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Mum's Childbirth Hospital Bag Checklist

The following checklist is a guide to help prepare a mum's childbirth hospital bag which is referred to be a wide range of names including: c-section hospital bag, caesarean section bag, birth hospital bag, mum to be hospital bag, labour bag, delivery bag, maternity bag, pregnancy bag, hospital baby bag, nhs hospital bag and mum to be hospital bag. I am sure there are more names but they are all referring to the same Mum's Childbirth Hospital Bag.

It is important to prepare the bag a long time in advance in case a sudden emergency arises. Once prepared the hospital bag should be left close to the front door next to your partners hospital bag so that they can be grabbed as you leave the house.

In case your partner did not get round to preparing his Dad's Childbirth Hospital Bag we have included a checklist here.


For Labour

  • Birth plan
  • Dressing gown
  • Slippers
  • Socks
  • Old nightdress or T-shirt to wear during labour
  • Massage oils or lotions
  • Lip balm
  • Food and drinks or glucose tablets
  • Books / magazines
  • Hairband
  • Pillows
  • TENS pain relief machine
  • Toiletry bag
  • Music

After bay is born

  • Going-home outfit
  • Breastfeeding bras
  • Breast pads
  • Maternity pads
  • Nightdress or pyjamas
  • Toiletry bag
  • Old knickers/cheap knickers/disposable knickers, briefs or panties
  • Ear plugs (noisy ward)
  • Arnica tablets (helps with bruising)


For Baby

  • Car seat
  • Outfit for the trip home
  • Baby blanket (warm for cold weather)
  • Nappies
  • Pair of socks or booties
  • Hat
  • Jacket or snowsuit for winter babies
  • Muslin squares