What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

As your due date gets closer, you should probably start thinking of what you might need to take with you if you’re planning on having your baby in hospital. (However, these would also be items you may want close to hand or readily available if you’re having a home birth too!)

With my first pregnancy, I had my bag ready and packed by the time I was 20 weeks pregnant. This was primarily due to the fact my mum works on the Maternity Ward at the hospital and kept nagging me to “be prepared!” The amount of times I packed and unpacked it from then until D-Day was a bit ridiculous, so this time round I’ve been very firm with myself not to keep changing it about! At 33 weeks pregnant, I’ve only just now finished packing my bags, (sorry Mum!)

But what have I packed? I’ve got two bags, one for myself, and one for Baby. This just makes life a bit easier – especially if you’re asking people to rummage about in them for you.

The Baby’s Bag

  • 4 x vests
  • 4 x babygros
  • 4 x socks
  • 4 x hats
  • 4 x bibs
  • 2 x hand scratch mits
  • 1 x going home outfit
  • 1 pack of nappies
  • Cotton Wool balls
  • A blanket
  • A hooded towel
  • Baby’s Red Book – if your Health Visitor has given it to you already
  • Dummy (optional)


I’ve packed probably a bit more than what may be necessary, but I’m accommodating for the possibility of an (unwanted) longer stay in hospital, leakages in the nether regions, and the potential for baby sick.

When I had William, I ended up staying overnight and had to send Martin home to pick up some extra clothes for both of us! This time round I’m preparing for it.

I’m also planning on breastfeeding, hence why there’s no bottles on the list. If you aren’t looking to breastfeed, then you’ll need to add bottles, teats and formula to the list too! I’d aim to take between 4-6 bottles that are sterilized and ready to go, as not all hospitals have sterilizers.

My Bag

  • Maternity Notes!!
  • Maternity pads
  • Breast pads
  • A pack of black underwear (Primark. You’ll only be binning them later.)
  • 2 x sleeping bras (super comfy!)
  • 1 x bra
  • 1 x loose t-shirt & jogging bottoms (I use these as PJs)
  • 1 x leggings for home
  • 1 x loose top for home
  • 2 x pairs of socks
  • Dressing gown
  • Slippers
  • A towel
  • A pillow (optional)
  • Lansinoh Nipple Cream – if you’re planning to breast feed. Lifesaver.
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Lip balm
  • Shampoo/Conditioner/Body Wash
  • Hair brush & Hairbands
  • Snacks (mostly for Martin…)
  • A Pen & Notebook/Puzzle book
  • Phone charger
  • Money, in change. Just in case for parking!


And I think that’s a wrap! Obviously everyone will cater to their own needs, but as an overall, the vast majority of these items should be packed in your bags.

As I was induced the first time round with William, I was grateful for the pen and paper I took as we had a bit of waiting around to do before I actually got induced, so Martin and I played hang man and 0’s & X’s. If that’s not for you, perhaps magazines or books, or even your tablet/smart phone to watch films or TV series on – just take headphones!

Please also note that your hospital will not let you leave unless you have a car seat. (And if this is your first baby, have a test run of how to get it in and out of your car & how it buckles up! We spent 10 minutes in the carpark trying to work out how the seat belt slotted into the car seat! – In January…)

I’d also advise that you have space on your phone for the hundreds of photos you’re bound to be taking, or if you’re taking a ‘proper’ camera, to have a clear SD card (and a charged battery!)

So there you are. Good luck with your pregnancy, I hope you found this useful and fingers crossed your delivery goes well.

Becky x

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