The Ultimate Hospital Bag Checklist For Labour

As the countdown to your little one's arrival begins, there's a flurry of anticipation and excitement in the air. Amidst the flurry of nesting and preparation, one task stands out as particularly pivotal: packing your hospital bag.

This seemingly simple act holds immense significance, embodying both practical preparedness and emotional readiness for the journey ahead. Typically undertaken between weeks 33 and 36 of pregnancy, this ritual marks a tangible step towards embracing the transformative experience of childbirth.

But why is your hospital bag so crucial? It's not just about packing belongings; it's about equipping yourself with the tools and comforts needed to navigate the unpredictable terrain of labour and delivery.

Your hospital bag becomes a symbol of empowerment, a tangible expression of your readiness to embrace the challenges and joys of childbirth with confidence and grace.

Yet, amidst the excitement and anticipation, many expecting mums may find themselves grappling with uncertainty about what exactly to pack. What essentials are truly necessary? What thoughtful extras can enhance comfort and ease during labour?

Fear not! We're here to guide you through every step of the way with our ultimate hospital bag checklist for labour, curated with love and wisdom from our vibrant community of parents.

In the following sections, we'll delve into not just the items you'll need, but the reasons behind their inclusion. From practical necessities to comforting luxuries, each item serves a purpose, reflecting the collective wisdom and experience of fellow parents.

So, let's embark on this journey together, ensuring that your hospital bag is not just packed with essentials, but infused with the love, support, and anticipation that surrounds your journey into parenthood.

We've meticulously sorted the recommendations to include must-have essentials and some nifty labour bag extras for added comfort and convenience. Let's dive in.

Essentials For Your Hospital Bag Checklist

Packing your hospital bag is a bit like preparing for a mini adventure. You want to be ready for anything!

Here's a rundown of the essential items you'll want to have on hand:

Jim Jams (Pyjamas!) and Footwear

Hospital floors can be chilly, so make sure you bring along some cosy slippers to keep your tootsies warm. And don't forget a comfy pyjama set and preferably two, because babies have a knack for making messes!

Granny Knickers!

Pack plenty of loose, comfy underwear in dark colours to help you feel at ease. And toss in a dirty washing bag to keep things tidy. Socks are optional if you're already sporting fluffy slippers!

Bras (Maternity)

Even if you're not planning on breastfeeding, it's a good idea to have a couple of maternity bras on hand. Your breasts might swell, and you could experience some mastitis.

Pads (for Your Foo Foo)

After giving birth, tampons are a no-go. Stock up on pads to keep things comfortable for about a week.

Pads (for Your Boobs!)

You might start producing colostrum before your milk fully comes in, so be prepared with ultra-thin breast pads.


When it comes to packing your hospital bag, muslin squares are often hailed as unsung heroes. These lightweight, breathable cloths are not just for baby because they're a versatile essential that can serve multiple purposes during labour and beyond.


Toiletry Bag

Pack your essentials like shampoo, toothpaste, and a hairbrush. Keep the deodorant light at first, so your baby can get used to your natural scent.


Check what the hospital provides, but it's always a good idea to have your preferred brand on hand. Aim for plenty because newborns go through them like nobody's business!


While the hospital might provide basics, it's best to bring along some cosy outfits for you and your little one. Don't forget hats, socks, mittens, vests, and muslins. And if it's chilly outside, prep a special outfit for the journey home. Top Tip: pack a pair of slippers and flip flops because hospital floors are cold and sometimes the showers in maternity wards can be a bit outdated!

Lotions, Potions, and Creams

Wipes and cotton wool are essential for keeping baby clean. Stock up on wipes - you can't have too many!

Towels and Flannels

For those inevitable milk spills and post-birth showers, pack plenty of towels and flannels.

Feeding Equipment

While the hospital will have what you need, bringing your own feeding equipment can provide extra comfort.

Swaddle Blankets

In those first few days of life, newborns often find comfort in being swaddled snugly. Swaddle blankets mimic the feeling of being in the womb, providing a sense of security and warmth that can help soothe your baby and promote better sleep. The gentle pressure of the swaddle can also help to prevent the startle reflex, reducing fussiness and aiding in a more restful sleep for your newborn baby.


Labour Bag Extras: Enhancing Your Comfort

As you prepare for the remarkable journey of labour, ensuring you have all the essentials in your hospital bag is paramount.

But beyond the necessities lies a treasure trove of items that can elevate your comfort and ease during this transformative experience. From soothing lip gloss to bendable straws, each addition serves a purpose, offering solace and support when you need it most.

So, along with your favourite pillow and comforting blanket, don't forget to pack these thoughtful extras to help navigate the twists and turns of labour. Let's delve into our comprehensive list of labour bag extras, curated to cater to your every need and enhance your birthing experience:

Lovely Soft Tissues

Think mum taking a poo. Think hospital toilet paper…


Trust us when we tell you to pack some straws that can bend (ideally not plastic). When you are giving birth and can’t lean up to take a drink these will save your life!

Lip Gloss and Moisturisers

Hospital air conditioning is dry and after a few days you will be so grateful you have lip balm to hand.

Entertainment for You

You can pack magazines and books but in today's digital world it is likely much more important for you to pack your phone charger and a good extension in case the power supplier isn’t right next to your bed.

Disposable Underwear

This sounds a bit bizarre but you lose a lot of blood in the days post birth so you might want to purchase underwear you can happily throw away. If you do, DON’T skimp on quality. Buy the best you can afford for comfort.

This introduction seamlessly integrates the suggested labour bag extras with the additional items you provided, creating a cohesive and comprehensive guide for expecting mums. Let me know if you need any further adjustments or additions!


As you prepare to welcome your bundle of joy into the world, your hospital bag sits by the door as a symbol of readiness and trepidation anticipation. From the essentials to the thoughtful extras, every item you pack is a testament to your love and dedication to both yourself and your baby.

As your labour approaches, take comfort in knowing that you've equipped yourself with everything you need to navigate this incredible journey with confidence and grace. But beyond the physical items lies something even more important. Your resilience, strength, and unwavering spirit.

Labour may bring its challenges, but it also brings moments of profound joy, connection, and empowerment. So, as you embark on this remarkable adventure, remember to trust in yourself, lean on your support system, and embrace each moment with an open heart and a fierce determination.

And when the time comes to meet your little one, know that you are more than prepared and you are ready to embrace the magic of childbirth with courage and love. So, take a deep breath, hold onto hope, and know that the journey ahead is filled with infinite possibilities and boundless love.

You've got this, mum!