If your baby’s due date is fast approaching, it’s time to pack your hospital bag.

When it comes to preparing for your hospital stay and bub’s grand arrival, it’s helpful to know exactly what you need and what you can safely leave behind.

We’ve rounded up the key essentials in the handy checklist below, so all you need to do is pack and go.

For the birth

  • Medicare and private health fund details
  • Birth plan
  • Watch or smartphone to monitor contraction times – there are also some great contraction-tracking apps now available
  • Birthing props, such as heat packs, stress balls, massage or aromatherapy oils
  • Music
  • Light snacks – labour can be long and exhausting
  • A water bottle


  • Loose tops
  • Loose-fitting pants
  • Button-up pyjamas or nighties
  • 10 pairs comfortable underwear
  • Socks
  • Maternity bras
  • Slippers/thongs
  • Going-home outfit

Loose fitting pants are a must-have.

For you

  • Phone and charger
  • Your favourite pillow
  • Maternity sanitary pads, U by Kotex
  • Disposable breast pads
  • Tissues
  • Soap, shampoo and conditioner
  • Hand wash
  • Deodorant
  • Face wipes
  • Hair elastics
  • Moisturiser

For the baby

Heading home

Before you leave the hospital, you’ll need to install an approved rear-facing baby capsule or convertible car seat. Some hospitals hire them out, but check with your state transport authority for standards and approved fitters.