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What to pack in your hospital bag​

Packing your hospital bag is an exciting process in those last few weeks of pregnancy because it means that you’ll soon be meeting your little one as your due date gets close.

Having a hospital bag ready means that it’s one less thing to worry about and that you’ll have everything you need for when that special day comes. When you’re in labor, the last thing you might feel like doing is packing a bag plus it’s better to arrange your bag when you have the time so that you’re well organized.​

However, it can also be a little overwhelming knowing what to pack for you and your baby, especially if this is your first child.​

We have a checklist of hospital bag essentials that will cover you for labor and recovery. It’s a good starting point, but you don’t have to include every item, and you’re obviously allowed to add other things that you think you might need. ​

Don’t worry if you forget to bring anything – your partner will likely be able to bring whatever you need, and the hospital can help too. Check with your hospital to see what they supply – some might offer receiving blankets, diapers and clothing.

Here is your checklist:​

For you:

For baby:

Do you have any questions about what to pack?​

Further Reading

It’s natural to feel nervous about giving birth, especially if it’s your first time. The truth is, it is going to hurt but it’s important to keep in mind that your body is brilliantly designed for childbirth. For instance, your body will release chemicals called endorphins to help see you through it. This should help you to overcome some of your nerves but if you still need to talk things over or if you have any questions, speak to your doctor or contact our team.

Giving birth to your first baby is a once in a lifetime experience, so you’ll want to ensure you’ve considered everything. From birthing positions and pain relief, to playing music during labour, writing down your preferences in a birth plan will keep your partner and midwife informed of your wishes.


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