Hospital Bag : 3 Weeks To Go



Geez, time is flying. I have finally packed my bag ready for the hospital. There is a lot of discussion about when to pack your bag ready to go the hospital. Majority of people think it should be done by week 32/33 in case bub comes super early. It is definitely better to be prepared than not of course.

Here I am at 37 weeks and finally packed ready to go. I knew my bub was not going to come early, its waiting for my hubby to come home which is tonight. We will have at least two months together while he sorts out his new position at work. Perfect timing – right.

I was a bit hesitant as to what to pack for the hospital, I didn’t want to take everything including our kitchen sink. The length of the stay is not any longer than three days. Plus Roy will be coming and going and can always bring me anything else I may need while I am resting up and pampering myself.

My good friend Michelle recently gave birth a couple of months ago to baby No.2.  So with her wisdom of having gone through the whole thing twice I knew she would be the perfect person to give me some practical advice as to ‘What To Take’.  So I wrote a list of things and started compiling. She also lent me the very cool Pink bag, so I don’t look like a hobo with my greenbag which i was going to take. However the Pink bag is the same size as the green bag and has a nifty pocket for my phone.

 HOSPITAL BAG PACKING LIST (the practical guide)

For Bubba

  • 1 x pkt new born nappies – check with your hospital if you need to take your own. I do
  • 1 x going home outfit, 2  x singlets, 1 x pair of socks and 1 x beanie to keep little ones head warm
  • 2 x spew cloths (spit rug, spew rug, spit cloth) – these aid in breastfeeding

For Mumma

  • Medical Record & Birth Plan
  • 1 x cotton nightie with buttons down the front for boob access
  • 1 x hospital outfit – I found a cool pair of flanny trousers and a stretchy singlet (for boob access)
  • 1 x pair of flip-flops (thongs) or slip on shoes for walking around the ward
  • 1 x dressing gown/robe I have borrowed Michelle’s to cover up so people don’t gawk at me if I feel like going for a stroll.
  • 6 x pairs of knickers – honestly
  • 1 x going home outfit – a stretchy dress
  • TOILETRIES: 2 x pkt of Maternity Pads, toothpaste, toothbrush, facewash, body wash, soap, hand cream, nail file, nail polish (for self pampering), deodorant, shampoo and I guess if you want to get dolled up a bit of make-up. Read below about pampering
  • Battery operated tea light candles – these are to aid in late night breast-feeding, so you don’t need to turn on the horrible fluro above your head.
  • Phone, charger, book or magazines to read (if you don’t have a tv or a window to daydream out of)

I am also taking my own water – call me a water snob – I will have a three litre water container with me, who knows what hospital water has in it. I don’t want to drink that stuff if i don’t need too. Roy will also bring me some yummy fruit and maybe some cheese and crackers for snaking on each day.

Also don’t forget you need to have a baby car seat ready to take bub home.



PAMPERING: I have been told by many mums to take the opportunity to get pampered (looked after) while in hospital. This is time where you can have a shower, scrub your body, wash your hair and maybe do your nails while you don’t have a newborn attached to you. After listening to their advice and my sister-in-law Lily giving me a rose scented toiletries pack for Christmas, which I have saved for the occasion. I am going to do my nails which I never do, apply hand moisturiser, maybe even have a shower for longer than 3 minutes. They don’t have rain water limits at the hospital.



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Lizzie Moult

Lizzie Moult

Planning, cooking, chasing kids & running an online business; it might seem like there is a lot going on. Yet Lizzie is all about living simply and creating a flexible lifestyle that enables plenty of travel, adventure and quality time. A lifestyle writer and photographer for over 10 years for numerous publications, working online for over 14 years Lizzie also works as a mentor for women who are looking to create and live a life with passion & purpose at

10 Responses

  1. Hi Lizzie, you look and sound very organised! Although it is rather personal, may I suggest dark coloured underwear…although you have probably already thought of that and don’t skimp on the maternity pads. As a first time mum I was shocked at how messy things can get after giving birth.

    This is such a special time…enjoy! x

    1. Thanks Jane, I have four pairs of black knickers, however i thought i would take all the ones I am going to throw out after baby is born beause they have stretched to high heavens too. The extra maternity pads seem to be the thing that I need to add to the bag.

  2. lizzie, i’ve not commented on your baby progress because i’m not a mum and haven’t much interest in becoming one 🙂 however i had to laugh at this one, and had to say: enjoy those long hot untimed showers!!!! have as many as you can without worryign about drainign the tanks!!! XXX

  3. Hi Lizzie, your hospital bag looks very organised you have been very thorough and covered off on what you’ll need. May I suggest a few things that helped me out when I had my first bubba in 2010? I agree with the other ladies about lots of pads and dark-coloured knickers, and also magazines/books, phone and phone charger etc. to while away the time when bub is asleep (if you aren’t sleeping too that is – which I recommend doing too!). Camera for lots of photos and maybe a few more outfits for you, I know I went through heaps, and an extra nightie/set of PJ’s. Just a few tips from what I found! Not long now!

  4. Go you for being organised. I had my bag pack pretty early but added a few things in the lead up. Straws with the bendy bit (so great in labour!), lolly snakes and muesli bars (ate during labour, as I didn’t want a whole meal but needed some energy), some wondersuits (night time suits) for baby as our hospital provided no clothing and we were going through AT LEAST one outfit a day with him.

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