What to pack in your hospital bag

Oct 30, 2019 | Uncategorized

What to pack in your hospital bag…

Newborn Photographer Essex

Firstly the bag itself…

  • Choose a Hospital/Changing bag with plenty of handy and practical compartments. These will be perfect for you and your baby’s essentials.
  • It is recommended that you should have your bag ready from 36 weeks.
  • Don’t pack too much… Mainly because there is limited space in maternity wards so you don’t want to cram it with bags and suitcases. Mixing practical items with a few home comforts can help make you feel ready for your baby’s birth.
  • Most women don’t stay in hospital for very long after they’ve given birth, so try not to go overboard when packing baby clothes.
You can use any kind of bag you want, from a rucksack to a small suitcase.

For Mum

  • Birth Plan
  • Hospital Notes
  • Nursing Bras
  • Nursing Pads
  • Nipple Cream
  • Nightie and Dressing Gown
  • Nursing Tops and Vests
  • Change of Clothes
  • Change of Underwear
  • Slippers
  • Toiletries
  • Tens Machine
  • Breast Feeding Pillow
  • Lipbalm
  • Hairbands
  • Extra drinks and food
  • iPod/MP3 player
  • Phone and Charger

For Baby

  • 3 x Sleepsuits
  • 2 x Bodysuits
  • 2 x pairs of Scratch Mitts
  • Cotton Baby Hat
  • Muslin squares (I love John Lewis ones, they wash up really well and are very soft)
  • 8 x nappies
  • Cotton Wool
  • Gentle Baby Wipes (Water wipes are amazing)
  • Baby Blanket
  • Going Home Outfit
  • Baby Car Seat

For Dad/Birthing Partner

  • Change of Clothes
  • Pillow & Blanket (if your feeling kind)
  • Coins for parking/vending machines

Newborn Photographer Essex

Check out this blog from my friend Nicole from J’Adore Photography, family photographer in Falkirk where she gives the best tips to get get the best out of your sessions!


  1. Nicole Whyte

    Great read, so useful 

  2. Sarah Osborne

    Some really good ideas here thank you for sharing

  3. Hannah Willis

    This is such great information! I have always needed to know what to pack. Lovely read!

  4. Jill

    Great info for first time mums!! 

  5. Brooke

    Such a handy list!

  6. Emma Sohl

    this is great info! thanks

  7. Kathryn

    Really useful thank you 

  8. Carli

    Ooh yes, so important.  I always packed more than i needed

  9. Selina

    This is really helpful, thank you for sharing!

  10. Louise

    I bet you had lots of tips from your clients being a newborn photographer. Great blog!

  11. Natalie Moss

    Great read.  Very useful information.

  12. Kirsty

    So helpful <3

  13. Amy

    Useful read thank you 

  14. Clare Perry

    Great read, and that last image!!!!

  15. Lisa

    Great advice, thank you

  16. Joanne

    Wish I’d had this list when I was going in with my 1st

  17. Mya

    Fantastic list, thank you



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