Hospital Bag

What do I need to pack in my hospital bag?

The best way to pack for hospital is to be pragmatic and have everything organised in 3 separate bags that you will take in with you: a main bag, your baby’s bag and a bag for your partner.  You can, then, have a fourth bag with extra clothing, underwear and items like pads and nappies ready at home for your partner to grab in case you have an extended hospital stay.


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The main bag

You’ll need some key things like toiletries, night clothes and underwear, a change of clothes and maternity pads. Also, don’t forget to pack any regular medication you are on, your maternity notes, your birth plan and Hand sanitiser. Make this the largest of your bags so that, inside it, you can carry 3 smaller toiletry bags:

  • Your labour bag, holding your essentials items for labour – hair-ties, a hand-fan, your TENS machine/wheat bag, etc.
  • Your post-birth bag, including what you’ll need immediately after giving birth – eg. 1 pair of pants, 1 maternity pad, My Expert Midwife Spritz for Bits
  • Your baby’s post-birth bag, containing what they’ll need after they are born – eg. a nappy, a body-suit, a sleep-suit

Put these three bags at the top of your main bag, so everything is within easy reach.

Your baby’s bag

Your changing bag is the perfect size for everything your baby will need in hospital and should include nappies, sleep suits and body suits, muslin cloths and a couple of hats.

Your partner’s bag

Make sure you include change for the parking meter, warm layers and a change of clothes for your partner, as well as basic toiletries for them. This bag is perfect for carrying battery packs and chargers, sports drinks and plenty of food and snacks for you both.

For a full list and more hints and tips see our full Hospital Bag guide below.

Download your FREE hospital bag checklist here

Ideally your hospital bag should be packed and ready to go before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Our midwives have pulled together this handy checklist to ensure you don't miss anything last minute.

Download your FREE Hospital Bag guide

Preparing for the birth of your baby, especially your first, can be a confusing time. With so many different products on the market it’s difficult to, know what you really need. So Lesley Gilchrist Co-Founder and Registered Midwife has put together her ‘expert hospital bag hacks’. This FREE downloadable mini guide is formatted to be read easily on your mobile.

What to pack in your hospital bag

Watch our video to find out more.

Our midwives have chosen these essential hospital bag products that will help you through labour, birth and those first few days and weeks postpartum. Presented in a premium and highly durable My Expert Midwife clear toiletries bag, making it easy to find what you need, when you need it.


Including our NEW Labour Spritz and Labour Rollerball, award winning and no1 sellers to help care for your perineum after childbirth with Spritz for Bits and Soak for Bits, and our award winning breastfeeding must have No Harm Nipple Balm.  

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