Pregnancy Essentials – Hospital & Baby Bag Checklist

Pregnancy Essentials – Hospital & Baby Bag Checklist

Your new baby is arriving soon and you probably have a lot on your mind so being prepared can help to reduce any anticipation you may be feeling. Taking plenty of time to enjoy the experience of getting your hospital bag ready can also help you to prepare mentally for the labour process. This helpful hospital & baby bag checklist will make sure you and your new arrival are fully prepared for your trip to hospital. It’s never to early to prepare your hospital bags, a good rule of thumb is from around 34+ weeks or early in your third trimester. Don’t worry if you forget anything, you will have plenty of time for someone to bring more supplies as you need them. 

Essentials For Labour:

Birth plan ☐
Loose nightdress for labour   ☐
Nightwear – Plenty of changes  ☐
Disposable maternity briefs ☐
Dressing gown ☐
Perineal gel ☐
Slippers or Flip Flops ☐
Toiletries – Toothbrush, tooth paste, shampoo, rejuvenating shower gel ☐
Maternity sanitary towels  ☐
Face cloth ☐
Cold drinks & water ☐
Glucose sweets for energy  ☐
Hairbrush, hairband or clips to keep hair out of Face  ☐
Lip Balm – Lips can get dry during labour   ☐
Bikini if you are using a birthing bath  ☐
Makeup bag  ☐
Phone & charger  ☐

Non Essentials But Good To Have:

Pregnancy birthing ball (Often provided by Hospital)   ☐
Tens Maternity machine for contractions   ☐
Beanie Bag to heat for back pain   ☐
Essential oils to help with relaxation or tiredness such as Lavender, Lemon or Peppermint  ☐
Rejuvenating face mist spray  ☐
HypnoBirthing or GentleBirth music/audio ☐
Ipod, music device or Ipad ☐
Ear plugs  ☐
Something to read i.e Books, magazines ☐

For Mum Post Birth:

Loose cotton top suitable for skin to skin ☐
Plenty of maternity underwear  ☐
Toiletries ☐
Lanolin nipple cream     ☐
Disposable nursing pads  ☐
Maternity nursing bras  ☐
Small jar of Manuka/organic honey to consume post birth to help balance hormones & blood sugars
Light snacks and drinks for energy ☐

For Your New Baby:

Baby gros & vests  ☐
Baby hat, socks and mits ☐
Newborn nappies ☐
Baby wipes ☐
Newborn Soother ☐
Blanket (Provided by Hospital) ☐
Car Seat ☐

Orlagh Gahan is a Complementary Health Therapist and Psychotherapist in Naas, Co. Kildare providing a range of therapies for Health, Pregnancy and Fertility. Find out more at and Facebook/TherapyForWelless (Image with thanks to Mon Petit Chou Photography on Unsplash