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What to Pack in your Hospital Bag for Birth
The Handy Checklist for Expecting Mums
Once you’re at the pointy end of your pregnancy, there’s nothing more comforting than getting organised.
And packing your hospital bag for birth is one of the most satisfying things to tick off your long pre-baby list.
It signals that you’re about to have a bubba. And it’s incredibly reassuring to know that you’re ready for the big day.
To make this process as easy as possible, we’ve compiled a checklist that not only tells you what to pack in your hospital bag for birth, it also covers all the essentials for your support crew and the exciting trip home.
The must-haves for mum:
Your Medicare card (and private health insurance details, if applicable)
Relevant pathology reports
X-rays, ultrasounds and your antenatal card
Medications you might take regularly
Case for glasses or contact lenses
Your favourite Spotify playlist for labour
A notepad to record any 3am thoughts or things to remember
Maternity bras (if you plan to breastfeed)
Plenty of undies
Comfy and loose-fitting pyjamas
Casual and comfy day clothes
Easy-to-wear shoes or slippers
Makeup (when those visitors come knocking)
The must-haves for your birth partner:
A spare outfit (in case labour takes longer)
A copy of your birth plan (if you choose to create one)
A photo camera and camera charger (if you want to go professional)
A video camera and charger if you want to film the birth
The shortlist of people to notify once bub has arrived
Healthy snacks (for both of you)
The must-haves for baby and the trip home:
Baby’s first outfit and a warming blanket to transfer baby home
Newborn nappies to cover the ride home
A professionally-fitted newborn seat waiting in the car
Formula, bottles, accessories and sterilising equipment (if you plan to formula-feed)
Keep in mind that the quantities for each item on your checklist depends on the length of your hospital stay. If you’re planning to give birth in a public hospital then your stay is likely shorter than within the private hospital system.
With all that in mind, we recommend over-packing than being under-prepared.
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