What to Pack in your Hospital Bag

Getting ready to pack your hospital bag for giving birth?

At 36 weeks pregnant I actually thought I had almost finished packing my hospital bag – until I decided to ask Instagram what else I needed… how wrong was I!?

After asking our BellaMoon social media followers for some recommendations on what to pack for giving birth, we have gathered up a fantastic list of items. You may use or need all of these – and some you may not use, however it gives a great varied approach so that you can decide what is appropriate for yourself.

Thanks for all of your input – it is so helpful for Mums-to-be, and gives peace of mind knowing that all bases are covered so they can just focus on the birth of their baby.


  • Your maternity notes – do not leave home without these!
  • Your birth plan and any instructions for your birth partner written in advance
  • Print outs of any hypno-birthing affirmations you may wish to take
  • Earphones / audio for listening to any meditations
  • Essential oils
  • Nightdress to give birth in
  • Slippers
  • Lip balm / Vaseline (as the gas and air can dry your lips out)
  • Hair band / hair ties
  • Placenta Encapsulation Kit if you have booked one
  • TENS machine if you have booked one
  • Comfort Pillow – BellaMoon Full Moon Maternity Pillow of course will really help with finding comfortable labour positions 😉
  • Cooling water spray or cold facecloth (La Roche Posay or Vichy from Boots have both been suggested)
  • Alternatively a small handheld fan if it is hot
  • Paracetamol (although the midwife may give you some)
  • Toiletries (rich moisturiser as you can get very dehydrated during labour)
  • Water bottle (some people recommend magnesium tablets to relax muscles and prevent stress, lots of people also recommend Coconut Water, Lucozade Sport, Powerade, Capri Suns or any Isotonic drink. Great suggestions included freezing icecubes of Lucozade and bring them in a flask as some Mums found it hard to eat and drink during labour
  • Snacks – lots and lots of snacks to keep your energy up (recommendations include ‘Deliciously Ella Energy Balls, Mints etc.)
  • Phone charger with extra long cable or extension lead in case the plug socket is far away
  • Socks to keep your feet warm (might not be necessary in summer!)


  • Night dress if staying over
  • Earplugs / Eyemask (hospital ward can be very noisy / bright)
  • Maternity Pads
  • Underwear / Disposable pants (Tena lady) or old pants you can throw away
  • Witch Hazel or Arnica Tablets (or cream) for bruising
  • My Expert Midwife Spritz for your Bits has been recommended by many (also meant to be great for healing a caesarean scar)
  • Little pots for filling with toiletries and creams
  • Hand cream
  • Organic underarm deodorant
  • Flip flops for shower
  • Your own towel
  • Multi-mam Nipple compresses (or other brands too)
  • Breastfeeding bras
  • Breastpads
  • Feeding Pillow for feeding baby – BellaMoon is best of course! 😉
  • Nipple cream (Lansinoh or My Expert Midwife and other brands)
  • Something comfortable to wear home
  • A little plug in night-light as hospital lights can be too bright


  • Babygrows – 4 or more to start with if it is a short stay
  • Baby vests – as above although depends on weather / temperature as may not need in summer
  • Hats / scratch mittens / little nail clipper so they don’t scratch themselves
  • Nappies (apparently newborns go through around 10 a day)
  • Car seat isofix base and carseat in the car
  • Baby blanket for coming home
  • Muslins
  • Present for siblings from the new baby
  • Water wipes
  • Cotton pads with a little lunch box for water (midwives recommend cleaning little bums and belly buttons with water and cotton wool rather than wipes)
  • Have an extra bag in car another bag with more nappies and clothes for baby in case of longer stay


  • They need the link to this list to make sure you have everything you need!
  • Something to time the contractions with
  • Comfort bag for them with some of the following;
  • Deodorant / toothbrush
  • Book / Phone / iPad and Charger
  • Swimwear in case you wish to get into a birthing pool with your partner
  • Change of clothes
  • Snacks and drinks

I hope this helps all you Mums to be out there! Feel free to share it on social media and beyond.

Best of luck with the birth of your beautiful babies! 🙂


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