We’re welcoming our 3rd child in 2 months time. I’m really excited as well as worried that I might not have everything ready. I feel like it’s my first time as a mum again!

I wanted to prepare my hospital bag as early as now. And from my experience and research online I’ve come up with this checklist below:

For Me:
1. Documents & IDs
2. Comfy Clothes
3. Toiletries
4. My going-home outfit
5. Light snacks & drinks
6. Phone & charger
7. Breastfeeding supplies as I plan to breastfeed

For Baby:
1. Newborn Outfits
2. Diapers & Wipes
3. Swaddles
4. Baby wash & lotions

1. Snacks & drinks for my partner
2. My partner’s change of clothes
3. and of course Cash and ATM cards

Is there anything else I forgot? Hope to hear your thoughts! x_x

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  • 1. Maternity pads/Incontinence underwear – Much more comfortable if having natural birth.
    2. Leave the baby body wash and lotion at home – they don’t need it, their little skin is so sensitive and they won’t be “dirty”. Just a warm wash with a washer is all babies need.
    3. Nipple creams and/or breast pads – one thing that surprised me with breastfeeding is a HUGE learning curve and it can HURT. Cooling or hydrogel breast pads help to relieve discomfort when you become engorged and the cream can help with cracking whilst you and bub learn to latch.

  • I agree on having warm clothes for cooler temperatures.

  • I liked the Bubba Bump maternity pads, worn in Ninja Mama disposable undies. The undies lasted many washes and were stretchy and comfortable. The Moxi pads with the cold insert were great, too. For after care, I really liked the peri and breast cold packs from Ninja Mama. They are great quality and I’ve packed them away for future use.
    Another must for the hospital and after care is a peri bottle.

  • @everyone THANK YOU SO MUCH for your lovely suggestions! I’ll be sure to add them on my list.

    Quick one: Any recommendations for maternity pads? I found these are great https://www.newbeginnings.com.au/products/bamboo-maternity-pads but I want to check other options too.


  • You have it well covered. I’d add some slippers and maybe a gown. Also your going home outfit might not be too different to your mat clothes right before baby was born. :) also a long cord/charger for your phone and a book or crosswords if you like those. And don’t forget your maternity pads in your toiletries. All the very best ❤️

  • I think you’ve got it covered.

  • Hospitals tend to run cold at night, so as other have said, think warm.
    I enjoyed a hand cream and lotion- the first to treat myself, the second just in case little one has dry skin. You never know.
    I recommend a water bottle with a built in straw for breast feeding.

  • Thick fluffy socks! and lip balm… I had cold feet and dry lips lol

  • I found the hospital to be very cold so make sure you take a warm jumper, socks or slippers. I was in hospital for 4 days and I froze. I also took a bottle for the breast milk or formula you will give buns as I found it easier to use the one I wanted from the start.

  • Depending on the length of your hospital stay, a lovely book for those moments you’re bored

  • Comfy footwear and a notebook and pen.

  • A notebook and pen can be handy for taking notes (autocorrect can do hideous things to medical terms)

  • If you have a portable speaker and it’s charger to play music louder than off your phone. Loved having mine in the room with me to *try* and distract myself from contractions.
    My delivery room had a shower, which I used a lot (with the gas line, woo), so hubs had a pair of boardies so he could come in the room with me.

  • A lovely face mask you can put on for when the baby is asleep and you’re relaxing reading. Hydrating your face is important especially as the rooms are either heated or air-conditioned which dries you out.

  • I took a few scarfs my favourite is my Vintage Bowknot Elastic Hair Bands to keep my hair pulled back and still looking fun and respectable for photo’s with my new baby. I also too a few shawls to cover me whilst breast feeding and having that privacy kept between baby and me.

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