Pregnancy bag checklist

As you count down to your due date, use this checklist to put together a bag of essential supplies for your trip to hospital. 

When contractions start, you may need to get to hospital in a rush so it’s a good idea to pack a bag of things you may need ahead of time, and have it close to hand so you can just grab it as you rush out the door. 

Here is a checklist of some things you might want to pack to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Your doctor and/or midwife can help you with what else you might need. As hospital policies vary, check with yours to see what you are allowed to take in, what they will provide and how much storage space you can expect. 
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  • Your Medicare card
  • Your health insurance membership card (if you’ve chosen to go private)
  • Your hospital paperwork or Pregnancy Health Record (if you have one)
  • Any medicines you are currently taking (both prescription and non-prescription)
  • Your birth plan (if you have one)
  • Your blood group card (if you have one)

For the mum-to-be

  • Sleepwear (including dressing gown)
  • Underwear and maternity bras
  • Comfortable, loose clothes that are easy to breastfeed in
  • Slippers/thongs
  • Toiletries (including toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, hairbrush etc))
  • Nursing bras and breast pads
  • Maternity pads (at least two packs)

For baby

  • A good supply of nappies, wipes/cotton balls and nappy bags
  • Baby clothes (sleep suits, singlets, stretchy all-in-ones, hat, socks etc)
  • Blanket and cotton wraps
  • Muslin squares
  • Infant car seat (you may not be able to leave hospital without one)

Other things that might be useful

  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Healthy snacks and drinks for you and your birth partner
  • Camera/video camera and charger (check with hospital before using)
  • Your own pillow and towel (if you prefer)
  • Breastfeeding support pillow (if you have one)
  • A hairdryer (if you use one)
  • Heat pack/hot water bottle
  • Nipple balm and nipple shields
  • iPod/MP3 player and headphones, laptop or tablet
  • Earplugs
  • Books or magazines
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