What should I pack in my hospital bag?


Woman packing suitcase What to pack in my hospital bag?

Getting ready for a newborn? From all at KIKI & SEBBY®, congratulations!

As your pregnancy draws to a close, we want you to fully appreciate this amazing achievement. A moment when one adventure ends and a brand-new, highly anticipated chapter in your life begins. One of the last tasks you complete as you get ready to meet your baby is probably packing your hospital bag. So where should you start?

Here is a list of the basic necessities for giving birth:

  • Pregnancy notes
  • A birth plan – if you have one
  • An easy-to-move-in, loose-fitting garment that won’t make you too overheated is ideal for labour. A cosy nightgown or a large t-shirt will do
  • Books, magazines, music, and podcasts for relaxation (more for the early stages)
  • A fan or a water spray – to cool off with
  • Phone plus a charger – make sure you have adequate storage for those lovely first photos!
  • Healthy beverages and snacks
  • Your own pillow – lots of mums love this familiarity
  • If you wish to use one and if your hospital doesn’t supply one, a TENS machine and batteries
  • Any medication you are on
  • Your toilet bag including your soap, hair ties, toothbrush, toothpaste, and other essentials
  • Aromatherapy oils, especially if you used them throughout pregnancy
  • You may also want to bring your birth ball, but most hospitals will have one so check beforehand


You’ll require a variety of other items once labour is over and you’re relaxing with your newborn. These should be in your bag:

  • iPad, tablet or kindle 
  • Book or magazine
  • Comfortable, maternity-sized clothes to wear for the journey home


Additionally, if you intend to nurse, add:

  • Nightgowns or pyjamas with front openings
  • Nursing bras
  • Breast pads


Of course, you mustn’t forget to pack the baby’s essentials too. We suggest:

  • Vests or bodysuits
  • Babygrows (including one you want them to go home in)
  • A hat, mittens, socks, or booties
  • Nappies – either reusable or disposable
  • Cotton wool balls or pads
  • Blankets
  • Muslins – shop our collection here
  • Additionally, you must ensure that the car seat you are using is correctly fitted. Check that you understand how to install the car seat and tighten the harness correctly for your newborn. 


Your birth partner will undoubtedly need to pack a bag as well. They ought to consider packing:

  • Cash/debit card
  • Change of clothes
  • Snacks
  • Toilet Bag
  • If there is space, a camping mattress; 
  • A book or something to occupy themselves.


We hope that the birth goes well and that you remember to pack everything you need. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it should help you organise the essentials for your hospital stay.


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