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The Birthing Shirt Company Ltd

35 Gloucester Road | Rudgeway

Bristol | BS35 3SF | United Kingdom

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Hospital Bag Checklist

Wondering what to bring in your hospital bags?


This checklist covers all the items you’ll need for labour, mum post birth and for your new baby. Even if you're intending to have a home birth, it is a good idea to pack your hospital bags just in case. You will need to take a number of essential items to help you cope with labour, your hospital stay and take care of your new baby. Be prepared and have your hospital bags packed at around the 32-36 week point in case your baby is early. This will help you feel more in control and relaxed.


You’ll also find handy links to the birthwear products stocked by 'The Birthing Shirt Company'.








  • Your antenatal records

  • Birth plan

  • Car parking money

  • Your own prescription drugs

  • 2 Bamboo Birthing Shirts/Wraps

  • Hairbrush and a bamboo jersey headband

  • Slipper socks as your feet may feel chilly in strong labour

  • TENS machine

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

  • Flannel/ face spray/ handheld fan

  • Lipbalm for dry lips

  • Tissues

  • Massage oil

  • Glucose tablets

  • Snacks and drinks for you and your labour partner

  • Magazines, jigsaws, games (for early first stage)

  • Camera or video camera

  • CD/MP3 player.

  • List of important phone numbers




  • Extra plastic bags (for laundry items)

  • Nightwear and light dressing gown (postnatal wards are hot)

  • Slippers or flip flops

  • Eyemask for the bright wards

  • 2 dark bath towels

  • Wash bag with make-up and toiletries

  • Plenty of knickers (disposable if you prefer)

  • Large-size maternity pads

  • Nursing bra and breast pads

  • Coins for phone, TV, newspapers and snacks

  • Books/magazines

  • Leave valuables including jewellery at home

  • Going home outfit (loose fitting or maternity wear)

''...your birthing shirt was a godsend, I wore it in hospital and it was perfect for breastfeeding...''

  • 1 pack of newborn nappies

  • Baby wipes or cotton wool

  • Nappy bags  

  • Nappy cream

  • 2 cotton vests (depending on the season)

  • 2 cotton sleepsuits

  • Cotton baby hat

  • Cotton bibs

  • Baby socks

  • Baby blanket

  • Scratch mitts

  • Going home outfit  

  • Car seat (most hospitals check that you have a car seat before you leave)

for labour ...

for mum postbirth  ...

for your new baby ...

(Print and keep for reference)

(Assuming a 24 hour stay)

Jessica Clark, London


Tips on packing your hospital bag?


Size of bag


  • Choose a bag that will be easy to carry and can accommodate all the different items that you will need to pack. A small suitcase / overnight travel size bag with is a very convenient option. Label the bag with your name and contact information.


Getting organised


  • Sit down with your birthing partner and go through your checklist to see which items you already have and which items you will need to buy.


  • Be prepared and have your hospital bags packed at around the 32-36 week point in case your baby is early.


Where to keep it


  • Keep your hospital bag in a convenient spot (near the front door if you can), ready to go.

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