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Your Must-Have Maternity Hospital Bag Checklist

Your Must-Have Maternity Hospital Bag Checklist

If you are preparing for the arrival of your new baby, you'll know that the time will come soon to pack your maternity hospital bag. 

If you are a first time Mum, you most likely have questions about what to pack in your maternity hospital bag and when to start packing.

To help with this task we have complied an Maternity Hospital Bag Checklist to help you get organised.

This hospital bag checklist will ensure you have everything you need, for both Mum and baby.  We suggest packing enough items for a 3-5 day hospital stay.

Arrived Hayes Vegan Leather Nappy Backpack

For Mum:

  • Maternity Pads - a couple of packs
  • Maternity Bras - bring three if you plan to breastfeed
  • Breast Pads - Ecostork recommends 4-5 pairs of My Little Gumnut reusable breast pads 
  • Nipple Cream 
  • Comfy casual clothes - think stretchy high waist maternity pants, maternity leggings, loose fitting tees and loose fitting dresses. 
  • Comfy pyjamas - 2 x loose fitting pyjamas. Look for front opening shirts or nighties if you are planning to breastfeed.
  • Robe/Warm Cardigan - for those late night feeds
  • Big comfy high waist undies - 6 x comfy cotton undies to use in those first few days.  A high waist is important if you have a c-section.
  • Socks - grippy socks are a good idea
  • Thongs/Slippers 
  • Toiletries - all your favourite items. Be sure to include lip balm and face moisturiser as the hospital air con dries out your skin
  • Hairbands
  • Phone and charger
  • Pen/paper
  • Healthy Snacks - for during and after the birth. 
  • Lactation Cookies - if you are planning to breastfeed, these cookies are a must-have.  Not only to they assist to boost your milk supply, but they are also filling. 
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • A going home outfit

Anchor and Arrow Organic Baby Swaddles  

For Baby:

  • 6 x Bodysuits for baby to wear while in hospital.  It's better to pack a few depending how long you will be staying in hospital.
  • 6 x Singlets - these are important to keep your baby warm
  • 2 x Cotton Beanies - these help to keep your baby warm 
  • 2 x Socks
  • 2 x Mittens
  • 3 x Muslin Wraps - these multi purpose wraps will come in handy for any new parent
  • Cloth Nappies or Eco-friendly Disposable Nappies - a couple of packs. You may go through up to 12 nappies a day.
  • Baby Wipes - choose either reusable cloth baby wipes or gentle, fragrance free baby wipes.
  • Pacifier - Ecostork recommends a Hevea natural rubber pacifier
  • Going home outfit - it's nice to keep aside a comfy outfit for baby to wear home from the hospital.
  • Cotton blanket - Be sure to have a soft blanket on hand in case it is a cold day.
  • Baby car seat - this is a necessity and you won't be able to leave hospital without a baby seat in your car. Be sure to purchase this and have it correctly installed before baby arrives. Most retailers that sell baby seats offer a free service to install the seat into your car.

You can download and print your Essential Hospital Bag Checklist here, and to help get you started we have a discount code here.

Ecostork Hospital Bag Checklist


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