Hospital List for New Mums, Dad & Baby

A Hospital List is a great way to plan ahead and think of things that you may forget closer to giving birth. Here is a list of recommended items to have ready before giving birth.

Small bag that will fit the following:

For Mum:

  • Night shirt – to be thrown out after labour!
  • Slippers and Dressing gown
  • Toilet bag – with 2 maternity sanitary towels, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, hairbrush, hair grip, Vaseline/lip balm, etc.
  • Disposable knickers – 2 or 3 pairs
  • Bottled water
  • Face cloth/Facial mist spray
  • Hair towel
  • Bath towel (dark coloured towel)
  • Flip flops for shower
  • Magazines and snacks
  • iPod/iPad/tablet/kindle

For Dad:

  • iPod/iPad/tablet/kindle
  • Book/magazine
  • Change of Shirt
  • Deodorant
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Change for parking meter (lots)

For Baby:

  • Nappies – 2
  • Baby grows– 2 (Different sizes, small and big; see different brands)
  • Baby vests – 2 (Different sizes, small and big)
  • Hat and mitts – 1 pair
  • 1 muslin cloth
  • Camera
  • Mobile
  • Notebook and pen

Items for larger hospital bag/suitcase:

For Mum:

  • Cotton pyjamas – 3 / 4
  • Slippers and Dressing gown
  • Socks
  • Toilet bag with Shampoo, shower gel, moisturiser, tea tree oil, feminine wipes, tissues
  • Pack of Maternity Sanitary Towels
  • Face cloth & dark coloured towels
  • Hair dryer and hair bobbins
  • Make up??
  • Breast feeding pads
  • Breast feeding bras
  • Casual maternity clothes for going home
  • Fruit, linseeds to minimise constipation
  • Chargers for devices

For baby:

  • Baby grows – at least 6 – Bring 2 different sizes (see above)
  • Baby vests – at least 6 – as before
  • Muslin cloths – pack
  • Nappies (bring pack)
  • Cotton Wool
  • Cardigan
  • Baby outfit for going home
  • Jacket/All in one outdoor suit/blanket for car seat (depending on weather)
  • Hat and mitts
  • Baby wash/bathing product
  • Baby towel
  • No need to bring in baby blankets – use the hospital ones


It is advisable to purchase a tray (20) of the formula plus teats in case of emergencies at home BEFORE you leave the hospital. They are very handy to have and save you having to sterilise bottles for the first few days.

If you plan on expressing after 2 or 3 weeks an electric pump can be hired from some hospitals/chemists.  Enquire about this before you leave the hospital so that you know where to get it and how much it costs if needed.

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