My Hospital Bag Check List

Some may call me OTT with my hospital bag check list, but that I am.
I am the kind of girl that goes away for two nights but packs like she’s off on her jolly’s for two weeks!
Packing your hospital bag is difficult because you really don’t know if there is going to be a plot twist chucked in there and whether your stay is going to be longer than what you’ve planned.

I have now fully packed our hospital bags now. I had them packed by 32 weeks just because I like to be organised.

In total I am packing 5 bags. Yes, 5!
I told you some may say it is OTT, but hear me out!
One bag for me, one bag for the baby, one bag for Ben, one bag for the snacks (extremely essential) and another bag to go in the car with spares just in case the hospital stay is longer than expected then everything is to hand for Ben to grab out of the boot of the car and bring into the hospital for me!
So technically, we are taking 4 into the hospital and the 5th bag is there just in case.

For Mummy:

  • Maternity notes.
  • Notepad & pen.
  • Birth plan (If you’re making a plan. Personally, I’m not making a plan).
  • Flip flops for the shower.
  • Hand sanitiser.
  • Hand cream.
  • Lip balm. Apparently, the gas & air causes your lips to dry out!
  • Dressing gown.
  • Comfortable, dark coloured clothing/loungewear. I have packed a couple of sets of loungewear with me.
  • Comfortable, dark coloured nightwear. I have packed two oversized nighties as I find them the most comfortable and then nothing will be rubbing in case I have to have a C section. I am also planning to breast feed too so I have packed two that have a button open front for easy access.
  • Slippers.
  • Disposable knickers/pants. You can buy these in the maternity range but I did find them cheaper in the incontinent section and they also come up high waist so in the event of having a C section, they won’t rub.
  • Maternity pads.
  • Thick sanitary towels. I have been recommended to get the heavy flow, night ones with wings.
  • Battery pack to charge phone. I am sure most hospitals do allow you to charge your mobile whilst in hospital, but the hospital we will be going to actually doesn’t due to PAT testing and safety rules!
  • Book/Magazine.
  • Handheld fan. I will be having a summer baby so I can imagine it might get a little warm!
  • Face wipes.
  • Moisturiser. I have used Palmer’s stretch mark cream throughout my pregnancy and I have also been advised to continue using stretch mark creams/moisturiser after birth too.
  • Pillow. I will be taking my very much loved V shape pregnancy pillow.
  • Nipple cream (if breast feeding).
  • Breast pads.
  • Nursing bra (if breast feeding). I will be taking two with me.
  • LARGE dark coloured knickers. Again, I have bought some that are high waisted so in the event of me having a C section, it will not irritate any stitches. I will be taking 6 pairs with me.
  • Dark coloured, large towel.
  • Dark coloured flannel.
  • Washing Sponge.
  • Deodorant.
  • Hair brush, head band & bobbles.
  • Dry Shampoo.
  • Shower gel. I have gone for soap free & fragrance free shower gel to prevent any stings after labour.
  • Shampoo & conditioner. I will be taking travel sized bottles of these rather than taking the large bottles.
  • Spritz for bits by the expert midwife. I have been recommended this by so many people. It is apparently amazing to help you after birth if you are a little delicate.
  • Tooth brush, tooth paste.
  • Empty plastic bags to store any dirty laundry in.
  • Bed socks with grips on the bottom.
  • Head phones.
  • Cash/spare change.
  • Tissues
  • Peri bottle
  • Water bottle with a straw.

For Daddy:

  • Change of clothing, underwear, socks etc.
  • Tooth brush/tooth paste.
  • Deodorant.
  • Magazine/book.
  • Cash/change.
  • Head phones.
  • Phone charger/battery charging pack.

For Baby:

I have packed the babies items separately in clear, labelled zip locked bags so it is much easier for Ben to find. For example, I have a new born vest and sleepsuit in one bag, muslins in another bag, socks and mittens in another bag, bibs in another and so on.

Spare bag for the car:

The snacks:

  • Savoury snacks, crisps etc.
  • Sweet snacks, chocolate bars etc.
  • None fizzy energy drinks. I have gone from lucozade raspberry sport.
  • Robinsons squash’d juice pot. These are small and compact so perfect to pack specially if you’re not the biggest fan of water like me.

And I think that is everything… or you would like to hope so!
I probably have over packed & probably won’t even need half of the items I have packed, but I would rather have something and not use it than wish I had packed something and need it.

Have I missed something? Is there something that you would recommend that I haven’t packed?
If so, let me know in the comments!


Our Baby Shopping List

It wasn’t long after we found out that we were expecting that I wrote myself lots of lists for baby items that we needed to get and things we needed to do before the arrival. I made a list for general baby items, the nursery items, my hospital bag, the babies hospital bag, to buy for mummy, changing bag shopping list, my plan before hospital (the build up to going into hospital) and things to do before the baby arrives. I am surprised I didn’t have a list to organise my lists!

I am going to share with you the items that I have on my baby item lists as it has really helped me to keep organised with what we need and ticked off as we went along.

General Items:

  • Vests. Newborn and 0-3 months.
  • Baby grows/sleepsuits. Newborn and 0-3 months. Keep your eyes peeled for grows that have zips on too!
  • Mittens. Although most sleepsuits have built in mittens, I have bought some anyway incase the baby is wearing a short sleeved outfit.
  • Booties/Socks
  • Hats.
  • Cardigans.
  • Blankets. Cellular blankets have been highly recommended as they are breathable.
  • Muslins.
  • Changing bag.
  • Changing mat. I have got one for upstairs, one for downstairs and a travel one in my changing bag.
  • Nappy caddy. I have got one for upstairs and one for downstairs.
  • Carry sling.
  • High chair. We have chosen one that can be used from birth.
  • Dummy.
  • Dummy clip.
  • Moses basket.
  • Fitted sheets for moses basket.
  • Bouncy chair.
  • Play mat.


  • Baby bath support/baby bath.
  • Baby shampoo.
  • Baby bath soap.
  • Baby lotion.
  • Baby sponges.
  • Baby towels.
  • Baby wipes/Water wipes.
  • Cotton wool pads.
  • Nappy bags
  • Nappies. I have bought two large packs of the first size but I am also going to purchase a smaller packet which will be taken into hospital with us.
  • Nappy rash cream.
  • Bath thermometer.
  • Health care kit. Includes a digital thermometer, baby scissors, baby comb and brush, baby nail clippers, 2x emery boards, toothbrush and nasal aspirator.



For Mummy

  • Nursing pillow.
  • Breast pads.
  • Lansinoh nipple cream.
  • Nursing bras.
  • Appropriate/comfortable underwear.
  • Comfortable nightie
  • Peri bottle.
  • Maternity knickers/pads.
  • Witch hazel.
  • Badedas indulgent bath gelee.
  • Birthing ball.


Changing bag

  • Nappies
  • Nappy bags.
  • Wet wipes/water wipes.
  • Muslins.
  • Spare clothing.
  • Travel changing mat.
  • Creams.
  • Comforter/small toy.
  • Dummy/Dummy clips/Dummy case.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Dribble bibs.
  • Breast pads.
  • Tissues.
  • Sun cream (seasonal).
  • Milk – Depending on your personal feeding situation.

The list has changed and adjusted throughout my pregnancy and I can imagine it will continue that way too but I do hope that it has been helpful for you.

When it is closer to the time, I will also add my hospital bag check list too.

Thank you for reading and congratulations!

Steph x