Packing your hospital bag
Your due date cannot be planned to the day, so it’s best to pack your bag for the hospital a few weeks beforehand. With our packing list you can be sure you don’t forget anything – and can rest a little easier in the run-up to the birth.
It’s good to be prepared. But don’t worry if you forget something, because you’ll usually find all the essentials at the hospital, or your partner or family can bring anything you’ve forgotten. So don’t pack too much.
Clothes for you
- Comfortable t-shirts to wear after the birth
- A big t-shirt that you don’t mind getting dirty during the birth
- Light jumpers
- Tracksuit trousers
- Clothes for going home (clothes you wore while 6 months pregnant usually fit)
Soft bras or breastfeeding bras that don’t pinch. The bras shouldn’t have underwire.
To help you sleep for a few hours after the birth. In hospital, the midwives and nurses will look after your baby while you sleep.
Skin and body care products
Take everything that you’d pack for a weekend away.
- Married mothers: ID, family record document
- Unmarried mothers: ID, acknowledgement of paternity if available, confirmation of residence
- Foreign nationals: Copy of passport, family record document, residence permit, confirmation of residence
Slippers or warm socks
Warm feet help you relax
If you wear contact lenses, don’t forget to take your glasses, contact lens solution and contact lens case.
Smartphone and camera
For the first baby photos and to let family and friends know that mum and baby are doing well. And don’t forget your charger.
Clothes for baby on the way home
- Baby body
- Dummy Possibly gloves in winter
- Baby blanket
- Baby carrier, pram or car seat
Many hospitals offer the services of a professional photographer to take pictures of your new baby. If you want to use this service, pack an outfit for your baby that you really like.
Tips for returning home
If you stock up on non-perishable foods and toiletries before going into hospital, your first few days back at home will be more relaxed.
Prepare meals in advance
In the first few days at home with a new baby, there’s not much time for cooking. It’s a good idea to cook and freeze a few portions so you can enjoy your time with your newborn without the hassle of cooking.
Get food delivered
Alternatively, you might want to enjoy home-delivered meals during this special time. Look for tasty delivery services – there’s a huge choice available today.
Enjoy your time as a couple
Once the baby arrives, your life and that of your partner will change completely. Make the most of your final weeks as a couple – go to the cinema or theatre, enjoy a weekend away in a hotel or eat in restaurants.