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#51 Nut

Posted 03 June 2009 - 11:17 AM

Done. Thanks for pointing that out, I had meant to change it with the edit but obviously forgot original.gif

#52 cassyn

Posted 01 March 2010 - 09:22 AM

Great compilation!! I have forgotten all the things I wished I had or didnt have for my previous pregnancies, this has jogged memory a little.

Suggestion to get is a fold down crate or box, for DH or whoever is helping you home to be able to bring in when you are going home to put any flowers and gifts in to save so many trips back and forth to the car.

Plastic bags are a must, both for dirty clothes, and to be able to put the flowers in for way home. My hospital didnt have enough vases last time so may be a good idea if expecting some to bring some cheapies or glass coffee jars.
Also a definite on the pillow. Hospital here is losing their pillows so when I went for a unexpected check up the other day they had to appologise for no pillow and said to definitely bring one for stay in hospital.

Also have a plastic bag of cold drinks in the fridge that you can grab out for labour for partner, as they often need a sugar rush and drink but are too scared to leave to go get one.

Yay the memory is coming back.

#53 3tocherish

Posted 15 March 2010 - 12:55 PM

Found out only ONE nappy is supplied for baby after birth. Check with hospital/birth centre on what they supply....

Also, mums, may need to supply their own pads too....(prob more comfortable anyway.)

#54 Eirinn

Posted 15 March 2010 - 01:06 PM

I don't think I took anything that hasn't already been mentioned. I just want to say, make sure your partner and birth assistants know what you have packed, and when you might like to use it. There's no point in packing Rescue Remedy if no one takes it out of the bag!!!

#55 cryptic

Posted 10 May 2010 - 05:50 PM

Just making my list and one other thing I thought of was correct change for the hospital car park.

#56 eb1971

Posted 18 May 2010 - 03:11 PM

I will be taking just a few items - mainly labour stuff, change of clothes and pads and breast pads/bras. Really just an overnight/weekend bag type of thing. Hubby or support person can always go home and get anything else you have forgotten or think of.

#57 hannahthompson

Posted 05 June 2010 - 05:06 PM

     Different hospitals provide different equipment, so it's always a good idea to ask your hospital what they have available for you during labour and once the baby is born. You can also consider keeping some additional supplies in a handy bag at home for your partner or family to bring in the day after the birth rather than trying to lug a really heavy bag in with you whilst you are in labour! I have a Hospital Bag Checklist probably it will suit your needs.


  For labour

  • hospital paperwork -      registration card/health record or similar
  • Medicare card and/or private      health insurance company card
  • birth plan
  • cardboard/plastic folder to      keep all your paperwork in (you'll get given more when the baby is born)
  • comfortable, old, t-shirt
  • nightgown
  • warm socks - feet can get      cold during labour
  • flat slip-on shoes or      slippers
  • lollies to suck on
  • face cloth / face spray
  • extra clothes for partner -      they may get wet helping you in shower or bath
  • plastic bag for dirty clothes
For mum post-birth
(some of the items from your labour bag can be re-used)

  • day-time clothes - pjs,      nighties or casual clothes with front opening tops for breastfeeding      (don't expect to get into your 'pre-pregnancy' clothes straightaway, take      loose fitting or maternity clothes)
  • flat slip-on shoes and/or      slippers
  • night-time clothes - front      opening tops for breastfeeding
  • dressing gown
  • maternity sanitary pads -      plenty
  • undies - plenty of pairs (use      disposables if you prefer)
  • breastfeeding bras
  • absorbent breast pads
  • toiletries
  • plastic bag for dirty laundry
  • mobile phone and charger
For baby

  • nappies
  • singlet
  • socks / booties
  • wipes or cotton wool balls
  • baby bath solution / baby      wash
  • face washers
  • baby towel
  • wraps / blankets

#58 excitedmum

Posted 06 June 2010 - 04:46 PM

Thanks for this list. Booking in tomorrow for induction and still haven't packed bag. May make a start on it now I have a list! LOL


#59 sigh

Posted 16 June 2010 - 12:32 PM

What I would pack now that I know; I had some of it but not all:

4 packs maternity pads (mostly just for the padding)
hair dryer (travel size is easier)
better squeeze bottle than a pop top water bottle
firm but stretchy singlet tops (boobs got too big for nursing bras)
more cooler clothes (i'd packed for being cold in the hospital but felt really warm for the first three days and lived in the one dress)
more bonds bumps dresses (love them)
only one outfit of day clothes (easier to stay in pjs or dresses)
snacks for the hospital as I was hungry most of the time despite reasonable catering (had taken them for labour but had no time to eat any of it but it was good for the hospital stay)
plastic bags for dirty clothes or a second bag for them

#60 mibi

Posted 22 July 2010 - 10:19 PM

I would add Lasinoh cream for the nipples if planning on breastfeeding and possibly some haemorrhoid cream. My hospital provided the haemorrhoid cream last time, but it took ages for the pharmacy to deliver it to me!

#61 sam_gamgee

Posted 30 November 2010 - 03:51 PM

QUOTE (JFK @ 13/04/2008, 10:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I always take some framed photos of my other kids - as newborns as well as current ones.  It's always interesting for the "Who is she / he like" discussions and I'm sure it makes the other kids feel special when they come in to see me.

Fantastic idea!

Also, for the fridge - a slab of brie and selection of cold meats for mum post-birth.   biggrin.gif

#62 SingleSweetPea

Posted 17 December 2010 - 08:41 AM

QUOTE (sam_gamgee @ 30/11/2010, 04:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Also, for the fridge - a slab of brie and selection of cold meats for mum post-birth.   biggrin.gif

roll2.gif  - love it original.gif Brilliant idea!!

#63 Mimmibecca

Posted 01 January 2011 - 11:44 AM

Great list! It's my third baby, but I still got plenty of refresher ideas.

2 things I would add to the list are:

-Feme Pads

These are fablous pad shaped cool packs that can go in the fridge or freezer for relief down there after birth. They have disposable gauze covers too. You keep them in the fridge or freezer and just pop one on top of your pad. They provide SO much relief and are much more comfortable than what the hospital provides. I bought mine from the UK years ago, but they can now be bought online from Mothers Direct in Australia.

-Siblings Hospital Bags

We pack a backpack for each sibling which stays at the hospital throughout my visit with little treats and things for them to do while visiting (in addition to seeing the baby of course, but DH likes to stay for a long time each visit). SOme things we put in them are new colouring books, sticker books, pencils, twistable crayons, comic or childrens magazine etc.

#64 Abbygirl

Posted 11 January 2011 - 08:17 PM

Awesome idea with the siblings backpacks, we'll definitely organise one for DD now!

#65 fozzer

Posted 20 October 2011 - 10:49 AM

My best 4 items came from my mother who brought them...the rest of the items on page one are pretty standard, clothes, pads, but the Below really "helped me" and were def not thought of during preg.

1. Lansinoh - nurses always tell you that breastfeeding only hurts if its not done properly. CRAP, you need to toughen up your nipples and almost all first time mums have painful breastfeeding experiences at until the skin thickens, its common nature. Mine only hurt for 3 weeks but lansinoh cream prevented my nipples from cracking keeping them mositurized and soft. I used them 2-3rd day in the hospital onwards - this cream was a godsend.

2. Prunes - my mum brought some prunes, which was great especially after I was paranoid going to the loo after a vaginal birth with grazing. These def made going easier. Only really used it the first time, then felt comfortable after that.

3. Ural - I didnt get stitches but had grazing on labia/s....ural was also a godsend, without it, it would sting like mad.

4. Water bottle -  Everytime i needed to wee, i would get an empty water bottle, filled with warm water so when i went to the loo i would pour this down at the same time. Took the sting out entirely. This and ural worked well together.

Hope that helps original.gif

#66 mum to b

Posted 09 November 2011 - 11:47 AM

What a fantastic forum...I am a first time mum and didn't have a clue on what I should be packing, so thankyou for all the useful info.

I will certainly be asking the hospital what they provide....I do like the idea of providing my own babies clothes, and taking a water bottle with the pop lid.

#67 KeiraKeira

Posted 09 November 2011 - 11:50 AM

Ha ha thats a long list, i just got my little suit case out it is on the bed and trying to also workout what i need to bring for hospital bag.

Surely our mums didnt have that much to bring with them when they had us lol

QUOTE (Nut @ 16/11/2007, 12:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The revised list.

A note: This list is not to be seen as a "you must have all these items or you won't survive" type list. It is more a suggestion of things you may want to consider when packing. I recommend going through the list and just including what you feel necessary. Quantities are also just suggestions.

Many don't want aromatherapy for example, or are planning a very short stay in hospital. It's purely a guide to help with the mental strain as it's quite daunting.

Check with your hospital for a list of what is supplied. Many provide little gowns for the baby and nappies for example as well as plenty of nice warm blankets and almost everything you need to care for baby during your stay.


- Ante Natal Card
- Hospital Information
- Several copies of your birth plan (if applicable)
- Private Health Insurance details (if applicable)
- Cheque for Excess (if applicable)
- Medicare Card/Details
- GP's details

For Mum during the birth:

- Lip Balm - lips can become dry and chafed during labour from heavy breathing. This may offer some relief.
- Massage/Aromatherpay oils for during labour.
- Soothing Music of your choice for during labour, and CD player if hospital does not supply.
- Something comfortable to wear ��" I.e. a loose T-Shirt or nightie (something you don’t mind throwing out in case it gets ruined).
- Something to put on afterward
- Extra Pillows
- Beanbag if preferred (check with your birthing hospital)
- Lollies or lollipops to suck on.
- Watch with a 2nd hand or a stop watch to time contractions
- Hand Mirror if you want to watch the head crowning and baby being born (or speak to your birthing hospital about mirror availability).
- Something to wear in the bath if you’re shy
- Heat packs, massage tools etc. to help with pain relief or other items such as a TENS machine if you’ve hired one.
- Cool pack. Can be nice on the forehead and better than wet paper towels.

For Mum after the birth:

- 2 - 3 Nightie/Pyjamas
- Slippers/Socks
- Bathrobe
- 2 - 3 Nursing Bras & Tops
- 2 Boxes Breast Pads
- 8 x Underwear - It pays to have some old ones in the bag that can be thrown away in case of staining in the days after birth.
- Maternity Pads - At least 2 packets - your partner can always bring more if needed. (Some also prefer incontinence Pants - Not good post Caeser though)
- Toiletries - such as toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, hairbrush, hair bands, make up, deodorant, Liquid Soap, Moisteriser, Lanisoh.(Nipple Cream), Hairdryer (wonderful for drying yourself completely and gently.
- Eye Glasses/Contact Lenses - if worn.
- Face Washers
- Towel
- Day clothes - bear in mind that you will be sore so loose fitting clothes are the suggestion.
- A roll or 2 of your own SOFT toilet paper - You are bound to be tender and don't want to be using something hard and scratchy! Or Some prefer Flushable Wipes.
- Water bottle with a pop top squeezy lid to clean your bits in the shower
- Breast Pump - in case there is a need to express. The hospital should have these, but some women prefer certain brands and may prefer to use their own.
- Plastic bags for dirty clothes.
- Tissues.
- Metamucil & Ural.
- Multivitamins and any other medications you may need.

For Partner:

- Snacks for during and after labour - It can be a long time between meals for Dad so pack some snacks that he can nibble on whilst you are in labour.
- Panadol - some Dad's suffer from stress and tension headaches when watching their partners in pain and often hospitals won't give medication to fathers so it can be handy to have some in your bag.
- Money for pay phone - or a charged mobile phone to make birth announcement calls.
- Swimmers in case he wants to join you in the shower or bath
- Change of clothes in case you're there a while and he wants to get cleaned up


- Address Book
- Video Camera, extra tapes and charger
- Normal camera with extra batteries or charger
- Snacks for when you are back on the ward.
- MP3 player or equivalent
- Journal/Notepad - to keep notes of the things you may forget in the haste of everything.
- Magazines and books - for reading when baby is sleeping (if you are not!)
- Wallet - if wanting to purchase from snack trollies, canteens, or Pay for the use of TV or telephone. Be careful about leaving money in your room when unattended, or simply make sure hubby has money with him each time he comes!
- Pen for filling out paperwork, and Thankyous if you feel up to it.
- Mobile phone and charger (if allowed)
- Your own Pillow/Doona.
- Box of Chocolates and thankyou Pressies for Midwifes.
- Sports drink for during the birth

For Baby:

- 4 stretchsuits
- 4 singlets
- 4 pairs socks/booties
- 4 cardigans (depending on season)
- 1 cellular blanket (for going home)
- Scratch mittens
- Nappies & Wipes (some hospitals provide them, discuss this with your hospital before you give birth.)
- Cotton Wool
- Going Home Outfit
- Bunny Rugs
- Toiletries - Baby Bath stuff. Baby Shampoo. Baby brush and comb. Massage Oil.
- If bottle feeding, check if you need to supply your own bottles and formula.
- Nail scissors for baby
- Warm hat

- A correctly fitted Australian Standards Approved Car Restraint

#68 Nut

Posted 11 November 2011 - 09:34 PM

LoL, well it is only a guide of things to consider, not a set in stone "you need all these things".

For me I did not need anything in the paperwork list. On the for mum during labour, I wore a fitted singlet and undies and I had my hand bag with lip balm in it and some fresh clothes for after.

I think I had most of the stuff on the after list but that's really just clothes and toiletries. No bath robe, no face washers, no towels.

Had snacks, clothes and some toiletries for DH. All the cameras and chargers. For baby just a few onesies and wraps and the going home outfit. And some nappies.

So less than half of that list I had with me. It's definitely only a guide.

#69 theweehaggis

Posted 05 August 2012 - 10:11 PM

I highly recommend a SHOWER CAP. For both labour and after. Our maternity unit only had showers on offer for labouring mums to be.. ended up with wet hair throughout labour which was not plesant.. then again after bub is born you may need to have several showers a day for both hygine (stitches etc) and sanity.. and using a hairdryer in a busy ward is not ideal! I have give all my friends who are due this advice and all habe said it was something they didnt think of but something they used!

#70 Katastrophy78

Posted 15 August 2012 - 03:11 PM

Great ideas ladies.

I do think your list would change with subsequent births also. Like, with DD2 and DD3, I didn't plan on being in hospital long, so really I just packed a change of clothes, jamies and toiletries. For bub, I took a couple of wondersuits and that was it. My hospital provided everything else including a little baby pack, with shampoos and everything, but with DD3 I was out within 24 hours, so I bathed her when we got home  bbaby.gif

It is a very exciting time! (we are TTTC#4 and I'm loving reading all your lists - how special) Don't go over the odds, I wouldn't bother with 'aromatherapy' burners and candles and music.... I just find you 'zone out' and just focus on breathing and you don't even hear any other noises (IMO)

My top tips?

Paw Paw Ointment  ( you can use it for lip balm and nipple cream, I didn't like lansinoh at all its all sticky and ick)
Your favourite jamies and socks (for after, well and socks for labour if you like)
Your own Pillow is nice for the stay (things with your own smell).
Lots of maternity pads
A belly band (or some sort of underwear that supports your belly post birth - I found I felt really 'winded' post birth with all my organs moving back to the gaping space in my belly and I was walking around holding my belly up to where it was)

I do like the idea of the siblings bags. Generally you might already have their own bags with toys and books and nappies anyway.

I hope I get to pack a hospital bag again soon :wink: Good luck ladies x

#71 theweehaggis

Posted 09 October 2012 - 10:00 PM


The one thing i wish i took.. went and had a shower whilst in labour.. no time to faff about drying your hair and was pretty cold and uncomfortable with wet hair!

ive recommended it to numerous friends and they all ended up using it..

#72 Lilymorris76

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:51 PM

A must have in your bag is the Cottons Maternity Pads. They were the most comfortable. They say that no chemicals have been used and good for sensitive skin (and for those of you who know what it's like, you're super sensitive).
I can't recommend them enough.

#73 Justaduck

Posted 02 May 2013 - 09:16 PM

I just took the one suitcase - by the time I packed nappies, pads, breast pads. Clothes for me, clothes for DD, clothes for DP, Wraps for DD. Toiletries, my pillow etc. Also room to bring home gifts people brought to hospital. I knew I would be in for at least 3 nights (c-sec) so needed more clothes than if I was in for 1 night.
Was easier taking the one suitcase and unpacking rather than one bag for me and one for her.

My biggest tip - even if having a Summer bub, make sure to get l/s onesies. The hospital can be quite cold and I had only packed short sleeved ones. Had to send DP out the next morning to buy more.
Biggest waste - Mittens. They were all huge and just fell off anyway. Same with some beanies - even the newborn ones fit DD when she was 6mths and not before.

If you are having a planned c-sec, or an epidural where they make you have a catheter in...I recommend a dress to wear until they take the catheter out.

Edited by Justaduck, 02 May 2013 - 09:27 PM.

#74 *LiMa*

Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:23 AM

Not a what to pack tip as such, but when I pack our bags, I will pack 2 days worth of clothes for myself and baby in my actual bag, but at home I will have 2 further plastic bags packed - one for day 3 one for day 4 which I will get DH to bring down IF I need them.  Each time he drops a bag off he will take one home and wash the stuff and rebag it straight away in case I need a day 5/6/7 etc.

The other thing I'm taking thats not already listed is my wifi stick (country hospital, no internet available, this might not be needed in metro hospitals) and my iPad so that I can use Skype to introduce baby to all my interstate relatives.

#75 emilysmith

Posted 14 June 2013 - 05:41 PM

its realy helpful topic for me thanks you so much

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