Hospital Bag: What to pack for labour and delivery

Hospital Bag: What to pack for labour and delivery


Items to pack in your hospital bag

For you

  • Maternity notes
  • Comfortable clothing – nightwear/slippers/flip flops/dressing gown (and comfortable clothing to go home)
  • Maternity pads
  • Large comfortable underwear
  • Healthy snacks/drinks
  • Any medications you are currently taking
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Electronic devices (phone, iPad) magazines/books
  • Large bath towel
  • Loose change – you may need it for parking and/or vending machine for snacks
  • A TENS machine and batteries if you want to use one as the hospital do not provide these

If you’re planning to breastfeed, add;

  • Nursing bras
  • Breast pads
  • Front-opening night dress or pyjama top

(If you plan to bottle feed baby via formula, remember to bring ready-made formula starter pack – there are no facilities to use powder formula/sterilisation of bottles).


For baby

  • Sleepsuits
  • Hats
  • Vests
  • Scratch mittens
  • Blankets
  • Muslins
  • Nappies
  • Cotton wool balls or pads