

 For the baby:

For your stay in the hospital after the baby is born:


Make sure you have had the car seat installed before you are picked up from the hospital. Ensure an authorised instillation centre installs it. This is usually the transport authority for your state or the baby shop that sold you the seat. There is no harm having it in the car prior to 36 weeks so you’re prepared.

Pack your hospital bag before 36 weeks and leave it either in the car ready or by the door. Somewhere easy for your partner to grab it on the way out of the house. Remember, sometimes they get very flustered so make it obvious.

Happy packing!

Written by Midwife Zoe

Midwife Zoe is the Co-Owner of BornOnline. BornOnline is a website that provides Online Antenatal Classes and gives you Midwife support no matter where you are at the click-of-a-button. Check out the classes and all the awesome blogs here.

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