Things to pack for baby hospital bag

pregnant hospital bag

Today I’m gonna show you everything that is in my baby hospital bag. Will tell all things to pack for baby hospital bag, the mandatory and optional things.

This is baby number four for me, I am a bit experienced in this space. So I feel like these are things you really need in your hospital bag. I haven’t overpacked. I feel like now I sort of know what you actually need and what you don’t need.

So I really hope you find these things to pack for your baby hospital bag useful and easy, I will try to add links to items as much as I can to help you find things easily.

I’m going to give you a list of everything that I have packed in the bag so you can reference that if you don’t have time to read it all.

Packing the bag is to get myself organized, have everything in one place to be easy for me and my partner, and make sure not to forget anything. 

We don’t need a fancy hospital bag at all.

I am going to list here some good bags for the hospital that I see them very useful for us in this day…

What is the Essentials You need? 

I actually think of a normal small bag that this is quite a practical way to do it, rather than the fancy hospital bags that you can get.

The first things you need to pack for baby hospital bag, is you Need to make sure fo legal documents. 

  • My hospital notes: and these are the notes that I’ve already been given for the baby, So this is all the information and record that I’m gonna need when he’s born.
  • Little pocket change
  • Legal Documents need for the hospital
  • Phone & Phone Charger

What do You Need for Your New Baby? 

  • Daipeters
  • Water Wipes
  • Barrier Cream 
  • Vests
  • Sleep Suits
  • Hats
  • Blanket
  • Muslins
  • Car Seat
  • Formula And Bottle

So I’m gonna start off by showing you the most important person’s things, and that is the baby.

So this is everything that I’ve packed for my new baby in the hospital.


Right, so let’s start out with the toileting. I am bringing a pack of 37 Pampers, This is the size one, it’s the newborn size.

And my boys are normally about eight pounds in weight, so I’m assuming that this one will be as well.

So this is probably more than I would need but you never know how long you’re gonna be in there for, so I would just take a big pack if you can.


Then I have my WaterWipes. These are recommended by midwives. You can either bring cotton wool and water or WaterWipes like this.

These are really, really handy for those really early meconium poos that are really sticky and black and just quite hard to clean.

They’re 99.9% water and then 0.1% fruit extract.

Barrier cream

I really doubt that I will need this, but I’m bringing a little tiny sample of barrier cream, so it’s basically like

a nappy rash cream. All of my boys had really sensitive skin.

I doubt that I will put this on their newborn skin like the day they’re born.

But just in case, I have it with me.


In terms of clothing for our baby, I’m bringing four little vests with us, so that baby can wear these under his sleepsuit, Because babies get really, really cold because they’re so tiny.

You would definitely want some vests. So I bring two short-sleeved vests from amazon.

I’m also bringing two long-sleeved vests from Amazon. They’re really soft, And these ones are in the size zero to one month,or zero to three months.

It’s nice to have a little variation in size, especially if it’s your first baby and you really don’t know how big they are going to be.

Sleep Suits

And in terms of his actual little outfits, I am bring three sleep suits.

They’re all, all-in-one sleep suits, They’re all from Amazon.

I just love them because they have the integrated socks, so no need to bring socks, And they have the integrated scratch mitts.

So you can just turn the cuff over on all of the Next sleep suits and instantly they cannot scratch their face.

So I think this’ll be one of his first outfits, I just think it’s really, really, sweet.

I would recommend bringing three or four outfits.

Because babies are sick a lot and they ‘explosive poo’ a lot, and they’re only tiny to pack, so it’s much better to pack more outfits with you.


I’ve got two little hats for him to wear, These are really, really soft, Just cotton..

Because it’s gonna be September so it’s not gonna be very cold. They’re also quite large because my babies have quite large heads but you can get a newborn size.


I got him this blanket from Mama’s and Papa’s. It is a cellular blanket, because again, it’s September it’s not gonna be too cold so I want it to be breathable.

I think it’s really, really sweet.

And so I’ve got that and I can’t wait to put that on him.

And I will definitely put that on him, you know, if we are on our way home.

Or that will be like his first blanket.


So I have two muslins for him.

This is for using when you’re burping him, or as like a bit of a cover up if you’re breast feeding.

I just like the way that they wash up.

And I think that the designs are really cute And they’re really, really, simple as well.

And I have a swaddle blanket for him to get him all cozy and feel like he’s still in the womb. It’s basically just a big triangle that you wold wrap him up in.

Car Seat

One other essential is a baby car seat.

You have to make sure that this is ready and set up in your car before you go into labor.

Because midwives will want to see that it is all ready to go before you leave the hospital.

So we have ours waiting by the door, ready to go and all set up with the base in the car.

And so you’ll need your car seat.

Formula and a Bottle

And the only other thing that I was thinking that you might want is some formula and a bottle if you don’t want to breastfeed.

Personally, I’m going to breastfeed.

And I’m pretty confident that that’s gonna work out, only because I’ve breastfed the others.

So I’m not bringing any with me. But that may be something you want to consider as well.

Right now onto what I’m actually bringing for myself. 

What you Need to Add for Yourself in the Hospital?

  • T-Shirt Dress
  • Sleep Wear 
  • Socks & Slippers
  • Nursing Bra 
  • Breast Pads
  • Slouchy Trousers
  • Disposable Briefs
  • Black Boy Shorts
  • Maternity Pads

T-shirt dress

The first thing that I wanted to show you is what I think I’m going to wear during labor.

This is what I’ve worn in the past time.

It is just a black T-shirt dress from Amazon, and I wore it when I gave birth to My second one

because he was born in December.

I just happened to be wearing this dress. But actually, it was really practical because it was black and because it i a dress, it gives you a little bit of grace, when you’re in labor and when you’re walking around you’re sort of covered.

But then also available for checks as well.

So I’m gonna bring this little black T-shirt dress. I hung onto it for all these years, because I feel like it will bring me luck now :).

Because the past labors that I’ve had have gone so well, I have to wear this, when I’m in labor with this one as well.

Sleep Wear

Then I’ve go myself some new sleepwear from Asos Maternity.

It’s really, really slouchy. Just a T-shirt and then the matching bottoms as well.

I thought I’d get blue and white striped because I am having a boy.

And it’s really, really, soft cotton and I think that will be really cozy to wear, after I’ve given birth.

So, I’m bringing those, but I’m also bringing a back up pair of pajamas. Because birth is quite messy.

So you never know what is gonna happen. And so I’m also bringing some really slouchy, gray, Harem trousers.

For my second set of pajamas, I’m bringing this nursing top.

This is just from Mothercare, and it’s just really easy access for if you have to breastfeed and stuff. So I thought it would be sensible to have two sets of sleepwear available.

Socks And Slippers

You will definitely want to bring some socks or slippers with you.

I just got these really cute ones from Sainsburys.

I prefer socks, to be honest, than slippers, because I get quite hot during labor.

And I find that maternity wards are quite hot because they’ve got these little tiny people that they need to keep warm.

So it’s always quite warm.

So, but you’ll definitely want something on your feet, Especially, if you’re wandering around a hospital  If labor is taking a while.

Nursing Bra

Then, I’m bringing one really big, nursing bra with me.

This is from Next and it has no underwire, because my milk, or most peoples milk doesn’t come in for three days,

so I just kinda wanna help the flow as much as possible with no underwire.

Once my milk is in I feel quite confident, I can wear nursing bras with underwire that H&M do some really nice one.

But for now I’m just wearing a really basic plain one… So, I’ve got that ready.

Breast Pads

Speaking of breastfeeding, I am bringing this little sample pack of breast pads.

I doubt again, that I will need these because my breast milk doesn’t normally come in until day three, but just in case I thought I would have these in my bag.

Slouchy Trousers and going Home outfit

But I also want a going home outfit. I have got black slouchy trousers.

They are just lounge trousers from Primark. You could wear black leggings,,

but if you’re sore, it’ quite nice to have really loose, like joggers on.

So I wore these before and they were very relaxing and soft . And they were really comfy.

And I lived in them for a while. 

For the rest of my going home outfit, I’ve got a top from H&M.

It’s still quite a large maternity size because you will probably look like you’re six months pregnant still, you obviously won’t go back to the way you were straight away.

Which is great for when you go home as well.

Disposable Briefs

So I really like the H&M nursing range.

Now for the really sexy stuff.

I have two sets of disposable briefs. These are just the Boots own ones.

And they’re basically just underwear that you can just chuck out.

So straight after you give birth

you have these on and maternity pads

and it’s messy, and you can just chuck it all out. I’ve got disposable briefs.

Black Boy Shorts

I’ve also got these black boy shorts from Next. These are just like underwear.

They’re a larger size than I would normally wear, but I just really want to be comfortable after I’ve given birth and I would definitely recommend getting them in black or navy blue, Just dark colors.

But gosh sakes do not get white because you will be bleeding a lot after you give birth.

Maternity Pads

Then I have 10 maternity pads with me.

These ones are the Boots Own ones. I’m bringing 10, you may want more if you think you might be there for longer.

But you’ll definitely want some pads like this to wear afterwards.

What you Need to Add for Your Personal Care and Hygiene?

  • Lucazade Glucose tablets
  • Hypnosis and Music
  • Clear Bag
  • Deodorant 
  • Toothpaste
  • Nappy Bags
  • Paracetamol
  • Vaseline
  • Hair Ties and makeup

Lucazade glucose tablets

And then I’m bringing two packs of Lucazade glucose tablets.

Because I had these in my first labor.

Someone recommended that I bring them for like energy. And they really worked for me.

I actually ended up taking them like between pushes when I was pushing Fraser out.

And I don’t know, I felt like they worked. It might’ve been more of like a placebo effect. That I just thought that they were working.

But you might be low on energy. So I really recommend these and your partner can have them as well if they’re flagging. I think you can get these anywhere.


hypnosis and music

And for my birth, I actually practice hypnobirthing. So have all of my hypnosis and music on my phone, and then I hook it up to some wireless headphones, because in my first birth I didn’t have wireless ones,

and the wires really drove me crazy and I had to hold the phone the whole time. But wireless ones.

They’re all charged up and ready to go.

So it might be worth doing something like this

if you’re also doing hypnobirthing.


Clear Bag

I have put all of my toiletries into a bag like this, It’s a clear bag.

I go this in a set of three from Primark.

I liked that it was clear because if if is my husband who is getting something for me, it’s really simple to see what is inside this bag.



Some deodorant, it’s just Mitchum deodorant.

And I have got the unscented because I think if you are breastfeeding it’s really nice for them not to have a strong smell in their face if they’ve just been born, they probably don’t want like spring meadow smell in their face.

So I’ve got just unscented and my husband can use this as well if he wants to.


Toothpaste and Toothbrush

I’ve got toothpaste and a toothbrush For my teeth but it refer to yourself


Nappy bags

Little nappy bags just in case there’s any wet clothes or soiled clothes from the baby with sickness on it or something, that I can put them into these bags.



Got Paracetamol for pain relief after the birth and also if my husband gets a headache from the birth.



Got Vaseline intensive care because the gas and air can be very drying.


Hair ties  & Makeup

I don’t need my whole toner three-step thing.

So I’m just bringing those. Hair ties during labor to put your hair up, especially if you’re all sweaty.

I’ve got a little sample of Molton-Brown body wash, and I’m also bringing some make up,

which some people might think is unnecessary

but for me after birth, I’m the type of person who feels so much better when she has make up on. So it’s a way of putting myself back together.

I’m bringing just three really basic products. I’m just bringing an Estee Lauder BB cream.

So it’s just a tinted moisturizer. Rimmel Wake me up, concealer because I will probably look quite tired.

And I’m just bringing a really simple blusher from Bare Minerals.

This is Beauty and then an old brush that I had a spare.

What Your Partner will need in the Hospital?


Last but not least, you’ll want to bring some things for your partner.

Get him to pack a bag, maybe with a spare sets of clothes and things, but it’s also worth getting him

to download a contraction app,

so they can help you time your contractions when you’re in early labor.



Also bringing them some snacks because it is going to be a long time.

So it’s worth getting them that so that they’re not flagging.

I’m bringing my husband a coke because he will need the caffeine and then also some cereal bars

so that he has a little bit of energy and something to eat if we’re just stuck in the hospital.


Items To Check before you leave

Definitely look at how much petrol is in your car in the weeks around your due date,

because you will want to have enough petrol at all times.


That’s everything in my hospital bag.

I really hope you find this article Useful, And helped you to know things to pack for baby hospital bag.

Let me know in the comments below, what you thought.

And if there’s anything you feel that I’ve missed out on. And if anybody else has any tips on preparing

for a home birth, I would love to hear in the comments below what your top tips are,

So I’d really appreciate any help.

But yes, thank you so much for Reading it all out.  


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