Hospital bag checklist

Hospital Checklist

Hospital Bag Checklist

Download an easy printable Hospital Checklist and First Wardrobe Checklist

For baby

  • Growsuits (at least 2 per day in hospital plus some extras)
    • Purebaby's Essential zip growsuits come in Newborn sizes as well as smaller Premi sizes.  As a footed growsuit with optional turn-over mittens, baby's hands and feet are kept warm
    • For Premi babies; our crossover growsuits are designed for gentle dressing
    • Also available; Purebaby Sleepsuits with easy envelope neckline and extra long body enables easy changing of nappies whilst keeping baby warm
  • Baby blanket
    • Take a thick warm one if the weather is cold to cover a swaddled newborn.
    • As Summer babies need protection from cooler nights, a lighter breathable 100% organic cotton knitted blanket is ideal.
  • Bunny rugs
    • Purebaby bunny rugs add extra warmth to a swaddled newborn.  As with all Purebaby garments, our bunny rugs are 100% certified organic cotton and will last through many seasons. 
  • Nappies (plan 10 per day for breast feeding babies) 
  • Hat or cotton beanie
    • Knot hats and knitted beanies are a necessity for most newborns, especially Winter babies.  Purebaby Essential knot hats can be adjusted for a comfortable fit.
  • Muslin Wraps
    • Most hospitals and midwives will recommend that newborns are swaddled in breathable muslin wraps.  Purebaby's muslin wraps are 120 x 120cm and are sold individually, also avaialble in packs of 2 and 3
  • Singlets or bodysuits (two per day in hospitals plus some extras)
    • The easy envelope neckline of Purebaby's newborn singlet bodysuits and singlets enable easy dressing whilst ensuring baby's torso is warm.  Our Essentials singlet bodysuits are also available in a 2 pack gift box set.
  • Socks and booties (one for each day in hospital plus some extras)
    • To keep newborns warm, ensure they are wearing hats, mittens and warm socks and booties.  Purebaby's booties are designed with a wide fold over cuff to keep booties on little feet.  They can also be worn over growsuits for additional warmth
  • 2 x going home outfits (in case one is soiled)
    • Ideally a growsuit, hat, jacket and booties
  • Wipes or cotton wool balls
  • Face washers
  • Baby towel
  • An infant car seat.  Some hospitals won't let you leave by car without one

For Mum

Documents and Paperwork

  • Your birth plan and maternity notes
  • Pen, paper/notebook


  • An old nightdress or a T-shirt to wear in labour
  • PJ's or nightgown (one that opens in the front if you're planning on breastfeeding)
  • Robe or dressing gown; lightweight as hospitals are typically warm
  • Warm socks
  • Slippers or flat slip-on shoes
  • Plenty of comfortable underwear
  • Clothing for trip home: make sure they are roomy and comfortable
  • Casual clothes with front opening tops for breast feedings (don't expect to get into your pre-pregnancy clothes straight away, take loose fitting or materninty clothes)
  • Breastfeeding bras


  • Toiletry bag - hairbrush, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser, deoderant, toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Lip balm
  • Face cloth/ face spray
  • Massage oil or lotion if you would like to be massaged during your labour
  • A hair band if you have have long hair 
  • Eye glsses (contact lenses may need to be removed prior to a C-section)
  • Contact lenses and accessories
  • Plenty of maternity sanitry pads
  • Absorbant breast pads


  • Medicare card and/or private health insurance company card
  • Camera and/or video camera - with batteries/charger
  • Snacks and drinks for you while you are in labour
  • Things to help you relax or pass the time, such as music, books, magazines 
  • List of important phone numbers - family, freinds, older children's carers/school
  • Change for parking, snacks and phone (mobile phone use is not permitted in most hospitals)
  • Plastic bags for dirty clothes
  • Clock 

For the birth partner

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Change of clothes
  • Watch with a second hand, to time contractions
  • Swimwear if you want to join the mum-to-be in a birth pool


DONT FORGET - Your baby MUST travel home from the hospital in a suitable infant car seat which for newborns is a rear-facing capsule.  Make sure that you have a capsule correctly installed onto your car in plenty of time.

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