What to pack for labour?!

What to pack for labour?!

Are you unsure about what to pack in your hospital bag? Do you need to pack nappies? What clothes will the baby need? Will you want anything specific for when you’re in labour?

Firstly, check with your hospital. Some may provide things like nappies and wipes, but many don’t. They may have a birth ball in all of the birth suites – but if they don’t you might want to bring your own. Each hospital should have a suggested list of what to pack, so make sure you ask about this.

Here is our list of things that we reckon will come in handy!



For Labour

  • Hospital paperwork – registration card/health record

  • Lip Balm

  • Hair bands

  • Water bottle

  • Phone charger

  • Camera

  • Face wash

  • Energy fuelling and yummy snacks and drinks

  • Music and some mini speakers

  • Heat pack

  • Socks

  • Mouth wash

  • Birth plan

  • Stress balls

  • Massage oil


For Mum

  • Shampoo/conditioner/shower gel/hairdryer

  • Towel

  • Clothes

  • A book to read (maybe a baby care or breastfeeding book)

  • A pen/notebook

  • Your own pillow

  • Nice clothes to wear home/wear in photos

  • Moisturiser

  • Nice toilet paper (hospital toilet paper can be rough, post-birth)

  • Maternity pads

  • A couple of pairs of black granny knickers

  • Pyjamas –  with easy access for breastfeeding

  • Ear plugs

  • Hairbrush

  • Maternity bras

  • Dressing gown

  • Slippers

  • Nursing pads

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

  • Makeup

  • Deodorant

  • Plastic bags for dirty clothes (for you and bub)


For Caesarean sections specifically

  • Big pants that don’t irritate your wound

  • Sanitary pads – good to put over the wound as padding

  • Tights that you can lift above the wound

  • Comfy dresses if it’s warm enough for them as they won’t irritate the wound

  • Yoghurt – to get good bacteria into your stomach afterwards

  • Mouthwash – if you want to freshen up your mouth but can’t get out of bed yet

  • Hair dryer to dry your wound


For baby

Check what your hospital provides before you pack for baby …

  • Nappies

  • Baby grows x 3 (at least) – in at least two sizes!

  • Hats

  • Mittens

  • Blankets

  • Nice going-home outfit for baby

  • Muslin wrap

  • Socks

  • A dummy (just in case, washed and sterilised)

  • Big tub of wipes


And just in case we hadn't given you enough of a list - here are some inside tips from some mummies we know!

“The best thing I had, which I thought was stupid but my Mum insisted on getting me, was mens undies. They were so much more comfy than ladies when you have those horrible pads to wear.”

“I found ear plugs were great! The nurses took my baby during the night for me (after five days of labour I was exhausted!) and the ear plugs allowed me to sleep.”

“My own pillow…My own pillow made me feel like I was more at home.”

“I took my own towel too, their towels are white and when bleeding so much it wasn’t very nice to use a white towel after a shower.’’

“I took lovely smelling bathroom products purchased JUST for this occasion to make me feel special afterwards. Like shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser, perfume, lip balm, soap. Now whenever I use the same brand, it makes me think of that special time.”

“Dry shampoo. (You may end up with a c-section or be bed ridden for abit after birth. Having dry shampoo to hand means you can at least freshen up from your bed.)”