Our resident midwife explains what is recommended and what is nicer to have in your hospital bag.  Please remember that some hospitals will provide some items so be sure to check at 36 weeks. Firstly you need a hospital bag for your hospital bag essentials – then comes all the items in it for your hospital stay such as:

Hospital Bag Essentials:

  • 2 maternity bras — no under wire — and nursing pads (whether or not you plan to nurse, you’ll appreciate the support and leak-protection)
  • maternity tops and pants
  • Maternity pads – maternity pads are bigger, more absorbent and softer than sanitary towels. You will probably need to change your pad every couple of hours
  • stretch mark cream
  • 2 nursing nightwear
  • Slippers
  • 6-10 pairs of supportive undies – that feel firm
  • Lip balm (hospitals are very dry and air-con isn’t the best)
  • Toiletries and personal items — hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, makeup, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, contact lens case and solution (remember, travel-sized products are your friends)
  • Lots of change for the vending machines and non-perishable snacks (you’ll probably be hungry after labor, and the hospital cafeteria could be closed)
  • Mobile/cell phone and charger, phone numbers of people to call after birth, prepaid calling card (if your hospital doesn’t allow mobile/cell phones)
  • Your favorite brand of soap, shampoo and heavy flow sanitary pads (the hospital supplies these things, but bring your own if you’re picky)
  • A few pairs of maternity underwear that can get ruined (the hospital will have disposable pairs, which some women find handy and others find gross)
  • Your MP3 / Ipod / Phone (loaded with your favorite music of course)
  • list of people to email/SMS
  • breastfeeding support pillow