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What to Pack for Mom and Baby

At around 34 weeks of pregnancy it’s a good idea to get everything ready for the delivery of the baby.


If you are planning to deliver in a hospital, make sure that you have done the pre-admission booking. This will ensure that the financial aspect of the delivery is covered either by your medical aid or yourself. It will also ensure an easy admission into hospital when you are in labour. If you are intending to have your baby at home you will still want to ensure that midwife fees and possible emergency admission to hospital fees are covered.


It is usually recommended that you pack two bags, one with items that you will need for the labour, and another with items that you and the baby will need during your stay at hospital. Your hospital or midwife should be able to provide you with a list of what you will need, as different hospitals will have their own requirements. Some hospitals even request that you purchase all the items in a convenient bag directly from them. Remember to also keep items of value to a minimum as unfortunately they cannot always be kept in a safe place.


Labour bag

  • Clothes: an old T-shirt or nightdress, one you don’t mind getting stained. Some socks and something warm to cover your shoulders as you can get cold in labour. Some slippers or flip-flops in case you are able to walk around whilst in labour.
  • Glucose sweets and drinks (keep some ready in your freezer, as an ice-cold ‘slush’ can be very refreshing). You may also need a snack for your birth partner, as the hospital coffee shop is seldom open in the middle of the night.
  • Books or magazines in case things take a long time.
  • Camera (with plenty of memory space and a charged battery).
  • Any prescription medication which you take.
  • You may also wish to take your personal music, massage oils or anything else which you feel will help you get through, like a TENS machine if you are using one.


Hospital bag

For yourself:

  • 2 or 3 front-opening nightdresses/T-shirts, dressing gown and slippers, nursing bra, breastpads and nipple cream.
  • Day clothes for going home in.
  • Old, cheap or disposable panties and maternity sanitary pads. Proper maternity pads are usually more absorbent and a little softer, especially if you have had stitches.
  • Toilet bag with anything you would normally take for a couple of days away – toothbrush and toothpaste, face cloth, soap, shower gel, moisturiser, hairbrush etc.
  • Cellphone and charger.
  • Notebook and pen, to help you keep track of when you fed baby etc.

For the baby:

  • One pack of newborn nappies, some cottonwool or bum wipes, a small bottle of surgical spirits (to clean the umbilical cord), protective bum cream.
  • 2 or 3 babygrows, 2 or 3 vests and some clothes and a hat for going home in.
  • Remember to have a car seat ready in the car for taking baby home.