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Essential Items for Your Hospital Bag: A Complete Checklist for New Parents

Welcoming a new baby into the world is an exciting journey, and being prepared is key to ensuring a smooth experience. As you approach your due date, packing your hospital bag can feel like a daunting task. To help you stay organised and ready for the big day, I’ve compiled the ultimate hospital bag checklist. Whether you’re a first-time parent or a seasoned pro, this guide will ensure you have everything you need for mum, baby, and your support person. Plus, as a special bonus, don’t miss out on my free digital download of this comprehensive guide and a chance to book your newborn photoshoot with me, Stefanie Plum Photography!

Nappy Bag with baby items around it

Your Hospital Bag:

1. Important Documents

- Maternity notes and birth plan

- Health insurance information

- ID and any necessary hospital paperwork

2. Comfortable Clothing

- Loose, comfortable outfits (consider maternity dresses or loose pants and tops)

- A cosy robe or dressing gown

- Comfortable underwear (high-waisted options are great post-delivery)

- Nursing bras and breast pads

3. Toiletries

- Toothbrush and toothpaste

- Hairbrush and hair ties

- Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash (travel-sized for convenience)

- Skincare essentials

- Lip balm and moisturiser (hospital air can be drying)

- Deodorant

4. Labour Essentials

- Comfortable, old nightdress or oversized t-shirt for labour

- Socks and slippers

- Maternity pads

- TENS machine (if you plan to use one)

- Reusable water bottle

5. Post-Delivery Items

- Comfortable going-home outfit

- Nursing pillow (optional but helpful)

- Snacks and drinks for energy

Baby clothing piled up

Your Baby's Hospital Bag:

1. Clothing

- Onesies and bodysuits (pack a few in newborn and 0-3 month sizes)

- Socks and mittens (to keep baby’s hands warm and prevent scratching)

- Soft hat

- Going-home outfit

2. Essentials

- Nappies (newborn size)

- Wipes

- Muslin cloths or burp cloths

3. Comfort Items

- Baby blanket

- Dummy (if you plan to use one)

For Your Support Person:

1. Comfort Items

- Comfortable change of clothes

- Pillow and blanket (hospitals can be chilly and their beds are not always the comfiest)

- Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant)

2. Essentials

- Phone charger

- Camera or smartphone (to capture those first precious moments)

- Snacks and drinks

- Book, tablet, or entertainment device

3. Important Extras

- List of people to notify after the birth

- Coins or small change for vending machines or parking

free hospital bag checklist guide

Free Digital Download and Newborn Photoshoot Offer

Preparing for your baby’s arrival can be overwhelming, but with our ultimate hospital bag checklist, you’ll feel confident and ready for the big day. To make things even easier, we’re offering a **free digital download** of this comprehensive guide. Simply click [here] to download your copy and tick off each item as you pack.

Hospital Bag Checklist
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And don’t forget, capturing those first few days with your newborn is priceless. Book your newborn photoshoot with Stefanie Plum Photography, your trusted Brisbane Newborn Photographer, and create timeless memories of your little one’s earliest moments. Spaces fill up quickly, so be sure to secure your session soon!

Get Ready for Your New Arrival with Confidence!

Packing your hospital bag doesn’t have to be a stressful task. With this detailed checklist, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’re well-prepared for your baby’s birth. Download your free guide today and look forward to meeting your little one, knowing you’re ready for anything!

For more information on booking your newborn photoshoot, click [here] and capture the magic of your newborn’s first days.


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