Your Hospital Bag

The following are list of suggested items to bring with you for your stay in hospital. It is a good idea to have a bag ready with these things some time before your due date, in case you have to leave the house in a hurry.

. There is limited storage available within the hospital, so if possible, try to  keep personal items to a minimum. Leave bigger bag in the car until after baby has delivered.


 Labour ward bag

  • Comfie nightie for labour
  • Light dressing gown
  • Flip flops (for shower)
  • Comfortable slippers
  • Toiletries, face cloth, shower cap
  • Towel
  • Gym ball (leave in car until needed)
  • Massage oils e.g. lavender/electric essential oil diffuser (if desired)
  • Preferred music/ipod/docking station
  •  Spare underwear (2 or 3 pairs)
  • Snacks for you and partner
  • Spare batteries (if using Tens machine)
  • Change for parking or register through phone on
  •  Ziplock bag with 2 nappies, babygro and vest inside.


Your bag for the postnatal ward

  • Night wear
  • Supportive breast feeding bra
  • Breast pads
  • Maternity pads-at least 2 packs (not plastic backed). Have more at home which can be brought in.
  • Comfortable, high waisted, large fitting knickers (disposable knickers can be very tight and tear easily)- approx 10 pairs
  • 2 towels-preferably not new and dark coloured.
  • Phone  charger


  • A packet of disposable nappies
  • Cotton wool/baby wipes (suitable for new born)
  • 5 vests
  • 5 baby gros
  • Cardigan
  • 2 towels

The following should be brought in on your day of discharge for baby going home:

  • Approved car seat
  • Cardigan
  • Warm outfit (depending on weather)
  • Hat
  • Blanket