Hospital bag checklist: What to pack for the birth

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As the big day nears, founder of Babynizer Judy Goldberg reveals her top tips for what to pack in your hospital bag…

What starts off as a rather therapeutic task can soon become quite the opposite. Packing your hospital bag can be tricky because you don’t want to pack things you won’t use and end up with a bag that’s too heavy to carry, but at the same time you want to have the peace of mind that anything you might need will be easy to get hold of. Just remember – if all goes well, you won’t be in hospital for very long, and if you do have to stay longer, you can always ask your partner or a family member to bring you anything you may have overlooked.

The first thing I would advise is to call your hospital and ask what they will provide so you can tick those bits off your list. After that, pack two bags – one for you and one for baby. Inside baby’s bag, have a small pocket or separate compartment for the things you will need straight after birth. This could also take the form of a labelled freezing bag. Make sure to show your partner where everything is and explain your packing process to them. And don’t forget to pack any personal notes too.

In your bag, pack everything you would take for a short weekend away. Buy all your daily essentials fresh – like your toothbrush, toothpaste and soap – so you can put them in your bag in advance rather than having to remember them when labour has set in.

The other option, and the reason I set up Babynizer last year, is to purchase a pre-packed hospital bag. With Babynizer you can buy a suitcase or changing bag with all the essentials you’ll need already packed inside, or you can just buy small bundles of fillings for your own bag instead. Next stop, delivery…

Getting your bits and pieces ready for delivery day may be an essential job but that doesn’t mean it has to weigh you down. Find a bag you love, make a list and you’ll have one less thing to do before you know it. After all, who doesn’t love a spot of bag shopping…

Don’t know where to start? Print out our hospital bag checklist below…


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