Bookmark this: What to pack in the hospital bag – the definitive list

August 4, 2014

There should be an entire book, blog or support group dedicated to hospital bags, and what to pack when you’re about to have a baby. I remember that next to the health of your baby and how to decorate the nursery came the “worry” of what to pack in your hospital bag.

I guess the hospital bag is a big deal because having a baby is a big deal! It’s exciting, terrifying and life-changing, and if there’s one thing you can get “right” or “control” from the onset, it’s your bag.

So how does one bag the essentials for mom and baby, and pack a case that has everything you’ll need – and want? Astrid
Anderson, distributer of Philips AVENT products and former maternity nurse, advises the following:

For Mom:

• Toiletry bag (including soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, body and face cream, shampoo and conditioner, face cloths, lip balm, hairbrush, deodorant – but remember that scents should not be too overwhelming that baby doesn’t identify mother’s natural smell)

• Bath towel

• Handbag with personal identification documents

• Loose clothing

• Feeding bras and breast pads

• Maternity underwear and maternity sanitary pads

• Sleepwear, T-shirts, tracksuits – front opening for easy breastfeeding

• Gown

• MP3 player or iPod

• Hairband

• Comfortable shoes (slippers and shoes for when strolling in the hospital gardens or to the nursery)

• A pillow from home to aid in sleeping or relaxing

• A few healthy, light but high energy snacks, or money to buy these at the hospital

• Cellphone and charger

• Camera with extra batteries/video camera

• Breast pump

• Plastic bag for dirty clothing

• Anything else that might personalise your labour room and make you feel more comfortable.


For Baby:

• 6 or more pieces of clothing

• 6 or more vests

• A “going home” outfit

• 1 pack of newborn nappies

• Blankets

• Soother

• Beanie

• Socks

• Baby oil/lotion

• Bum cream

• Wet wipes

• Cotton wool to wash baby with

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Remember to place the bag in an easy to reach area for grabbing on the way to the hospital. Astrid suggests having the hospital bag packed and ready around week 35 of pregnancy, just in case baby decides to come early. Lastly, remind your partner to collect the baby car chair when coming to collect you both.

Philips Avent nappy-bag essentials

1. The Philips AVENT Comfort single electric breast pump automatically starts in gentle stimulation mode to assist let-down. Thereafter, a mother can choose between three pumping settings to ensure her milk flow is comfortable and effective. It’s available at leading mother and baby stores including Baby City, ToysRUs, and selected Dischem stores, for a recommended price of R2 550.

The Philips AVENT Natural manual breast pump has been developed to offer a more comfortable expressing position for easier milk flow, with no need to lean forward. The pumps allow mothers to express in a comfortable, reclined position, reducing the risk of back pain. It also has a massage cushion that combines peristaltic and vacuum actions for greater efficacy of milk expression. It’s available from leading mother and baby stores including Baby City, ToysRUs, and selected Dischem stores, for a recommended price of R 1119.78.

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2. Philips AVENT soothers come in handy for soothing baby between feeds. They are fun and versatile and can be colour-coordinated with the beautiful flower-themed soother for girls and the car-themed soother for boys. They are available at leading baby and retail outlets and some pharmacies at a recommended price of R123-88.

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3. Philips Avent Washable Breast Pads have a soft brushed cotton lining, which draws moisture away from the skin behind a leakproof liner. The pads are machine washable and dryable, and each packet comes with six pads, plus a laundry bag. They’re available from baby outlets from R210 a packet.

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1 Comment

  • theblondemommy

    Great list! And great timing as well seeing as we’ll be going in to hospital next week to meet our newest family member =)
    All I’d add would be: Baby mittens (they so easily scratch themselves with those razor sharp little nails!) and perhaps a support belt for Mom post-baby.

    August 4, 2014 at 8:30 am Reply
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