Maternity Essential Packing List

Maternity Care

Tammy George

It’s time to pack your bag so that you are all set to go to hospital when your baby is ready to arrive. But what do you pack? Here is a list of everything you and your new bub might need during your hospital stay.

The hospital and your obstetrician may also let you know what you will need to take with you.

Items for Bub

The hospital will usually let you know what they supply and what you will need to bring for your baby but here are some items to consider:



Outfits (one for going home)


Swaddle cloths

Beanie & blanket (for going home if weather is cool)

Items for Mum

Remember to take any documents your doctor or the hospital may have given you pre-admission plus consider the following list of items to include in your bag:

Changes of clothes for day and night wear

Slippers or slip on shoes

Maternity & Breast Pads


Phone & Charger

Medicare card

Small amount of money

Plastic bags for dirty laundry



Video Camera

Few small toys for older siblings/visitors


While you are packing your bag, it is a good idea to think about the car seat for your baby. Many parents like to have it fitted in the car before the baby is born so there is one less thing to do before taking baby home.

If there is anything you forget to pack you can always ask your partner, your parent or friend to bring it into hospital for you.

HIF Maternity Cover

The years spent creating your family are when you rely most on quality hospital cover. Take a look at the benefits included in HIF’s Maternity Cover and enjoy peace of mind knowing you have the right health cover when you need it most.  

Tammy George

Please note: Tammy's blog is general advice only. For further information on this topic please consult your healthcare professional.

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