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Be prepared with our Essential Hospital Baby Bag Checklist

“Have you packed your baby hospital bag yet?” The question for every mum-to-be that starts popping up as your due date approaches.  Here's a list of everything you will need to help you prepare for the arrival of your little one - for mum and for baby!

For mum

  • Snacks! Pack a variety, because you never know what you’ll feel like! Just be sure to include something with some sustenance like protein balls or a yummy trail mix

  • Drinks bottle

  • Phone charger

  • Change of clothes

  • Swimwear (if a waterbirth is on the cards)

  • Button-down pyjamas & slippers. The more luxurious, the better

  • robe. Again, make it a luxurious one

  • A notebook & any birthing notes/birth plan you may have prepared to outline your preferences for the big event. Download contraction app onto your phone

  • Maternity bra

  • Soft, stretchy, high-waisted undies x 5

  • Maternity pads and/or disposable undies

  • Something comfy to wear home.  (Think your favourite loose dress, or soft, elasticated pants)

  • If you plan on breast-feeding, there are a couple of things that are handy to have, just in case. Breast pads (to absorb leakage), and a nipple balm

  • Your regular toiletries, though splurging on some boujee ones for that first post birth shower will make you feel AMAZING! (cleanser, moisturiser, body wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, a pack of hairbands, a hairbrush, shampoo, conditioner, dry shampoo, deodorant and makeup wipes)

  • A TENS machine if you plan on using one for pain relief

What to pack in hospital bag for baby?

  • Singlets x 4

  • Onesies x 4 - you can't go wrong with a few Bonds wondersuits which have both a zip front (you can thank us later) and fold over feet and hands to keep your precious little bundle cosy

  • Socks (if the onesies don't have enclosed feet) x 3

  • Hats x 2

  • Swaddle wraps x 2 and zip-up swaddles x 2 (so handy for middle of the night nappy changes without a fiddly wrap)

  • Blanket x 1

  • Wipes x 1 pack

  • Newborn nappies x 1 pack 

  • Going-home outfit. Something warm, soft and super easy to get on-and-off

  • Car seat

And that's it - you're good to go!