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Hospital Bag Check List - Brisbane Newborn Photographer

It's such an exciting time as you near your estimated due date and one thing on your list of things to do before your baby's arrival is packing the hospital bags. But what will you need? If this is your first baby the process can be daunting knowing what to take to the hospital for yourself and your baby. As a mum to 3 children, I've made this hospital bag checklist to make the process much easier for you.

Newborn baby sleeping in birthing cot

Ok, let's start off with your hospital bag, here is a list of items I found really important to have in the hospital during and after the birth of your baby.

  • Maternity Pads

  • Nipple Cream - (this is a must if you plan to breastfeed)

  • Nipple shields

  • Breast Pads

  • Maternity Underwear

  • Supportive Maternity Bra

  • Comfortable Pyjamas and Slippers

  • Feeding Singlets/Tops

  • Cardigan or jumper you can easily slip on and off as it can be quite chilly in your hospital room.

  • Comfortable Pants - Maternity ones are great with the support for your tummy still

  • A complete extra outfit because you just had a baby and you now need to be prepared for anything.

  • Toiletries - Toothbrush, hairbrush, hair ties, shampoo, body wash, make up etc

  • Phone Charger

  • A good lip balm - those lips get dry during labour

  • Your own snacks

  • Your own pillow and blanket

The bag you decide to take with you will depend on your own needs but I found a small suitcase or a bag with wheels much easier. You don't need an extra bag for your baby's items, if you prefer to pack all of your belongings in one suitcase you can but read on to see my recommendations for what to bring to the hospital for your newborn baby.

Baby diaper bag with nappies and wipes laid out

What to pack in your newborn baby's hospital bag?

  • Newborn Nappies - (check if your hospital supplies these)

  • Baby Wipes

  • Long sleeve onesies - no matter the time of year it can be cold in the hospital

  • Singlets

  • Beanie/Mittens

  • Going home outfit - (we all know we have had this planned for a while)

  • 2nd going home outfit - (perhaps we haven't decided which one yet, we need choices)

  • Baby blankets/swaddles

  • Dummy/pacifier if you plan to use one

  • Bottles and formula if you plan to bottle feed

hospital birthing suite with water tub and exercise ball

During Labour, your birth partner might need a few things too so it's a great idea to get them to bring along a bag which might contain

  • A spare change of clothes

  • Snacks and bottled water

  • Coins for the vending machines

  • Phone charger

  • List of people to contact like your Birth Photographer or Doula.

  • A copy of your birth plan and any other important documents you may need.


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