Midwife Cath’s Ultimate Hospital List


Packing your hospital bag is a bit like packing for a holiday in a foreign, exotic country that you know nothing about. Does the baby really need so many onesies? (yes). Do I really need to buy maternity pads when I’ve got a whole box of regular ones at home (yes, you do). Will I really wear those ENORMOUS high waisted knickers (oh, yes). This may seem like a lot but you’ll be grateful when the little one arrives and you have everything organised.

Here’s the checklist I give to all my prospective mums:


  • 4 pairs of stretchy pants in a dark colour. Make sure the waistband is soft and comfortable
  • 4 tee shirt tops that allow for easy breastfeeding
  • 4-6 pairs of black underpants (make them high waisted so that if you have a c-section, they won’t dig into your scar)
  • 3 soft, well-fitting nursing bras
  • 1 packet of nursing pads for leaking breasts
  • 3 packets of maternity pads
  • Comfortable slip on shoes or slippers
  • Pyjamas for night feeding
  • Toiletries- toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, deodorant.


  • 7 soft, onesies with zips – anything else is too challenging
  • 7 singlets
  • 7 large muslin wraps
  • 2 hats
  • 1 set of going home clothes
  • 1 soft nail file for baby’s nails
  • 1 packet of disposable nappies (in case the hospital doesn’t provide them)
  • 1 packet of baby wipes (as above)
  • Formula and bottles (these are supplied by all hospitals)


  • Blood group card
  • Any relevant correspondence from your doctor, for example your Group B strep status
  • Change of clothes for your partner
  • Chargers/ battery for phones laptops, camera etc
  • Tote bag for dirty washing

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