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What’s in my Hospital Bag?

What’s in my Hospital Bag?

Now that I’m 39 weeks pregnant and will be going into labour any day soon I thought it would be a good idea to pack my hospital bag (yep, it should have been packed many weeks ago) but I it was something that was half packed and needed a few final bits before I could say that the bag is now packed and ready to go. 

Personally, I think hospital bags should be packed according to your needs but some things should be common in each bag as they will definitely be needed. I love creating lists and then mini lists under those lists etc, so I thought it would be a good idea to create two lists – one for the baby and one for mama. Also, I’m not sure how common this is but my husband had a bag packed for himself too which was full of snacks!

Remember to pack your hospital notes and have your car seat installed in the car before leaving.

For baby

– 3/4 newborn vests and sleep suits 

– 2 newborn hats, booties and scratch mittens

– Newborn nappies and cotton wool – midwives recommend cleaning the babies bottom with cotton wool and warm water for the first few days instead of wipes

– Baby blanket

– Muslin cloths and bibs

For mama

– 2/3 loose shirts for labour/nursing

– 2/3 pairs of maternity leggings and pair of slippers

– 2/3 comfy supportive bras – nursing bras and breast pads if you’re planning on breastfeeding

– pack of sanitary pads

– Toiletries bag – for toothbrush, toothpaste, cleanser, hairbrush, hair ties, deodorant, moisturiser etc.

– Phone charger – for taking lovely photos of the baby

– Going home outfit – nothing special, just packed a t shirt and leggings

– and lots of high energy snacks!

Do let me know in the comments what you packed in your hospital bag or would recommend packing?



  1. June 3, 2020 / 5:47 pm

    I’d say this is a pretty good list. However, on baby number 2 I brought my own pillow because the days following delivery laying in that hospital bed are sooooo uncomfortable! Good luck with your labor! You’re going to do great!

    • mehrshares
      June 3, 2020 / 10:52 pm

      Oh ok – as a FTM I never thought a pillow would be needed and I might pack that in – thank you!!

  2. June 5, 2020 / 7:50 am

    My sister is pregnant but her baby is due on October or November yet. Thanks for all the ideas! I’ll be sure to pass it on to her. Good luck with delivery! This is exciting!

    • mehrshares
      June 10, 2020 / 10:48 pm

      Aww congratulations! Thank you sm!! X

  3. June 6, 2020 / 2:10 pm

    Good luck with your labor! Hopefully, your baby arrives healthy! Sounds like your husband is totally prepared as well haha.

    xoxo Simone | https://beautymone.com

    • mehrshares
      June 10, 2020 / 10:50 pm

      Aww thank you so much! Had my baby last week and the hospital bag came in handy!

  4. June 15, 2020 / 10:54 pm

    All the very best with the newborn.
    Seems like you’ll are very well prepared.
    Life becomes really beautiful when you hold the sweet little one on your arms.

    • mehrshares
      October 15, 2020 / 7:31 am

      Aww that’s so beautiful! Life has become more than words can express 🙂

    • mehrshares
      October 15, 2020 / 7:31 am

      Thank you!

  5. October 23, 2020 / 7:56 pm

    Having a bag packed with all the essentials is a great way to make the move to the hospital easier and have all the things you need on hand. Including snacks is a tip I will pass along to my aunt; I remember she wanted to take her hair curler with her!
    Thanks for sharing!

    • mehrshares
      October 23, 2020 / 9:08 pm

      Haha I was like that prior to giving birth but when you’re going into labour you don’t think of things like hair curlers for sure!

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